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3:35 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.
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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
White House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The American Independent
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.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
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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.
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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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
Fox News:
Severino and Scaturro: Why Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation is an imminent victory for court and country
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 …
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
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CNN:   Pompeo being investigated for potentially breaking the law with RNC speech
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:   Pompeo Under Investigation for RNC Speech From Jerusalem
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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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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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.
Washington Post:
Pair of studies confirm there is water on the moon  —  New research confirms what scientists had theorized for years — the moon is wet.  —  There is water on the moon's surface, and ice may be widespread in its many shadows, according to a pair of studies published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.
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Loren Grush / The Verge:
Water ice on the Moon may be easier to reach than we thought, new studies claim
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.
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: BK Reader
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:
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
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Google's Guardians  —  An ecosystem of Google-funded academics, think tankers and hangers-on will fan out to defend the search giant from the Justice Department's antitrust case.  —  Matt Schruers of the Computer and Communications Industry Association testifies before the House Judiciary …
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.
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) …
FiveThirtyEight:
Why Many Americans Don't Vote  —  And why for some, this year could be different.  —  Illustrations by Laura Lannes  —  The last time Richard Brown voted was in 2008.  He had caught a couple of presidential debates on TV, and found himself liking what the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, had to say.
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 …
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.
The Bulwark:
What's Going on with Republican Women?  —  There's something going on with Republican women—a troubling feedback loop between these women, their support for the president, and their interest in social media-driven conspiracy theories.  —  Let's start with some of the data on the support of Republican women for the president.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: WWLP-TV and National Review
 
 
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Washington Post:
Facebook serves as an echo chamber, especially for conservatives. Blame its algorithm.
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Tim Alberta / Politico:
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Andrew Demillo / Associated Press:
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Maya King / Politico:
Georgia's legacy of voter suppression is driving historic Black turnout
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