October 22, 2020

Thursday Executive Summary

Panel advances Barrett, confirmation on Monday, Hunter Biden updates, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • GOP-led Senate panel advances Amy Coney Barrett despite Dems’ boycott (AP)

  • Senate will vote Monday to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court (Washington Examiner)

The Byzantine Bidens

  • Hunter’s business partner confirms email, details Joe’s push to make millions from China (New York Post)

  • Laptop connected to Hunter linked to FBI money-laundering probe (Fox News)

  • Joe denies that Hunter profited off his family ties; Hunter said the exact opposite last year (The Daily Caller)


  • ABC, CBS, and NBC offer Biden scandals less than 15 minutes of air time over two days (The Federalist)

  • Biden-protecting Leftmedia promotes vile “underage sex” hoax targeting Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani (The Post Millennial)

  • Facebook workers express shame over their company’s censorship of conservative media (Disrn)

Elsewhere in Politics

  • The final debate: Five things to look for as Trump and Biden clash for last time (Washington Examiner)

  • Bitter Obama tears into Trump: “The next 13 days will matter for decades to come” (The Hill)

  • Biden won’t give an answer (which we already know) on Supreme Court packing until at least 180 days after becoming president (The Daily Caller)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • CDC expands definition of who is a “close contact” of an individual (The Washington Post)

  • Researchers show masks do block coronavirus, but not perfectly (Reuters)

  • Are the risks of reopening schools exaggerated? Absolutely (NPR)

  • Operation Warp Speed chief hopes to have vaccine doses for everybody by June 2021 (Washington Examiner)

National Security

  • Trump targeted by Tehran as Russians and Iranians meddle in 2020 election (Washington Examiner)

  • “I see a big fight coming” over defense budget, House Armed Services Committee chair warns (American Military News)

  • $19 billion in taxpayer money lost to waste, fraud, and abuse in Afghanistan, watchdog finds (National Review)

Around the Nation

  • Michigan drops charges against barber who defied Gov. Whitmer’s lockdown orders (Disrn)

  • Minnesota hit by largest early-season snowstorm in state history (Disrn)

Stranger Than Fiction

Other Notables

  • “Peanuts” holiday specials will not air on TV this year, exclusive now to Apple TV+ (Disrn)

  • OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead guilty in $8 billion settlement (Disrn)

  • Francis becomes first pope to endorse same-sex civil unions (AP)

  • Trump brings world peace, media yawns: Sudan agrees to normalize relations with Israel (The Jerusalem Post)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Yes, Joe Biden will raise taxes on those earning less than $400,000 (Washington Examiner)

  • Policy: Police de-escalation and its discontents (RealClearPolicy)

  • Humor: To improve the next debate, both candidates’ mics will be muted the entire time (The Babylon Bee)

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