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8:40 AM ET, October 30, 2020


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My Resignation From The Intercept  —  The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.  —  Today I sent my intention to resign from The Intercept …
NBC News:
How a fake persona laid the groundwork for a Hunter Biden conspiracy deluge  —  One month before a purported leak of files from Hunter Biden's laptop, a fake “intelligence” document about him went viral on the right-wing internet, asserting an elaborate conspiracy theory involving former Vice …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A harsh new anti-Trump ad flips the script on his biggest issue  —  For many years, Democratic strategists have generally seen immigration as a tough issue for them — not necessarily because they can't win the argument about it on the merits, but rather because it motivated hardcore Republican voters far more than anyone else.
POLITICO Playbook: It's the pandemic, stupid
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Timothy Evans /
Miami GOP Mayor Caught Trying to Suppress Voting  —  With the coronavirus keeping seats empty in sports stadiums and arenas around the country, the owners of many of those venues have opened them up as polling locations for the Nov. 3 election to help keep voters socially distant as they cast their ballots.
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:   Miami-Dade covered up Mayor Gimenez's voter suppression until my lawsuit freed the evidence.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Changes Election Night Plans as Campaigns Begin Last Push  —  President Trump canceled plans to appear at Trump International Hotel for an election night party.  New coronavirus infections are surging across the country, including in battleground states …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Denialism, Dishonesty, Deflection: The Final Days of the Trump Campaign Have It All  —  The President is ending his reëlection bid with scandals that call into question the legitimacy of next week's vote.  —  No one wants to admit it, but in Washington, D.C., the election might as well be over …
Rick Hasen /
In Outrageous 2-1 Decision Ignoring Reliance Interests and Rejecting the Purcell Principle, 8th Circuit Panel Orders Segregation of Late Arriving Ballots in Minnesota, With Strong Hints Late Arriving Ballots Will Be Excluded from The Count  —  It is hard to know where to start with this opinion.
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Montemayor / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Federal judges order post-Election Day ballots in Minnesota to be held
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.  —  Donald Trump Jr. declared on Thursday night that coronavirus deaths had dropped to “almost nothing,” questioning the seriousness of the pandemic on a record-breaking …
The Atlantic:
The Pandemic Is in Uncharted Territory  —  The fall surge is rewriting the coronavirus record books across America.  And the numbers are still climbing.  —  The COVID Tracking Project … The United States set a new record for reported cases this week, breaking 500,000 …
Discussion: CNN and The COVID Tracking Project
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: NY Post's ‘Smoking Gun’ Hunter Biden Email 100% Authentic, Forensic Analysis Concludes  —  An email Hunter Biden received in April 2015 from a Burisma executive discussing an introduction to then-Vice President Joe Biden, which lies at the heart of a New York Post investigation …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and
DOJ official confirms FBI 2019 criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, still active  —  WASHINGTON (SBG) - A justice department official has confirmed to Sinclair Broadcast Group that the FBI opened up a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates back in 2019 …
Facebook for Government, Politics & Advocacy:
US: An Update on Some Technical Issues Impacting Political and Issue Ads  —  As part of our efforts to ensure maximum transparency of political advertising, we began restricting new political and issue ads ahead of next week's election.  We took this step so all political ads would be searchable …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Biden camp slams Facebook as thousands of ads remain blocked in final week
ABC News:
The Note: Early vote explosion show system working, with stress tests ahead  —  Days before the election, voters have smashed early voting records.  —  Trump, Biden face off in Florida … It's happening the way it's supposed to happen.  Voters are voting — smashing records …
QU Poll:
Florida And Iowa Races Are Too Close To Call, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Biden Maintains His Lead In Pennsylvania, Has Narrow Lead In Ohio  —  IOWA SENATE: Ernst 48%, Greenfield 46%  —  Less than a week before Election Day 2020, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden …
Carlos Sanchez / The Atlantic:
COVID-19 Is Killing My People—And No One Seems to Care  —  At half past one on the morning of July 1, my 60th birthday, I awoke shivering.  Since summertime chills are rare in South Texas, I immediately grew concerned.  As the director of public affairs for Hidalgo County …
Pence absent from Covid-19 planning calls for more than a month  —  When Vice President Mike Pence first took charge of the White House's coronavirus task force, among his earliest moves was establishing a standing call with all 50 governors aimed at closely coordinating the nation's pandemic fight.
