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10:35 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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Wall Street Journal:   The Press of Conformity  —  A case study in how the media stigmatize opposing views.
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
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Lesley Stahl Is Wrong And Trump Is Right: The Obama Administration Spied On The Trump Campaign
Discussion: IJR, Variety and The Hill
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: Politico, Reuters, Washingtonian, CNN and UPI
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New York Times:
Infection of Pence Aides Raises New Questions About Trump's Virus Response
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
ACB on the verge of confirmation  —  with help from Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle  —  GRIN AND BARRETT — The Senate is on the brink of confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, shifting the balance of the court to the right for a generation to come and delivering President Donald Trump …
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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.
Discussion: Political Wire, The Hill and Politico
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
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.
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 and Breitbart
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Maya King / Politico:
Georgia's legacy of voter suppression is driving historic Black turnout  —  ATLANTA — Almost every Black Georgia voter queuing up at the polls has a story about 2018.  —  Most waited for hours in lines that wrapped around their voting locations.  Some were removed from the voter rolls arbitrarily …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 Post:
The New York Post endorses President Donald J. Trump for re-election  —  We can return to the explosive job creation, rising wages and general prosperity we had before the pandemic.  We can have economic freedom and opportunity, and resist cancel culture and censorship.
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.
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
BBC:
Jubilation as Chile votes to rewrite constitution  —  There have been jubilant scenes in Chile after an overwhelming majority voted in support of rewriting Chile's constitution, which dates to the military rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet.  —  With almost all the ballots counted, 78% had voted …
Discussion: The Guardian
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:
The Two Americas Financing the Trump and Biden Campaigns  —  Estimated donors by ZIP code since April  —  ◄ MORE BIDEN DONORS MORE TRUMP DONORS ►  —  Notes: The map shows which candidate had more donors in each ZIP code from April 1, 2020, to Oct. 14, 2020.
Discussion: National Review
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Republicans closely resemble autocratic parties in Hungary and Turkey - study … The Republican party has become dramatically more illiberal in the past two decades and now more closely resembles ruling parties in autocratic societies than its former centre-right equivalents in Europe, according to a new international study.
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
Erin Durkin / Politico:
Civil rights groups sue de Blasio, NYPD over protest response  —  NEW YORK — The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Legal Aid Society are suing Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD brass, charging they are responsible for the “indiscriminate brutalizing of peaceful protestors” …
Discussion: NBC New York
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Democrats already angling to take out Ron Johnson in 2022  —  Democrats are coming after Ron Johnson in 2022.  —  With the presidential election not yet even in the books, Democratic opposition is already lining up to run for the Republican's Senate seat two years from now in Wisconsin.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Scott Porch / The Daily Beast:
Blame Comey First and Last for Trump Taking the White House  —  Think 2020 has been crazy?  Read “October Surprise,” in which reporter Devlin Barrett traces the FBI's cascade of missteps that led to the surprise election of Donald Trump.  —  A running joke of this presidential election year …
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.
 
 
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Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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Associated Press:
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