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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: 4 Pence Aides Test Positive  —  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.  —  RIGHT NOW Pence's chief of staff and three other aides test positive for the virus.
Discussion: Mediaite, Forbes and The Mahablog
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Bloomberg:
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 …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Members of Pence's Inner Circle Test Positive for Coronavirus  —  Along with Marc Short, the vice president's chief of staff, three additional staff members and a Pence adviser have also tested positive, according to people briefed on the developments.  —  Several members of Vice President …
Discussion: NPR and BuzzFeed News
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.
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: The Guardian, Bloomberg and Raw Story
Washington Post:   Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, tests positive for the coronavirus
Axios:
Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Anita Kumar / Politico:   White House's top ranks hit with new round of coronavirus cases
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Staffers for Kelly Loeffler test positive for COVID-19  —  She tested negative and plans to participate in Monday's Supreme Court confirmation vote.  —  WASHINGTON — Two people who work for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler recently tested positive for the coronavirus.
Discussion: CNN
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Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
The Supreme Court Doesn't Need to Be Reformed
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Lauren Egan / NBC News:   Murkowski reverses course, will vote to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court
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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.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Former Giuliani associate raises questions about Hunter Biden's ‘hard drive from hell’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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
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Michael McFaul / Washington Post:   The Joe Biden most Americans don't get to see
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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
The Republican Party After Trump  —  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.
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Politico:
Scarred Democrats begin accepting a possible Biden win
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
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: Business Insider, Fox News and The Wrap
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Axios:
Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
UnionLeader.com:
Our choice is Joe Biden*  —  This year's general election ballot presents the voter with a dilemma.  We have wrestled with this year's choices, as we imagine many voters have.  Up and down the ticket we are faced with choices in political ideologies, personalities, backgrounds and governing styles.
Discussion: Business Insider
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Appeals court stops more paper backups of Georgia voter records  —  A federal appeals court on Saturday ruled against requiring up-to-date paper copies of voter registration and absentee voting information at Georgia polling places on Election Day.  —  The three-judge panel …
Discussion: Associated Press
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: CNN, Talking Points Memo and IJR
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 …
 
 
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Julia Harte / Reuters:
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
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New York Times:
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