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9:40 PM ET, October 24, 2020

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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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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
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.
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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 …
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.
Lauren Egan / NBC News:   Murkowski reverses course, will vote to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court
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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.
Bloomberg:
Pence Adviser Obst Catches Virus, Adds to White House Tally  — Vice president gave campaign speech in Florida on Saturday  — Obst was last in contact with Pence about a week ago  —  One of Vice President Mike Pence's closest political advisers, Marty Obst, tested positive …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:   Pence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for coronavirus
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
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Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
The Joe Biden most Americans don't get to see  —  I have already cast my vote in the 2020 election, and I don't mind telling you I voted for Joe Biden — in part because of his positions on issues and in part based on my assessment of President Trump's performance over the past nearly four years.
Discussion: Slate
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Trump campaign sending out Ivanka in last-ditch effort to win over suburban women: report  —  On Saturday, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump's campaign is now relying on first daughter Ivanka Trump to win over some of the suburban women who have broadly rejected the president.
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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.
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
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.
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
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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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 TrumpTowerMoscow.com domain name — this year
Michael McAuliff / New York Daily News:
Feds to restore millions they took from sick FDNY 9/11 heroes
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Scarred Democrats begin accepting a possible Biden win
Washington Post:
How Trump abandoned his pledge to ‘drain the swamp’
Pranshu Verma / New York Times:
Biden, an Amtrak Evangelist, Could Be a Lifeline for a Rail Agency in Crisis
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Axios:
Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue
Discussion: Political Wire
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Joe Biden Had Close Ties With Police Leaders. Will They Help Him Now?
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
Washington Post:
Fearful calls flood election offices as Trump attacks mail-in voting, threatening participation in GOP strongholds
Discussion: Raw Story
McSweeney's:
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
The White Issue: Has Anna Wintour's Diversity Push Come Too Late?