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2:15 PM ET, October 25, 2020

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Devan Cole / CNN:
White House chief of staff: ‘We are not going to control the pandemic’  —  Mike Pence's top adviser tests positive for Covid-19  —  Washington (CNN)White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that the US is “not going to control” the coronavirus pandemic, as cases surge across …
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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 …
Washington Post:   Election live updates: Trump rallies supporters in N.H.; Biden holds virtual ‘I Will Vote’ concert
CNN:
At least 5 people in Pence's orbit, including chief of staff Marc Short, are positive for coronavirus
Associated Press:   The Latest: Pelosi says she's not giving up on virus relief
Washington Post:
Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, tests positive for the coronavirus
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, ABC News, Reuters and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Health Agency Scraps Coronavirus Ad Campaign, Leaving Santa Claus in the Cold  —  The $250 million federally funded effort had aimed to ‘defeat despair, inspire hope’ on pandemic  —  A federal health agency halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million …
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.
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: Axios, Slate, Associated Press and CNN
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Politico:
Barrett clears pivotal Senate hurdle ahead of Monday confirmation vote  —  The Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle Sunday for Amy Coney Barrett's nomination, bringing the 48-year-old judge one step closer to confirmation to the Supreme Court.  —  In a 51-48 vote, the Senate voted …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Last Temptation of NeverTrump  —  A voice in my head makes the case to re-elect the president.
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Enlarging the Supreme Court is the only answer to the right's judicial radicalism
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Biden rebounds to edge over Trump in Texas, as Hegar slightly narrows Cornyn's lead in Senate race  —  A new Dallas Morning News/UT-Tyler poll shows Texas is up for grabs, with the former vice president posting gains among independents, Hispanics.  —  AUSTIN — Former Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Biden grilled on ‘transition’ away from oil and gas comment in Pennsylvania TV interviews  —  Several interviews in the key battleground state focused on Biden's debate comment  —  Biden admits to Trump: ‘I would transition from the oil industry’  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden …
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump, TV pundits don't have a fracking clue about Pennsylvania and fossil fuels  —  Both President Trump and a small army of TV talking heads were on full alert at Thursday night's debate for a Joe Biden “gaffe” that could change the dynamic of an election that the incumbent seems to be losing by a large margin.
Discussion: Associated Press
Andy Mehalshick / PAhomepage.com:   One-on-one interview with Joe Biden
CBS News:
Trump-Biden race is tight in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  In the final stretch of the campaign, we find three Southern battlegrounds that could still go either way.  Our estimates show Joe Biden with just a two-point edge over President Trump in Florida …
Andrew Anthony / The Guardian:
'Deep down, he's a terrified little boy': Bob Woodward, John Bolton and others on Trump  —  The authors of recent exposés, including Mary Trump and Anthony Scaramucci, on the president, his time in office - and what they expect to happen at the polls  —  Interviews by Jude Rogers and Andrew Anthony
Discussion: Raw Story
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP Senate majority besieged on multiple fronts  —  Democrats began the 2020 election cycle with only a narrow path back to the Senate majority.  But entering the final week before the election, there are competitive races everywhere.  —  Republicans are scrambling resources into red …
Discussion: Michigan Advance and Raw Story
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Majority will accept result of U.S. election, even if they dislike the winner: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - As the 2020 presidential election enters its final week, a majority of Americans appear ready to accept the result of an exhausting campaign even if their preferred candidate loses, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
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Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Trump, Biden favorability unchanged as 2020 race heads into final week: POLL
Discussion: Political Wire, NPR and Slate
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Joe Biden ‘has been caught in repeated lies over Biden Inc’: Sen. Johnson  —  Joe Biden said “my son has not made money” from China  —  Joe Biden ‘has been caught in repeated lies over Biden Inc.’: Sen. Johnson  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “has been caught in repeated lies over Biden Inc. …
Discussion: USA Today and Breitbart
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Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Former President Obama to visit Orlando on Tuesday to campaign for Joe Biden
Discussion: Florida Politics
Gaia Pianigiani / New York Times:
Pope Francis Appoints First African-American Cardinal  —  Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, who led the Roman Catholic Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis in the early 2000s, was among 13 new cardinals named on Sunday.  —  ROME — Pope Francis said on Sunday that Wilton Gregory …
Discussion: ABC News
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Chico Harlan / Washington Post:   Pope appoints America's first African American cardinal, D.C.'s Wilton Gregory
John Harwood / CNN:
Why Trump could face a Jimmy Carter scenario  —  Harry Enten polling analysis: Trump is dragging down GOP  —  (CNN)The last president facing re-election troubles like Donald Trump's was Jimmy Carter in 1980.  Injured by recession and impotent against a national crisis, Carter lost big.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Why Trump Can't Take Red Counties in North Carolina for Granted  —  Even some people in Gastonia, N.C., are a little perplexed about why the president was holding a rally in a small community that's already in his camp.  —  GASTONIA, N.C. — Republicans in Gaston County still have pictures …
Axios:
AOC: “Extremely important” that Biden offer Bernie Sanders a Cabinet position  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday that she believes it's “extremely important” that Joe Biden offer Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressive leaders Cabinet positions if he's elected president.
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Tumult at home, ailing alliances abroad: Why Trump's America has been a ‘gift’ to Putin  —  ‘The 45th President’: One in a series looking back at the Trump presidency  —  Under President Trump, the United States has abandoned international climate and nuclear arms agreements.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Pelosi says Trump is “delusional” for thinking GOP will win the House  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called President Trump “delusional” on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday for predicting Republicans will win the majority in the House of Representatives.
 
 
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Financial Times:
Concerns grow inside Downing Street as polls point to Biden victory
Jessica VanEgeren / UpNorthNews:
Trump Debuts New Lie In WI: Essential Workers And Doctors Are Inflating Pandemic Numbers
Deborah Danan / Breitbart:
Netanyahu Praises Trump for 3 Peace Deals in 6 Weeks
Discussion: The Intercept
Richard Read / Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus bears down on a small Montana town
Wall Street Journal:
China Trade War Didn't Boost U.S. Manufacturing Might
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Tough questions undercut Trump's reliance on local media coverage
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Bonchie / redstate.com:
GOP Spokeswoman Absolutely Wrecks CNN's Christiane Amanpour Over Joe Biden Scandals
Discussion: Instapundit
Shadi Hamid / The Atlantic:
Americans Are Losing Sight of What Fascism Means
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Appeals court stops more paper backups of Georgia voter records
Discussion: Associated Press
Chris White / Slate:
Stop Calling Famous Composers by Their Last Names
Discussion: Instapundit
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Here's Who Biden Is Considering for Top Jobs in His Administration
Discussion: Townhall, Fox News and Daily Kos
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Brad Pitt narrates new Biden campaign ad airing during World Series
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Reid says Biden should end Senate filibuster after 3 weeks
Discussion: The Hill and Business Insider