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1:20 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 …
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.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pelosi says she's not giving up on virus relief
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, tests positive for the coronavirus
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, ABC News, Reuters and Breitbart
Bloomberg:
Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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 …
Discussion: Slate and Political Wire
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.
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 …
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.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Shadi Hamid / The Atlantic:
Americans Are Losing Sight of What Fascism Means  —  How do Americans decide what to be outraged about?  It seems like ancient history now, but that was one of the questions The New York Times inadvertently raised in June when it appended an editor's note to an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Last Temptation of NeverTrump  —  A voice in my head makes the case to re-elect the president.  —  Last Sunday this section was turned over to essays making the case against the re-election of Donald Trump.  I read all of the pieces, and found more than a few points with which I disagreed.
Discussion: USA Today and The Guardian
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.
Discussion: Reuters, Politico, Breitbart and The Hill
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Tough questions undercut Trump's reliance on local media coverage  —  The cash-hungry Trump campaign has turned to a cheaper strategy to try to remain on the airwaves, flooding TV and radio through local media bookings and back-to-back-to-back rallies.  —  But the gambit has been challenged …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why I voted for Trump in 2016 and will vote for him again  —  In March of 2016, I wrote that I would likely support Donald Trump because he was the only presidential candidate speaking for working-class Americans.  I also viewed the contempt for Trump by the media and elite of both parties as contempt for his supporters as well.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
King Kong Trump, Losing His Grip  —  A steaming mad president is running out of steam.  —  WASHINGTON — During the Barack Obama comet streak in 2008, a lot of Americans were electrified by the idea of leaping into modernity with a brainy, young, Black cool cat.
New York Times:
Democrats Hope 2020 Is the Year They Flip the Texas House  —  Republicans have controlled the state government since 2003.  An anti-Trump surge could give Democrats a crucial boost.  —  BEDFORD, Texas — Deep in the suburbs northeast of Fort Worth, Democrats trying to win the Texas House …
Richard Read / Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus bears down on a small Montana town  —  When Steve Qunell won a seat on the City Council last year in this town of 8,000, he figured he'd be dealing with potholes and affordable housing.  —  Instead, he finds himself at the center of a raging debate over how to fight the coronavirus …
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: Townhall and Daily Kos
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
 
 
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James Arkin / Politico:
GOP Senate majority besieged on multiple fronts
Discussion: Michigan Advance
Steven Lemongello / Orlando Sentinel:
Former President Obama to visit Orlando on Tuesday to campaign for Joe Biden
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GOP Spokeswoman Absolutely Wrecks CNN's Christiane Amanpour Over Joe Biden Scandals
Discussion: Instapundit
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Why Pennsylvania miners are voting Trump — even though he didn't bring jobs back
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Chris White / Slate:
Stop Calling Famous Composers by Their Last Names
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Brad Pitt narrates new Biden campaign ad airing during World Series
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden alleged sex tape and images uploaded on Bannon-connected Chinese website
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Reid says Biden should end Senate filibuster after 3 weeks
Discussion: Business Insider
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Astor Place Hair to close after 75 years due to COVID-19
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Joe Biden will travel to Georgia on Tuesday in late push to flip state
Discussion: Political Wire