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5:05 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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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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and The Hill
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Putin rejects Donald Trump's criticism of Biden family business  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump's attack lines in the U.S. presidential election.
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Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:   No matter who wins the US election, the world's ‘fake news’ problem is here to stay
Washington Post:   Tumult at home, ailing alliances abroad: Why Trump's America has been a ‘gift’ to Putin
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 …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Enlarging the Supreme Court is the only answer to the right's judicial radicalism  —  There is only one good thing that can come from the power-mad Republican rush to jam Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court before Election Day: Of a sudden, as the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say …
Discussion: Florida Politics
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Politico:
Barrett clears pivotal Senate hurdle ahead of Monday confirmation vote
New York Times:
We Were Clerks at the Supreme Court. Its Legitimacy Is Now in Question.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Barrett nomination clears Senate hurdle, putting her on course to confirmation to Supreme Court
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.
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
New Hampshire paper backs Biden in first Democratic endorsement in over 100 years
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
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
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 …
Tim Miller / The Triad:
A Message for Reluctant Trumpers of Good Faith  —  1. Moms and Politics  —  I was talking to my mother about politics last night.  —  That's a dangerous sentence for most of us these days, but in this case it was refreshing and illuminating.  I got out of my bubble a bit …
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.
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Hillary Clinton: Most Republicans are “cowards” on Trump  —  Hillary Clinton tells Kara Swisher for her New York Times Opinion podcast, “Sway,” that most Republicans “have been cowards, spineless, enablers” of President Trump.  — “Most Republicans are going to want to close the page,” Clinton says.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Republicans crash Florida early vote, eating into Democrats' lead  —  Florida Republicans are pouring out of the trenches.  —  After weeks of Democrats outvoting them by mail, Republican voters stormed early voting precincts in person this week, taking large bites out of their opponents' historic lead in pre-Election Day ballots.
Discussion: Breitbart and Forbes
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Democrats' 4-Year Plan to Win Michigan Back From Trump  —  In 2016, Donald Trump won Michigan by the narrowest margin of any state—10,704 votes.  —  “There are 11,000 more votes in Detroit,” Garlin Gilchrist told himself that night.  “There are 11,000 Black men who could vote to change that.”
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Prepares Measures for Possible Election Unrest  —  Tools include slowing the spread of certain posts and tweaking users' news feeds  —  Facebook Inc. teams have planned for the possibility of trying to calm election-related conflict in the U.S. by deploying internal tools designed for what it calls …
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Federal disaster team sent, overflow hospital set up as COVID surges in El Paso  —  A surge in lab-confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations in far West Texas has prompted state health officials to convert a convention center in El Paso into a makeshift hospital to ease the crush of patients in the state's 6th-largest city.
 
 
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
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Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Appeals court stops more paper backups of Georgia voter records
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