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6:35 PM ET, September 15, 2020

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Politico:
Caputo apologizes to HHS staff, signals desire for medical leave  —  The health department's top spokesperson Michael Caputo called an emergency staff meeting on Tuesday to apologize for drawing negative attention to the Trump administration's health care strategy and signaled that he might …
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Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
All The President's Nuts  —  “Well, I don't think the science knows actually.”  — Donald J. Trump  —  Happy Tuesday.  Three headlines from today's Washington Post set the scene for us today:  —  “Top Trump health appointee Michael Caputo warns of armed insurrection after election”
Politico:
HHS chief overrode FDA officials to ease testing rules
Discussion: Raw Story
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Competitive Across State  —  Military vote weak for incumbent  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden holds a 3 to 5 point lead over Donald Trump in Florida, depending on a range of likely voter models.  The Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll finds Biden with a large lead among Latino voters …
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Matt Stevens / New York Times:
A Monmouth poll shows Biden retaining strong Latino support in Florida.  —  As Joseph R. Biden Jr. traveled to Florida, a new poll was released offering him signs of hope there, in one of the most competitive states in this year's presidential election.  —  Mr. Biden, the Democratic …
CNN:
CNN polls: North Carolina a tight race, while Biden leads in Wisconsin  —  (CNN)The race for the presidency is near even in North Carolina and Democratic nominee Joe Biden holds a lead over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin, according to new CNN polls conducted by SSRS in the battleground states.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Monmouth poll: Biden up 5 points on Trump in Florida
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into John Bolton's Book  —  Investigators are examining whether the former national security adviser illegally disclosed classified information.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether President Trump's …
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Wall Street Journal:
Grand Jury Subpoenas Sent to John Bolton's Publisher and Agent  —  Former national security adviser denies wrongdoing, says White House seeks to block book for political purposes  —  Federal prosecutors issued grand jury subpoenas to former national security adviser John Bolton's publisher …
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
I can't believe you're forcing me to vote for Trump, which I definitely didn't already want to do  —  Believe me when I tell you that the LAST THING I could POSSIBLY want would be to vote for Donald Trump.  That's why I am so stunned that you have taken it upon yourself to go to such lengths to FORCE me to vote for him!
Discussion: Althouse
Carter Sherman / VICE:
Staggering Number of Hysterectomies Happening at ICE Facility, Whistleblower Says  —  “We've questioned among ourselves, like, goodness, he's taking everybody's stuff out,” said a former nurse at the facility.  “That's his specialty, he's the uterus collector.”  —  CS
Discussion: Reason, Vox and Common Dreams
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Pew Research Center:
U.S. Image Plummets Internationally as Most Say Country Has Handled Coronavirus Badly  —  Ratings for Trump remain poor  —  This analysis focuses on public opinion of the United States in 13 countries in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  Views of the U.S. and its president …
Joe Biden for President:
The Biden-Harris Plan For Recovery, Renewal and Respect for Puerto Rico  —  Joe Biden believes that Puerto Rico, and the more than 3 million American citizens who call it home, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.  Whether you live in Reading, Pennsylvania; Kissimmee, Florida …
Discussion: NBC News
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Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
‘The Cavalry is Coming:’ Lincoln Project Joins With National Latino Groups To Boost Biden
Scott Stump / TODAY.com:
Jared Kushner responds to Trump publicly downplaying coronavirus threat  —  White House senior adviser Jared Kushner responded to tapes of President Donald Trump downplaying the threat of the coronavirus in March by saying Trump was “very forthcoming with the American people” about the dangers of the illness.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
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Abrahm Lustgarten / New York Times:
How Climate Migration Will Reshape America Millions will be displaced.  Where will they go?  —  August besieged California with a heat unseen in generations.  A surge in air-conditioning broke the state's electrical grid, leaving a population already ravaged by the coronavirus to work remotely by the dim light of their cellphones.
Discussion: Common Dreams and NBC News
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ProPublica:   Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration
Alex Scarborough / ESPN:
LSU coach Ed Orgeron: ‘Most’ of team has contracted coronavirus  —  LSU coach Ed Orgeron said on Tuesday that most of his team has contracted COVID-19.  —  “Not all of our players but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron told reporters.  “I think that hopefully they won't catch …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter  —  One tweet claimed coronavirus numbers were intentionally inflated, adding, “It's hard to know what to believe.”  Another warned, “Don't trust Dr. Fauci.”
Geneva Sands / CNN:
DHS watchdog won't investigate Wolf and Cuccinelli appointments, says courts will have to decide  —  (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security inspector general declined to investigate whether acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and his deputy Ken Cuccinelli are serving in their roles lawfully …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
He Hunted Bin Laden for CIA.  Now He Wants Americans Dead.  —  ‘ELIMINATE THEM’  —  Michael Scheuer used to hunt Osama bin Laden, whom he now says he admires.  Now his quarry is Donald Trump's enemies, whom he equates with terrorists.  —  The former senior CIA official once in charge …
CNN:
Louisville has settled Breonna Taylor's wrongful death lawsuit  —  (CNN)The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT killed by police six months ago.  —  A source told CNN on Tuesday the agreement was a multimillion dollar settlement.
