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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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Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Putin rejects Donald Trump's criticism of Biden family business  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump's attack lines in the U.S. presidential election.
Discussion: Washington Times and New York Post
Russell Falcon / KXAN-TV:
Biden has 3-point lead over Trump in Texas, poll shows  —  Signs point to it being a possibility: former Vice President Joe Biden is currently leading Pres. Donald Trump by three points in the Lone Star State, according to the latest poll from the Dallas Morning News and UT Tyler.
Discussion: The Week and MyNorthwest.com
New York Times:
Questions and Answers About the Bidens and a Deal in China  —  There is no evidence that the former vice president was involved in or profited from a joint venture pursued by his son and brother.  —  In the closing days of the campaign, President Trump and his allies are engaged …
Wall Street Journal:   The Press of Conformity  —  A case study in how the media stigmatize opposing views.
NBC News:
Harris to campaign in Texas, but Trump won't visit before election
Discussion: Off the Kuff, UPI and Vox
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
CBS News:
Joe Biden makes the case for why he should be president  —  The former vice president talks with Norah O'Donnell about the pandemic, taxes, the Supreme Court, and the “stark” differences between himself and President Trump.  O'Donnell also speaks with Mr. Biden's running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris.
New York Times:
Infection of Pence Aides Raises New Questions About Trump's Virus Response  —  From the beginning, the president has turned mask wearing and other preventive measures into a loyalty test.  He and his aides have taken the same approach inside the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — “Covid, Covid.
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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: Reuters and CNN
Politico:
Trump pitches an alternate reality as coronavirus troubles deepen  —  President Donald Trump is heading into the final nine days of the 2020 election with a new nationwide explosion in coronavirus cases and a second outbreak in the top ranks of his own White House — all while he tries to sell an alternate reality to voters.
Associated Press:
Halloween goes on at the White House with a few twists
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Beast and Politico
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 …
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
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump, TV pundits don't have a fracking clue about Pennsylvania and fossil fuels
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
Washington Post:
Biden's debate-night stumble on oil highlights the delicate tightrope he must walk on climate change
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.
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
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: ABC News and Political Wire
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 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 …
Associated Press:
GOP slowly gaining as early vote total surpasses 2016  —  With nine days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days.
Trish Turner / ABC News:
Senate Republicans poised to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court  —  Democrats warn Judge Barrett is a threat to health care, civil rights, and more  —  Senate Judiciary Committee advances Amy Coney Barrett's SCOTUS nomination  —  With Democrats boycotting in protest …
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Staffers flee HHS amid growing fears of a post-election exodus  —  If Trump loses, more political appointees could quit before January, leaving the health department understaffed in the midst of a pandemic.  —  Many current and former officials told POLITICO that the coronavirus crisis has driven down morale at HHS and its agencies.
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
Pelosi holds firm grip on power as Dems dream of a sweep  —  The speaker will coast to another term — but won't say if it's her last.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters Aug. 22 during her weekly press conference at the Capitol.  Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images
Discussion: American Prospect
Topeka Capital-Journal:
Our vote is going to Joe Biden  —  By The Editorial Advisory Board  —  Joe Biden should be the next president of the United States.  —  He should be the next president of the United States because he is caring, trustworthy and experienced.  He should be the next president of the United States …
Discussion: New York Times
Donald Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Cars Have Hit Protesters More Than 100 Times This Year  —  Authorities have charged 39 drivers with crimes ranging from reckless driving to vehicular homicide  —  As Americans have taken to the streets this year to protest racism and allegations of police violence, they have been hit …
Robin Hanson / Overcoming Bias:
Win-Win Babies As Infrastructure  —  I recently used cost-benefit analysis, and estimates of the dollar value of life, to consider the sensitive issue of covid masks, lockdowns, etc.  While it can be emotionally hard to compare money and lives, we must do so if we are to think carefully about such things.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Conservative News Sites Fuel Voter Fraud Misinformation  —  Breitbart, The Washington Examiner and others amplify false claims of rampant cheating in what a new Harvard study calls a “propaganda feedback loop.”  —  In the final stretch of the 2020 campaign, right-leaning news sites with millions …
John L. Smith / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Election Fear-Mongering Backfires in Nevada  —  Las Vegas voters are determined to ensure their votes count, despite the vexatious presence of anti-maskers, Team Trump's “poll observers,” and election-related litigation.  —  LAS VEGAS—The final weekend of early voting here was mostly sunny …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Divided States of Pennsylvania
Discussion: New Republic
Matt Stout Globe / The Boston Globe:
Boston ballot box set on fire, officials say, in ‘disgrace to democracy’
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani's Crew of Misfits and Hucksters Storms Into the Hunter Biden Wars
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The 11,000 Votes That Haunt Michigan Democrats
Discussion: courthousenews.com
Tim Miller / The Triad:
A Message for Reluctant Trumpers of Good Faith