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2:00 AM ET, October 31, 2020


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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 …
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: Reuters, The Hill and Political Wire
Donald Trump deserves a second term  —  Scott Jennings, a CNN contributor and Republican campaign adviser, is a former special assistant to President George W. Bush and a former campaign adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell.  He is a partner at RunSwitch Public Relations in Louisville, Kentucky.
Associated Press:
If 2020 is like 2000, Trump believes he's got the votes
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Texas GOP senator didn't “graduate” from Oxford University law program, as claimed in prior campaign  —  Cornyn attacked an opponent a few years later for “padding his resume,” referencing a lie about a college degree  —  Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tx., who currently finds himself …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Judges Are Already Testing How Far Amy Coney Barrett Will Go for Republicans  —  In a shocking opinion, two judges tried to hijack Minnesota's election law to throw out mail ballots.  —  Over the last week, four conservative justices on the Supreme Court have signaled their desire to throw …
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 …
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 …
Farah Al Qasimi / New York Times:
What have we lost?  —  The most incalculable loss over the last four years …
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Undecided Voters Could Still Decide the Election. They Tend to Dislike Trump.
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
Satchel Walton / Manual RedEye:
KSP training slideshow quotes Hitler, advocates ‘ruthless’ violence  —  UPDATE, 4:15 PM: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear responded to this story with the following statement: “This is absolutely unacceptable.  It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through social media.
Discussion: Forbes
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Javanka jab: Lincoln Project trolls Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump on their home turf  —  The Lincoln Project, that group of never-Trump former Republican political consultants who have turned their skills on the President, is bringing their latest project to two of Donald Trump's home bases.
Al Jazeera:
Canada aims to bring in over 1.2 million immigrants over 3 years  —  Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says plan seeks to fill workforce shortages and boost Canada's economy.  —  Canada plans to bring in more than 1.2 million new immigrants over the next three years …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Poll: Biden leads Trump by six in North Carolina
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and Bloomberg
CBS Los Angeles:
Garcetti Announces Discounts On Parking Citations If Paid Within 48 Hours  —  LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Mayor Eric Garcetti Friday announced a program for drivers to receive a $20 discount on certain traffic citations if they are paid within 48 hours.  —  The program, “Early Pay L.A.,” …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Kyle Cantlon / Yahoo! Sports:
Bobby Orr endorses Donald Trump with full-page ad  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's … A day after golf icon Jack Nicklaus felt the need to inform the world of what was already pretty obvious, NHL Hall of Famer and Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr made it known that he would also be voting …
Discussion: TheBlaze, Power Line and Breitbart
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, more at Techmeme »
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Probed State Election Websites Since September, U.S. Says
Discussion: Bloomberg
Samuel Rz / The Westphalian Times:
Justin Trudeau says ‘freedom of expression has its limits’ when asked about Muhammad cartoon  —  Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that freedom of expression had its limits when asked about cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.  —  Earlier this month, a French teacher …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Post Millennial
Washington Post:
First, coronavirus infections increased.  Then, hospitalizations.  Now, deaths are on the rise.  —  Coronavirus infections soared this week to record levels, hospitalizations are up in almost every state, and now — predictably, but slowly — deaths are rising, too.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN contributor Miles Taylor admitted he lied to CNN about being ‘Anonymous.’ It doesn't seem to be a problem for CNN.  —  Miles Taylor, a paid CNN contributor, admits that he lied — while on CNN.  —  CNN doesn't seem to have a problem with that.  —  Taylor is the former Trump administration official …
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 …
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
When will we know final unofficial election results in Wisconsin?  It likely won't be before Wednesday, and maybe not even then.  —  MADISON - If you want to watch Wisconsin's election results get tallied, you might want to go to bed early on Tuesday.  —  That's because the final unofficial count likely …
Discussion: Fox News, Lawfare and Raw Story
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
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
Misleading hyper-partisan information animating U.S. militia supporters ahead of election day  —  Claims that Trump supporters received threatening letter potentially exaggerated by hyper-partisan media diet  —  Inflammatory partisan misinformation on social media ahead …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Amy S. Rosenberg / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Dinner at the Bidens: In Delaware, they all know Joe Biden up close  —  MILFORD, Del. — Standing amid soybean fields, in the quiet middle of Delaware, Sean Smith represents a lot of Delawareans when he says, about Joe Biden: “All my life, I've had to hear it.  From my aunt, my grandmother, everybody.”
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
“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 …
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James developing ‘long’ list of Trump actions for Biden to undo  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James says her office is preparing a substantial list of legal actions for a potential Biden administration to begin quickly reversing Trump administration initiatives, she told NBC News in an interview.
New York Times:
Women Converge on Warsaw, Heightening Poland's Largest Protests in Decades  —  Outraged by a court decision to ban nearly all abortions, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Poland's capital on Friday, culminating a week of big protests across the country.
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.
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
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.
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Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Passwords of Florida County Election Officials Temporarily Exposed
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. detained migrant children for far longer than previously known
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
SBA presses big businesses to justify aid, sparking uproar
Washington Post:
Republicans shift from challenging rules to preparing to challenge individual ballots
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Taylor Swift allows song to be used in campaign ad
Discussion: Breitbart, The Week and Rolling Stone
 Earlier Items: 
Will Gleason / Time Out New York:
A massive mural featuring 20,000 of Trump's lies has been installed in Soho
Bernie Marcus / Fox News:
Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus: Trump deserves a second term and has my vote. Here's why
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Zack Hoopes / Sentinel:
Security info request from Trump campaign leaves Cumberland County officials concerned ahead of Election Day
Zeynep / Insight:
The Real Hunter Biden Story Everyone is Missing
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Healing From The Center Out  —  Joe Biden, a president for all Americans, period.
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Police took a Black toddler from his family's SUV. Then, the union used his photo as ‘propaganda,’ attorneys say.