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2:50 PM ET, October 27, 2020

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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Brett Kavanaugh Signals He's Open to Stealing the Election for Trump  —  As the Senate was voting to elevate Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court on Monday night, the immediate stakes for the entire country were made suddenly clear by a critical election ruling from the court she now joins.
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Brenna Parker / Joe Biden for President:
The Supreme Court Confirmation In an Ongoing Election - Statement by Vice President Joe Biden
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kevin Stuart / The American Mind:   OK, Senator  —  Amy Coney Barrett puts the nail in the coffin of TV politics.
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Erica Orden / CNN:
Judge denies DOJ effort to end E. Jean Carroll defamation suit against Trump
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Bloomberg Funds Last-Minute Advertising Blitz for Biden in Texas and Ohio  —  The billionaire former New York City mayor has concentrated largely on Florida in the general election.  But his private polling found President Trump vulnerable in two of the country's biggest red states.
Washington Post:
Ballrooms, candles and luxury cottages: During Trump's term, millions of government and GOP dollars have flowed to his properties  —  ‘The 45th President’: One in a series looking back at the Trump presidency  —  President Trump welcomed the Japanese prime minister at Mar-a-Lago, in front of a towering arrangement of roses.
Washington Post:
Former U.S. attorneys — all Republicans — back Biden, saying Trump threatens ‘the rule of law’  —  Twenty former U.S. attorneys — all of them Republicans — on Tuesday publicly called President Trump “a threat to the rule of law in our country,” and urged that he be replaced in November …
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. prompts heated overnight protests in West Philly  —  Police officers fatally shot a 27-year-old Black man armed with a knife during a confrontation Monday afternoon in West Philadelphia, an incident that quickly raised tensions in the neighborhood …
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David Wasserman / NBC News:
The polls could be wrong.  But that may help Biden, not just Trump.  —  As Election Day approaches and President Donald Trump continues to trail Joe Biden by high single digits both nationally and in key states, their respective bases are buzzing with either hope or dread that “the polls could be wrong again.”
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The Daily Beast:
Trump's Campaign Backs Off Hunter Biden Attacks  —  Despite the Trump-loving internet obsessing over it, and the president referencing it, the campaign has left it almost entirely out of its ad push.  —  Despite aggressive efforts by Donald Trump and allies to make corruption allegations …
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden's former business partner tried striking deals with politicians for years
Discussion: The Federalist
David Folkenflik / NPR:
U.S. Agency Targets Its Own Journalists' Independence  —  A regulatory “firewall” intended to protect Voice of America and its affiliated newsrooms from political interference in their journalism was swept aside late Monday night by the chief executive of the federal agency which oversees the government's international broadcasters.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: The Lincoln Project is becoming a media business  —  The Lincoln Project is looking to beef up its media business after the election, sources tell Axios.  —  Driving the news: The group recently signed with the United Talent Agency (UTA) to help build out Lincoln Media and is weighing offers …
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
How do Trump's extraordinary betrayals stand up against history?  He could be the worst.  —  Putting Trump in context is the best way to highlight and understand his betrayals.  History is the highest court, and its verdict can't be appealed.  —  It is not a small thing to call the president of the United States a traitor.
Sean Collins Walsh / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump blitzes Pennsylvania with 3 rallies as coronavirus spikes lead to calls for him to stop  —  President Donald Trump on Monday barnstormed across Pennsylvania, holding three separate rallies where he touted his accomplishments, attacked Joe Biden's energy plans, and criticized Gov. Tom Wolf's coronavirus safety restrictions.
Discussion: The Western Journal and UPI
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Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Trump Pins Hopes on Rallies That Could Be Sealing His Defeat
Discussion: Newsbusters, REVOLT and Raw Story
Josh Barro / New York Magazine:
The World's Best Bureaucrat  —  As chairman of the Federal Reserve during the pandemic, Jerome Powell has managed to do something almost unimaginable in Washington: a good job.  —  SCOTUS  —  Amy Coney Barrett Sworn in As Supreme Court Justice  —  A month after the apparent superspreader event …
Discussion: 6abc
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Hell, No  —  The case against Trump in 2020 is a lot like the case against Trump in 2016 but bolstered by the accumulation of evidence and experience.  —  Welcome to “The Tuesday,” a weekly newsletter about language, culture, politics, and other things you can fight with your family about at Thanksgiving.
