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10:35 PM ET, August 31, 2020


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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's illuminating defense of Kyle Rittenhouse  —  At the start of and throughout his news conference Monday evening, President Trump attacked Joe Biden for condemning violence but not specifically the left-wing perpetrators of it.  —  By the end of the news conference …
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Man under investigation in fatal shooting of right-wing demonstrator in Portland was outside mayor's condo night before with daughter  —  Michael Reinoehl in front of Ted Wheelers residence, August 28, 2020  —  Michael Forest Reinoehl, the 48-year-old man under investigation …
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Man under investigation in fatal shooting after pro-Trump rally allegedly took loaded gun to earlier Portland protest
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's rhetoric about Joe Biden and violence doesn't make sense
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:   Trump Ally Allegedly Punched Protester After White House Speech
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Trump urges keeping tax returns away from Manhattan's top prosecutor  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged a federal appeals court on Monday not to let Manhattan's top prosecutor get eight years of his tax returns, saying the handover would cause him irreparable harm.
Martin J. Sheil / Just Security:
Does Cy Vance Already Have the Trump Organization Tax Returns?  —  This term, the Supreme Court declined President Donald Trump's attempts to shield personal financial records from congressional and judicial subpoena.  The ruling's impacts on executive powers and attorney-client privilege …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Times:
How Has Donald Trump Survived?  —  DONALD TRUMP V. THE UNITED STATES  —  Inside the Struggle to Stop a President  —  When a Republican-led Senate committee issued a nearly 1,000-page report in mid-August that detailed the prodigious extent of the contacts between Russian officials and members …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Journalist Quits Kenosha Paper in Protest of Its Jacob Blake Rally Coverage  —  Daniel Thompson, an editor at The Kenosha News, resigned over a headline that highlighted a speaker who made a threat during a peaceful protest.  —  A journalist resigned on Saturday from his job at The Kenosha News …
Discussion: Axios, Redstate, CNBC and The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Joe Biden smacks down Trump in Pittsburgh  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, beginning to venture out on the campaign trail, went to Pittsburgh on Monday to deliver a searing rebuke to President Trump.  “This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden: Trump is “rooting for chaos”
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Barr's removal of career national security official, weeks before election, raises concerns  —  A little-known office in the Justice Department has lost its long-time chief.  —  Current and former national security officials are raising concerns over Attorney General William Barr's recent decision …
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Michael Flynn case does not have to be immediately dismissed, appeals court rules
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump picks up where Fox News left off, with new coronavirus death-toll conspiracy theory
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
HHS bids $250 million contract meant to ‘defeat despair and inspire hope’ on coronavirus  —  As the presidential election fast approaches, the Department of Health and Human Services is bidding out a more than $250 million contract to a communications firm as it seeks to “defeat despair and inspire hope” …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Financial Times
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
U.S. Faces A ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Political Violence Heading Into November Election  —  There have been nearly 11,000 demonstrations in the U.S. this summer — as well as a rising tide of state repression and vigilante violence.  —  Law enforcement and other authorities used force while intervening …
Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press:   Americans divided over armed civilians who flock to protests
Leo Shane III / Military Times:
As Trump's popularity slips in latest Military Times poll, more troops say they'll vote for Biden  —  The latest Military Times poll shows a continued decline in active-duty service members' views of President Donald Trump and a slight but significant preference for former Vice President Joe Biden …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
White House privately warned states of Covid-19 ‘red zone’ threat, records show  —  Senior Trump administration officials in June privately warned seven states about dangerous coronavirus outbreaks that put them in the highest risk “red zone” while publicly dismissing concerns about a second wave of Covid-19 …
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
From students to our coach, one last huge hug for Big John Thompson  —  From the front row of the Seattle Kingdome on April 2, 1984, Georgetown students felt like we too were being hugged by John Thompson Jr.  —  First, the huge coach hugged Fred Brown, the hug that brought a great story full circle.
