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10:02 PM ET, October 30, 2020


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Trump may just keep campaigning after Election Day  —  Even if there isn't a clear winner the day after the election, President Donald Trump may still take his MAGA message on the road.  —  Top surrogates for the Trump campaign have been told to keep their Novembers clear for potential campaign events.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Poll: Biden leads Trump by six in North Carolina
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Bloomberg
Associated Press:
If 2020 is like 2000, Trump believes he's got the votes
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News and New York Post
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 …
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?
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Another Hunter Biden laptop taken into custody during DEA raid: Report  —  Another laptop tied to Hunter Biden was reportedly obtained by the Drug Enforcement Agency earlier this year.  —  Sources told NBC News that the device belonging to the 50-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden …
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
How tweet it is: Twitter backs down, unlocks Post's account  —  Twitter backed down Friday in its battle with The Post and unlocked its main account after a two-week stalemate over the Hunter Biden exposé.  —  The move came after The Post refused Twitter's demand that it delete six tweets …
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 …
New York Times:
Trump and Biden Campaign in Midwest States With ‘Red Zone’ Outbreaks  —  Last year, the office of Bo Duhé, the district attorney for Louisiana's 16th Judicial Circuit, made an unusual motion to have Lori Landry, the first Black female judge in the district, removed from more than 300 cases.
New York Times:
Trump Is Said to Set Aside Career Intelligence Briefer to Hear From Advisers Instead  —  For weeks, the director of national intelligence has taken over a job usually done by an intelligence officer.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has dispensed with intelligence briefings from a career analyst …
Alert (AA20-304A)  —  Iranian Advanced Persistent Threat Actor Identified Obtaining Voter Registration Data  —  Summary  —  This joint cybersecurity advisory was coauthored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Discussion: CNN
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Probed State Election Websites Since September, U.S. Says
Discussion: Bloomberg
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr tells friends he would like to remain attorney general in second term if Trump is reelected  —  Attorney General William P. Barr — who has recently faced criticism from President Trump for not prosecuting his political rivals — has told friends and advisers in recent weeks that he hopes …
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 …
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Gov. Kemp may not be able to vote during COVID-19 quarantine  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp might not be able to vote because he's in quarantine after close contact with U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, who tested positive for the coronavirus Friday.  —  Kemp, who tested negative for the virus …
Donald Trump has run a historically bad reelection campaign  —  Opinion by Arick Wierson and Bradley Honan, CNN  —  Race to 270: How Latino voters could sway election  —  Arick Wierson, who writes frequently for CNN Opinion, is a six-time Emmy Award-winning television producer …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
New York Times opinion section comes unhinged ahead of the 2020 election  —  And you thought the New York Times's news division had problems.  —  The paper's opinion section on Friday published a collection of essays titled, “What have we lost?”  —  Featuring all 15 New York Times opinion columnists …
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.
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
“Not Pro-Black”: Wisconsin Students Unanimously Vote To Remove Lincoln Statue As Racist  —  We previously discussed the effort at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to have the famous statue of Abraham Lincoln removed as racist.  The student government has now voted unanimously in favor …
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
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 …
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,” …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump's $200 drug cards for seniors remain in limbo  —  President Donald Trump's plan to distribute $200 drug-discount cards to all Medicare recipients remains in limbo after officials missed an earlier goal of sending out millions of announcement letters and even some cards by Election Day …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Taylor Swift allows song to be used in campaign ad  —  Taylor Swift is lending her voice to a political ad for the first time, urging young voters to head to the polls to cast their ballots on Election Day.  —  The 30-year-old Grammy Award-winner's song “Only the Young” …
Discussion: Breitbart, Rolling Stone and CNN
Washington Post:
Trump's pandemic agenda shoved government scientists aside.  They're attempting an 11th-hour comeback.  —  Alarmed by the worsening pandemic and a president who mocks the virus at rallies, health agency scientists are challenging the administration's approach in ways small and large
Discussion: ABC News
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
U.S. Expels Migrant Children From Other Countries to Mexico  —  Children from Central America are being sent across the border to Mexico, where they may have no family to retrieve them.  An internal email said the transfers violated the government's own policies.
Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Wisconsin governor urges voters to come to polls rather than mail ballots  —  Voters can also return their absentee ballots at a county clerks office or at an early voting location.  —  Gov. Tony Evers urged Wisconsin voters to come to the polls on Election Day, discouraging them from mailing …
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
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: and The Guardian
CBS News:
Birx warns of “broad surge” across the country, as Trump claims U.S. is “rounding the turn”  —  Dr. Deborah Birx warned the nation's governors on Friday of a “broad surge” of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country as the weather cools, contradicting President Trump's claim that the U.S. is “rounding the turn.”
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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.
Donald-Shaw / Sludge:
Tillis Pushed Deregulation That Helps His Top Donor, Blackstone Group, Bilk Small Investors  —  Besides being Tillis' top campaign donor, Blackstone's CEO has given $20 million to a super PAC attacking Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.  —  EDITED BY  —  The private equity industry …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden's lead over Trump narrows slightly to 8 points  —  Pollsters say despite Biden's lead, the race is not a foregone conclusion  —  Trump, Biden campaign in Florida as election may come down to the Sunshine State  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's lead …
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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 … The Des Moines Register will publish its traditional pre-election Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll online on Saturday night and in the Des Moines Sunday Register and the Monday newspaper.
Ben Steverman / Bloomberg:
U.S. Billionaires Got $1 Trillion Richer During Trump's Term  — The country's top 50 billionaires collected 80% of that gain  — Some of the President's biggest critics gained the most  —  The numbers don't lie: We are living in the Billionaire Age.  —  Four years ago, America elected its first billionaire president.
Washington Post:
Republicans shift from challenging rules to preparing to challenge individual ballots  —  In Nevada, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit this week seeking images of the signature of every registered voter in Democratic-leaning Clark County — a potential first step toward challenging individual votes …
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
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 …
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KSP training slideshow quotes Hitler, advocates ‘ruthless’ violence
Discussion: Forbes
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Undecided Voters Could Still Decide the Election. They Tend to Dislike Trump.
Washington Post:
In Florida, voters of color and young voters have had ballots flagged for possible rejection at higher rates than others
Discussion: Axios, CBS Miami and Daily Kos
Stacy Liberatore / Daily Mail:
SpaceX declares independence: Elon Musk's firm says they will not recognize Earth laws in planned Mars colony and says ‘free planet’ will adopt ‘self-governing principles’
Discussion: The Independent and New York Post
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Wraps Up Worst Month Since March
Discussion: Raw Story
Amy Donaldson / Deseret News:
Anti-mask protesters target state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Here Are the “Extraordinary Measures” the USPS Plans To Get Your Ballots In
Discussion: Reuters and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Zeynep / Insight:
The Real Hunter Biden Story Everyone is Missing
Candice Williams / Detroit News:
McCormack leads in race for two Michigan Supreme Court seats, poll finds
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Healing From The Center Out  —  Joe Biden, a president for all Americans, period.
Discussion: The Week
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Glenn Beck Says the 2020 Election Is a Spiritual Battle Against ‘Satan Himself’
Discussion: Bulwark+ and
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Noam Chomsky Believes Trump Is “the Worst Criminal in Human History”
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Trump adviser Stephen Miller reveals aggressive second-term immigration agenda