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12:15 PM ET, October 29, 2020


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New York Times:
Facing Gap in Pennsylvania, Trump Camp Tries to Make Voting Harder  —  Trailing in the polls, President Trump and his campaign are pursuing a three-pronged strategy that would effectively suppress the mail-in vote in the critical state of Pennsylvania.  —  PHILADELPHIA — President Trump's campaign …
Discussion: Reuters
Eliza Griswold / New Yorker:
In Pennsylvania, Republicans Might Only Need to Stall to Win  —  A political analyst warned, “Harrisburg in 2020 could be Tallahassee in 2000.”  —  On September 10th, Kevin Boyle, a Democratic state representative in Pennsylvania, opened his e-mail to find an invitation to a Zoom call …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party's chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Emails show how Pompeos mixed personal, official business  —  WASHINGTON — Less than three months after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sworn in, his son, Nick, reached out to thank State Department officials for a private tour they had given him and his mother, Susan Pompeo, of the agency's in-house museum.
Discussion: Twitchy and Gothamist
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
U.S. GDP booms at 33.1% rate in Q3, better than expected  — U.S. GDP accelerated at a 33.1% annualized pace in the third quarter.  — That was better than the 32% estimate from a Dow Jones economist survey.  — A surge in business and residential investment along …
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Gross Domestic Product, Third Quarter 2020 (Advance Estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 33.1 percent in the third quarter of 2020 (table 1), according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  In the second quarter, real GDP decreased 31.4 percent.
Washington Post:
U.S. economy grew by a record 7.4 percent from July to September, but the data is complicated
Discussion: CNN
A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air … Six people get together in a private home, one of whom is infected.  Some 31% of coronavirus outbreaks recorded in Spain are caused by this kind of gathering, mainly between family and friends.
New York Times:
Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan's Influence With Trump  —  New details of the Justice Department's handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey's leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.  —  WASHINGTON — ​Geoffrey S. Berman was outraged.
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
FBI nabs accused neo-Nazis in extremism crackdown in Michigan  —  Detroit — Federal agents on Thursday arrested two men as part of a continuing crackdown on extremism in Michigan three weeks after the FBI said it thwarted a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
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.
CNN:   Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler says she is ‘not familiar’ with Access Hollywood tape
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Jerry Falwell Jr. sues Liberty University  —  Former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. announced Thursday that he had filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming that it had “needlessly injured and damaged his reputation” after his resignation earlier this year.
Andrew Pantazi / Florida Times Union:
Duval County judge leading vote-counting board donated to Trump 12 times.  That's not allowed.  —  A local judge and head of Duval County's vote-counting board has donated repeatedly to President Trump's re-election campaign and other Republican efforts, and his home is covered in signs supporting Trump …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Political Wire
Trump confronts his 50 percent problem  —  Donald Trump won the presidency with 46 percent of the popular vote.  His approval rating, according to Gallup, has never hit 50 percent.  He remains under 50 percent in national polling averages.  —  The president's inability to capture a majority …
Discussion: Washington Post and Al Jazeera
Dan Diamond / Politico:
‘Helping the president’: HHS official sought to rebrand coronavirus campaign  —  The Trump appointee who steered a $300 million taxpayer-funded ad campaign to “defeat despair” about the coronavirus privately pitched a different theme last month: “Helping the President will Help the Country.”
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Trump's $250 million coronavirus ad campaign had ‘partisan’ edge, down to the celebrities chosen to participate
Atlas push to ‘slow the testing down’ tracks with dramatic decline in one key state  —  Trump's new Covid-19 adviser responds to critics  —  Washington (CNN)Shortly after joining the White House as President Donald Trump's pandemic adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas launched a quiet effort  …
The Economist:
Why it has to be Biden  —  Donald Trump has desecrated the values that make America a beacon to the world  —  THE COUNTRY that elected Donald Trump in 2016 was unhappy and divided.  The country he is asking to re-elect him is more unhappy and more divided.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Biden holds narrow lead in Florida  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden holds a slight 4-point lead over President Donald Trump in the battleground of Florida, fueled by his standing among seniors and independents, according to the final NBC News/Marist poll of the state before Tuesday's presidential election.
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
EXCLUSIVE: Twitter Suspends U.S. Border Chief For Celebrating Wall's Protection From Illegal Aliens  —  Twitter suspended U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan for a post celebrating the success of the U.S. southern border wall keeping violent criminals from reaching American communities.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. States Face Biggest Cash Crisis Since the Great Depression  —  The drop in tax revenue has led to a total shortfall expected in the hundreds of billions of dollars—greater than 2019's K-12 education budget for every state combined, or more than twice the amount spent that year on state roads and other transportation infrastructure
Helen Branswell / STAT:
It may be time to reset expectations on when we'll get a Covid-19 vaccine  —  The ambitious drive to produce Covid-19 vaccine at warp speed seems to be running up against reality.  We all probably need to reset our expectations about how quickly we're going to be able to be vaccinated.
