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12:05 PM ET, October 27, 2020


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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.
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
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Amy Coney Barrett's First Votes Could Throw the Election to Trump
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
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 …
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Republican former U.S. Attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump threat to rule of law  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twenty former Republican U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump of threatening the rule of law as they declared their support for Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden.
Discussion: Vox and Maryland Matters
Washington Post:
Former U.S. attorneys — all Republicans — back Biden, saying Trump threatens ‘the rule of law’
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Kayleigh McEnany once praised Biden as a ‘man of the people’ who resonates with “middle class” over ‘tycoon’ Trump
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
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 …
Josh Barro / New York Magazine:
The World's Best Bureaucrat  —  As chairman of the Federal Reserve during the pandemic, Jerome Powell has managed to do something almost unimaginable in Washington: a good job.  —  SCOTUS  —  Amy Coney Barrett Sworn in As Supreme Court Justice  —  A month after the apparent superspreader event …
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.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: A Record-Breaking Week for U.S. Virus Cases  —  The country has averaged at least 71,000 new coronavirus cases a day over the past week, the most in any seven-day stretch of the pandemic.  —  RIGHT NOW Russia imposes a nationwide mask mandate to stem rising virus cases.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:   How Trump and Bolsonaro Broke Latin America's Covid-19 Defenses
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.
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.
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 …
Meg Kelly / Washington Post:
No, Biden did not confuse George W. Bush and Donald Trump
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.
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: Fox News, Axios, Raw Story and The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: CNBC, Political Wire, NPR and The Guardian
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.
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 …
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
The White Extremist Group Patriot Front Is Preparing For A World After Donald Trump  —  “What are your beliefs that led you to join the org?”  —Vincent KY  —  “At the core of my position are these principles: The categorical rejection of the notion of equality.  The categorical rejection of universal democracy.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Control Of Redistricting Is Up For Grabs In 2020. Here Are The Races To Watch.
Discussion: Politico
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
In Trump Country, Supporters Are Steadfast, but His Personality, Pandemic Wear
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Sources: Gina Raimondo Being Considered as Biden's Treasury Secretary
Discussion: NBC News
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Joe Biden Is Targeting a Great American Industry
Yasmine Al-Sayyad / New Yorker:
What Foreign Journalists See in the U.S. Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Trump's Manufacturing Promises Disappoint as Economy Sours
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Rosa Goldensohn / THE CITY:
There's No Eviction Moratorium on NYC Storage Units. Now the Contents of Hundreds are Being Auctioned Off
Jason Hancock / Missouri Independent:
Missouri FOP revokes endorsement of Republican whose children say he abused them
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Woke American Tigers, Crouching in China
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Ilhan Omar expects Biden to pivot left if elected
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Why the GOP hold on Texas is loosening
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Worst place, worst time: Trump faces virus spike in Midwest
Sister Toldjah /
Kamala Harris Tells a Coronavirus Whopper *Twice*, Fact Checkers Nowhere To Be Found