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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Enablement The tortured self-justification of one very powerful Trump-loathing anonymous Republican.  —  One afternoon this year, a Washington Republican wove through packs of tourists on the Mall and considered, as he often did, the collapse of America.  How would all of this appear from a distance?
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Bulwark
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Kayleigh McEnany once praised Biden as a ‘man of the people’ who resonates with “middle class” over ‘tycoon’ Trump  —  (CNN)Prior to becoming a prominent backer of Donald Trump, Kayleigh McEnany praised then-Vice President Joe Biden as “funny and likable” and a “man of the people” who resonates with “middle class voters.”
Michelle Garcia / NBC News:
To Jared Kushner, Black Americans' grappling with inequality, racism is ‘complaining’  —  White House adviser Jared Kushner described Black America's issues with inequality and racism as “complaining” in an interview Monday.  —  “The thing we've seen in the Black community, which is mostly Democrat …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump breaks with Meadows, says he hasn't given up on controlling virus
Bloomberg:
Trump Mocks Harris, Pelosi, Guthrie, Stahl But Says Women Support Him
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.
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
With Weakness Among Hispanic Voters, Biden Trails in Texas  —  Large Democratic gains among white suburbanites suggest risks down the ballot for Republicans in congressional and state House races, our poll shows.  —  President Trump maintains a narrow lead in Texas, according …
Meg Kelly / Washington Post:
No, Biden did not confuse George W. Bush and Donald Trump  —  “Joe Biden confuses President Trump with George W. Bush: 'because of who I'm running against ... George, ah, George'”  — Republican National Committee rapid response director Steve Guest, in a misleading tweet, on Oct. 25
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
GOP bets Democrats won't expand Supreme Court.  Progressives say: Call their bluff.  —  WASHINGTON — When Senate Republicans voted on a rainy Sunday to put Amy Coney Barrett on a glide path to a lifetime Supreme Court appointment one week before Election Day, they were making a bet …
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump's conservative imprint on the federal judiciary gives Democrats a playbook — if they win
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
FBI Sits on Report Detailing White-Supremacist Terror Threat  —  WHITE FLIGHT … In violation of the law, the FBI won't deliver a legally required report on domestic terrorism before an election that many security veterans fear may spark some level of violence.
Financial Times:
All the president's debts: to whom Donald Trump owes money  —  Debts of more than $1bn are tied to the Covid-struck commercial real estate market  —  These are tough times in the real estate market.  The Covid-19 crisis has hit asset values, particularly commercial real estate in cities such as New York.
Jeff Charles / redstate.com:
Gov. Whitmer Completely Falls Apart When Asked About Hunter Biden Scandal  —  Members of Biden's team are having a tough time dealing with the Hunter Biden scandal.  On Sunday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer struggled to address questions about the “laptop from hell” and the Biden family's shady ties …
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The National Pulse:   EXC: Hunter Biden 'Brought Every Single Person To White House, VP's House' That Foreign Business Partner Wanted, Received Resort Villa Stays, Artwork In Exchange
Eric Yoder / Washington Post:
Trump appointee resigns over the president's order removing job protections for many civil servants  —  The Trump administration-appointed head of a key advisory council on the civil service has resigned over an executive order to strip away protections against political interference in hiring …
Laurence Darmiento / Los Angeles Times:
Investor Bill Gross accused of blaring 'Gilligan's Island' song on loop to torment neighbor  —  A dispute between bond king Bill Gross and his next-door neighbor over a $1-million outdoor sculpture has devolved into police calls to their Laguna Beach mansions, multiple legal actions …
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Tennessee Sen. Joey Hensley defends prescribing opioids to relatives, lover  —  An attorney for Tennessee Sen. Joey Hensley conceded Monday the politician, a small-town doctor, prescribed opioids to family members and an employee with whom he was in a romantic relationship, in what the state contends is a violation of medical ethics.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Seeking power in Jesus' name: Trump sparks a rise of ‘Patriot Churches’  —  KNOXVILLE, TENN. — The new congregation is gathered in a barn in Lenoir City, Tenn., with a roof that has a 60-foot American flag painted on it.  And they are praying for a Trump landslide.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Not The Onion
George Conway / Washington Post:
I believe in the president, now more than ever  —  I believe, more than ever, in the president.  —  I believe Sleepy Joe Biden and that “monster” Kamala D. Harris would turn America into a “socialist hellhole,” and we'd all have “to speak Chinese.”  I believe they “want to take out the cows” and “any form of animals.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation's capital.  —  Over the weekend, the campaign pushed out fundraising emails in the president's name offering donors …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Says It's Different This Time  —  The 2016 Democratic candidate was certain she'd win four years ago.  Now, she's even more bullish that Biden will.  —  (SINGING) When you walk in a room, do you have sway.  —  [MUSIC PLAYING]  —  What's it like to be Joe Biden right now?
