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1:06 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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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 …
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.
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, Political Wire and Reason
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
White House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night
Wall Street Journal:   The Press of Conformity  —  A case study in how the media stigmatize opposing views.
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 …
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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’
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
Loren Grush / The Verge:
Water ice on the Moon may be easier to reach than we thought, new studies claim  —  But there are still a lot of unknowns  —  New observations of the Moon reveal that lunar water may be more accessible than originally thought.  The new data is particularly exciting for NASA …
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Washington Post:
Pair of studies confirm there is water on the moon
Discussion: MIT Technology Review and 6abc
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: israpundit.org
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Office of Special Counsel investigating whether Pompeo broke federal law  —  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is investigating whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated the Hatch Act by giving a speech to the Republican National Convention from Jerusalem, House Foreign Affairs Chair Eliot Engel …
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Melania Trump to travel to Pennsylvania in final stretch of campaign
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Hollie Silverman / CNN:
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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
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Winter Is Coming: Time for a Mask Mandate
Discussion: CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The big Trump rallies you don't see
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart