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9:15 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.
Russell Falcon / KXAN-TV:
Biden has 3-point lead over Trump in Texas, poll shows
Discussion: The Week, WAVY-TV and MyNorthwest.com
Wall Street Journal:   The Press of Conformity  —  A case study in how the media stigmatize opposing views.
New York Times:   Questions and Answers About the Bidens and a Deal in China
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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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes at least 16 false or misleading claims to ‘60 Minutes’  —  President Trump abruptly ends interview with ‘60 Minutes’  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump continued his dishonesty blitz in an interview with Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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: UPI and CNN
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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.
Associated Press:
Halloween goes on at the White House with a few twists
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Only Middle Finger Available  —  The Barrett Vote: There's Not a Good Reason for Mike Pence to Preside Over It  —  Homeowners with Trump Yard Signs Receive Ominous Warning  —  A President Biden Would Be Disastrous on Energy  —  If Trump wins, it will be as a gigantic rude gesture to the cultural Left.
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Week
Politico:
Biden flips script on Trump in campaign's final week  —  Donald Trump is chasing every possible opening across the electoral map.  Joe Biden is sitting on his lead, carefully surveying the landscape for states that might serve as insurance policies.  —  It's a jarring flip of the script …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll shows deadlocked races for president, Senate seats in Georgia  —  'It's a real barnburner'  —  The race for president in Georgia is deadlocked in the final week of the campaign, with President Donald Trump and Joe Biden in a statistical tie in a state that hasn't voted Democratic for president since 1992.
Barack Obama / New Yorker:
A President Looks Back on His Toughest Fight  —  The story behind the Obama Administration's most enduring—and most contested—legacy: reforming American health care.  —  Our first spring in the White House arrived early.  As the weather warmed, the South Lawn became almost like a private park to explore.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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: New York Times and The Hill
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Hate Wokeness?  Vote Biden.  —  A number of influential commentators who firmly opposed Donald Trump in 2016 recently announced their intention to vote for him in 2020.  Nearly all of them, including James Lindsay, Danielle Pletka, and Ben Shapiro, blamed illiberalism on the left.
Discussion: The Guardian
Lorcan Roche Kelly / Bloomberg:
Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day  —  Covid's dangerous moment, almost all hope of pre-election stimulus lost, and China's growth plan.  —  Record infections  —  The U.S. added more than 85,000 coronavirus infections on Sunday, a new high beating the record set the day before.
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
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 …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
‘A mass exodus’: HHS staffers jumping ship amid pandemic, fears of Trump loss  —  At least 27 political appointees have exited the embattled Health and Human Services department since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in February, according to a POLITICO review, and senior leaders are bracing …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Inside Decades of Nepotism and Bungling at the N.Y.C. Elections Board  —  Some staffers read or watch Netflix at the office, while others punch in and then go shopping or to the gym, current and former employees said.  —  The official who oversees voter registration in New York City is the 80-year-old mother of a former congressman.
David Lynch / Washington Post:
Trump's Carrier deal fades as economic reality intervenes  —  Jobs that were saved are dwarfed by others that left  —  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., and MONTERREY, Mexico — The Carrier plant in Indianapolis is where outsourcing was supposed to have stopped.  —  Within days of winning the 2016 election …
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 …
Discussion: New Republic
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.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump doesn't have a second-term economic plan  —  President Trump has not laid out an economic agenda for his second term, despite the election being just eight days away.  —  Why it matters: This is unprecedented in modern presidential campaigns, and makes it harder for undecided voters to make an informed choice.
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Prez And Top Hosts Told To Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure  —  Fox News Media President Jay Wallace and several of the network's top personalities have reportedly been told to quarantine themselves and get tested for COVID-19 after they were all unknowingly exposed to an individual who had contracted the virus.
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and CNN
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Economist’ Failed to Disclose Lucrative Beijing Ties  —  UK mag cashed Huawei checks as it covered telecom giant  —  The Economist provided sympathetic coverage of a Chinese tech giant widely considered a national security risk without disclosing the publication's lucrative business relationship …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Trump's Legacy is COVID and QAnon  —  A poisoning of the American body and the mind.  —  On Saturday, President Donald J. Trump emerged from his West Palm Beach voting center, boasting he voted a “straight Republican ticket.”  A “straight Republican ticket” in his congressional district …
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Winter Is Coming: Time for a Mask Mandate  —  A requirement to cover your face in public could be more of a cultural norm than a political statement.  —  France set a record for Covid-19 infections this weekend, and Italy has announced new restrictions, such as closing bars and restaurants …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
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Scott Porch / The Daily Beast:
Blame Comey First and Last for Trump Taking the White House
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
If they won't fully reopen schools, despite what science says, when will they?
Discussion: Honolulu Civil Beat
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Democrats already angling to take out Ron Johnson in 2022
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Pelosi holds firm grip on power as Dems dream of a sweep
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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John L. Smith / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Election Fear-Mongering Backfires in Nevada
Discussion: Raw Story
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theepochtimes.com:
New York Times' 8-Month-Long ‘Investigation’ of The Epoch Times: Light on Facts, Heavy on Bias
Robby Soave / Reason:
‘This Building Has Caused More Problems Than It Solved’
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Topeka Capital-Journal:
Our vote is going to Joe Biden
Discussion: New York Times and The Guardian
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Conservative News Sites Fuel Voter Fraud Misinformation