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7:00 PM ET, October 27, 2020


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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
'The View's' Sunny Hostin Schools Bari Weiss on ‘Court Packing’  —  Former “New York Times” columnist Bari Weiss filled the void left by Meghan McCain on Tuesday's episode of “The View.”  —  Bari Weiss has been relatively quiet since she canceled herself from The New York Times earlier this year.
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Raging Trump wants the Supreme Court to save him.  Here's why it probably won't.  —  President Trump is now raging at the media for the sin of covering the pandemic and urging people to change their votes to him, demonstrating fury over an unalterable reality: This election …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Raw Story, IJR, NPR, COURIER and Reuters
Richard Hasen / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh has wild ideas about voting.  They likely won't matter on Election Day.  —  The Supreme Court's recent rulings don't mean the justices will decide the presidential race.  —  Should we panic about Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's concurring opinion in the Wisconsin voting case that the Supreme Court decided Monday night?
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Brett Kavanaugh Signals He's Open to Stealing the Election for Trump
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Barrett to use Supreme Court chambers previously used by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Discussion: Reuters, National Review and Twitchy
Gregory Korte / Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign Shifts Florida Ad Spending Burden to RNC  — Focus moves to northern states where Trump prevailed in 2016  — Buoyed by fundraising, Biden holds 3-1 edge in recent spending  —  Donald Trump's campaign has slashed its advertising budget in Florida …
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.
New York Times:
How Trump Maneuvered His Way Out of Trouble in Chicago  —  When his skyscraper proved a disappointment, Donald Trump defaulted on his loans, sued his bank, got much of the debt forgiven — and largely avoided paying taxes on it.  —  The financial crisis was in full swing when Donald J. Trump traveled …
Discussion: Raw Story and Financial Times
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.
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 …
Charles Creitz / Fox News:   Tony Bobulinski tells Tucker: Joe Biden denials of involvement in son's business ‘a blatant lie’
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 …
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 Daily Kos
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McConnell insists his health is ‘just fine,’ declines to explain photos showing bruised hands  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared his health is “just fine” Tuesday as he declined to explain photographs last week showing his hands bruised and bandaged.
Discussion: Fox News, Political Wire and Yahoo News
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 …
Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Can We Trust Pennsylvania's Polls?  —  They show Joe Biden clinching crucial counties.  So why does it feel so different on the ground here?  —  Mr. McCreesh is an editorial assistant for the Opinion section.  —  BENSALEM, Pa. — Two men, one in a Ford F-15 truck bedecked with Trump decals …
Discussion: Althouse
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Obama unloads on Trump at rally for Biden: 'We can't afford 4 more years of this'  —  Former president slams Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic  —  Obama on Trump's handling of coronavirus: 'Our government hasn't been doing its job'  —  Former President Obama repeatedly took aim …
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
White House science office takes credit for ‘ending’ pandemic as infections mount
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
New York Times:
As Election Nears, Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science  —  The administration is imposing new limits on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would undercut action against global warming.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has recently removed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: CNN, The Western Journal and UPI
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Trump Pins Hopes on Rallies That Could Be Sealing His Defeat
Discussion: Newsbusters, Raw Story and REVOLT
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Amid USPS delays, election experts and campaigns weigh in: Don't mail your ballot  —  A week before the election and as several voting-rights battles play out, Postal Service delays have forced the Trump and Biden campaigns to shake up their playbooks.  —  For millions of voters …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
USPS Says Timely Vote Delivery Isn't a Constitutional Right
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Sanders and Warren Accuse N.Y. Democrats of False Advertising  —  Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren say that their images were improperly used on a flier that they view as an attack on the Working Families Party.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren entered …
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 …
Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
‘Sleeping giant’ Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find  —  Exclusive: expedition discovers new source of greenhouse gas off East Siberian coast has been triggered  —  Scientists have found evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean - known as the …
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
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.”
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 …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justice Thomas' wife boosts unsupported claims against Biden  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by Joe Biden.  —  Ginni Thomas, a longtime conservative activist …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Cites Treatment of Hunter Biden Articles in Call to Change Law Protecting Online Platforms  —  Letter to lawmakers on eve of testimony by Twitter, Facebook CEOs and a week before election cites restrictions to New York Post articles  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department …
Lesley Stahl Gets Security Due to Death Threat After Trump Interview  —  The “60 Minutes” interview President Trump cut short over what he felt was unfair questioning from Lesley Stahl has left her, and her family, in a dangerous situation ... TMZ has learned.
Why Is Biden Going To ... Iowa?  —  I can't figure out the strategy here.  —  Initially I couldn't figure out the strategy of him going to Georgia either but upon reflection it made sense.  Just because the polls in a given state are tight doesn't necessarily mean it's worth a visit.
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Election 2020 live updates: Melania Trump delivers pointed political attack on trail  —  She took aim at Democrats on issues from the pandemic to impeachment.  —  ABC News Live Update: New White House outbreak in VP's inner circle  —  Plus, more than 225,00 people in the U.S. have died …
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.
Discussion: Forbes
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.
Manchester Arena Inquiry: Security ‘did not approach bomber over racism fears’  —  A security guard had a “bad feeling” about suicide bomber Salman Abedi but did not approach him for fear of being branded a racist, an inquiry has heard.  —  Kyle Lawler, who was 18 at the time of the Manchester Arena attack …
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
“Seems Like They Are Obsessed With Senator Whitehouse”: Is the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Too Cozy With the Bradley Foundation?  —  The Rhode Island senator's “dark money” riff at a SCOTUS hearing drew fire from the Journal's opinion side—which includes recipients of Bradley's quarter-million-dollar prizes.
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.
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Greg Myre / NPR:
A CIA Officer Visits Moscow, Returns With Mysterious, Crippling Headaches
Discussion: Boing Boing
U.S. Homeland Security agency faulted for election planning around potential violence
Jason Lange / Reuters:
North Carolina U.S. Senate race a dead heat; Democrat leads in Michigan: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Associated Press:
The Latest: Biden eyes Georgia and other GOP strongholds
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The joy of a Trump rally
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Is the U.S. Already in a New Civil War?
Discussion: Raw Story
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The coronavirus is starting to crush some hospitals
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Final Forecast: Results from Two Methods of Predicting the 2020 Presidential Election
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
A Tale of Three Possible Outcomes
Discussion: Raw Story