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12:15 AM ET, October 25, 2020


 Top Items: 
New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Harrowing New Surge Rages Across America's Heartland  —  Six states broke records as the virus surged at an alarming pace.  Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested the U.S. might need a national mask mandate.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Three Pence aides test positive for the virus.
Discussion: Forbes and Gothamist
Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Tests Positive for Coronavirus  — Infections among Pence associations add to White House cases  — Pence traveled to Florida to deliver campaign speech Saturday  —  Mike Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, has tested positive for coronavirus infection …
ABC News:
Mike Pence's chief of staff, other top aide test positive for COVID-19  —  The vice president has been on the campaign trail for weeks.  —  Visual Tracking: COVID-19 and the White House  —  At least 34 people connected to the White House have tested positive for COVID-19, many of whom attended a Rose Garden event in late September.
Washington Post:
Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, tests positive for the coronavirus  —  Vice President Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, has tested positive for the coronavirus and has begun isolating, the White House announced late Saturday night.  —  Short has traveled extensively with Pence …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Pence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for coronavirus  —  (CNN)A top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.  —  Marty Obst serves as Pence's senior political adviser but is not a government employee.
Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
Axios:   Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus
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.
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Reid says Biden should end Senate filibuster after 3 weeks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take “no more than three weeks” to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome …
Discussion: Associated Press
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden alleged sex tape and images uploaded on Bannon-connected Chinese website  —  Multiple videos and images purportedly showing Hunter Biden engaging in sexual acts with several women and using drugs were uploaded on a Chinese digital video platform Saturday evening.
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
Lauren Egan / NBC News:   Murkowski reverses course, will vote to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court
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: Political Wire and Bloomberg
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
The Joe Biden most Americans don't get to see
Discussion: Slate
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Here's Who Biden Is Considering for Top Jobs in His Administration  —  For a few months now, senators, ex-lawmakers, donors, operatives, local leaders, investors, and activists have quietly been nudging a small group of Democratic officials in D.C. and Delaware.
Discussion: New York Post
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Astor Place Hair to close after 75 years due to COVID-19  —  Astor Place Hair Stylists, the iconic salon and barbershop that has been an East Village fixture for 73 years, is the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Management at the basement barber shop, which counted everyone …
Sarah Elbeshbishi / USA Today:
Majority of voters say Biden won second debate, poll finds … Most registered voters said that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden performed better than President Donald Trump during the second presidential debate, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released Friday.
Discussion: The Wrap, Boston Herald and Politico
Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Brad Pitt narrates new Biden campaign ad airing during World Series  —  (CNN)Actor Brad Pitt narrated an ad for Joe Biden's presidential campaign that's airing Saturday night during the fourth game of the World Series.  —  The 60-second spot during Major League Baseball's highly watched …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump threaten to sue Lincoln Project  —  Anti-Trump Republicans' Times Square billboards accuse advisers of showing ‘indifference’ to Americans suffering amid pandemic  —  Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have threatened to sue the Lincoln Project …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Chris White / Slate:
Stop Calling Famous Composers by Their Last Names  —  There will be a time when we'll go to concerts again.  We will buy our tickets, shuffle shoulder to shoulder down the aisle, and find our seats.  The lights will dim, and the conductor will walk onto the stage to introduce the program.
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 …
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Americans Should Brace for 100,000 New COVID Cases a Day, Experts Say  —  With more than 83,000 infections reported in a single day on Friday, experts say the country is hurtling toward an excess of 100,000 or more new infections a day.  —  “You should be prepared for how bad it's going to get.”
Discussion: IJR, The National Interest and WHDH-TV
New York Times:
Lines Stretch for Blocks as New Yorkers Turn Out for Early Voting  —  Voters in New York City waited hours to cast ballots on Saturday, the first time that early voting has been allowed in the state in a presidential election.  —  Tens of thousands of New Yorkers flooded polling places …
Discussion: UPI
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump bets on a 2016 replay, but faces a changed landscape  —  President Trump and his advisers are betting on a high-octane replay of the closing two weeks of his 2016 campaign, with nonstop travel for packed rallies filled with attacks on alleged Democratic corruption in a bid to reignite …
Discussion: Hamodia
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.
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Quinn Lewis / Crooked Media:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
How Racist Are Republicans?  Very.  —  Painting murals supporting Black Lives Matter in Washington, D.C., in June
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Trump Organization renewed the domain name — this year
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump to Travel to 3 States as Biden Focuses on Pennsylvania
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
Feds to restore millions they took from sick FDNY 9/11 heroes
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Joe Biden Had Close Ties With Police Leaders. Will They Help Him Now?
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Former Giuliani associate raises questions about Hunter Biden's ‘hard drive from hell’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Trump Sons Hint At 2024 Runs As President's Polling Looks Dire
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
Trump Vs. Biden Race Tilts Toward Democrat After Last Debate, IBD/TIPP Presidential Poll Shows
Discussion: Breitbart
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Far-Right Groups Are Behind Most U.S. Terrorist Attacks, Report Finds
Shawn Boburg / Washington Post:
Trump campaign flouted agreement to follow health guidelines at rally, documents show
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill