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11:15 PM ET, October 28, 2020


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Joyce Vance / MSNBC:
The Supreme Court will not protect our voting rights.  Here's who actually might. … As we make our way to the polls, either in-person or via mail, we need to remember that in addition to sending elected officials to Washington, D.C., we are voting for governors, state legislators, mayors and, in some states, judges.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and New York Times
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Let Pennsylvania and North Carolina Accept Absentee Ballots After Election Day  —  The pair of decisions were welcomed by Democrats.  Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was expected to cast a deciding vote, did not participate in either decision.
Dan Berman / CNN:
Kavanaugh tweaks voting opinion after Vermont official asks for correction  —  Law professor cited by Kavanaugh responds  —  (CNN)Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday night tweaked a line in his controversial opinion on Wisconsin mail-in voting this week …
Discussion: Raw Story, Law & Crime and WCAX-TV
Supreme Court won't expedite Pennsylvania GOP's request to block mail-in ballot extension  —  The Supreme Court voted 5-3 on Wednesday to deny a bid from Pennsylvania Republicans to expedite their request to shorten the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Democrats in Pennsylvania, North Carolina claim key wins at Supreme Court ahead of election
Associated Press:
Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
Discussion: Townhall and
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' only way to win is to stop people from voting
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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.
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 …
Doug Richards / WXIA-TV:
Sen. Loeffler: ‘Not familiar’ with Access Hollywood tape  —  Sen. Kelly Loeffler said Wednesday that she will “always” defend President Donald Trump.  —  BUFORD, Ga. — Sen. Kelly Loeffler said Wednesday that she doesn't disagree with anything President Donald Trump has said or done.
Christina A. Cassidy / Associated Press:
Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
Discussion: Breitbart and Reuters
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Judge: Virginia can't count ballots with missing postmarks
Discussion: Breitbart
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Trump's Closing Argument on Virus Clashes With Science, and Voters' Lives  —  The president has continued to downplay he severity of the coronavirus and declare before largely maskless crowds that it is vanishing.  The surge in new cases across the country suggests otherwise.
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Senate Committee Successfully Verifies All Bobulinski Materials Reviewed To Date  —  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has successfully verified all materials reviewed so far from Hunter Biden's ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski, the Daily Caller has learned.
NBC News:
‘Quick, quick, quick’: Trump rushes McSally at rally as she fights to hold her Senate seat  —  President Donald Trump offered a not-very warm welcome to Sen. Martha McSally on Wednesday at his campaign rally in Arizona, where his fellow Republican is fighting to hold on to her seat.
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.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Trump's COVID Advisers: He's Now Pushing Herd Immunity  —  Scott Atlas, the president's most favored adviser, says it's not true.  But others working on the pandemic say it's merely a game of semantics.  The policy is increasingly clear.  —  Despite publicly downplaying it …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike  —  Government officials warned that hackers were seeking to hold American hospitals' data hostage in exchange for ransom payments.  —  Hundreds of American hospitals are being targeted in cyberattacks by the same Russian hackers …
FBI, DHS Warn Hospitals of ‘Credible Threat’ from Hackers
Trump's path begins in Florida  —  With help from Renuka Rayasam and Myah Ward  —  TAMPA TWO — Good evening and hello from the state of election cliffhangers, where on Thursday, in a rare crossing of paths, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in the same city, Tampa.
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
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.
Ratcliffe went off script with Iran remarks, officials say  —  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe went off script when he alleged during a press conference last week that Iran was sending intimidating emails to Americans in order to “damage President Trump,” …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
After 12 Years, Arrest Made in Abduction of Former Times Journalist David Rohde  —  A former Taliban commander was arrested in the November 2008 kidnapping of Mr. Rohde and two others in Afghanistan.  He was brought to the United States to face charges.  —  Twelve years after a New York …
New York Times:
Days From Election, Police Killing of Black Man Roils Philadelphia  —  The shooting and its aftermath were guaranteed to ratchet up tensions in a country already on edge.  Debates about how to improve police accountability have been complicated by looting.  —  PHILADELPHIA — There is a grim familiarity to it all.
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 …
Detroit News:
Whitmer kidnap plotter also wanted to hang Trump, other politicians, FBI says  —  A Delaware man accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also threatened to hang President Donald Trump and posted a hit list on Facebook targeting other elected leaders, including former President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Fox News, Associated Press and Twitchy
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: Vox, Gizmodo, Bulwark+ and Mediaite
New York Post:
Twitter is running a blackmail operation — cooperate or no traffic for you  —  For all their talk of “neutral platforms,” the Big Shots at Big Tech — Twitter, Facebook and Google — are running a protection racket.  They figure they can dictate what Americans get to see and read …
Nick Aspinwall / Foreign Policy:
Guo Wengui Is Sending Mobs After Chinese Dissidents  —  Steve Bannon's billionaire funder claims to be a foe of the Chinese Communist Party, but his targets are fellow exiles.  —  A prominent Chinese dissident pulls his children from school and flees his Texas home.
Tawnell D. Hobbs / Wall Street Journal:
Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid  —  County among entities whose ‘time to pay is over,’ according to review of hacker's website  —  A computer hacker who took over networks maintained by Hall County, Ga., escalated demands this week by publicly releasing …
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 …
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 …
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
New challenge seeks to void thousands of Harris County drive-thru votes  —  A new challenge to Harris County's drive-thru voting sites, filed by two GOP candidates and a Republican member of the Texas House, asks the state Supreme Court to void ballots “illegally” cast by voters in cars.
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.
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida man charged after altering governor's voter registration  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was briefly unable to vote this week because a 20-year-old Naples man altered the Republican governor's home address in the state's voter registration database.
ABC News:
Man arrested at Trump rally with South Dakota's Noem  —  Police in Maine have arrested a man who they said displayed a knife and a wooden baton at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump where South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was appearing  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.
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Frank Green / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Richmond judge sides with governor on order to take down Lee Monument; plaintiffs will appeal ruling
Discussion: National Review
Sydney Morning Herald:
Vaccine is imminent, but virus fight has long way to go: Fauci
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Forbes
Cassidy Alexander / The Daytona Beach News-Journal:
VIDEO: Anti-mask moms kicked out of meeting where Volusia School Board voted yes on masks
Discussion: The Hill and CBS Miami
New York Times:
Wall Street Has Worst Day Since June
Discussion: New York Post
The Daily Beast:
Why Hasn't Trump Come to Lindsey Graham's Rescue?
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Brittany Gibson / American Prospect:
Wealthy Congressman Repeatedly Squeezes Small-Business Tenants
New York Times:
Biden Holds 8-Point Lead in Michigan as He Tries to Reconstruct the ‘Blue Wall’
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Mnuchin's awkward encounter with former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin's daughter
BuzzFeed News:
Herman Cain's Life And Death Were More Complicated Than That
Washington Post:
Trump's attacks on political adversaries are often followed by threats to their safety
Discussion: The Hill
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Hundreds of Trump supporters stuck in the cold for hours when buses can't reach Omaha rally