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9:15 PM ET, October 31, 2020


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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Donald Trump takes over lead in Iowa as Joe Biden fades  —  | Des Moines Register Show Caption Hide Caption … Republican President Donald Trump has taken over the lead in Iowa as Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden has faded, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows just days before Election Day.
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead of Democrat Theresa Greenfield in closing days of U.S. Senate race  —  | Des Moines Register Show Caption Hide Caption … Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democrat Theresa Greenfield in the closing stretch of a contentious U.S. Senate race …
Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Republicans preferred in 3 of 4 U.S. House races; Rep. Finkenauer appears at risk  —  | Des Moines Register Show Caption Hide Caption … A Republican could be poised to win back one of the Iowa congressional districts that flipped to Democrats two years ago …
Discussion: Boston Herald
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Biden needles Joni Ernst in Iowa for not knowing breakeven soybean price
Discussion: Politico
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Biden Team Cancels Texas Event After Highway ‘Ambush’ by MAGA Cavalry  —  Dozens of pickup trucks, many with Trump flags, surrounded a Biden campaign bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin.  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign canceled a Friday event in Austin, Texas, after harassment from a pro-Trump contingent.
Doug P. / Twitchy:
‘Is this a joke?’  Biden/Harris supporter in Texas bus tour called 911 on Trump caravan that tagged along & put them 'in harm's way'  —  A Biden/Harris bus was driven around Texas (for a while, but we'll get to that in a minute) this week, and it was escorted by many, many supporters... of President Trump:
David R. Montgomery / New York Times:
Vehicles flying Trump flags try to force a Biden-Harris campaign bus off a highway in Texas.
Discussion: NBC News, Axios and
Biden campaign cancels Austin rally; Trump supporters reportedly harass bus on I-35
Discussion: Forbes, Townhall and Raw Story
Washington Post:
‘A whole lot of hurt’: Fauci warns of covid-19 surge, offers blunt assessment of Trump's response  —  President Trump's repeated assertions the United States is “rounding the turn” on the coronavirus have increasingly alarmed the government's top health experts, who say the country is heading …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
CNN Polls: Biden leads in Michigan and Wisconsin as campaign ends, with tighter races in Arizona and North Carolina  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden holds an advantage in the upper Midwest states of Wisconsin and Michigan, according to CNN Polls conducted by SSRS …
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
EXPLAINER: A long night, or more, before president is known
Discussion: Reuters
Abstract  —  We investigate the effects of large group meetings on the spread of COVID-19 by studying the impact of eighteen Trump campaign rallies.  To capture the effects of subsequent contagion within the pertinent communities, our analysis encompasses up to ten post-rally weeks for each event.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Trump Camp Uses Online Gimmick to Fuel Donations Into December  —  The Trump campaign is now automatically checking a box to create recurring weekly donations from supporters until mid-December.  —  President Trump's campaign is raising money for a prolonged political and legal fight long …
ABC News:
American hostage Philip Walton rescued in dramatic military operation: Officials  —  Walton was abducted recently in Niger, where he had been living.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  An American citizen abducted last week in Niger has been rescued during …
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
American hostage rescued in West Africa by SEAL Team 6 in daring raid
Discussion: CBS News, UPI and National Review
New York Times:
The President's Taxes: A Reader's Guide  —  Over the past four years, The New York Times has independently obtained and published information on several decades of Donald J. Trump's taxes.  —  Over the last several weeks, The New York Times has published the findings of its investigation …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Intercept Staffers Roll Their Eyes Over Glenn Greenwald's Censorship Claim  —  Glenn Greenwald had the freedom to publish almost anything he wanted at The Intercept.  Then he cried censorship.  —  Glenn Greenwald officially left The Intercept on Thursday, complaining of censorship and heavy-handed editing.
USPS investigates undelivered Miami ballots  —  TALLAHASSEE — State and federal authorities are investigating a pileup of mail at a Miami post office that included a handful of completed ballots after Florida House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee posted a video Friday.
Wall Street Journal:   Millions of Mail-in Ballots at Risk in Battleground States With Looming Deadlines
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
One of the plaintiffs trying to throw out drive-thru votes in Harris County, Texas, is a COVID and QAnon conspiracy theorist  —  Texas Republicans have petitioned a federal court to potentially throw out more than 100,000 ballots cast in drive-thru voting in Harris County, Texas.
