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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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Washington Post:
As Trump leans into attacks on mail voting, GOP officials confront signs of Republican turnout crisis
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Watchdog Calls For Probe Amid Fears Of ‘Voter Suppression Tactics’ Through Postal Service
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
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.
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: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:   U.S. Aid Agency Official Departs After Series of Anti-Gay Tweets
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
With Jobless Aid Expired, Trump Sidelines Himself in Stimulus Talks  —  As his top advisers met with Democratic leaders to try to hash out a compromise, President Trump hurled insults at Democrats and mused aloud about short-circuiting the talks and acting on his own.
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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, The Daily Caller and Reuters
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
2020 Electoral Map Ratings: Trump Slides, Biden Advantage Expands Over 270 Votes  —  Loading...  It's hard to believe that the hole President Trump dug for himself could get deeper, but it has.  —  A record and widening majority of Americans disapprove of the job he's doing when it comes …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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 …
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Census, Cut Short A Month, Rushes To Finish All Counting Efforts By Sept. 30  —  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.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Democrats are threatening to expand the Supreme Court.  Good.  —  With an election three months away in which Republicans very well may lose the White House and Senate — even as the 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is battling cancer yet again — the question has arisen anew …
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
How the Pandemic Defeated America  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Image above: A masked worker cleans a New York City subway entrance.  —  How did it come to this?
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.
Elizabeth Drew / New York Times:
Let's Scrap the Presidential Debates  —  They've become unrevealing quip contests.  —  Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington.  —  Nervous managers of the scheduled 2020 presidential debates are shuffling the logistics and locations to deal with the threat of the coronavirus.
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 …
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Homeland Security Is Quietly Tying Antifa to Foreign Powers  —  An intelligence report obtained exclusively by The Nation mentions several Americans, including a left-wing podcast host.  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence officials are targeting activists it considers …
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
Washington Post:
Chad Wolf emerges as Trump's favorite Department of Homeland Security chief  —  Chad Wolf often was overshadowed by more bombastic political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security in the months after President Trump named him acting secretary last fall.
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How white supremacy infected Christianity and the Republican Party  —  Robert P. Jones, chief executive and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), is fast becoming the leading expert in the values, votes and mind-set of White Christians.  His work has explained how loss …
 
 
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Trump extends National Guard virus mission through 2020 but cuts federal funds by quarter
Discussion: The Hill
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Vaccine Adviser Says Any Scrutiny Of Him (Or His Stocks) Will Delay A Breakthrough
Avi Shafran / The Forward:
My fellow Orthodox Jews: Start fighting for the Uighurs
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
De Blasio admits city skipped permit process to paint Black Lives Matter murals
Discussion: Gothamist
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Ferguson Prepared America For This Moment
Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Latina judge from New Jersey breaks silence two weeks after attacker kills her son
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
The Mask Slackers of 1918  —  As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919 …
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
North Korea has ‘probably’ developed nuclear devices to fit ballistic missiles, U.N. report says
Project On Government Oversight:
Whistleblowers Said This Company Is a Fake Small Business. It Got a PPP Loan.
Chuck Lovell / New York Times:
I'm the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn't the Answer.
Discussion: Breitbart
Neal Augenstein / WTOP:
Call for resignation of Virginia mayor after ‘Aunt Jemima’ post regarding Biden
Discussion: Raw Story
Simon D. Schuster / mcfn.org:
Campaign To Recall Whitmer Is In Flames Amid Allegations Of Embezzlement
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Pressed on possible foreign sources, Republicans remain mum
Discussion: Raw Story