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5:30 PM ET, October 30, 2020


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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Biden and Trump Barnstorm the Midwest  —  President Trump and Joe Biden are campaigning in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as Mr. Trump also stops in Michigan and Mr. Biden visits Iowa.  Kamala Harris is in Texas, where more people have voted early this year than the state's entire 2016 vote count.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Texas Has Already Exceeded Its 2016 Turnout.  Here's What That Means.  —  Texans have already cast more ballots in the 2020 election than they did in 2016 — and they've still got another full day of early voting and Election Day itself to go.  —  A combination of heightened enthusiasm …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Texas early voting surpasses 2016's total turnout  —  Texas' early and mail-in voting totals for the 2020 election have surpassed the state's total voter turnout in 2016, with 9,009,850 ballots already cast compared to 8,969,226 in the last presidential cycle.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr.'s ugly rant on Fox makes a strong case against his father  —  Nearly 90,000 cases of coronavirus were reported in the United States on Thursday, a record.  That's the third time we have topped 80,000 cases in one day, all three in the past week.  Cases are now surging in states all over the country.
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Republicans are trapped by Trump's insane ideas about how to win this election  —  With just a few days before the election, Republicans everywhere — whether they're running for office this year or not — are prisoners of President Trump.  His delusions are theirs, his failures are theirs …
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. said covid-19 deaths are at ‘almost nothing.’ The virus killed more than 1,000 Americans the same day.
Tyler Pager / Bloomberg:
Biden Aides See Warning Signs in Black, Latino Turnout So Far  — Despite record early turnout, Black, Latino votes lag  — Top Biden aides confident seniors, suburban votes will carry  —  Senior officials on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign are increasingly worried …
Discussion: Raw Story and Twitchy
'We've got to stop the bleeding': Democrats sound alarm in Miami  —  MIAMI — Democrats are sounding the alarm about weak voter turnout rates in Florida's biggest county, Miami-Dade, where a strong Republican showing is endangering Joe Biden's chances in the nation's biggest swing state.
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Police took a Black toddler from his family's SUV.  Then, the union used his photo as ‘propaganda,’ attorneys say.  —  On Thursday, the nation's largest police union posted a photo to social media taken during the unrest in Philadelphia this week, where hundreds of protesters clashed …
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
At Least Never Trumpers Stood and Fought  —  Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, the author John le Carré's most famous creation, the fictional British spy George Smiley, reflected on a career spent fighting a now-vanquished enemy.  —  “There are some people,” …
Discussion: Twitchy and Althouse
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Here Are the “Extraordinary Measures” the USPS Plans To Get Your Ballots In  —  The USPS says they're already doing this, but a federal judge has ordered them to anyways.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  Update: After publication, a federal judge issued a formal order giving the proposed order legal effect.
Discussion: Reuters and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Swing-state voters face major mail delays in returning ballots on time, USPS data shows
Discussion: Political Wire
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Trump adviser Stephen Miller reveals aggressive second-term immigration agenda  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller has fleshed out plans to rev up Trump's restrictive immigration agenda if he wins re-election next week, offering a stark contrast to the platform of Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
BuzzFeed News:
Mueller Memos: Bonus Special Edition!  A Huge Trove Of New Details From The Mueller Investigation  —  Just days before the election, these records, which BuzzFeed News sued the federal government to get, provide a new look at the two-year inquiry.  —  Copy
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Republicans gear up for day-of and post-Election Day litigation  —  Republican Party officials say they're already looking to Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Nevada as likely battlegrounds for post-election lawsuits if the results are close.  —  The big picture: As pre-election lawsuits draw to a close …
Moiz Syed / ProPublica:
Charting the Long-Term Impact of Trump's Judicial Appointments
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
A top Interior official has controversial views on race.  He used a white supremacist website to support them.  —  Jeremy Carl called Black Lives Matter a racist organization in articles written before his appointment this month.  He also cited an opinion by Jared Taylor, who said Black people destroy any civilization they control.
Ron Suskind / New York Times:
The Day After Election Day  —  Current and former Trump administration officials are worried about what might happen on Nov. 4.  —  Mr. Suskind is an investigative journalist who has written about the presidency and national affairs for more than three decades.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Candice Williams / Detroit News:
McCormack leads in race for two Michigan Supreme Court seats, poll finds  —  Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack received the most support among candidates running for two seats on the high court that will be filled on Election Day, according to a new Detroit News-WDIV poll.
Lauren Leatherby / New York Times:
United States Records Its Worst Week Yet for Virus Cases  —  The outlook for the pandemic continues to worsen, and many areas of the United States are experiencing their worst weeks yet.  The country reported a record of more than 500,000 new coronavirus cases in the past week.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Why the 2020s Could Be as Dangerous as the 1850s  —  If Joe Biden beats Donald Trump decisively next week, this election may be remembered as a hinge point in American history: the moment when a clear majority of voters acknowledged that there's no turning back from America's transformation …
Joe Biden / Fox News:
I want your vote to become your next president — here's what I will do for you and our nation  —  On Day One, I'll mount an aggressive approach to control this virus and get us back to our lives  —  Biden addresses supporters at Florida drive-in campaign event
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Mediaite
Josh Venable / Detroit News:
As a Republican, I'm tired of Trump's division, discord, vitriol and hate  —  I am a lifelong Republican.  And I am exhausted.  —  Nearly all my career, I have worked for Republican candidates and conservative causes, managing campaigns, organizing coalitions and raising money.
