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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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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.
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
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.
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Kushner expects more countries to normalize with Israel before Palestinian deal
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
Lomi Kriel / The Texas Tribune:
ICE deported a key witness in investigation of sexual assault and harassment at El Paso detention center  —  Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots.  —  Copy link
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New York Times:
Documents Reveal How the Police Kept Daniel Prude's Death Quiet  —  Officials in Rochester, N.Y., spent months trying to suppress video footage of the police encounter that led to Mr. Prude's death.  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It was early June, days after the death of George Floyd …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Sahid Fawaz / Labor 411:
GOP Senator Who Walked Out To Stop Climate Vote Loses House To Wildfire  —  Oregon Republican state senator Fred Girod was one of 11 Republicans who made headlines when they walked out of the senate - some even leaving the state - so that a quorum could not be achieved for a climate change bill.
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 …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Biden to speak to Senate Democrats Thursday  —  Former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will speak to the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday by phone, according to Senate Democratic aides and a source familiar with the campaign.  —  Thursday's conversation is expected …
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HuffPost:
Trump Campaign Hiding Payments To Top Adviser Embroiled In Child Support Battle  —  Jason Miller has claimed he speaks to the president daily, yet filings do not show him receiving any money from the reelection campaign.  —  WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's reelection campaign is hiding what it pays …
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: ProPublica, Common Dreams and NBC News
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
Politico:
Pelosi faces growing Democratic unrest over Covid relief  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces growing calls from within her own ranks — including from some of her most vulnerable members — to take quick action on a coronavirus relief bill even if there's no agreement with Republicans or the White House over the issue.
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
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Bob Woodward's Bad Characters  —  Why would President Trump coöperate with Bob Woodward—and not only coöperate but participate in eighteen interview sessions, one of which included his now infamous admission that he understood that the coronavirus was serious but intended to “play it down”?
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.
Washington Post:
D.C. legalized marijuana, but one thing didn't change: Almost everyone arrested on pot charges is Black  —  Police in D.C. are far more likely to arrest Blacks than Whites for marijuana-related offenses, five years after the city enacted reforms that proponents hoped would end racial disparities in enforcement.
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
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
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 …
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
‘I up-played it’: In ABC town hall, Trump denies minimizing pandemic threat  —  The president told George Stephanopoulos he didn't downplay the virus.  —  With less than two months until ballots are tallied, President Donald Trump defended his handling of race relations in the United States amid …
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Preparing Possible Antitrust Suit Against Facebook  —  No final decision has been made on the outcome of a yearlong probe as discussions with the social-media giant continue  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Trade Commission is gearing up to file a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc. by year-end …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
South Carolina GOP Mailer Manipulates Trump Tweet To Remove Vote-By-Mail Fearmongering  —  State and local Republican officials are trying to clean up the president's mess since they actually do want their base to embrace mail-in voting.  —  The South Carolina GOP is sending out a mailer urging people …
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 …
US Census / The United States Census Bureau:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2019  —  SEPT. 15, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that median household income in 2019 increased 6.8% from 2018, and the official poverty rate decreased 1.3 percentage points.
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
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 …
 
 
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Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
The Carnival Cruise Ship That Spread Coronavirus Around the World
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Top Aides to Graham Challenger Have History of Anti-Semitic, Sexist, Homophobic Comments
Kara Scannell / CNN:
‘Kushner Village’ tenants sue to block paying rent until fire system concerns are met
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Biden for President:
The Biden-Harris Plan For Recovery, Renewal and Respect for Puerto Rico
Discussion: NBC News and Bloomberg
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Republican senators in tough races obscure their position on pre-existing conditions
Discussion: Political Wire
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, Variety and Wired
 Earlier Items: 
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
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
GOP Wisconsin elections commissioner advised Green Party
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
Tony Schwartz / GEN:
Trump Is a Lost Cause. We Have to Change Ourselves.
Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
‘The Cavalry is Coming:’ Lincoln Project Joins With National Latino Groups To Boost Biden
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Here's Why Joe Rogan Would Be An Excellent Debate Moderator
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Washington's cozy media-political cocktail circuit needs a cooling-off. Now is the perfect time.