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2:20 AM ET, October 24, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump's Philanthropy: Big Tax Write-Offs and Claims That Don't Always Add Up  —  Hidden financial records cast doubt on a number of his charitable commitments and show that most of his giving came from land deals that offset his income.  —  In President Trump's telling …
Andy Mannix / Star Tribune:
Texas member of Boogaloo Bois charged with opening fire on Minneapolis police precinct during protests over George Floyd  —  Feds say Texas adherent of far-right group fired on precinct building, conspired with cop killer to ignite civil war.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE
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USA Today:
Trump's campaign made stops nationwide.  Coronavirus cases surged in his wake in at least five places. … As President Donald Trump jetted across the country holding campaign rallies during the past two months, he didn't just defy state orders and federal health guidelines.
Discussion: Mediaite
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
The Trump Administration Shut a Vaccine Safety Office Last Year.  What's the Plan Now?  —  The office was dedicated to the long-term safety of vaccines.  Experts say plans to track coronavirus vaccines are fragmented and “behind the eight ball.”  —  As the first coronavirus vaccines arrive …
Discussion: The Week and Breitbart
New York Times:
At 63 Million Viewers, Final Debate Is Trump's Least Watched  —  About 10 million fewer Americans watched Thursday's Biden-Trump debate than the candidates' first, more chaotic matchup in Cleveland last month.  —  Donald J. Trump has been a ratings magnet since he leapt into the presidential race in 2015 …
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Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Focus Group Slams Trump for No Empathy in Final Presidential Debate
Sara Fischer / Axios:
63 million people watched final presidential debate
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
New York Times:
Trump Family Ally Is Arrested on Cyberstalking Charge  —  Ken Kurson, a close friend of the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, was arrested in connection with incidents stemming from his divorce.  —  Ken Kurson, a close friend of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner …
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Seeks Shutdown of NYU Research Project Into Political Ad Targeting  —  In letter this month, Facebook says the project violates provisions in its terms of service that prohibit bulk data collection  —  Facebook Inc. is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data …
CNN:
Fauci says it might be time to mandate masks as Covid-19 surges across US  —  See what Dr. Fauci thinks about Biden's mask plan  —  (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci has been reluctant to support a federal mask mandate.  —  “A national mandate probably would not work,” he said on Sept 15 during a news conference with Vermont Gov. Phil Scott.
Discussion: Axios
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court says ballots can't be rejected based on signature comparisons  —  The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court ruled Friday that ballots in the state cannot be rejected because of signature comparisons, backing up guidance issued by the state's chief elections officer heading …
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Rapper Common was in Philly Friday because he wants you to vote
Discussion: Law & Crime
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
You're Not Supposed to Understand the Rumors About Biden  —  On Tuesday, Fox News' Laura Ingraham broke some news: An “investigative journalist” named Matthew Tyrmand had uncovered a cache of 26,000 emails belonging to Hunter Biden's disgraced business partner Bevan Cooney, who is now in jail.
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Davey Alba / New York Times:   Fox News Is Covering Hunter Biden Claims More Than 2016 WikiLeaks Emails
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
A Debate Pledge to ‘Transition’ From Oil Puts Climate at Center of Campaign Finale  —  WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden's pledge Thursday night to “transition away from the oil industry” to address global warming put the topic of climate change on center stage for the final stretch of a campaign year …
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Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Forbes Estimates China Paid Trump At Least $5.4 Million Since He Took Office, Via Mysterious Trump Tower Lease  —  Donald Trump maintained a stake in Trump Tower when he became president, and with it, a financial connection to the Chinese government.  —  President Donald Trump, who declared …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
As Governor Resists Mask Mandate, Iowans Sour on the G.O.P.  —  Gov. Kim Reynolds has adopted President Trump's defiant attitude toward public health guidance on the coronavirus.  But while she isn't on the ballot, her leadership may be dragging down Republicans who are.
Washington Post:
Trump's historic assault on the civil service was four years in the making  —  President Trump's extraordinary directive allowing his administration to weed out career federal employees viewed as disloyal in a second term is the product of a four-year campaign by conservatives working from a little-known West Wing policy shop.
