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5:05 PM ET, October 28, 2020


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Miles Taylor / Medium:
A Statement  —  Why I'm no longer “Anonymous”  —  More than two years ago, I published an anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times about Donald Trump's perilous presidency, while I was serving under him.  He responded with a short but telling tweet: “TREASON?”  —  Trump sees personal criticism as subversive.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Miles Taylor, a Former Homeland Security Official, Reveals He Was ‘Anonymous’  —  Mr. Taylor, whose criticisms of President Trump in a New York Times Op-Ed article and subsequent book, roiled Washington and infuriated Mr. Trump, resigned from the administration last year and endorsed Joe Biden this summer.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
“Anonymous” senior Trump official revealed as ex-DHS chief of staff Miles Taylor  —  Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor on Wednesday publicly claimed to be the author of the anonymous New York Times op-ed that described a “resistance” within the Trump administration working …
Author of 2018 ‘Anonymous’ op-ed critical of Trump revealed
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Hundreds of Trump supporters stuck in the cold for hours when buses can't reach Omaha rally  —  By the time President Trump finished speaking to thousands of supporters at Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Tuesday night and jetted away on Air Force One, the temperature had plunged to nearly freezing.
Aaron Sanderford / Omaha World-Herald:
Hundreds of people waited hours in the cold for buses after Trump rally in Omaha  —  Hundreds of people who attended President Donald Trump's rally Tuesday evening at Eppley Airfield spent up to three hours in freezing temperatures waiting for buses to take them back to their cars.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Twitchy, Breitbart, The Hill and Axios
Omaha World-Herald:
Trump supporters left in cold for hours after Omaha rally; Biden weighs in with criticism
Jared Kushner bragged in April that Trump was taking the country ‘back from the doctors’  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner boasted in mid-April about how the President had cut out the doctors and scientists advising him on the unfolding …
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
What To Make Of That New Wisconsin Poll That Has Biden Way Ahead  —  Once in a blue moon, you see a poll that makes you blink twice to make sure you're not seeing things.  This morning's ABC News/The Washington Post survey of Wisconsin was just such a poll.
New York Times:
Biden Holds 8-Point Lead in Michigan as He Tries to Reconstruct the ‘Blue Wall’  —  The New York Times / Siena College poll  —  Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by eight points in Michigan, a battleground state that Mr. Trump flipped in 2016.  —  2016 result  —  NYT/Siena  —  <1 Trump  —  47.3-47.0
Washington Post:
Post-ABC polls: Biden leads Trump narrowly in Michigan, significantly in Wisconsin
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Biden's Path to 270 Widens, Trump's Path Narrows, as Texas Moves to Toss Up  —  Less than a week out from Election Day and President Donald Trump is playing catch-up.  In 2016, he won 30 states (and Maine's 2nd Congressional District) and their 306 electoral votes.
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Is Twitter Going Full Resistance?  Here's the Woman Driving the Change.  —  On a late fall day last year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sat down on a couch on the company's San Francisco roof deck and dug into a problem.  —  Next to him was the company's top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde.
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey falsely tells senators company lifted ban on Post exposé
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:   Twitter, Facebook Confess There Is No Evidence Of Russian Disinformation Behind Hunter Biden Story
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Parler Was Pitched as a Conservative Twitter. It's Now a Depository For Hunter Biden Political Porn.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Swing Toward The Democrats  —  But most voters still expect Trump to win  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The race for Georgia's electoral votes remains very close, but Joe Biden has gained ground on Donald Trump in the latest Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
MAGA scrambles to repair the Hunter Biden narrative  —  Weeks ago, when Rudy Giuluani first threw the contents of Hunter Biden's alleged laptop online, he promised a trove of even more damning information 10 days before the election.  —  Yet with less than a week to go, Giuliani …
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
With Biden Corruption, Democrats Are Once Again Reaping The Consequences Of Their Gentle Primary
Michelle Ruiz / Vanity Fair:
AOC's Next Four Years  —  The history-making congresswoman addresses her biggest critics, the challenges that loom no matter who wins, and what she's taking on next.  —  Her Republican colleagues had, up until then, been civil.  But one day in late July, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Stench of Trump's Racism Will Cling to His Enablers Forever  —  A month ago, President Trump added to his rally speech a new riff about Ilhan Omar, expressing indignation that the Democratic member of Congress would dare to express opinions about American government.
