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12:30 AM ET, October 26, 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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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.
Discussion: Washington Times and New York Post
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Press of Conformity  —  A case study in how the media stigmatize opposing views.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Some institutions are responding better than others to the stress of political polarization, and one of the worst performers has been the press.
Russell Falcon / KXAN-TV:
Biden has 3-point lead over Trump in Texas, poll shows
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
The 60 Minutes interview that President Trump cut short  —  In an interview that's made headlines this week, Lesley Stahl presses President Trump on once-again rising coronavirus cases and what his priorities would be if re-elected.  Stahl also speaks with Mr. Trump's running mate, Vice President Mike Pence.
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CBS News:
Joe Biden makes the case for why he should be president  —  The former vice president talks with Norah O'Donnell about the pandemic, taxes, the Supreme Court, and the “stark” differences between himself and President Trump.  O'Donnell also speaks with Mr. Biden's running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris.
NBC News:
Harris to campaign in Texas, but Trump won't visit before election
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Biden rebounds to edge over Trump in Texas, as Hegar slightly narrows Cornyn's lead in Senate race
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
Infection of Pence Aides Raises New Questions About Trump's Virus Response  —  From the beginning, the president has turned mask wearing and other preventive measures into a loyalty test.  He and his aides have taken the same approach inside the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — “Covid, Covid.
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Washington Post:
White House signals defeat in pandemic as coronavirus outbreak roils Pence's office  —  The presidential campaign was roiled this weekend by a fresh outbreak of the novel coronavirus at the White House that infected at least five aides or advisers to Vice President Pence that President Trump's …
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Halloween goes on at the White House with a few twists
Discussion: Breitbart
The Daily Beast:
White House Admits It is ‘Not Going to Control Pandemic’
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The big Trump rallies you don't see  —  WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania — “I can't believe there aren't any newspeople here,” said Linda of Greene County, Pennsylvania, as she stood among hundreds of cars and pickup trucks idling in long parallel lines in a vast big-box-store parking lot Saturday …
Discussion: Power Line
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump, TV pundits don't have a fracking clue about Pennsylvania and fossil fuels
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
Washington Post:
Biden's debate-night stumble on oil highlights the delicate tightrope he must walk on climate change
New York Times:
Covid-19 Updates: A Grim Weekend for Europe, Where Cases Keep Climbing  —  Officials tried to block news of an outbreak in Vice President Mike Pence's circle for “privacy” reasons, according to Mark Meadows.  Hospitals around the U.S. are under pressure.  —  Here's what you need to know:
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Devan Cole / CNN:
White House chief of staff: ‘We are not going to control the pandemic’
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
How to Talk to Friends and Family Who Share Conspiracy Theories  —  Fringe movements will persist long after Election Day.  Here's how to help.  —  Opinion writer at large.  —  Increasingly, friends, colleagues and readers share the same story with me: Online, somebody they know and love …
New York Times:
Fights Erupt During ‘Jews for Trump’ Rally in Manhattan  —  Seven people were arrested, and protesters screamed at Rudy Giuliani.  Separately, a police officer was suspended for voicing support for the president on the job.  —  Political tensions over the upcoming presidential election escalated …
Discussion: ABC News and New York Post
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 …
John L. Smith / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Election Fear-Mongering Backfires in Nevada  —  Las Vegas voters are determined to ensure their votes count, despite the vexatious presence of anti-maskers, Team Trump's “poll observers,” and election-related litigation.  —  LAS VEGAS—The final weekend of early voting here was mostly sunny …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Rosanna Xia / Los Angeles Times:
L.A.'s coast was once a DDT dumping ground.  —  Not far from Santa Catalina Island, in an ocean shared by divers and fishermen, kelp forests and whales, David Valentine decoded unusual signals underwater that gave him chills.  —  The UC Santa Barbara scientist was supposed to be studying methane seeps …
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Divided States of Pennsylvania … On a sunny day in Philadelphia this fall, James McFadden worried about the future of America as he loaded groceries into his Toyota Prius.  —  “It's been the worst time that I have ever seen,” said McFadden, 81.  —  That was saying something …
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 …
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New York Times:
We Were Clerks at the Supreme Court. Its Legitimacy Is Now in Question.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
 
 
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes at least 16 false or misleading claims to ‘60 Minutes’
Discussion: Raw Story
Donald Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
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Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
The Election May Hinge on Pennsylvania. Can the Polls Get the State Right?
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theepochtimes.com:
New York Times' 8-Month-Long ‘Investigation’ of The Epoch Times: Light on Facts, Heavy on Bias
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
How Democrat Max Rose Is Still Taking a Stand for His Trump Country Seat
Discussion: CNN
Robby Soave / Reason:
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Matt Stout Globe / The Boston Globe:
Boston ballot box set on fire, officials say, in ‘disgrace to democracy’
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The 11,000 Votes That Haunt Michigan Democrats
Discussion: courthousenews.com
Tim Miller / The Triad:
A Message for Reluctant Trumpers of Good Faith
Financial Times:
Concerns grow inside Downing Street as polls point to Biden victory