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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court rejects request to extend Wisconsin's deadline for counting mail-in ballots  —  The Supreme Court on Monday night rejected a pandemic-related request from Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the deadline for counting mail-in ballots received after Election Day in the battleground state of Wisconsin.
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Amy Coney Barrett's First Votes Could Throw the Election to Trump  —  A sinister argument from Bush v. Gore returns with a vengeance.  —  Although George W. Bush prevailed in the Bush v. Gore decision, it's often forgotten that the Supreme Court declined to affirm his chief legal argument.
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
U.S. Supreme Court declines to change Wisconsin's voting rules, keeps Election Day deadline for mailed ballots  —  MADISON - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin's voting laws Monday, rejecting an effort to require the counting of absentee ballots that are sent back to election officials on or just before Election Day.
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed To Supreme Court, Takes Constitutional Oath
Pete Williams / NBC News:
In setback for Democrats, Supreme Court won't let late mail ballots count in Wisconsin
ABC News:
With Senate poised to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court, WH plans ceremony
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
GOP bets Democrats won't expand Supreme Court. Progressives say: Call their bluff.
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.”
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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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
‘Today’ Show Runs Deceptively Edited Biden Clip Pushed by Team Trump  —  “Frankly, I had higher expectations for NBC News,” commentator Ana Navarro, who was interviewing Biden along with George Lopez, told The Daily Beast.  —  Eight days before the 2020 election, you would think that major media outlets …
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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?
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Yahoo News/YouGov poll: With one week left, Biden's lead over Trump grows to 12 points — his biggest yet  —  Yahoo News/YouGov poll — a 12-point margin that's four times the size of Hillary Clinton's national advantage over Trump at this point in 2016.  —  The survey, which was conducted …
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 …
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
Bo Koltnow / WFMZ-TV:
DeSales University-WFMZ poll shows Biden widening lead in 7th District … Follow Bo Koltnow  —  DISCLAIMER FOR COMMENTS: The views expressed by public comments are not those of this company or its affiliated companies.  Please note by clicking on “Post” you acknowledge that you have read …
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.
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 …
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
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Elissa Slotkin Wants to Know Who'll Stand Up to Trump If He Loses  —  BRIGHTON, Mich.—Elissa Slotkin should have been satisfied.  —  For the past several hours, the Democratic congresswoman had supervised a team of 40 volunteers churning out a Ford-style assembly line of postcards …
Discussion: Raw Story and National Review
 
 
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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
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Feds find bomb components in alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot
Discussion: News & Views …
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
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith's CNBC Show Bombs in Ratings, Placing Last in Cable News and Behind Fox Business Repeats
The New York Times Company:
New Roles for Manny Fernandez and Rick Rojas
NBC New York:
Malliotakis Narrowly Leads Rose in Tight Staten Island Race, NBC 4/Marist Poll Finds
Discussion: New York Post
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BuzzFeed Expects to Break Even This Year, Thanks to Heavy Cost Cuts
Katie J.M. Baker / BuzzFeed News:
Texas Voters Who Contract COVID Before Election Day Will Need A Doctor's Note To Vote Absentee
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Sex Cult Leader, Facing Life Sentence, Regrets Nothing
Discussion: Vanity Fair
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Google's Guardians  —  An ecosystem of Google-funded academics, think tankers and hangers …
FiveThirtyEight:
Why Many Americans Don't Vote