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Final Forecast: Results from Two Methods of Predicting the 2020 Presidential Election  —  Dear Readers: We will be back Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. for our final Sabato's Crystal Ball: America Votes webinar before next Tuesday's election.  We will also have a reaction show the Thursday after the election.
New York Times:
Trump Wants to Pick Off Nevada.  But Biden Is Holding a Lead, Our Poll Shows.  —  The New York Times / Siena College poll  —  Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by six points in Nevada, a state Hillary Clinton won by a small margin in 2016.  —  2016 result  —  NYT/Siena  —  +2 Clinton  —  48-46
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun and Public First
ABC News:
Can you change your vote?  Trump thinks people should  —  He thinks early voters have changed their minds after last week's debate.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  President Donald Trump, apparently believing the trajectory of the race has moved in his favor since …
Discussion: Associated Press, Slate and WAVY-TV
Washington Post:
Early-voting surge scrambles Election Day expectations as some states gallop toward 2016 turnout levels  —  After weeks of early and mail voting, at least 66 million Americans have already cast their ballots for next week's election, a historic figure that has upended expectations about Election …
Cory Shaffer / Plain Dealer:
Right-wing hoaxers Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman hit with felony charges in Cleveland tied to multi-state voter robocall campaign  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio - A grand jury in Cleveland on Tuesday indicted right-wing political hoaxers Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman with felony charges connected …
Discussion: Scene and Heard and The Hill
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The coronavirus is starting to crush some hospitals  —  Some states are seeing dangerous levels of coronavirus hospitalizations, with hospitals warning that they could soon become overwhelmed if no action is taken to slow the spread.  —  Why it matters: Patients can only receive good care …
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Win or Lose, It's Donald Trump's Republican Party  —  The G.O.P.'s politicians, activists and voters are still figuring out what that means.  —  To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.  —  The tourism bureau of Manatee County …
Boston Herald:
Editorial: The Herald endorses Trump  —  The 2020 presidential election is about what people don't want as much as what they actually do want.  —  For the left, getting Donald Trump out of office tops the wish list.  It's been that way since the day after the 2016 election.
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
A Tale of Three Possible Outcomes  —  So much #losing.  —  In the last century, three presidents have lost re-election bids for a second term: Herbert Hoover in 1932, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and George H.W. Bush in 1992.  Each of these losses was different from the others, and each brought its own distinctive after-effects.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben White / Politico:
As Trump warns of economic disaster, Wall Street grows giddy about Biden  —  President Donald Trump loves to say that if Joe Biden wins the White House, stocks will crash, retirement accounts will vanish and an economic depression “the likes of which you've never seen” will engulf the nation.
Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Trump Rallies Are Often Followed by Increases in Local COVID-19 Cases  —  Despite a new wave of COVID-19 cases across the country, President Donald Trump continues to hold frequent in-person rallies that bring together thousands of people with little regard for social distancing.
Discussion: YouGov, The Daily Beast and The Hill
The Daily Beast:
Trump's New COVID Plan: Save Seniors, Good Luck to Everyone Else  —  The White House has entered the triage stage of fighting the virus.  It makes some sense, experts say.  But also confirms that the approach up to now has failed.  —  After eight months and more than 220,000 lives lost …
Discussion: The Hill
Gretchen Whitmer / The Atlantic:
The Plot to Kidnap Me  —  When I put my hand on the Bible at my inauguration, it did not occur to me that less than two years later, I would have to tell my daughters about a plot against me.  But earlier this month, I learned that a multistate terrorist group was planning to kidnap and possibly kill me.
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and Raw Story
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump already chose Barrett successor on appeals court, confirmation possible regardless of election outcome  —  Thomas L. Kirsch II is Trump's pick to replace Amy Coney Barrett in her vacated appeals court seat  —  McConnell reacts to Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation
 
 
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Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
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FiveThirtyEight:
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Discussion: Politico and MinnPost
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Vaccine Results Before U.S. Election Day All but Ruled Out, Pfizer Indicates
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Beast
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Sources: Gina Raimondo Being Considered as Biden's Treasury Secretary
Discussion: The Federalist and NBC News
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Pro-Trump voices have Mark Zuckerberg's ear. Is that why Facebook undermines liberal news sites?
Discussion: Vox, more at Mediagazer »