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
U.S. judge to hear Republican bid to void 100,000 votes in Texas
Discussion: Mother Jones
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Boris Johnson announces month-long COVID-19 lockdown in England  —  A new national lockdown will be imposed in England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.  —  Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home …
New York Times:
Trump Dismisses Virus Coverage and Biden Dismisses Virus Leadership: This Week in the 2020 Race  —  President Trump has complained this week of what he calls a media obsession with the coronavirus pandemic.  The message from Democrats has been united — all coronavirus, all the time.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Whitmer kidnap suspect wants out of jail.  He's diabetic, and fears COVID-19  —  After three weeks in jail, one of the suspects charged with plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the judge to reconsider her decision to keep him locked up: He's worried about getting the COVID-19 virus.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Lincoln Project targets 3 deep red states with million-dollar ad buy as election map ‘turning against’ Trump  —  WASHINGTON — With just three days left until the election, President Trump's enemies are seeing new opportunities in staunchly red states.  The Lincoln Project …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Can Still Win, But The Polls Would Have To Be Off By Way More Than In 2016  —  To borrow from Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman, “I've seen enough.”  —  No, I don't know who's going to win the election.  According to our forecast, President Trump still has a chance at a second term …
Jackie Calmes / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama is making the argument for Joe Biden — by roasting Trump  —  Barack Obama is uncorked and letting it fly.  —  For three-and-a-half years, he mostly honored the tradition that former presidents do not criticize their successors, even as his norm-breaking successor attacked him relentlessly.
Chicago Tribune:
Kyle Rittenhouse cried, vomited and worried about social media as he told Antioch cops, ‘I shot two white kids’  —  Kyle Rittenhouse cried, vomited and worried about negative social media comments after turning himself in to a far north suburban police department following the fatal shooting …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Democrats grow more anxious about Pennsylvania  —  Joe Biden on Saturday prepared to mount a last-minute, two-day blitz of Pennsylvania, amid concern among some local Democrats about a potential late shift that would threaten his narrow advantage there and mirror President Trump's 2016 comeback.
Washington Post:
Trump drags down GOP senators, giving Democrats more paths to the majority  —  From the deepest conservative states to more Democratic leaning terrain, Senate Republicans face a brutal political environment that has left the GOP needing to pull off a near-perfect run in a dozen highly competitive races to retain the majority.
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Trump goes it alone  —  Donald Trump ambushed his party establishment and mowed down a sprawling lineup of polished and better-connected rivals in 2016 — mostly on his own.  —  Four years later, the benefits of incumbency have done little to draw the biggest Republicans to the president …
New York Times:
Their First Try Backfired, but Giuliani and Allies Keep Aiming at Biden  —  The former New York mayor's dirt-digging effort on Hunter Biden in 2019 ended with President Trump's impeachment.  Now he is back with new associates.  So far it is not going exactly as planned.
Washington Post:
Trailing in the polls, Trump enlists his administration and co-opts the government to bolster his reelection  —  In the final days of the 2020 election season, President Trump has featured his White House press secretary as a star at his campaign rallies, where she has triumphantly joined him onstage.
Discussion: E&E News and New York Times
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Obama hammers Trump's claim that doctors have inflated coronavirus numbers  —  Former President Obama laid into President Trump on Saturday over his claim that doctors have tried to profit off of the coronavirus pandemic by intentionally inflating the number of COVID-19 cases.
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Marcia Brown / American Prospect:
The Facebook Group That Could Flip Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Hill
Kate Chesley / Stanford News:
Academic freedom questions arise on campus over COVID-19 strategy conflicts
Jeb Lund / NBC News:
Covid and Halloween aren't a good match. How do I keep my kid safe without ruining his day?
Discussion: New York Times
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
Third-Party Candidates Had An Impact In 2016. In 2020, They've Struggled To Gain Traction.
Discussion: Reason
President Donald J. Trump / Dallas Weekly:
OP-ED: President Donald J. Trump — My Message to Black America
Discussion: Fox News
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
I'm Still Reeling From 2016. Am I Now Allowed to Hope Again?
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
So, while we're waiting . . . will Mike Pence ever be president?
Discussion: Raw Story, Reuters and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Rivals in landmark marriage equality suit: We are both voting for Biden
Daniel Walters / News, Inlander:
One of the country's biggest Never Trumpers owes part of his journey to Larry Craig's ‘wide stance’
Jade Scipioni / CNBC:
These voters switched political parties for 2020
Discussion: DemCast
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama to visit Georgia on Monday as Democrats aim for big battleground flip
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Vox and The Hill
James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
Trump's Pathology Is Now Clear
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Show your work: AP plans to explain vote calling to public
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
White House sidestepped FDA to distribute hydroxychloroquine to pharmacies, documents show. Trump touted the pills to treat covid-19.
Washington Post:
As prosecutors, we find William Barr's words repugnant