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New York Times:
D.A. Is Investigating Trump and His Company Over Fraud, Filing Suggests  —  The office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., made the disclosure in a new court filing arguing Mr. Trump should turn over his tax returns.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office suggested on Monday …
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Tom Winter / NBC News:
Trump Org under investigation for ‘insurance and bank fraud,’ filing suggests
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Carla Herreria Russo / HuffPost:   Manhattan DA Is Investigating Trump And His Company Over Reports Of Fraud
Politico:
Trump's assault on mail voting threatens his reelection bid  —  Donald Trump's all-out war on mail voting is backfiring in battleground states.  —  New private polling shared first with POLITICO showed that Republicans have become overwhelmingly concerned about mail balloting …
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Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine:
How Changes to the USPS Might Affect Voting by Mail
Discussion: Washington Post
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Watchdog Calls For Probe Amid Fears Of ‘Voter Suppression Tactics’ Through Postal Service
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Two Black moms took their kids to the Mall.  Secret Service officers confronted them with guns, they said.  —  It was a hot Thursday afternoon, so India Johnson, 26, and Yasmeen Winston, 25, decided to take their babies to splash in the fountains at the World War II Memorial.
Ariana Pekary:
Personal news: why I'm now leaving MSNBC  —  “Just quit.”  —  That's the advice Alec gave a year and a half ago when I expressed concerns about my job.  —  “You just quit.  It's that simple.”  —  “Stay at MSNBC at least until the midterms,” Jeffrey said a couple years back.
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Two People Linked to Kanye West's Campaign Are Active in GOP Politics  —  At least two people with links to Kanye West's nascent presidential campaign are also active in Republican Party politics.  —  One of West's electors in the state of Vermont will also be a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short By A Month  —  The Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month shorter than previously announced, the bureau's director confirmed Monday in a statement.  That includes critical door-knocking efforts …
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with U.S. Tech Workers and Signing of an Executive Order on Hiring American  —  THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much.  And today I'm signing an executive order to ensure that the federal government lives by a very simple rule: Hire American.
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President Donald J. Trump / The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Is Ensuring that Americans Are Not Displaced by Foreign Workers Using Federal Dollars
Discussion: Axios and Townhall
Washington Post:
After months of favor, Birx raises Trump's ire with grim coronavirus assessment  —  President Trump further disparaged his senior health advisers on Monday even as the pandemic deepened its hold on the nation, as the White House's top coronavirus coordinator, Deborah Birx …
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Washington Post:
Coronavirus cases are climbing in Midwest states with previously low infections
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and Mediaite
RELEVANT Magazine:
Jerry Falwell Jr. Posted — Then Deleted — a Bizarre ‘Vacation Photo’ From Instagram  —  Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. posted — and then apparently deleted — a bizarre Instagram post in which he appeared with his shirt hiked up and his pants unzipped, standing next to a woman identified as a “friend.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Blue Virginia
U.S. Department of Justice:
Statement of Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers on the Public Release of the Department's Findings with Respect to the 29 FISA Applications that Were the Subject of the March 2020 OIG Preliminary Report  —  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers stated:
Discussion: Raw Story
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Why Stuart Stevens Wants to Defeat Donald Trump  —  Many Republicans have joined the Never Trump camp, but few have previously been more important to the Party than Stuart Stevens.  After working on George W. Bush's two Presidential campaigns and serving as a consultant for several major …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump USAID appointee unloads as rocky tenure ends  —  Merritt Corrigan, the deputy White House liaison at the U.S. Agency for International Development, is leaving the agency after a short and tumultuous tenure marred by calls for her removal over controversial comments she had made on LGBT rights …
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NBC News:
White House-USAID liaison fired after series of anti-LGBTQ tweets
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
A Line-by-Line Analysis of the Hilarious ‘Case for Trump’  —  Hugh Hewitt occupies a rare place in the media ecosystem.  The white haired, genial talk radio host who used to host a show on MSNBC, was the subject of a somewhat flattering 2005 New Yorker profile, and still writes a column …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Gettysburg?  The Liberty Bell?  Trump Weighs R.N.C. Speech Options  —  The president and his aides are holding out hope for ambitious convention programming, and have considered a return to Mount Rushmore or a speech by Melania Trump from Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
'I'm not a communist': Potential Biden running mate Rep. Bass reassures Cuban American voters  —  Rep. Karen Bass, the five-term California congresswoman and potential Joe Biden running mate, urged Cuban American voters Monday to “not believe the lies” of Republicans.  —  “I'm not a socialist.
