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6:20 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 …
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: Mediaite, 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.
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: Politico and 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.
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
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Republicans gear up for day-of and post-Election Day litigation
Associated Press:
If 2020 is like 2000, Trump believes he's got the votes
Discussion: Politico, New York Post and MPR News
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
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 …
Katie Bo Williams / Defense One:
Helicopters Over DC Protesters Broke Regulations While Commander was Driving Home, DC Guard Concludes  —  The D.C. National Guard and Pentagon IG are fighting over who to blame for the dangerous incident that symbolized Trump's militarized response.  — NATIONAL GUARD - WHITE HOUSE - 2020 ELECTIONS
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
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
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.
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
‘There Are No Boundaries’: Experts Imagine Trump's Post-Presidential Life if He Loses  —  Being an ex-president can be a cushy and quiet life for the most part.  Jimmy Carter builds homes; George W. Bush paints.  After leaving the White House, Barack Obama went kite-surfing with Richard Branson …
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.
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
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.
NBC News:
Here's what happened when NBC News tried to report on the alleged Hunter Biden emails … The complaints from President Donald Trump and his allies have been growing louder as the election approaches: Why isn't the mainstream media covering the Hunter Biden laptop story?
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, Mediaite and New York Times
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.
Discussion: The Guardian
Foreign Policy:
America's Cultural Institutions Are Quietly Fueled by Russian Corruption  —  New data exposes the long reach of foreign oligarchs in the world of philanthropy.  —  Over the past four years, a number of post-Soviet oligarchs have made headlines for their direct involvement in U.S. politics.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Congressional Black Caucus PAC aims to rally infrequent Black voters to help increase Democratic majority  —  The Congressional Black Caucus PAC has launched a $2 million campaign to motivate infrequent Black voters in 31 House districts where Democrats are fighting to keep or flip seats.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Kudlow: Wall Street will regret backing Biden  —  Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday chided Wall Street executives for backing former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump, warning that they would suffer with Democrats in control.
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall
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 …
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 …
Bernie Marcus / Fox News:
Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus: Trump deserves a second term and has my vote.  Here's why  —  Undecided voters should ask themselves: Do I want to return to the pre-pandemic Trump nation or the Obama-Biden stagnation?  —  Trump could ride wave of new, unique Republicans to victory: Geraldo Rivera
Discussion: Breitbart
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Courtney Crowder / Des Moines Register:
New Iowa Poll to be published the weekend before the election. Look for some results online at 6 p.m. Saturday
Avi Issacharoff / The Times of Israel:
Israel-Arab accords an earthquake for Palestinians, who pin their hopes on Biden
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ben Steverman / Bloomberg:
U.S. Billionaires Got $1 Trillion Richer During Trump's Term
CREW files complaint against Mark Meadows over campaign spending
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
In a first, ICE agents are poised to respond to potential Election Day unrest
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and Townhall
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
As Trump faces uncertain future, so do his signature rallies
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Healing From The Center Out  —  Joe Biden, a president for all Americans, period.
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Republicans Face a Dogfight in Georgia
Discussion: Reuters, Los Angeles Times and Politico
Aaron Harris / PREVAIL by Greg Olear:
The Ukraine Thing: A Timeline of GOP Betrayal
Clay Travis / OutKick:
Clay: Why I'm Voting For Donald Trump
Washington Post:
The unseen machine pushing Trump's social media megaphone into overdrive
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
Internal Documents Reveal COVID-19 Hospitalization Data The Government Keeps Hidden
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
Joe Walsh / The Bulwark:
Hannity, Tucker, and Me  —  Mirrors don't lie.  —  Donald Trump will lose in four days.