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8:15 PM ET, October 25, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Trump Had One Last Story to Sell.  The Wall Street Journal Wouldn't Buy It.  —  Inside the White House's secret, last-ditch effort to change the narrative, and the election — and the return of the media gatekeepers.  —  By early October, even people inside the White House believed President …
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New York Times:
Questions and Answers About the Bidens and a Deal in China  —  There is no evidence that the former vice president was involved in or profited from a joint venture pursued by his son and brother.  —  In the closing days of the campaign, President Trump and his allies are engaged …
Axios:
Trump plans to fire heads of FBI, CIA and Pentagon if he wins re-election  —  If President Trump wins re-election, he'll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two people who've discussed …
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
Associated Press:
GOP slowly gaining as early vote total surpasses 2016  —  With nine days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days.
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Politico:
Republicans crash Florida early vote, eating into Democrats' lead
Discussion: Breitbart and Forbes
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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Topeka Capital-Journal:
Our vote is going to Joe Biden  —  By The Editorial Advisory Board  —  Joe Biden should be the next president of the United States.  —  He should be the next president of the United States because he is caring, trustworthy and experienced.  He should be the next president of the United States …
Discussion: New York Times
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
New Hampshire paper backs Biden in first Democratic endorsement in over 100 years
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: CBS News and Florida Politics
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Todd Ruger / Roll Call:
Senate cuts off debate on Barrett nomination, moves to final vote on Monday
New York Times:
We Were Clerks at the Supreme Court. Its Legitimacy Is Now in Question.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Last Temptation of NeverTrump  —  A voice in my head makes the case to re-elect the president.
Politico:
Barrett clears pivotal Senate hurdle ahead of Monday confirmation vote
Erin Alberty / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah's hospitals prepare to ration care as a record number of coronavirus patients flood their ICUs … Editor's note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus.  Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning.
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 …
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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The Guardian:
White House chief of staff says 'we're not going to control pandemic', after Pence staffers test positive - as it happened
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Conservative News Sites Fuel Voter Fraud Misinformation  —  Breitbart, The Washington Examiner and others amplify false claims of rampant cheating in what a new Harvard study calls a “propaganda feedback loop.”  —  In the final stretch of the 2020 campaign, right-leaning news sites with millions …
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 …
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 …
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: Axios, Raw Story and Bloomberg
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 …
Robby Soave / Reason:
‘This Building Has Caused More Problems Than It Solved’  —  Betsy DeVos became President Donald Trump's education secretary on February 7, 2017, following Vice President Mike Pence's vote to break a Senate deadlock—an inauspicious first for a Cabinet-level confirmation.
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
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
theepochtimes.com:
New York Times' 8-Month-Long ‘Investigation’ of The Epoch Times: Light on Facts, Heavy on Bias  —  The New York Times on Oct. 24 published an article by tech columnist Kevin Roose about The Epoch Times.  The article was published on the front page of the NY Times' Sunday edition on Oct. 25.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: IJR, Breitbart, The Hill and NBC News
 
 
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
How Democrat Max Rose Is Still Taking a Stand for His Trump Country Seat
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Divided States of Pennsylvania
Matt Stout Globe / The Boston Globe:
Boston ballot box set on fire, officials say, in ‘disgrace to democracy’
Discussion: NBC Boston, Forbes and Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani's Crew of Misfits and Hucksters Storms Into the Hunter Biden Wars
Wall Street Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The 11,000 Votes That Haunt Michigan Democrats
Discussion: courthousenews.com
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Tacoma teacher tried recruiting kids to join progressive campaigns in class
Financial Times:
Concerns grow inside Downing Street as polls point to Biden victory
John Harwood / CNN:
Why Trump could face a Jimmy Carter scenario
New York Times:
Democrats Hope 2020 Is the Year They Flip the Texas House
Discussion: The Hill
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Why Trump Can't Take Red Counties in North Carolina for Granted
Discussion: Politico