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10:15 AM ET, October 27, 2020


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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Amy Coney Barrett's First Votes Could Throw the Election to Trump  —  A sinister argument from Bush v. Gore returns with a vengeance.  —  Although George W. Bush prevailed in the Bush v. Gore decision, it's often forgotten that the Supreme Court declined to affirm his chief legal argument.
Brenna Parker / Joe Biden for President:
The Supreme Court Confirmation In an Ongoing Election - Statement by Vice President Joe Biden  —  The rushed and unprecedented confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, in the middle of an ongoing election, should be a stark reminder to every American that your vote matters.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Amy Coney Barrett Hail-Mary Touchdown
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court rejects request to extend Wisconsin's deadline for counting mail-in ballots
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed To Supreme Court, Takes Constitutional Oath
Supreme Court won't extend Wisconsin ballot deadline
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Philadelphia police shooting of Black man sparks unrest  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife, sparking violent protests that police said injured 30 officers and led to dozens of arrests.
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.
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.
Dan De Luce / NBC News:   Trump admin dismantles ‘firewall’ for editorial independence at U.S.-funded media outlets
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story, CNBC and UPI
Elaine Kurtenbach / Associated Press:   World shares slip after Wall St's worst day in a month
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Kayleigh McEnany once praised Biden as a ‘man of the people’ who resonates with “middle class” over ‘tycoon’ Trump  —  (CNN)Prior to becoming a prominent backer of Donald Trump, Kayleigh McEnany praised then-Vice President Joe Biden as “funny and likable” and a “man of the people” who resonates with “middle class voters.”
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
‘Today’ Show Runs Deceptively Edited Biden Clip Pushed by Team Trump  —  “Frankly, I had higher expectations for NBC News,” commentator Ana Navarro, who was interviewing Biden along with George Lopez, told The Daily Beast.  —  Eight days before the 2020 election, you would think that major media outlets …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Blocked in Bid to Shield Trump From Rape Defamation Suit  —  The Justice Department tried to intervene to represent President Trump against the lawsuit by the writer E. Jean Carroll, who claims he lied when he denied raping her.  —  A federal judge ruled on Tuesday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Pro-Trump voices have Mark Zuckerberg's ear.  Is that why Facebook undermines liberal news sites?  —  When the world's largest social-media platform unveiled its new Facebook News last year, the company emphasized how much it would do to help struggling local news organizations.
Discussion: Vox
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Why the GOP hold on Texas is loosening  —  (CNN)The huge surge of early voting in Texas' rapidly growing cities and inner suburbs likely marks the end of unchallenged Republican dominance in America's second largest state — a seismic shift in the nation's electoral landscape.
Mark McKinnon / Vanity Fair:
“We're Watching an Incumbent Self-Destruct”: Polling Guru Who Predicted Trump's 2016 Win Is Betting On Biden  —  The polls have been more stable than four years ago and the president is underperforming, says Dave Wasserman.  Though the race may tighten in the coming week—and nothing is certain …
Jason Hancock / Missouri Independent:
Missouri FOP revokes endorsement of Republican whose children say he abused them  —  The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police has rescinded its endorsement of Rick Roeber, a Republican candidate for the Missouri House accused by his two adult children of physically and sexually abusing them when they were young.
New York Times:
Rallies Are the Core of Trump's Campaign, and a Font of Lies and Misinformation  —  A recent rally in Wisconsin was typical.  In 90 minutes, President Trump made 131 false or inaccurate statements.  —  President Trump's speech in Janesville, Wis.  —  Passages highlighted in red are false or inaccurate.
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Worst place, worst time: Trump faces virus spike in Midwest  —  OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Gabe Loiacono is the kind of voter President Donald Trump can ill afford to lose.  He lives in a pivotal county of a swing state that is among a handful that will decide the presidency.
Rosa Goldensohn / THE CITY:
There's No Eviction Moratorium on NYC Storage Units.  Now the Contents of Hundreds are Being Auctioned Off  —  You can't be booted from your home yet during the pandemic.  But you can still lose all your things in the unregulated, lucrative self-storage industry.  —  SHARE All sharing options
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Woke American Tigers, Crouching in China  —  Above, a scene from Disney's “Mulan.”  It's not the only U.S. company to prominently support Black Lives Matter at home but not human-rights causes in China.  —  When pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong were reaching their height last year …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
New York Times:
How Trump and Bolsonaro Broke Latin America's Covid-19 Defenses  —  The two presidents drove out 10,000 Cuban doctors and nurses.  They defunded the region's leading health agency.  They wrongly pushed hydroxychloroquine as a cure.  —  The coronavirus was gathering lethal speed …
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse  —  Americans believe the federal government's handling of the pandemic has gotten significantly worse over time, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.  —  Why it matters: Every other institution measured …
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Election 7 days away: Biden picks up campaign pace as Trump barnstorms swing states  —  Biden ramps up campaign travel as Trump blitzes key battleground states  —  Polls show Trump-Biden race tightening in key battleground states  —  President Trump is embarking on a campaign swing through …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ilhan Omar expects Biden to pivot left if elected  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar told “Axios on HBO” that given the way progressives have shaped Joe Biden's policy platform, she and other members of “The Squad” expect a liberal turn from him if he's elected.  —  Why it matters: Progressives …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
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.
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump's Manufacturing Promises Disappoint as Economy Sours
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Tones Down Immigration Messages That Dominated 2016 Election
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
A Tale of Three Possible Outcomes
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Biden races to expand election map with today's Georgia visit
Jason Rantz /
Video shows teacher telling 13 yr old that Trump's comments ‘racist’, immigration policy wrong
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Kushner, Employing Racist Stereotype, Questions if Black Americans ‘Want to Be Successful’
Sister Toldjah /
Kamala Harris Tells a Coronavirus Whopper *Twice*, Fact Checkers Nowhere To Be Found
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Shocking Bias and Incompetence of Our Public Schools
Bo Koltnow / WFMZ-TV:
DeSales University-WFMZ poll shows Biden widening lead in 7th District
Financial Times:
All the president's debts: to whom Donald Trump owes money
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Tennessee Sen. Joey Hensley defends prescribing opioids to relatives, lover