Discussion: ESPN, WJLA-TV and The Daily Caller
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
A 26-year-old film editor's descent into coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theories  —  It began as a freelance job.  Micah Conrad would wake up midmorning, check his email and begin downloading videos that had arrived while he slept.  He would brew coffee, drinking it on the narrow patio …
Randall Roberts / Los Angeles Times:
Mark Mothersbaugh nearly died from COVID-19.  FaceTiming with his family kept him alive  —  As Mark Mothersbaugh lay in a Cedars-Sinai hospital bed in early June after contracting the novel coronavirus, a ventilator tube snaking into his throat to help him breathe, the Devo cofounder …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Trump Brought Nazis Into Republican Politics  —  Yesterday, President Trump retweeted a video of a man on a New York subway platform shoving and injuring a white woman.  In normal times, it would have been unfathomable to determine why the president of the United States would take an interest in this case.
New York Times:
In Steve Bannon Case, Prosecutors Have ‘Voluminous’ Emails  —  Documents found in email accounts will be used to help link the president's former aide to a fraudulent scheme to build a border wall, the government said.  —  Federal prosecutors have seized “voluminous” emails and other communications …
Stuart Stevens / Washington Post:
No, Wisconsin won't make Democrats lose  —  Stuart Stevens is a senior adviser to the Lincoln Project and author of “It Was All A Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump.”  —  Open your window and you can hear the nervous chatter of Democrats across the country worried that the images …
Discussion: Washington Times
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Man Arrested For Stalking, Threatening Devin Nunes' Wife, An Elementary School Teacher  —  A California man was arrested earlier this month for sending threatening messages to Elizabeth Nunes, wife of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who is the ranking member on the powerful House Intelligence committee …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
In Massachusetts, Markey Outflanks Kennedy by Running as Bold Insurgent  —  Edward Markey, 74, entered Congress before Joseph Kennedy III was born.  But in their Senate race he has harnessed the energy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the ascendant left, much to Mr. Kennedy's frustration.
Discussion: Washington Times, Fox News and Politico
New York Times:
Trump Books Keep Coming, and Readers Can't Stop Buying  —  White House memoirs, journalistic exposés, full-throated defenses of the president: Publishers are producing books for every partisan and wondering if the gravy train ends on Election Day.  —  Since it was released in May …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants  —  The agency weakened Obama-era rules meant to keep metals and other pollution out of rivers and streams, saving industry tens of millions of dollars.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday relaxed strict Obama-era standards …
Peter Eisner / SpyTalk:
Inside Dupe: Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is pushing Russian disinformation just months before the 2020 election  —  Senator Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who has called the FBI a “secret society” that is corrupt “at the highest levels,” is not letting go of his campaign to discredit …
Discussion: Axios
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's vile tweetstorm reveals the ugly core of his ‘law and order’ campaign  —  “Law and order” without the rule of law is neither “law” nor “order.”  And any news organization that uncritically describes President Trump's reelection campaign as premised on “law and order” appeals …
The DOJ's COVID-19 Nursing Home Inquiry Is Nakedly Corrupt  —  Last week, the Department of Justice sent widely publicized letters to the governors of four states—Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—seeking information about nursing homes and coronavirus infections.
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Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Top envoy says U.S. preparing tighter oil sanctions on Venezuela
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
It's obscene to focus on how violence affects the vote. But it is our reality.
Discussion: The Root
Washington Post:
The director of national intelligence is providing cover for Putin
Discussion:, Vox and Vanity Fair
About Facebook:
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Paul Cobler / Dallas Morning News:
Texas Democrats announce massive voter registration drive aimed at flipping the state
U.S. Department of Justice:
Hawaii Businesswoman Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Back-channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Foreign National to China
Discussion: Associated Press
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Alice Johnson Accosted By Demonstrators Outside White House
Discussion: TheBlaze
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Kathryn Murdoch wants to reform the way we elect politicians
 Earlier Items: 
David Lawder / Reuters:
McConnell eyeing revamped U.S. coronavirus relief bill, Mnuchin tells Fox Business
Casey Michel / New Republic:
The “Oath Keepers” Are Today's Blackshirts
Discussion: Oregonian and Forbes
An Extremely Comprehensive Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts, in Every State
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Judge rules Georgia ballots mailed by Election Day must be counted
Bridget Read / The Cut:
The Eco-Yogi Slumlords of Brooklyn How did a couple who built an empire of yoga studios and homes with “living walls” end up as pandemic villains?
Wall Street Journal:
How Trump Sowed Covid Supply Chaos. ‘Try Getting it Yourselves.’