Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerry Baker will host a town hall with WSJ staff next week, Politico reports. He is expected to address the paper's reporting on the Trump Administration, among other topics.

Why it matters: While many other major national news brands have been openly critical of the Trump Administration's use of alternative facts, WSJ has remained relatively cautious about calling out the Trump Administration. In a "Meet the Press" interview in January, Baker said he wouldn't characterize Trump's often contradictory or questionable statements as "lies."

The Murdoch/Trump relationship: WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who blasted Trump during the primaries for "embarrassing his friends" and the whole country. It appears as though they have since made amends.

  • The Financial Times reported Wednesday that Ivanka Trump was on the board that oversaw Murdoch's daughters' $300 million trust up until December
  • The New Yorker reported last month that Murdoch's son 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch strategically hired Pro-Trump anchor Tucker Carlson to replace Megyn Kelly.
  • Trump told attendees during a holiday party in Mar-a-Lago "I really like Rupert Murdoch!"
  • He also tweeted in January, "Rupert Murdoch is a great guy who likes me much better as a very successful candidate than he ever did as a very successful developer!"
  • According to reports by The New Yorker, Murdoch has focused on rebuilding a close relationship with Trump since his victory.

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Driving the news: Trump has baselessly accused the news media of only focusing on covering the coronavirus pandemic — which has killed over 226,000 Americans so far and is surging across the country once again — as a way to deter people from voting on Election Day and distract from other issues.

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Wisconsin Democrats are urging voters to return absentee ballots to election clerks’ offices or drop boxes after a Supreme Court decision on Monday prevented the state from extending its deadline for counting absentee ballots, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: 1,344,535 of the 1,706,771 Wisconsin voters who requested absentee ballots have returned them, according to the Times. The remaining 366,236 could prove critical in the battleground state, where President Trump won by a thin margin in 2016.

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Driving the news: Gauss, a Silicon Valley computer vision startup focused on health care, tells Axios that it's raised $10 million to accelerate development and commercialization of an at-home rapid antigen test for COVID-19.