CNN:   Birx cedes White House turf to Atlas while hitting the road to spread her public health gospel
Zack Stanton / Politico:
‘People Are Going To Be Shocked’: Return of the ‘Shy’ Trump Voter?  —  In 2016, pollsters Arie Kapteyn and Robert Cahaly saw Trump coming.  In 2020, they see polls again underestimating his support.  —  Zack Stanton is digital editor of Politico Magazine.
Sarah Nassauer / Wall Street Journal:
Walmart Pulls Guns, Ammo Displays in U.S. Stores, Citing Civil Unrest  —  Retailer says move is a safety precaution but customers can still purchase firearms and ammunition  —  Walmart Inc. has removed all guns and ammunition from the sales floors of its U.S. stores this week …
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: The Atlantic and Raw Story
Kathleen Gray / New York Times:
In Michigan, a Suburban County That Flipped Blue Isn't Looking Back  —  Oakland County, Mich., a Republican stronghold 12 years ago that is now solidly Democratic, is a prime example of the political evolution taking place in many of the nation's suburbs.  —  WATERFORD, Mich. …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Michael Moore doesn't believe the polls showing Biden ahead of Trump  —  The presidential election, especially in swing states, is probably much closer than polls predict, according to the liberal film maker  —  Trump supporters don't believe polls, predict reelection ‘landslide’
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Facebook, Trump, and the fight to win Pennsylvania  —  PITTSBURGH — When thousands of Trump supporters, in an estimated 2,000 cars and trucks, gathered for the “Interstate 70 Trump Train,” a road rally covering Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania last weekend, I asked many of them how they had learned about the event.
Warren will make case to be Biden's Treasury secretary  —  Elizabeth Warren wants to be Joe Biden's Treasury secretary and will make her case for it if he wins next week, according to three Democratic officials who have spoken with her inner circle.  —  “She wants it,” two of them said matter-of-factly.
NBC News:
National security adviser O'Brien jockeys for future spot in a second Trump administration  —  WASHINGTON — National security adviser Robert O'Brien was just a few months into his new job when he asked aides to print him copies of two transcripts.  —  One was of O'Brien's remarks …
BuzzFeed News:
Here Are Thousands Of Documents About Immigrants Who Have Died In ICE Custody  —  Since January 2017, at least four dozen people have died while being held in detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  —  Some were old, and some were young.  Some had been in the US for years before being detained …
Discussion: Washington Post
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Heat at Trump rally sends a dozen attendees to the hospital … A crowded Trump rally in steamy Tampa, Florida, on Thursday resulted in 17 attendees needing medical attention, with a dozen being taken to the hospital, fire officials told NBC News.  —  Trump spoke for just under an hour …
Washington Post:
Q&A with ‘Anonymous’: Miles Taylor on his secret, why he didn't resign and more  —  Miles Taylor, a former Trump administration official who served as chief of staff in the Department of Homeland Security under Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, revealed himself Wednesday to be “Anonymous,” …
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
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The Forward:
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Associated Press:
An Election Day role for National Guard? Maybe, but limited
Discussion: Reuters
New York Times:
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Emma Loop / Business Insider:
The FBI is hiring an outside contractor to help turn the page on a spying controversy from the 2016 presidential election. Here's why.
John A. Tatom / The Hill:
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Paul Brandus / USA Today:
Americans say they're better off, but not due to Trump
Joe Biden / The Christian Post:
The greatest commandment has guided my politics
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and The Hill
New York Post:
State trooper dates Cuomo's daughter, gets transferred close to Canada
Discussion: The Daily Caller