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8:10 PM ET, October 30, 2020


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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
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 …
'We've got to stop the bleeding': Democrats sound alarm in Miami
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.
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 …
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
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
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: ABC News and New York Post
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Unlocks New York Post Account After Two-Week Standoff  —  Social-media company reverses policy that previously required newspaper to delete old tweets before being able to tweet again  —  Twitter Inc. on Friday unlocked the New York Post's Twitter account, ending a stalemate between …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
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.
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,” …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
In a first, ICE agents are poised to respond to potential Election Day unrest  —  Department of Homeland Security agents, including those from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, have been told to be ready to protect federal property in Washington …
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).
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 …
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: IJR, Mediaite, New York Times and The Hill
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.
Discussion: and The Guardian
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.
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:
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.
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 …
Discussion: Bulwark+ and
Washington Post:
D.C. police and businesses prepare for possible Election Day unrest  —  Concerned about the possibility of unrest on Election Day, or in the days that follow, businesses in some areas of D.C. are boarding their windows.  Officials are advising shop owners to sign up for crime alerts, and to keep their insurance information handy.
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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.
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Taylor Swift allows song to be used in campaign ad
Discussion: Breitbart, The Week and Rolling Stone
CDC lifts ban on cruises and paves way for return to sailing
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
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
Ben Steverman / Bloomberg:
U.S. Billionaires Got $1 Trillion Richer During Trump's Term
Amy Donaldson / Deseret News:
Anti-mask protesters target state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Kudlow: Wall Street will regret backing Biden
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Here Are the “Extraordinary Measures” the USPS Plans To Get Your Ballots In
Discussion: Reuters and Talking Points Memo
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
Clay Travis / OutKick:
Clay: Why I'm Voting For Donald Trump
Discussion: TheBlaze
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
Internal Documents Reveal COVID-19 Hospitalization Data The Government Keeps Hidden
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Why this conservative voted for Biden and you should too: Trump is a morally defective man