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Meadows under fire as Trump chief of staff for handling of pandemic and other crises  —  When touting his chief of staff Mark Meadows onstage in North Carolina this month, President Trump gave an unusual compliment for a risky move.  —  “He follows me,” Trump said of his helicopter ride …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Pompeo Under Investigation for RNC Speech From Jerusalem  —  NO NO  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech from Jerusalem to the Republican National Convention has landed him under investigation for potentially abusing his office, according to the chairpeople of the House foreign-relations and appropriations committees.
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul: Seniors Should Be Served Meals by COVID-Survivors  —  Speaking during a campaign rally for a congressional candidate in Virginia, Paul also said cloth masks “don't work” and defended President Trump's claim that COVID would disappear.  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) …
New York Times:
They Did Not Vote in 2016.  Why They Plan to Skip the Election Again.  —  Between a third and a half of all eligible voters typically stay home during presidential elections.  —  EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Like nearly half of all the eligible voters in her county in 2016, Keyana Fedrick did not vote.
Discussion: CNN
Jordan Schachtel / The Dossier:
The Impersonator: Eric Feigl-Ding, COVID-19, and an implicit far-left agenda  —  How a nutritionist turned politician became a “COVID-19 expert.”  —  4 hr  —  If you're on social media and you follow news related to the coronavirus pandemic, chances are you've stumbled upon …
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.
The New York Times Company:
New Roles for Manny Fernandez and Rick Rojas  —  Our indefatigable Atlanta correspondent, Rick Rojas, is opening a bureau in Nashville.  And Manny Fernandez, a great chronicler of Texas, will add editor to his title, as well as Los Angeles bureau chief.  Read more in this note from Marc Lacey.
Sig Christenson / ExpressNews.com:
Texas Guard: Abbott to order 1,000 troops to Texas cities during election  —  The Texas Army National Guard said Monday it had been ordered to dispatch 1,000 troops to five major cities around the state in conjunction with the Nov. 3 election, including San Antonio.
Discussion: Raw Story
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Joe Biden will travel to Iowa Friday, underscoring close presidential race  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Iowa Friday, marking his first in-person visit of the general election cycle.  —  According to his campaign, Biden plans to discuss bringing Americans together to address the crises facing the country.
Discussion: The Hill
NBC New York:
Malliotakis Narrowly Leads Rose in Tight Staten Island Race, NBC 4/Marist Poll Finds  —  Rose, a moderate Democrat, won an upset in the heavily Trump-supporting district in 2018  —  What to Know  — GOP challenger Nicole Malliotakis holds a 2-point lead over incumbent Rep. Max Rose …
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
Facebook serves as an echo chamber, especially for conservatives.  Blame its algorithm.  —  Steven L. Johnson, Brent Kitchens and Peter Gray are information technology professors at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.  Their peer-reviewed research referenced in the op-ed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
New York Times:
Rallies Are the Core of Trump's Campaign, and a Font of Lies and Misinformation  —  A recent rally in Wisconsin was typical.  In 90 minutes, President Trump made 131 false or inaccurate statements.  —  President Trump's speech in Janesville, Wis.  —  Passages highlighted in red are false or inaccurate.
Discussion: Washington Times
Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
Joe Biden's endless wars … In just over a week, the Empire hopes to strike back.  Joe Biden personifies the foreign policy of endless war that Democrats and neoconservatives pursued for 25 years, from the end of the Cold War until the election of Donald Trump in 2016.
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
Homeland Security agencies prepare for civil unrest amid heightened tensions nationwide
Discussion: Raw Story
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Lt. Col. Vindman writing memoir, ‘Here, Right Matters’
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Associated Press
Will Feuer / CNBC:
Average daily new coronavirus cases in U.S. hit all-time high, Gottlieb warns of ‘exponential spread’
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and Vox
Steve Neavling / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
Feds weigh terrorism charges after finding bomb parts in Whitmer kidnapping plot investigation
Discussion: Detroit News
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith's CNBC Show Bombs in Ratings, Placing Last in Cable News and Behind Fox Business Repeats
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Discussion: Vanity Fair
Tim Alberta / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story and National Review
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
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