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Karen Bass Denies Links To Nation Of Islam, Despite Photos And Event Appearances, But Doesn't Disavow Radical Group  — California Rep. Karen Bass, a top contender to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's 2020 running mate, denied having ties to the Nation of Islam …
Avi Shafran / The Forward:
My fellow Orthodox Jews: Start fighting for the Uighurs  —  Americans not readily disposed to giving credit to the Trump Administration have good reason to do so of late, thanks to new sanctions against the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a powerful Chinese paramilitary organization …
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Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Navarro on TikTok: “The mothers of America” have to worry about China tracking their kids
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
De Blasio admits city skipped permit process to paint Black Lives Matter murals  —  City officials ignored their own application process for public art projects to paint Black Lives Matter murals around the five boroughs, in order to mark an important moment in history, Mayor de Blasio …
Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free … Paywalls are justified, even though they are annoying.  It costs money to produce good writing, to run a website, to license photographs.  A lot of money, if you want quality.  Asking people for a fee to access content is therefore very reasonable.
George Conway / Washington Post:
Trump's name should live in infamy  —  If there's one thing we know about President Trump, it's that he lies and he cheats.  Endlessly.  And shamelessly.  But still, mostly, incompetently.  —  So it should have come as no surprise that Trump finally went where no U.S. president had ever gone before.
Martin Gould / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Police bodycam footage shows moment-by-moment arrest of George Floyd for the first time - from terror on his face when officer points gun at his head, sobbing before he's shoved into squad car and begging to breathe as his life drains away  — The terror on George Floyd's face …
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says U.S. Should Get Slice of TikTok Sale Price  —  President says he told Microsoft's Nadella that U.S. should get a cut 'because we're making it possible for this deal to happen'  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump confirmed Monday he is open to a deal in which Microsoft Corp. MSFT 5.62% …
Discussion: Slate and The Daily Caller
BuzzFeed News:
New FBI Documents From Mueller's Russia Investigation Reveal What Witnesses Said About Trump  —  BuzzFeed News filed a public records lawsuit to get the documents Robert Mueller used to write his report.  Today, we are publishing the ninth installment of what witnesses in the investigation told Mueller's team.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
These Conservatives Have a Laser Focus: ‘Owning the Libs’  —  On The Federalist and in Fox News appearances, some of President Trump's supporters don't really defend him.  They attack the critics.  —  When President Trump ran for office four years ago, a conservative writer …
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Vaccine Adviser Warns That Scrutiny Of Him Will Delay Arrival Of Coronavirus Vaccine  —  HHS assistant secretary Michael Caputo went even further, arguing the media doesn't want a vaccine to succeed before the election.  “I believe that all the way in my aorta.”  —  Copy
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Q&A: What would Sean Hannity's Fox News show look like under a Biden presidency?  —  Sean Hannity is the most-watched personality on cable news.  But a conversation with him quickly reminds you that his roots are in radio, which he still does three hours a day.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
‘Not handling the pandemic well’: Man fires at officers with AK-47 after refusing to wear a mask, police say  —  When a cigar shop clerk told Adam Zaborowski on Friday he had to wear a mask in the shop, the 35-year-old angrily refused.  Instead, he grabbed two stogies, stormed outside …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Trump's Latest Move at the Pentagon Is Brazenly Unlawful  —  President Trump's insouciant rampage of lawlessness continues.  His latest violation—less serious than some of his actions, but more brazen than most—involves his desire to give Anthony Tata a senior job in the Pentagon without the Senate's consent.
Allison Kaplan Sommer / Haaretz:
In a Pickle, Seth Rogen Tells Haaretz What He Really Thinks About Israel and ‘White Supremacist’ Trump  —  It's impossible to resist describing Seth Rogen's current woes as anything other than a pickle.  —  His problem, after all, surrounds the publicity for his new film “An American Pickle …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
For richer and poorer, Uncle Sam's coronavirus response widened the gulf  —  WASHINGTON — For two decades, Jeff Esaw of Stratford, Connecticut, has been serving up Southern barbecue to the gastronomes of elite hideaways dotting the state's coastline.  —  But economic trends haven't been as kind …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nikki Haley:
A Day Of Reckoning Is Coming With The National Debt  —  I'm often asked about America's biggest challenges.  —  On the world stage, communist China tops the list.  Closer to home, the coronavirus pandemic is the most urgent issue.  But there's also a massive fiscal challenge that we face …
 
 
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Michael Martina / Reuters:
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
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Project On Government Oversight:
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Washington Post:
Chad Wolf emerges as Trump's favorite Department of Homeland Security chief
 Earlier Items: 
Neal Augenstein / WTOP:
Call for resignation of Virginia mayor after ‘Aunt Jemima’ post regarding Biden
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeet Heer / The Nation:
Bipartisan Support for Wall Street, Crumbs for Main Street
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Pressed on possible foreign sources, Republicans remain mum
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How white supremacy infected Christianity and the Republican Party
Discussion: Politico
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
2020 Electoral Map Ratings: Trump Slides, Biden Advantage Expands Over 270 Votes
Discussion: Althouse