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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  —  President Trump is rallying supporters in Londonderry, N.H., on Sunday afternoon, before returning to Washington and holding a “Halloween at the White House” event with first lady Melania Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:   The Latest: Pelosi says she's not giving up on virus relief
CNN:
At least 5 people in Pence's orbit, including chief of staff Marc Short, are 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 …
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 for the Supreme Court, bringing the 48-year-old judge one step closer to confirmation to the high court.
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Barrett nomination clears Senate hurdle, putting her on course to confirmation to Supreme Court
New York Times:
We Were Clerks at the Supreme Court. Its Legitimacy Is Now in Question.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Staffers for Kelly Loeffler test positive for COVID-19
Discussion: Axios, Slate and Associated Press
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Enlarging the Supreme Court is the only answer to the right's judicial radicalism
Discussion: Florida Politics
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
No matter who wins the US election, the world's ‘fake news’ problem is here to stay  —  (CNN)US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were in high spirits, smirking and jovial, when they appeared in front of the press corps at the annual G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in 2019.
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Andrew Osborn / Reuters:   Putin rejects Donald Trump's criticism of Biden family business
Washington Post:   Tumult at home, ailing alliances abroad: Why Trump's America has been a ‘gift’ to Putin
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.
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
The Texas Tribune:
Kamala Harris to make campaign stop in Texas  —  Harris will be the highest-profile representative from the Biden campaign to visit Texas in person during the general election.  —  Copy link  —  Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's running mate and the California U.S. senator, will be visiting Texas on Friday …
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.
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 and Fox News
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
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
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 …
Financial Times:
Concerns grow inside Downing Street as polls point to Biden victory  —  Win for the Democrats could leave Boris Johnson scrambling to rebuild ‘special relationship’  —  British officials have not been able to meet a single senior member of Joe Biden's foreign policy team in recent weeks …
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: Bloomberg and ABC News
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Chico Harlan / Washington Post:   Pope appoints America's first African American cardinal, D.C.'s Wilton Gregory
Jessica VanEgeren / UpNorthNews:
Trump Debuts New Lie In WI: Essential Workers And Doctors Are Inflating Pandemic Numbers  —  President predicts another surprise win in Wisconsin even as coronavirus cases rise in the state, in the nation, and in his wake.  —  President Donald Trump's rally in Waukesha Saturday night …
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.
 
 
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Politico:
Republicans crash Florida early vote, eating into Democrats' lead
Discussion: Breitbart, Forbes and POLITICUSUSA
Deborah Danan / Breitbart:
Netanyahu Praises Trump for 3 Peace Deals in 6 Weeks
Axios:
AOC: “Extremely important” that Biden offer Bernie Sanders a Cabinet position
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
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Richard Read / Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus bears down on a small Montana town
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Tough questions undercut Trump's reliance on local media coverage
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Last Temptation of NeverTrump  —  A voice in my head makes the case to re-elect the president.
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