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12:10 PM 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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NBC News:
The 2020 campaign closes on the coronavirus  —  WASHINGTON — The October surprise in this presidential election hasn't been the Supreme Court vacancy.  Or Hunter Biden.  Or what Joe Biden said at Thursday's debate about transitioning away from oil.  —  Instead, it's been the coronavirus.
Discussion: Reuters, Reason and Axios
Wall Street Journal:   The Press of Conformity  —  A case study in how the media stigmatize opposing views.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
White House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night
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, Fox News and Variety
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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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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
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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Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Climate news Trump can use
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.
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.
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 and 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.
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 …
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
Israel's Repressive Diplomacy  —  ON OCTOBER 23RD, Donald Trump announced that Sudan would begin the process of normalizing relations with Israel.  The declaration, which was part of a deal to remove Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terror, follows last month's pledges …
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.
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Trump Is the Best Candidate for the Illiberal Left  —  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.
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 …
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 …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
VMI superintendent resigns after Black cadets describe relentless racism  —  The superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute resigned Monday morning after Black cadets described relentless racism at the nation's oldest state-supported military college, and Gov. Ralph Northam (D) …
Discussion: UPI
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
Rebecca Heilweil / Vox:
The messy politics of Nextdoor  —  Want to see how polarized America is?  Look no further than Nextdoor.  —  Ray Wang is bothered about what's happening on Nextdoor lately.  As a moderator for his neighborhood in Cupertino, California, he has been watching the conversation closely.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Jared Kushner Says African-Americans Must ‘Want to Be Successful’  —  President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said Black people must “want to be successful” in order for his father's policies to help them.  —  “One thing we've seen in a lot of the Black community …
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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Ashonti Ford Polk / Spectrum Bay News 9:
Florida Man Accused of Stealing Bulldozer to Dig Up Biden Signs
The Bulwark:
What's Going on with Republican Women?
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph De Avila / Wall Street Journal:
Republican Congressman Fights for Re-Election After Party Switch
Discussion: Raw Story
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Office of Special Counsel investigating whether Pompeo broke federal law
Discussion: The Hill
Trevor Hughes / USA Today:
Americans worried about Election Day violence and chaos are buying guns and toilet paper
Discussion: Raw Story
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
The Coronavirus Is Pushing Women Out Of Work And Away From Trump
Glynnis MacNicol / GEN:
The Death and Life of the Greatest American City
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Missing From Supreme Court's Election Cases: Reasons for Its Rulings
Liz Peek / Fox News:
Biden's very bad week shakes up race against Trump
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Breitbart
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump doesn't have a second-term economic plan
David Lynch / Washington Post:
Trump's Carrier deal fades as economic reality intervenes
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Economist’ Failed to Disclose Lucrative Beijing Ties