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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 and Law & Crime
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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.
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
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' only way to win is to stop people from voting
Discussion: Law & Crime and Associated Press
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.
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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.
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Miles Taylor, a Former Homeland Security Official, Reveals He Was ‘Anonymous’
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 …
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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, Political Wire and JSOnline
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Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Judge: Virginia can't count ballots with missing postmarks
Discussion: NBC4 Washington and Breitbart
Christina A. Cassidy / Associated Press:
Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
Discussion: Breitbart and Reuters
James McAuley / Washington Post:
Man shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ kills three outside French church, terrorism investigation opened  —  PARIS — Three people were killed in a knife attack outside a church in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday morning, French authorities said.  —  France's national anti-terrorist prosecutor announced …
Discussion: CNN and MyNorthwest.com
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Eric Gaillard / Reuters:
Three dead as woman beheaded in France, gunman shot dead in second incident
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.
Discussion: The Week
Vox:
Exclusive: Biden leads Trump by 12 points in a national UT Dallas poll  —  The survey also finds that more stimulus is respondents' top priority for a new Congress.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by more than 10 points …
Discussion: The Guardian, Fox News and The Week
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EL PAÍS:
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.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden and Trump to tangle in Tampa on Thursday  —  In rare crossing of paths, the two presidential nominees campaign in the same city on the same day  —  Trump, Biden campaigns flood battleground Florida with surrogates  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump …
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Shawna Chen / Axios:
Polls: Biden leads Latino voters in key battleground states
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Politico:
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: NPR, Roll Call, Washington Post and Vox
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.
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Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Swing Toward The Democrats
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
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
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Unrest in Philadelphia after police kill a Black man roils the presidential campaign  —  The deadly police shooting of a Black man in Philadelphia has roiled the presidential campaign in a key battleground state just days before the election, igniting tensions over race …
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Trump stokes suburban fears after Philadelphia shooting
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 …
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.
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 …
Laina G. Stebbins / Michigan Advance:
Nessel: Capitol officials stalling gun ban are ‘cowards’  —  Attorney General Dana Nessel has had a lot on her plate during the COVID-19 pandemic.  —  Most recently, her office has been collaborating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Michigan State Police to thwart …
CNN:
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 …
 
 
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal
SpyTalk:
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Biden, if elected, would consult allies on future of U.S. tariffs on China - advisers
Discussion: Axios and Associated Press
Nick Aspinwall / Foreign Policy:
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 Earlier Items: 
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
After 12 Years, Arrest Made in Abduction of Former Times Journalist David Rohde
Discussion: The Hill and Justice News
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
New challenge seeks to void thousands of Harris County drive-thru votes
Discussion: Texas Monthly
Tawnell D. Hobbs / Wall Street Journal:
Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid
The Daily Beast:
Why Hasn't Trump Come to Lindsey Graham's Rescue?
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Trump aide Stephen Miller preparing second-term immigration blitz
Discussion: Foreign Policy