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10:50 AM ET, September 9, 2020


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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Biden leads in six 2020 swing states as Trump sees no convention bounce, CNBC/Change Research poll finds  — Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in six key 2020 swing states, according to a new CNBC/Change Research poll.  — Biden's edge over Trump in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina …
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Poll: Biden leads by 9 in Pennsylvania  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by a 9-point margin among likely voters in Pennsylvania, a key swing state where Biden was born, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Presidential Contest Tightens as Campaigns Move Into Eight-Week Home Stretch  —  Biden now leads Trump by 6 points nationally, 50% to 44%  — Joe Biden has hovered at or above 50% support in daily polls conducted since the first week of June, while President Donald Trump has polled between 42% and 45% since May.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden leads Trump by 12 points nationally among likely voters: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill and LewRockwell
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Intervenes to Help Trump in E. Jean Carroll Rape Lawsuit  —  Government lawyers made the unusual move of seeking to take over President Trump's defense in a defamation suit brought by Ms. Carroll, who has claimed Mr. Trump raped her in the 1990s.
Bloomberg:   Deutsche Bank Hires Barr Friend to Up Its Game in Washington
Jon Decker / Fox News:
Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian official, citing Israel-UAE peace deal  —  Nomination was submitted by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament  —  EXCLUSIVE: Just weeks after helping to broker peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) …
Benjamin L. Ginsberg / Washington Post:
Republicans have insufficient evidence to call elections ‘rigged’ and ‘fraudulent’  —  Benjamin L. Ginsberg practiced election law for 38 years.  He co-chaired the bipartisan 2013 Presidential Commission on Election Administration.  —  Legions of Republican lawyers have searched in vain over four decades for fraudulent double voting.
Ursula Perano / Axios:   GOP election lawyer: Republicans have “no proof of widespread fraud”
Josh Rottenberg / Los Angeles Times:
New Oscars standards require best picture contenders must be inclusive to compete  —  And the Oscar goes to ... inclusion.  —  In the latest step in its ongoing effort to boost diversity both within its own ranks and across the film industry, on Tuesday the film academy announced …
Ben Sasse / Wall Street Journal:
Make the Senate Great Again  —  To restore the world's greatest deliberative body, we need to think big.  —  What would the Founding Fathers think of America if they came back to life?  Their eyes would surely bug out first at our technology and wealth.  But I suspect they'd also be stunned …
AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine study put on hold due to suspected adverse reaction in participant in the U.K.  —  A large, Phase 3 study testing a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford at dozens of sites across the U.S. has been put on hold due …
NBC News:
Oxford vaccine trial on hold because of safety issue
Discussion: Fortune and Raw Story
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Army ants will sometimes walk in circles until they die.  The workers navigate by smelling the pheromone trails …
Simon Rosenberg / GEN:
The Trump Campaign Is on an Electoral Crime Spree  —  Time to sound the alarm on all the president's cheating  —  Cash-strapped and facing lagging polling numbers, President Trump is cheating — knowingly breaking the norms, rules, and laws of our political system — to remain in power.
NBC News:
Trump spurns traditional debate prep with first faceoff less than 3 weeks away  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has not held a single mock debate session, and has no plans to stage a formal practice round, as he readies for his first faceoff with Joe Biden in less than three weeks …
Washington Post:
Coronavirus cases spike among school-age children in Florida, while state orders some counties to keep data hidden  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A month into the forced reopening of Florida's schools, dozens of classrooms — along with some entire schools — have been temporarily shuttered …
Discussion: NBC News
Cancer survivor pleading for help with health insurance ‘angry and hurt’ over Tillis staffer's response  —  CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. — A three-time cancer survivor who reached out to U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis for help with her health insurance dilemma said that she got an insensitive response from a staffer instead.
Discussion: Mediaite
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
California's GOP Senate leader was under quarantine.  She spoke with no mask at a huge prayer event anyway.  —  In front of thousands of worshipers packed shoulder-to-shoulder outside the Capitol, California Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove (R) grabbed the microphone on Sunday and promised …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Daily Kos
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
American Conservatism, b. 1955, d. 2020?  —  Is American conservatism as we've known it dead?  —  Is the Republican party salvageable?  Is it worth trying to save?  These questions have sparked an interesting discussion, one that raises important issues involving the relationship of principle …
Jesse Wegman / New York Times:
The Electoral College Will Destroy America  —  And no, New York and California would not dominate a popular vote.  —  Mr. Wegman is a member of the editorial board.  —  Last week, Nate Silver, the polling analyst, tweeted a chart illustrating the chances that Joe Biden would become president if he wins the most votes in November.