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
National Republican Party Formally Backs QAnon Supporter  —  A $5,000 September donation formalizes the GOP's acceptance of Marjorie Taylor Greene's candidacy after top officials in the party had signalled hesitancy in backing her.  —  After weeks of wavering, the national Republican party …
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
America is poised to enter into its worst stretch yet of the pandemic  —  The nation nears a record-breaking daily number of coronavirus cases.  —  America is poised to enter the worst stretch ever of the coronavirus pandemic, with cases spiking and the country on the precipice of shattering …
Discussion: The Guardian and ABC News
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Biden Trolls Trump With New COVID Website  —  404 ERROR … Joe Biden wants the very online crowd to know that Donald Trump does not have a pandemic plan.  —  At least, that's the pitch the Democratic nominee's campaign is making through a gag website, TrumpCovidPlan.com …
Discussion: The Hill and The Wrap
New York Times:
U.S. Sets Coronavirus Case Record Amid New Surge  —  More than 79,000 new cases of the virus were reported across the country on Friday, shattering an earlier single-day record and stirring new fears about the months ahead.  —  The United States is in the midst of one of the most severe surges …
Discussion: Raw Story
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Inside the Refugee Camp on America's Doorstep  —  A squalid tent camp on the border is the result of President Trump's unprecedented limits on asylum.  Some people have waited in filthy conditions for more than a year to obtain refuge in the United States.  —  MATAMOROS, Mexico …
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:   Detention Facilities For Immigrants Fast-Tracked For Deportation Were Rife With Problems, Inspectors Find
Nature:
Modeling COVID-19 scenarios for the United States  —  Nature Medicine (2020) Cite this article  —  Abstract  —  We use COVID-19 case and mortality data from 1 February 2020 to 21 September 2020 and a deterministic SEIR (susceptible, exposed, infectious and recovered) …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Jared and Ivanka threaten to sue the Lincoln Project for ‘enormous’ damages over Times Square billboards on COVID: report  —  Attorneys representing Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are threatening to sue the Lincoln Project over two Times Square billboards criticizing the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: New York Post and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
CNN President Jeff Zucker Faces What Might Be His Last Lap  —  Under AT&T, cable boss felt blindsided by a recent overhaul of WarnerMedia that slimmed down his role  —  CNN president Jeff Zucker survived plenty of corporate intrigue since telecom giant AT&T swallowed up the cable network's parent company two years ago.
Discussion: Mediaite and OutKick
Religion News Service:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump, confirmed a Presbyterian, now identifies as ‘non-denominational Christian’  —  Flip  —  WASHINGTON (RNS) — In an exclusive interview with Religion News Service, President Trump said in a written statement that he no longer identifies as a Presbyterian and now sees himself as a non-denominational Christian.
Discussion: New York Post
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Mark Kelly classmates say report on yearbook photo by right-wing media site is false  —  Four of his Merchant Marine Academy classmates say Mark Kelly, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, was falsely accused of dressing up for Halloween decades ago as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Republicans have been facing an outbreak among lawmakers and aides.  But they don't want to talk about it.  —  Wisconsin Republican lawmakers and top GOP aides have been facing a coronavirus outbreak in recent weeks following a series of in-person events, including a retirement party …
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Judge denies temporary restraining order request by Trump campaign, Nevada Republicans to stop Clark County mail vote counting  —  The same day the Trump campaign and Nevada Republican Party filed a lawsuit seeking to halt mail ballot counting in Clark County, a judge denied their request for a temporary restraining order.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Mitchell Airport denied Trump campaign request to hold rally, forcing move to Waukesha  —  When President Donald Trump comes to Waukesha County Airport on Saturday night, it will mark an unusual place to have a large campaign event.  —  And it turns out there's a reason why he'll be at that smaller space.
NBC News:
Coronavirus case increase sets new U.S. record, rising to over 77K in one day … The U.S. set a record Thursday as the number of new coronavirus cases rose to over 77,000, topping the previous record in July.  —  Nationwide, 77,640 new cases were reported for the day …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge orders Justice Department to verify its filings in Flynn case  —  The federal judge presiding over the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn has ordered the Justice Department to conduct an unusual review of its filings in the case and certify by Monday whether any have been manipulated.
 
 
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
‘Honor the ancestors’: Harris appeals directly to Black men
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Associated Press
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Republican Party has spent nearly $1 million making Sean Hannity's book a bestseller
Discussion: New York Daily News
Jerome Lynott / Times Leader:
Trump supporters from Japan ratchet up volume at WB rally
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Spin, hyperbole and deception: How Trump claimed credit for an Obama veterans achievement
Discussion: Raw Story
David Shepardson / Reuters:
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senators engage in bitter floor feud over Barrett nomination to Supreme Court
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Donald Trump's issue with windmills might not be about birds
Discussion: Breitbart
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Plan to Make Biden Look Senile Disappeared Without a Trace
Discussion: Raw Story