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5:30 PM ET, October 26, 2020

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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.
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Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
GOP US Senate candidate Jason Lewis rushed into surgery  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis was rushed into emergency surgery Monday for a severe internal hernia, just eight days before the election, his campaign announced.
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.
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?
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Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
How Trump Took the Middle Class to the Cleaners
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Not The Onion  —  YOU HEARD IT RIGHT: The White House is actually considering holding a large-scale event on the South Lawn this evening to honor AMY CONEY BARRETT'S confirmation to the Supreme Court.  A source told us the guest list is not small.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:   Seeking power in Jesus' name: Trump sparks a rise of ‘Patriot Churches’
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 …
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  —  ‘The 45th President’: One in a series looking back at the Trump presidency  —  President Trump's first-term record on the federal judiciary — which will reach its apex Monday …
Sen. Kelly Loeffler / Washington Examiner:
The Constitution is under attack from the Left, but Amy Coney Barrett will be a great defender
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump breaks with Meadows, says he hasn't given up on controlling virus  —  President Donald Trump on Monday insisted that his administration was still working to curb the spread of the coronavirus, even as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows doubled down on his acknowledgment that the United States would not “control” the pandemic.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
White House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night
CNN:
Pompeo being investigated for potentially breaking the law with RNC speech  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is under investigation for potentially violating a federal law that forbids federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or while inside federal buildings …
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Office of Special Counsel investigating whether Pompeo broke federal law
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
Associated Press:
Biden was speaking to George Lopez in widely shared video  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stumbled over a name when he was interviewed during the virtual “I Will Vote” concert, and social media has lit up with claims that he confused President Donald Trump with a previous occupant of the Oval Office.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and BK Reader
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.
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Sex Cult Leader, Facing Life Sentence, Regrets Nothing  —  Several victims are expected to testify when Keith Raniere, the founder of Nxivm, is sentenced this week for sex trafficking, extortion and other crimes.  —  Keith Raniere, the leader of a self-help organization called Nxivm …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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?
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.
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 …
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
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) …
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) …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith's CNBC Show Bombs in Ratings, Placing Last in Cable News and Behind Fox Business Repeats  —  Shepard Smith, once a star anchor at Fox News, made headlines last year when he abruptly left the network.  Now, his highly anticipated — and heavily promoted — new show at CNBC …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed Expects to Break Even This Year, Thanks to Heavy Cost Cuts  —  Digital media company's revenue damaged during pandemic as layoffs, other cuts shore up bottom line  —  At the end of a staff-wide video call in early October about improving diversity, BuzzFeed Chief Executive Jonah Peretti revealed …
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: National Review and Raw Story
Ashonti Ford Polk / Spectrum Bay News 9:
Florida Man Accused of Stealing Bulldozer to Dig Up Biden Signs  —  HAINES CITY, Fla. - Former vice Mayor Adam Burgess told Spectrum Bay News 9 he is happy his grandmother wasn't alive to see a man bulldoze over their property because of their political choice.  —  What You Need To Know
 
 
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Katie J.M. Baker / BuzzFeed News:
Texas Voters Who Contract COVID Before Election Day Will Need A Doctor's Note To Vote Absentee
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democrats urge Bloomberg to invest in Senate races as McConnell-linked super PAC spends big
Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
Tom Cotton is campaigning hard, just not for re-election
Discussion: Associated Press
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
America wakes up to politics: 2020 brings a tsunami of voting and activism
Washington Post:
Pair of studies confirm there is water on the moon
Discussion: The Verge, Gizmodo and NPR
 Earlier Items: 
FiveThirtyEight:
Why Many Americans Don't Vote
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
New York Times:
The Two Americas Financing the Trump and Biden Campaigns
Discussion: WAVY-TV and National Review
Maya King / Politico:
Georgia's legacy of voter suppression is driving historic Black turnout
Discussion: Raw Story