Discussion: and Raw Story
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
‘There Are No Boundaries’: Experts Imagine Trump's Post-Presidential Life if He Loses  —  If Trump loses next week, his post-presidential life will look like nothing the country has ever seen.  —  Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images  —  Being an ex-president can be a cushy and quiet life for the most part.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Poll: Biden leads Trump by six in North Carolina  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden holds a modest six-point lead with likely voters over President Donald Trump in the hard-fought swing state of North Carolina, a new NBC/Marist poll shows.  —  Among likely voters, Biden's support stands at 52 percent …
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Bloomberg
Zeynep / Insight:
The Real Hunter Biden Story Everyone is Missing  —  Why aren't we paying attention to the blatant blackmail?  —  3 hr  —  A big story in the media today is that Glenn Greenwald has bolted from The Intercept.  People surely have strong opinions of him, and he is opinionated himself.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Brittany Wallman / Orlando Sentinel:
Fraudster attempts to register dozens of dead Democrats as voters in Broward  —  Authorities have uncovered an attempt to register dozens of dead people as Democratic voters in Broward County.  —  Though officials said no mail-in ballots were requested or cast under the falsified voter IDs …
Discussion: Associated Press, Twitchy and TheBlaze
Zack Hoopes / Sentinel:
Security info request from Trump campaign leaves Cumberland County officials concerned ahead of Election Day  —  Cumberland County officials received an email this week from the Trump campaign requesting highly specific details about the county's ballot security.
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Glenn Beck Says the 2020 Election Is a Spiritual Battle Against ‘Satan Himself’  —  Thursday night's episode of the “America Stands: Flashpoint” program airing on televangelist Kenneth Copeland's Victory Channel network featured an interview with Glenn Beck in which Beck revealed …
Washington Post:
The unseen machine pushing Trump's social media megaphone into overdrive  —  Researchers say the online feedback loop between Trump, high-profile influencers and rank-and-file followers is more dangerous than Russian disinformation.  —  President Trump launched into a tweetstorm in April …
Dave Sebastian / Wall Street Journal:
CDC to Allow Cruise Trips After Ban Expires  —  U.S. health officials will let cruise ban expire on Oct. 31, setting new requirements for future voyages amid a global surge in coronavirus infections  —  Federal U.S. health officials are lifting their ban on cruise sailings in U.S. waters Saturday …
Amy Donaldson / Deseret News:
Anti-mask protesters target state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Some Utahns opposed to the Utah Department of Health's mask requirements have turned their scorn from Gov. Gary Herbert to a new target this week — state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn.
Will Gleason / Time Out New York:
A massive mural featuring 20,000 of Trump's lies has been installed in Soho  —  The public artwork is back after being vandalized at its first location.  —  Well, Donald Trump finally got his wall.  —  As we barrel ahead toward election day, a new installation put up in Soho takes 20,000 false …
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Pennsylvania House GOP candidate refers Democrat's social media posts to US attorney  —  A Pennsylvania Republican House candidate contacted federal law enforcement about social media posts by an intern for the campaign of his opponent, Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb.
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Why this conservative voted for Biden and you should too: Trump is a morally defective man  —  I'm a conservative and former Republican who did not vote based on policy.  Neither should you.  The 2020 election is about the moral future of America.  —  At the end of every campaign …
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Migrant Children From Other Countries Are Being Expelled Into Mexico  —  Children from Central America are being sent by the U.S. to Mexico, where they may have no family to retrieve them.  An internal email said the transfers violated the government's own policies.
Clay Travis / OutKick:
Clay: Why I'm Voting For Donald Trump  —  On Tuesday, I will vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.  —  As a preliminary, I don't believe in endorsements.  I think all of you are smart enough to make your own decisions without needing to see what a newspaper, union …
Associated Press:
2 Florida men accused of stealing mail, ballots from dropbox  —  LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. (AP) — Two Miami men are accused of stealing mail, including two mail-in ballots, from a dropbox at a post office in Broward County.  —  A police officer on patrol noticed the men lingering next …
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
As Trump faces uncertain future, so do his signature rallies  —  LITITZ, Pennsylvania (AP) — They began to arrive more than 40 hours before President Donald Trump took the stage in this stretch of rural Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies remain a common sight.
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Healing From The Center Out  —  Joe Biden, a president for all Americans, period. … It's very strange to think of Joe Biden as a world-historical figure.  For decades, he seemed to me to be a bit of an irritating blowhard who rarely took the chance to edit himself.
Discussion: The Week
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Bernie Marcus / Fox News:
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Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
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Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
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Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and Townhall
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Quietly Suspended Political Group Recommendations Ahead Of The US Presidential Election
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Discussion: CNN, CNBC and Political Wire
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
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 Earlier Items: 
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The Answer to Extremism Isn't More Extremism  —  As one of the ugliest and most divisive …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
White House aide says Trump's vaccine-by-Election Day promise was ‘arbitrary’
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Noam Chomsky Believes Trump Is “the Worst Criminal in Human History”
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Neither Trump Nor Biden Drink Alcohol
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
The State Department wouldn't reveal its payments to Mar-a-Lago. Here's how we found them.
Discussion: Raw Story
April Siese / CBS News:
Louisville police officer sues Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, for emotional distress, assault and battery
Joe Walsh / The Bulwark:
Hannity, Tucker, and Me  —  Mirrors don't lie.  —  Donald Trump will lose in four days.