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  • Hundreds of Trump Supporters Stuck In the Cold
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 06:29 AM

    “By the time President Trump finished speaking to thousands of supporters at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield on Tuesday night and jetted away on Air Force One, the temperature had plunged to nearly freezing,” the Washington Post reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Democrats Already Angling for Kamala Harris’ Seat
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 06:52 AM

    Politico: “At least a dozen California Democrats are seriously in the mix, and their supporters, donors and staffers are jostling behind the scenes to make their case. In this deep-blue state, where no Republican has won statewide in 14 years, a Senate seat could be the closest it gets to a lifetime appointment.”

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  • Giuliani Gets Few Takers for His Hunter Biden Story
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 07:51 AM

    Politico: “The Wall Street Journal and Fox News have both reported finding no evidence that Joe Biden benefited from the Hunter Biden business dealings that have drawn scrutiny.

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  • New Senate Polls
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 08:48 AM

    From ABC News/Washington Post:

    MICHIGAN: Peters (D) 52%, James (R) 46%

    From Colby College:

    MAINE: Gideon (D) 47%, Collins (R) 43%

    From Data for Progress:

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  • Exchange of the Day
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 09:28 AM

    Trump campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley was interviewed on CNN by Alisyn Camerota:
    CAMEROTA: Hospitals in Wisconsin are near capacity. Does that give you any pause about going there and holding a big rally?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Biden’s Path to 270 Widens
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 10:20 AM

    The Cook Political Report has moved Texas from “Lean Republican” to “Toss Up” in its Electoral College forecast.
    Their updated forecast now matched the consensus forecast map.

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  • Trump’s Attacks Often Followed by Safety Threats
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 11:00 AM

    Washington Post: “Over the past year, public servants across the country have faced similar ordeals. The targets encompass nearly every category of government service: mayors, governors and members of Congress, as well as officials Trump has turned against within his own administration.”

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  • Trump Downplays Plot to Kidnap Whitmer
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 07:54 PM

    President Trump repeatedly attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), at one point taking credit for the FBI thwarting a plot to kidnap her and then immediately downplaying the actual threat that had been posed to Whitmer, CNN reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How McConnell Delivered Justice Amy Coney Barrett
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 09:30 PM

    New York Times: “To Mr. McConnell, Monday was a day for celebration as he achieved what even he could not have imagined four years ago, when he set out to leverage Donald Trump’s presidency and his own formidable Senate power to put a deep and enduring conservative imprint on the federal courts.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Claims You Can’t Count Ballots After Election
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 02:01 PM

    President Trump falsely claimed that it was against the law to count mail-in ballots after Election Day.
    Said Trump: “It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on Nov.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • New Battleground State Polls
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 06:36 AM

    From ABC News-Washington Post:

    MICHIGAN: Biden 51%, Trump 44%
    WISCONSIN: Biden 57%, Trump 40%

    From Colby College:

    MAINE: Biden 51%, Trump 38%
    MAINE 2: Biden 48%, Trump 42%

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  • The GOP’s Monstrous Math Problem
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 07:40 AM

    “Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem,” Axios reports.
    “They’re relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.”

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  • McConnell and Schumer’s Relationship Shredded
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 08:41 AM

    “The relationship between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has hit a new low after the bitter fight over newly sworn in Justice Amy Coney Barrett,” The Hill reports.

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  • White House Failed to Trace Its Virus Outbreak
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 09:06 AM

    Washington Post: “In the aftermath of the White House outbreak that put the president in the hospital, his administration could have aggressively used contact tracing and genetic analysis to identify how the virus got into the White House and how far it had spread.”

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  • Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 10:16 AM

    “The Trump administration has recently removed the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the nation’s premier scientific agency, installed new political staff who have questioned accepted facts about climate change and imposed stricter controls on communications at the agency,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Quote of the Day
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 10:30 AM

    “You know, there aren’t a lot of pundits who would have guessed four years ago that a Democratic candidate for president in 2020 would be campaigning in Georgia on the final week of the election or that we’d have such competitive Senate races in Georgia.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Justice Thomas’ Wife Spreads False Biden Claims
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 06:37 PM

    The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by Joe Biden, the AP reports.

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  • Trump Already Has Facebook Ad Declaring Victory
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 08:02 PM

    Though Election Day is a week away, President Trump’s campaign appears to have a victory ad ready to go on Facebook, CNBC reports.

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  • White House Says Trump Ended the Pandemic
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 10:20 PM

    The Hill: “The White House science office listed ‘ending the COVID-19 pandemic’ as the top accomplishment of President Trump’s first term, even as the U.S. has set records for new daily infections and numerous hospitals across the country are stretched to their breaking points.”

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  • One Final Debate In South Carolina’s Senate Race
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 02:02 PM

    U.S. Senate foes Lindsey Graham (R) and Jaime Harrison (D) have agreed to a final debate on Friday evening, four days before Election Day in the race for one of South Carolina’s prized seats, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

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  • Rick Gates Seeks Redemption
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 06:30 AM

    Politico: “As attempted comebacks go, it’s an audacious gambit. Rick Gates, the former Trump aide who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the Robert Mueller probe — and then helped put other Trump associates in jail — hasn’t just launched a book tour aimed at clearing his name.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • AOC’s Next Four Years
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 07:48 AM

    Vanity Fair runs an excellent profile of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
    Said Ocasio-Cortez: “It’s not an accident that, every cycle, the boogeyman of the Democrats is a woman. A couple of cycles ago, it was Pelosi.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • No Late Shift Toward Trump So Far
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 08:36 AM

    A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News study has found no evidence, so far, of the kind of late surge toward President Trump among undecided voters that helped produce his unexpected wins in 2016.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump’s Chances Are Slim
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 09:10 AM

    Jonathan Bernstein: “With under a week to go, he’s still down about 9 percentage points nationally, and there’s little sign of any real movement in either direction. Early last week, I speculated that there was still enough time for significant changes to the race.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Biden Is Vastly Outspending Trump
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 10:00 AM

    First Read: “Trump’s campaign has $10.1 million booked on television and radio ads between Wednesday and Election Day, compared to Biden’s $50 million.”
    “The president can still count on a big assist from the RNC, which is spending another $12.6 million in key swing states like Florida, as well as from outside groups set to spend tens of millions more.”

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  • ‘Only the Best People’
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 10:47 AM

    The Daily Beast counts at least 18 people connected to President Trump who “have been locked up, indicted, or arrested since the real-estate mogul announced his candidacy in 2015.”

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  • Trump Strip Protections from Tongass National Forest
    Wednesday - 10/28/2020 - 11:22 AM

    “President Trump will open up all 16.7 million acres of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and other forms of development, according to a notice posted Wednesday, stripping protections that had safeguarded one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests for nearly two decades,” the

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  • Trump’s Campaign Website Hacked
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 08:33 PM

    President Trump’s campaign website was briefly and partially hacked Tuesday afternoon as unknown adversaries took over the “About” page and replaced it with what appeared to be a scam to collect cryptocurrency, TechCrunch reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Polling Is Coming
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 10:10 PM

    Nate Cohn: “This was a pretty weird day of polling. We’re just a week from the election, and there were only two live-interview telephone surveys. And this eerie quiet has been going on for a couple of days now.”

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  • Utah Republican Accepted Illegal Contributions
    Tuesday - 10/27/2020 - 02:12 PM

    “Burgess Owens (R), a former professional football player running as a Republican in one of the country’s tightest House races, accepted more than $130,000 in contributions that were over the legal limit, raising questions in the final stretch of the election about his compliance with campaign finance laws,” the New York Times reports.

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