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11:00 AM 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.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Amy Coney Barrett's First Votes Could Throw the Election to Trump
Brenna Parker / Joe Biden for President:
The Supreme Court Confirmation In an Ongoing Election - Statement by Vice President Joe Biden
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Federal judge blocks DOJ from defending Trump in Carroll rape defamation case  —  A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department's attempted intervention on behalf of President Trump in writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against him, after she accused him of raping her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.
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.
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 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
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Tones Down Immigration Messages That Dominated 2016 Election  —  The issue barely makes the top 10 list of topics highlighted in political TV ads  —  Four years ago, then-candidate Donald Trump rode to the Republican nomination and then the White House on a platform centered …
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
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.
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: Raw Story
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 …
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.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Sources: Gina Raimondo Being Considered as Biden's Treasury Secretary  —  The Rhode Island governor would not be a popular selection among progressives or organized labor.  —  Raimondo in March.  Financial firms like Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, and JPMorgan Chase have showered her with political donations.
Discussion: NBC News
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
In Trump Country, Supporters Are Steadfast, but His Personality, Pandemic Wear  —  Virginia's Buchanan County is expected to give Trump a big win; the margin of victory remains uncertain  —  GRUNDY, Va.—In early 2017, a few mine operators met in this coal town's lone Chinese restaurant to boast of their expansion plans.
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 …
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 …
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Joe Biden Is Targeting a Great American Industry
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Hell, No  —  The case against Trump in 2020 is a lot like the case against Trump in 2016 …
Yasmine Al-Sayyad / New Yorker:
What Foreign Journalists See in the U.S. Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Final Forecast: Results from Two Methods of Predicting the 2020 Presidential Election
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump's Manufacturing Promises Disappoint as Economy Sours
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Biden races to expand election map with today's Georgia visit
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Woke American Tigers, Crouching in China
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ilhan Omar expects Biden to pivot left if elected
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse
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
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