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James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The Media Learned Nothing From 2016  —  We're seeing a huge error, and a potential tragedy, unfold in real time.  —  That's a sentence that could apply to countless aspects of economic, medical, governmental, and environmental life at the moment.  What I have in mind, though …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Vox:
How Beethoven's 5th Symphony put the classism in classical music  —  To many, Beethoven's most famous work is a symbol of exclusion and elitism in classical music.  —  Beethoven's Fifth Symphony starts with an anguished opening theme — dun dun dun DUNNNN — and ends with a glorious, major-key melody.
Discussion: Twitchy
Anchorage Daily News:
A late change to the 2020 General Election ballot sparks outcry from Alaska Democrats  —  A quiet change to Alaska's 2020 general election ballot has drawn the ire of the Alaska Democratic Party, which says the move is biased, lacks transparency and was disclosed days before ballots are mailed to overseas voters.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daniel Drezner / Washington Post:
I never considered voting for Trump in 2016.  I may be scared into voting for him this year because of my exaggerated fears.  —  I write this in sorrow more than anger — but also, more in satire than sorrow.  —  In 2016, I never, ever, ever considered voting for Donald Trump.
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
The Trump campaign and Republican political committees are accepting donations from people claiming QAnon ties.  And they may be violating federal law … - The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee, and other GOP groups are accepting dozens of donations from people who claim …
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
Stop Expecting Life to Go Back to Normal Next Year  —  Americans will need to take pandemic precautions well into 2021 — yes, even after a vaccine arrives.  —  Anthony Fauci warned us last week that Covid-19 is likely to be hanging over our lives well into 2021.  He's right, of course.
ProPublica:
No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Starting in early spring …
Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Sends Some Traders Home After Worker Gets Covid-19  — Employees sent home from Madison Avenue building in Manhattan  — Infection news came days after senior traders told to return  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. sent some of its Manhattan workers home this week after an employee …
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Washington's cozy media-political cocktail circuit needs a cooling-off.  Now is the perfect time.  —  From the perspective of the Washington women involved in “Girls' Night Out,” the social gathering was friendly, professionally helpful, and harmless.  —  For about 10 years …
William Wan / Washington Post:
Coronavirus kills far more Hispanic and Black children than White youths, CDC study finds  —  More than 75 percent of children dying from covid-19 are minorities, a finding that echoes disproportionate death rates among adults  —  The coronavirus is killing Hispanic, Black and American Indian children …
Discussion: STAT
WKRC:
Football players suspended from team for carrying Thin Blue, Thin Red lines flags at game  —  MORROW, Ohio (WKRC) — Some local high school football players are finding that their support for first responders is coming at a huge cost.  The boys are now suspended from their team after not heeding …
Washington Post:
More cities and states are opening bars and restaurants despite mounting evidence of potential danger  —  Where indoor dining is allowed, as of Sept. 14  —  Where indoor dining is allowed, as of Sept. 14  —  In New York City, diners will be able to have a meal inside a restaurant at the end of the month …
Discussion: myfox8.com
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Alan Dershowitz Files $300 Million Lawsuit Against CNN for Portraying Him as an ‘Intellectual Who Had Lost His Mind’  —  Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against CNN, claiming the cable news network, together with their hosts and panelists …
Discussion: The Wrap
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Journalists Should Stop Cleaning Up After Biden  —  It's not the press's job to make excuses for a candidate's mistakes, but that's a benefit the Democrat is too often receiving.  —  All political candidates make mistakes.  They have to retract hasty, ill-considered statements.
Discussion: National Review
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The Anti-Flight 93 Election  —  The best case for Donald Trump is actually a pretty good case for Joe Biden.  —  I've recently noticed a miniature wave of former Never Trumpers (or at least those who claim they were Never Trump) recanting and saying they have to vote for Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Republican senators in tough races obscure their position on pre-existing conditions  —  WASHINGTON — Republican senators facing tough re-election fights this fall are expressing support for insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, running ads at odds with their own recent votes and policy positions.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Letter targets minorities on Long Island with coronavirus vaccine misinformation, state senator says
Discussion: The Root and NBC New York
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Nevada Built a Powerful Democratic Machine. Will It Work in a Pandemic?
Discussion: Washington Post
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Donald Trump called voting by mail “refreshingly democratic” in 2000 New York Times op-ed
Siraj Hashmi / RocaNews:
Cuties commits the sin it was made to condemn
Discussion: Daily Mail, Wired and Reason
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
GOP Wisconsin elections commissioner advised Green Party
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Denise Chow / NBC News:
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Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
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