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11:05 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.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Trump's COVID Task Force Is Livid Over the Trump White House's ‘We Ended COVID’ Report  —  “There's no world in which anyone can think that is true.”  —  Health officials and scientists working on the Trump administration's coronavirus response said on Tuesday they are personally offended …
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Beast and Reuters
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 …
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?
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Meaghan Ellis / Raw Story:   CBS hires 24-hour security for Lesley Stahl after she receives death threats following Trump interview
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Senior Trump official tests positive for coronavirus after trip to Europe  —  A senior Trump administration official tested positive for the coronavirus after a recent trip to Britain, Hungary and France, raising concerns about the spread of the virus to high-level officials across the Atlantic …
Discussion: CNN
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: Breitbart and Althouse
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Jack Dorsey: A Hands-Off CEO in a Time of Turmoil
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
Trump appears to give a pass to the domestic kidnapping plot against Whitmer  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump repeatedly attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, during his rally in Lansing, Michigan, on Tuesday, at one point taking credit for the FBI thwarting a plot to kidnap …
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:
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 …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Trump's campaign website hacked by cryptocurrency scammers  —  President Trump's campaign website was briefly and partially hacked Tuesday afternoon as unknown adversaries took over the “About” page and replaced it with what appeared to be a scam to collect cryptocurrency.
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
O'Brien's travels to swing states days before election raise ethics concerns  —  White House national security adviser Robert C. O'Brien visited two swing states days before the Nov. 3 election, raising concerns about the use of taxpayer-funded official trips for what critics …
Discussion: Axios
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
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Zeta cuts short early voting in Florida Republican strongholds  —  TALLAHASSEE — Three counties in Florida's conservative Panhandle are limiting early voting hours ahead of Hurricane Zeta, which is expected to hit the region Wednesday.  —  The shortened voting hours in the Republican strongholds come less …
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: Cleveland Scene and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
SDNY Prosecutors Dismiss Kris Kobach's Attempt to ‘Inject’ Himself into Steve Bannon Fraud Case; More People May Be Implicated  —  Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York filed a testy memo opposing an attempt by non-parties We Build the Wall and its general counsel-cum …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alert (AA20-301A)  —  North Korean Advanced Persistent Threat Focus: Kimsuky  —  Summary  —  This joint cybersecurity advisory was coauthored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Cyber Command Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF).
Discussion: Bloomberg and CyberScoop
Edgar Walters / The Texas Tribune:
Texas social workers will no longer be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans and people with disabilities  —  The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted unanimously to restore protections for social workers' LGBTQ and disabled clients after backlash from advocates and lawmakers.
Discussion: Washington Blade
Alex Thompson / Politico:
October surprise: Biden's zipped lips  —  THE QUIET AMERICAN — If Achilles had his heel, then Joe Biden has had his mouth.  —  The topic came up in the most important job interview of Biden's life, when David Axelrod and David Plouffe brought up his verbosity during a 2008 meeting about becoming Barack Obama's running mate.
Discussion: CNN
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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Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Suburban women have had their lives upended by Covid-19. They blame Trump.
Discussion: The Hill
Reece Ristau / Omaha World-Herald:
Trump campaign says ‘strong precautions’ in place for Omaha rally as coronavirus cases rise
Discussion: New Republic
Chris Lau / South China Morning Post:
Four Hong Kong activists seeking asylum in US consulate ‘turned away’
Discussion: Bloomberg
Greg Myre / NPR:
A CIA Officer Visits Moscow, Returns With Mysterious, Crippling Headaches
Discussion: Boing Boing
Manchester Arena Inquiry: Security ‘did not approach bomber over racism fears’
Discussion: Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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