Discussion: The Atlantic and Politico
Arizona Republic:
Arizona Supreme Court denies West's bid to appear on ballot  —  The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Kanye West's bid to appear on the state's Nov. 3 ballot as an independent presidential candidate, just hours before eight of the state's 15 counties faced a deadline for printing ballots.
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Serbia won't move embassy if Israel recognizes Kosovo  —  Serbia's agreement said that they would also open an embassy in Jerusalem.  Earlier this year, Belgrade announced that it would open a trade office in the capital.  —  Israeli recognition of Kosovo as an independent country …
Discussion: Informed Comment
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Patients may have seen ‘significant’ delays in medicine deliveries by USPS, Senate report finds  —  Several large pharmacies say delivery times have ticked up, leading to a flood of customer complaints and the added expense of replacing missing orders.  —  Patients who rely on the U.S. Postal Service …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Attorney Hired To Probe VOA's Coverage Has Active Protective Order Against Him  —  The CEO appointed by President Trump to lead the federal agency that oversees the Voice of America and other U.S.-funded international broadcasters has made strict protocols for scrutinizing job candidates a hallmark of his brief tenure there.
Todd Starnes / Townhall:
Obama-era Pentagon Training Manual Attacks White Men  —  In 2013, I received a controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers that teaches that “healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian” men hold an unfair advantage over other races …
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Black Lives Matter has terrorist and communist inspirations, but liberal media doesn't care  —  Reporter Lara Logan made an important point Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends First, saying it's long past time to expose the “powerful political entities” behind antifa and other violent-protest activists.
Discussion: Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
A Trump Comeback?  —  Biden wants to make the campaign a referendum on Trump.  He's succeeding with Trump's help.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  With eight weeks before Election Day, the state of the 2020 campaign is clear: President Trump is trailing Joe Biden, who has succeeded so far …
Trump's lost summer: Focused on Fox News, not on battleground states  —  President Donald Trump spent the summer trailing in national polls, losing in swing states and bleeding suburban voters to Joe Biden.  His campaign response: doubling down on his base, via his favorite TV channel, Fox News.
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN airs photo of Biden and son with Washington Redskins logo removed from son's hat  —  The NFL team retired the polarizing name and logo in July
Discussion: Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is Targeting the Suburbs, but They're Not All Alike  —  The suburbs are an important battleground and comprise a range of communities accounting for half of all voters  —  President Trump has targeted one type of community consistently, as his campaign enters the home stretch toward November …
Jason Garcia / Orlando Sentinel:
Secretive group pushing Florida constitutional amendment raised money linked to big businesses |  Exclusive  —  A secretive nonprofit financing a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it far harder to amend the state constitution in the future has raised money from a group linked …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court is already considering another threat to abortion rights  —  The Trump administration could force abortion patients to have unnecessary surgeries.  —  Last June, Chief Justice John Roberts provided a brief reprieve to abortion providers — joining his liberal colleagues in striking down a Louisiana anti-abortion law.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
Atlantic Reporter Falsely Claims Trump Campaign Mocked Biden At Beau's Grave
Discussion: The Hill, Redstate and Twitchy
Joe Neel / NPR:
NPR Poll: Financial Pain From Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Much, Much Worse’ Than Expected
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
Top Senate Democrat says good chance coronavirus aid bill will pass
Discussion: Breitbart
San Diego Union-Tribune:
50th District race is 'anyone's guess' as Issa, Campa-Najjar in statistical dead heat in new poll
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
Ken Haddad / WDIV-TV:
Poll: Peters, James in tight race for Michigan US Senate seat
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
‘Decoupling’ the U.S. from China would backfire
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump running out of time to turn around 2020 campaign
 Earlier Items: 
Karen Robinson-Jacobs / Forbes:
Trump Jr. On Alleged Shooter Roaming Kenosha With Gun: ‘We All Do Stupid Things At 17’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Adi Co:
A Conversation Divided: A Covid-19 Vaccine is Still in the Making, but Remarkable Polarization Between Traditional Media and Anti-Science Sources has Already Emerged
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Church Leader Who Blamed Coronavirus on Gay Marriage Contracts COVID-19
Nikita Stewart / New York Times:
N.Y. Will Move Homeless Men From Liberal Neighborhood After Backlash
Discussion: Curbed NY
Ivan Pereira / ABC News:
Rochester police chief, entire command staff retire suddenly following protests over death of Daniel Prude