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I know, I know. Google lawsuits happen a lot. But this one is big:  


Via The New York Times’s David McCabe and Cecilia Kang, “The Justice Department accused Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, the government’s most significant legal challenge to a tech company’s market power in a generation.” https://nyti.ms/3dIw2Mj 

For example: “…through several exclusive business contracts and agreements that lock out competition. Such contracts include Google’s payment of billions of dollars to Apple to place the Google search engine as the default for iPhones.” 

The full story: https://nyti.ms/3dIw2Mj  

Tidbit from the suit


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There will be a mic-muting feature at Thursday’s debate! 

The Commission on Presidential Debates has approved a new rule to mute the microphones of President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE when one is speaking. https://bit.ly/3jb7GvP 

From the commission: “Both campaigns this week again reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule. The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules.”


We will allow exactly three extra days:

Via The New York Times’s Adam Liptak, The Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania election officials will count ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election. https://nyti.ms/3dMw0TJ 

Keep in mind: Pennsylvania is a major battleground state (!)  

How the Supreme Court made the ruling: Well, technically, the court ruled 4-4, meaning the lower court’s ruling stands.  

Reasoning from the lower court: “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the three-day extension was required by the coronavirus pandemic and delays in mail service, and it ordered the counting of ballots clearly mailed on or before Election Day and of those with missing or illegible postmarks ‘unless a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that it was mailed after Election Day.’ ”  

Keep in mind: This is seen as a win for Democrats.


Hello and welcome to ‘The Hunter Show!’: 

In an interview with “Fox & Friends” this morning, President Trump called for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Judge's decision on Barr memo puts spotlight on secretive DOJ office Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud MORE to investigate Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, demanding that the findings be released before Election Day. https://bit.ly/2IGOoSw

In Trump’s words: “We have got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act and he’s got to act fast … This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election.” 

Why this is particularly newsy: “Trump’s remarks represented an extraordinary effort by the president to push a member of his Cabinet to investigate the family of his political opponent, as he explicitly invoked the election as reason to do so. They came after a group of House Republicans asked Barr to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations about Hunter Biden made in the Post last week.”

Joe Biden has been staying in the background — and it seems to be working?:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is staying slow and steady in the face of criticism. https://bit.ly/2IPb4QL

How so — Biden is getting criticized from all sides : “Biden comes under constant criticism from President Trump’s campaign for his low-wattage public schedule. Earlier, during the Democratic primary battle, left-wing critics contended he was uninspiring. In media circles, Biden’s center-left politics and old-school approach often get met with a collective shoulder-shrug.” 

Yes, but: “Yet, for all that, the 77-year-old former vice president is on the cusp of what would be the ultimate validation. He is a significant distance ahead of Trump in national polls and has an edge in almost all the battleground states with just two weeks left until Election Day.”


Via Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins, “TJ Ducklo found out what it’s like to work a presidential campaign while you’re battling a devastating personal health crisis.” The full story: https://bit.ly/2IIYGS5 



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USA Today’s editorial board announced that it has endorsed Joe Biden, making its first-ever presidential endorsement. https://bit.ly/3khjw90 

From the paper: “In 2016, we broke tradition in urging you not to vote for Trump. Now we're making our first presidential endorsement. We hope it's our last.” Read the endorsement: https://bit.ly/3khjw90


Yes, but do you think Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' McConnell alma mater criticizes him for 1619 comments McConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' MORE tried making everyone friendship bracelets?:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is aiming to unify his caucus in the final stretch before the elections amid increasingly public divisions between President Trump and GOP senators.” https://bit.ly/34dFowp

How McConnell is trying to unify Republicans: “McConnell is lining up two items as the final pieces of the chamber’s agenda before the Nov. 3 elections: A GOP-only coronavirus bill and Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation MOREs Supreme Court nomination, hoping to give vulnerable incumbents something to tout back in their home states.” 



Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 8,217,952

U.S. death toll: 220,185 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

For context: Two months ago today, 5,532,566 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 173,241 had died. https://bit.ly/2TdjJya 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2Tazd69


Getting traction — well played:


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The House and Senate are out. President Trump is at the White House and is holding a campaign rally in Pennsylvania tonight. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a Sinclair town hall event from the Rose Garden.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.

5:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden Fox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie MORE leave for Erie, Pa. 

7:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds two telerallies in his residence. Keep in mind: They are closed press.

9:55 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump return to the White House.



1:30 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting an event, “America's Most Reliable Voter.” The morning session just ended. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. Detail and livestream: https://bit.ly/2Hi1Yvd

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Erie, Pa. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2T9LEzh

7 p.m. EDT: An Indiana gubernatorial debate. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3lZKEtC


Today is National Brandied Fruit Day. It feels like we’re really reaching this week…

And to brighten your Tuesday afternoon, here’s something fun that I learned today:


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