Discussion: ProPublica and National Review
Steven Overly / Politico:
Blackburn asks Google if employee who criticized her still has a job  —  Sen. Marsha Blackburn used a Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday to ask about the employment status of a Google engineer whose criticism of the Tennessee Republican has become fodder for right-wing media outlets over the past two years.
Discussion: Mediaite
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump to strip protections from Tongass National Forest, one of the biggest intact temperate rainforests  —  President Trump will open up all 16.7 million acres of Alaska's Tongass National Forest to logging and other forms of development, according to a notice posted Wednesday …
Washington Post:
Trump's attacks on political adversaries are often followed by threats to their safety  —  The CIA's most endangered employee for much of the past year was not an operative on a mission abroad, but an analyst who faced a torrent of threats after filing a whistleblower report that led to the impeachment of President Trump.
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Russian in Cyprus Was Behind Key Parts of Discredited Dossier on Trump  —  A Wall Street Journal investigation points to the identity of ‘Source 3’ as a disgruntled PR executive with a ‘vast network’ of sources  —  in Washington and David Gauthier-Villars  —  In the nearly four years since …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Far Might Trump Go?  —  No one is quite sure.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  On election night and the days that follow, the country may be in for a roller-coaster ride, with ups and downs that raise and dash expectations …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Daily Signal
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Hillary Clinton says she is an Electoral College elector in New York
Discussion: New York Post, IJR and The Hill
Justice News:
Afghan National Arrested For 2008 Abduction Of American Journalist  —  Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge …
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Stuart Rothenberg / Inside Elections:
2020 Election Preview: Bracing for History  —  By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin  —  No matter what happens, the 2020 elections will be historic.  With impeachment, a pandemic, economic crisis, a national conversation about racism, and the death of a Supreme Court icon …
Ratcliffe went off script with Iran remarks, officials say  —  The intelligence chief went slightly further than the talking points shared with other agencies.  —  The reference to President Donald Trump was not in Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe's prepared remarks about the foreign election interference.
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
To win, Trump needs to win states where he hasn't led polling averages in months  —  With six days remaining until voting in the 2020 presidential election is complete, President Trump faces a significant hurdle: He needs to win multiple states where, over the past 100 days, he's never led.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Nation
CNN Poll: Biden continues to hold nationwide advantage in final days of 2020 race  —  (CNN)With the race for the presidency approaching its end amid a raging pandemic, Democratic nominee Joe Biden maintains a substantial lead over President Donald Trump nationwide, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
How Biden's lead is different from Clinton's — and why the polls are different this time  —  Sound familiar?  —  On the surface, there's a lot about the 2020 presidential race that looks like the 2016 contest, when Trump shocked expectations, pollsters, and the media.  He might yet do it again.
Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Trump aide Stephen Miller preparing second-term immigration blitz … The architect of Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy, senior adviser Stephen Miller, is said to have a drawer full of executive orders ready to be signed in “shock and awe” style if Trump is re-elected.
EU negotiators near deal to unlock €1.8T budget and rescue package  —  Negotiators from the Council and European Parliament are closing in on agreements over the EU's 2021-2027 spending and how to link EU funding to rule of law criteria, with deals expected as soon as this week.
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The Daily Beast:
Why Hasn't Trump Come to Lindsey Graham's Rescue?
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Sneve / Argus Leader:
Man arrested with knife, baton at Noem event in Maine, police say
Brittany Gibson / American Prospect:
Wealthy Congressman Repeatedly Squeezes Small-Business Tenants
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
FBI Group Calls for Wray to Be Protected as Trump Chides Him
Discussion: Politico, Forbes and Raw Story
Carmen Merrifield / CBC News:
Breakaway Republican strategists work against Trump's campaign through blistering Lincoln Project ads
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump's unhappy warrior pitch to voters includes insults and highly specific grievances
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
Meet 39 journalists who made political contributions.  They're among dozens who've together given at least $110,000 mostly to 2020 Democrats, including Biden, Bernie, and AOC.
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Mnuchin's awkward encounter with former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin's daughter
Timothy Johnson / Media Matters for America:
Militia leader Stewart Rhodes says that his group will be at polling locations and is ready to kill Democrats
BuzzFeed News:
Herman Cain's Life And Death Were More Complicated Than That
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
QAnon and a Rape Joke Spell Trouble for Republican Congressman in Florida
Discussion: Raw Story
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
'I'm Absolutely Expecting Him to Do Something Weird': How Trump Could End His Presidency
Discussion: Raw Story