Discussion: Gothamist, Bloomberg and New York Post
Eric Gaillard / Reuters:
Three dead as woman beheaded in France, gunman shot dead in second incident  —  NICE, France (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday …
Jeremy B. Merrill / The Markup:
Facebook Charged Biden a Higher Price Than Trump for Campaign Ads  —  In swing states, Biden paid average ad rates of $34 compared with Trump's average of $17 in July and August  —  When President Donald Trump wanted to reach out to older Arizona voters in August with the message …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Suggests His Hunter Biden Dirt Was Intercepted in the Mail  —  The Fox News star heavily implied that his “confidential documents” on Hunter Biden were stolen as part of a nefarious plot.  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has devoted the lion's share of his airtime recently …
David Harsanyi / National Review:   About That ‘Uncoverable’ Biden Story
The Daily Beast:
Rudy Vents to Trump That Bill Barr Is Screwing Up His Hunter Play  —  The president and his attorney are upset that the attorney general won't pursue a prosecution about the dubious evidence they've pushed around. … Weeks after Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani first pushed …
James Arkin / Politico:
‘Dirty tricks’: Third-party candidate in heated South Carolina Senate race denounces Dem ads  —  Bill Bledsoe, the third-party candidate in the hotly contested Senate race between GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Jaime Harrison, has a message for South Carolinians: Don't vote for me.
Wall Street Journal:
Jockeying for Jobs Within a Biden Administration Intensifies  —  Democratic nominee, long superstitious about elections, has avoided making any personnel plans before he has the election wrapped up  —  WASHINGTON—Senior advisers and allies of Joe Biden have been bombarded with emails …
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
US citizens born in Jerusalem may have ‘Israel’ on their passports  —  Under the new policy, individuals will be able to choose whether to have “Jerusalem, Israel” or just “Jerusalem” on their passports.  —  US President Donald Trump's administration plans to reverse a long-standing US policy …
Mother Jones:
QAnon is Supposed to Be All About Protecting Kids.  Its Primary Enabler Appears to Have Hosted Child Porn Domains.  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.  —  One dark irony of QAnon has always …
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump didn't build his border wall with steel. … In the middle of his first year in office, President Trump endorsed a bill so radically anti-immigrant that even most Senate Republicans couldn't stomach it.  —  Trump claimed the bill would create a “merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers.”
Wall Street Journal:
Fight for Senate Stays Closely Tied to White House Contest  —  With limited signs of voters splitting their tickets between Republicans and Democrats, states' results could closely match outcome in Trump-Biden match-up  —  WASHINGTON—The outlook for about a dozen competitive Senate contests …
They call themselves ‘Wives of the Deplorables’ because their husbands support Trump  —  (CNN)Carole Catherine did not know her husband, Tim, supported Donald Trump until the day after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.  She called him the next morning crying.  —  “And he was like, 'Yeah, of course she lost.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Stokes Paulsen / The Bulwark:
The Pro-life Case Against Trump  —  Deals with the Devil don't ever turn out well.  —  This is a story about selling one's soul.  —  Specifically, it is a story about those who would trade away their political, moral, and ethical souls and support Donald Trump—against their own better judgment …
Steven Greenhouse / The Guardian:
‘I regret voting for him’: Ohioans hit by GM plant closure reflect on Trump … Before Covid-19 hit, Trisha Amato spent her weekdays behind a modest, ebony-colored desk, running the “transition center” that helps laid-off General Motors workers pick up the shards of their lives.
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: “Anonymous” caper ends in disgrace for writer, New York Times  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  “ANONYMOUS” CAPER ENDS IN DISGRACE FOR WRITER, NEW YORK TIMES.
Michael Miller / Washington Post:
A Maryland family battled covid-19 at the same time as Trump.  It devastated them.  —  Marine One landed on the White House lawn just before dusk.  As its rotors came to a halt, the helicopter's door swung open and out stepped Donald Trump.  —  The president had just spent three days …
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Kate Payne / NPR:
Polling Places Are Closing Due To COVID-19. It Could Tip Races In 1 Swing State
USA Today:
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Ahead of Election Day, 3 of 4 voters worry about violence in a divided nation
Marcia Brown / American Prospect:
The Loneliness of the Immigration Lawyer
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Paul Scott / Twin Cities:
Mayo Clinic, Rochester warn about risks of coronavirus infection at planned Trump rally
Discussion: Power Line
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Keir Starmer: Labour's anti-Semitism ‘day of shame’
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
M.T.A. Slashes in Service Could Erase 450,000 Jobs
Brig. Gen / Politico:
Is President Donald Trump a Flight Risk?
Discussion: Raw Story
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Li Zhou / Vox:
Exclusive: Biden leads Trump by 12 points in a national UT Dallas poll
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Texas Is a Tossup. So Why Won't Trump or Biden Campaign There?
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Jared Kushner, Peggy Noonan and White problems with Black ambition
Discussion: Mediaite
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Let Pennsylvania and North Carolina Accept Absentee Ballots After Election Day