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4:55 PM ET, October 27, 2020


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Trump Pulls Florida Ads as Cash-Poor Campaign Enters Final Week  — Focus shifts to northern states where he prevailed in 2016  — Buoyed by fundraising, Biden holds 3-1 edge in recent spending  —  President Donald Trump's campaign has all but pulled its advertising out of 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.
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 …
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.
Brenna Parker / Joe Biden for President:
The Supreme Court Confirmation In an Ongoing Election - Statement by Vice President Joe Biden
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
'The View's' Sunny Hostin Schools Bari Weiss on ‘Court Packing’
Discussion: Raw Story
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Barrett to use Supreme Court chambers previously used by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Discussion: Reuters, National Review and Twitchy
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.
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump's company billed the government at least $2.5 million. Here are the key charges.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
Erica Orden / CNN:
Judge denies DOJ effort to end E. Jean Carroll defamation suit against Trump
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 …
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.”
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 …
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
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
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's New COVID Plan: Save Seniors, Good Luck to Everyone Else
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and IJR
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 …
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.
NBC News:
Biden continues to lead in our latest battleground map
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Jack Dorsey: A Hands-Off CEO in a Time of Turmoil  —  The CEO's management style, delegating most major decisions while pursuing his personal passions, faces one of its biggest tests  —  Twitter Inc. CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey found himself in the hot seat two weeks ago …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump predicts massive stimulus deal after election, but negotiations have mostly ended
Jason Lange / Reuters:
North Carolina U.S. Senate race a dead heat; Democrat leads in Michigan: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
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Brianna Ehley / Politico:
White House science office takes credit for ‘ending’ pandemic as infections mount
Discussion: Raw Story
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The joy of a Trump rally
 Earlier Items: 
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Daniel Menaker, Book Editor Who Wrote With Wit, Dies at 79
Anand Giridharadas / The.Ink:
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ABC News:
Can you change your vote? Trump thinks people should
Discussion: Associated Press and Slate
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden's former business partner tried striking deals with politicians for years
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Is the U.S. Already in a New Civil War?
Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: Politico
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
The White Extremist Group Patriot Front Is Preparing For A World After Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story