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Washington Post:
Trump privately tells donors it would be ‘very tough’ for GOP to hold Senate  —  President Trump privately told donors this past week that it will be “very tough” for Republicans to keep control of the Senate in the upcoming election because some of the party's senators are candidates he cannot support.
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Jonathan Lai / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania GOP again asks U.S. Supreme Court to block mail ballot deadline extension  —  Pennsylvania Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court again late Friday to overturn a mail ballot deadline extension ordered by the state's high court, quickly returning to an issue on which the Supreme Court …
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Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
The Supreme Court Doesn't Need to Be Reformed  —  Proposals to pack the court, strip its jurisdiction or impose term limits all have their own flaws.  —  With Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court all but certain, Democrats are toying with ways to reform the court.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Murkowski to back Barrett, despite opposing election-year SCOTUS vote  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, despite her opposition to moving forward with a high court nominee in an election year.  —  The Alaska Republican said Saturday she will split her votes on Barrett.
Bill Sanderson / New York Daily News:
Ivanka, Jared: Don't blame us on Times Square billboards for Trump administration COVID-19 death toll — we'll sue  —  “The billboards will stay up,” it went on.  “We consider it important that in Times Square, the crossroads of the world, people are continuously reminded of the cruelty …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump threaten to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square ads
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Trump campaign sending out Ivanka in last-ditch effort to win over suburban women: report
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Lawyer for Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner threatens suit over ‘defamatory’ Lincoln Project billboards
Discussion: Reuters and Raw Story
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Former Giuliani associate raises questions about Hunter Biden's ‘hard drive from hell’  —  President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was offered salacious photos and other documents belonging to Joe Biden's son Hunter in the spring of 2019, earlier than previously known …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Thomas Rid / Washington Post:
Insisting that the Hunter Biden laptop is fake is a trap.  So is insisting that it's real.  —  The lesson of 2016 is to be even more careful with potential disinformation in 2020.  —  “You mean the laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?  You got to be kidding me,” …
Michael Ellsberg / The Daily Beast:
Meet the Dominatrix Forcing Trump Supporters to Vote Biden  —  PAYBACK'S A B*TCH … Empress Delfina is talking her submissive fans into seeing the error of their ways for the low price of $1.99 a minute.  —  This election season, many people who wouldn't be natural allies …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Joe Biden will travel to Georgia on Tuesday in late push to flip state  —  Democratic nominee Joe Biden is headed to Georgia on Tuesday, several national outlets reported, part of a late effort by the campaign to flip a state that Republicans have carried in every White House contest since 1996.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How The Epoch Times Created a Giant Influence Machine  —  Since 2016, the Falun Gong-backed newspaper has used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire.  —  For years, The Epoch Times was a small, low-budget newspaper …
New York Times:
R.I.P., G.O.P.  —  The Party of Lincoln had a good run.  Then came Mr. Trump.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Voters In Alabama's Largest County Could Have Their Ballots Thrown Out After A Court Ruled Instructions They Were Sent Are No Longer Valid  —  WASHINGTON — An unknown number of absentee voters in Alabama's most populous county are at risk of having their ballots thrown out because elections …
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed News:
This Is How The FBI Says A Network Of ‘Boogaloo Bois’ Sparked Violence And Death  —  The young man came to the protest over the police killing of George Floyd wearing a tactical vest on his chest and a skull mask over his face.  In grainy video footage captured outside of Minneapolis' Third Police Precinct …
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
If A.O.C. Is So Heavily Favored, Why Has Her Race Drawn $30 Million?  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is expected to cruise to re-election, yet the race for her congressional seat is the second most expensive House campaign in the nation.  —  All the money in the world is not likely to influence …
Evan El-Amin / The American Conservative:
Vote for the Good Dad this November  —  A great leader functions as a father to the nation, and it's clear between Trump and Biden who is better suited for the job.  —  Trump and Biden certainly differ on policy, but the more important and clearer contrast is in their leadership capabilities.
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Far-Right Groups Are Behind Most U.S. Terrorist Attacks, Report Finds  —  White supremacist groups have carried out a majority of “terrorist plots and attacks” this year, according to a report by a think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Julia Harte / Reuters:
Texas court temporarily reinstates limited ballot drop-off sites  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas Supreme Court on Saturday temporarily reinstated the governor's ban on multiple drop-off sites for mail ballots, in a short-term victory for President Donald Trump.
Axios:
Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue  —  This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
Feds to restore millions they took from sick FDNY 9/11 heroes  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will finally pay back millions the federal government took from the FDNY's 9/11 treatment program over the last four years.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Rep. Pete King …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
Trump Vs. Biden Race Tilts Toward Democrat After Last Debate, IBD/TIPP Presidential Poll Shows  —  The latest IBD/TIPP Trump vs. Biden poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a wider lead over President Donald Trump.  The tracking poll, which includes five days of polling …
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Trump Sons Hint At 2024 Runs As President's Polling Looks Dire  —  President Trump's two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, both of whom have been deeply involved in their father's reelection campaign, broke with the “Keep America Great” message on Saturday to hint at their own runs in 2024 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Scarred Democrats begin accepting a possible Biden win  —  Four months ago, Sen. Sherrod Brown predicted Joe Biden will win Ohio and with it, the presidency in a romp.  President Donald Trump has ticked up in the state's polls, but Brown is undeterred.  —  “I feel stronger about that than I did then …
Washington Post:
Fearful calls flood election offices as Trump attacks mail-in voting, threatening participation in GOP strongholds  —  Weber County, a majority-Republican community of 260,000 on the eastern shores of Utah's Great Salt Lake, held its first by-mail election in 2013.
Discussion: Raw Story
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Trump Organization renewed the TrumpTowerMoscow.com domain name — this year  —  “It would be comical if it weren't really happening,” former Trump attorney Michael Cohen tells Salon  —  The Trump Organization reregistered the domain name TrumpTowerMoscow.com this June, internet records show …
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump to Travel to 3 States as Biden Focuses on Pennsylvania  —  “Seven hours, 45 minutes, and 13 seconds it took for me to vote in Fulton County, Ga. As soon as I saw the line, I hit the stopwatch on my phone.  I spent the first couple hours listening to a new Run the Jewels album.
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
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