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3:30 PM ET, October 29, 2020


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My Resignation From The Intercept  —  The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.  —  Today I sent my intention to resign from The Intercept …
Phillip Nieto / The Daily Caller:   ‘Disgusted’: Want To Know Why Media Isn't Covering Hunter Biden? Glenn Greenwald Sums It Up In Three Minutes
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: Vanity Fair and Reuters
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court issues flurry of last-minute election orders  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina, yes.  Pennsylvania, yes.  Wisconsin, no. That's how the Supreme Court has answered questions in recent days about an extended timeline for receiving and counting ballots in those states.
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 …
Discussion: The Nation, The Hill and New York Times
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Biden Maintains Lead  —  Support falls for minimum wage and primary election ballot measures  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden holds a lead of 4 to 6 points over Donald Trump in Florida, based on different likely voter models in the latest Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
QU Poll:
Florida And Iowa Races Are Too Close To Call, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Biden Maintains His Lead In Pennsylvania, Has Narrow Lead In Ohio  —  IOWA SENATE: Ernst 48%, Greenfield 46%  —  Less than a week before Election Day 2020, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden …
New York Times:
Biden and Cunningham Hold Slim Leads in North Carolina, Poll Finds
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Quashed Probe Into Crimes by Bank in Turkey, Which Is Paying Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
UPS Finds Mystery Tucker Carlson Package  —  ‘URGENT INVESTIGATION’  —  A spokesman for UPS told The Daily Beast on Thursday that they had located a mysterious packaged that Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested had been deliberately misplaced or intercepted because it contained “damning” materials on the Biden family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Economist and Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler says she is ‘not familiar’ with Access Hollywood tape
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Tom Hixon / The Bulwark:
Me, Joe, and the Worst Phone Call in the World  —  The link between empathy and leadership.  —  More than 225,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19, a tragedy so vast that it's hard to comprehend.  Some people have searched for understanding by noting that the death toll is greater …
Washington Post:
What happens to Fox News if Trump loses?  Rupert Murdoch is prepared.  —  Spend a couple hours with Fox News on a typical weeknight, and you may come to see the potential election of Joe Biden as a cataclysm in the making.  —  Prime-time host Laura Ingraham recently warned her viewers of the …
Kate Payne / NPR:
Polling Places Are Closing Due To COVID-19.  It Could Tip Races In 1 Swing State … The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo.  The senior high school in Fort Dodge.  The Masonic Temple in Council Bluffs.  —  Iowa voters won't be able to cast their ballot at any of those polling places …
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.
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:
Battle-hymn of the Never Trumpers  —  Renegade Republicans represent the breadth—and the admirable best—of Joe Biden's coalition  —  The irony of the election that unleashed Donald Trump upon America was how normal it was.  Contrary to early reports, he was not elevated to the presidency …
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Potentially thousands of requested mail ballots lost in Butler County, official says  —  HARRISBURG — Potentially thousands of mail ballots requested by Butler County voters appear to be lost, a county official said Wednesday, and the U.S. Postal Service has been asked to immediately investigate what happened to them.
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
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Kavanaugh Fixes Error in Election Opinion After Vermont Complaint  —  Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh made a correction to a concurring opinion after Vermont officials pointed out that he mistakenly said the state had not changed its election rules.  —  Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on Wednesday corrected …
New York Is In A Financial Tailspin, Millions Are Suffering.  Why Shouldn't Billionaires Pay More Taxes?  —  Before the pandemic, Sergio Ajche could earn as much as $200 a day as a roofer.  Now he mostly makes a living on his bicycle, working for tips through food delivery apps.
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Clare Foran / CNN:
Susan Collins: ‘I do not believe systemic racism is a problem in the state of Maine’
Discussion: Political Wire
Biden pledges task force to reunite children separated at U.S-Mexico border
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
The Pragmatism and New Populism of Ivanka Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Covid Blamed for Rise in Murders Across U.S.
Discussion: Twin Cities
Michael Miller / Washington Post:
A Maryland family battled covid-19 at the same time as Trump. It devastated them.
AJ Vicens / Mother Jones:
QAnon Is Supposed to Be All About Protecting Kids. Its Primary Enabler Appears to Have Hosted Child Porn Domains.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
James Arkin / Politico:
‘Dirty tricks’: Third-party candidate in heated South Carolina Senate race denounces Dem ads
Steven Greenhouse / The Guardian:
‘I regret voting for him’: Ohioans hit by GM plant closure reflect on Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Stokes Paulsen / The Bulwark:
The Pro-life Case Against Trump
Discussion: National Review
They call themselves ‘Wives of the Deplorables’ because their husbands support Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Gaillard / Reuters:
Three dead as woman beheaded in France, gunman shot dead in second incident
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Trump's Closing Argument on Virus Clashes With Science, and Voters' Lives
Discussion: Raw Story