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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Close contest in Wisconsin; in Minnesota, not so much: Poll  —  Biden has a wide lead in Minnesota, while Trump draws even in Wisconsin.  —  It's a close contest in Wisconsin heading into the final seven weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign, while women, suburban residents and independents …
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Washington Post:
Post-ABC Wisconsin poll shows Biden holding narrow edge over Trump  —  President's law-and-order message so far has failed to change the race in key battleground state  —  Former vice president Joe Biden holds a narrow edge in the key battleground state of Wisconsin as President Trump's law …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Competitive Across State
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!
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Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The ‘Democrats Made Me Do It’ Excuse  —  Danielle Pletka's explanation of her vote for Trump doesn't wash.  —  Danielle Pletka, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has announced that while she never considered voting for Donald Trump in 2016, she may well do so this year.
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Trump's ABC News town hall updates: President defends COVID-19 response  —  The 90-minute special airs on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ABC.  —  Exactly seven weeks before Election Day and two weeks before the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump faces uncommitted voters …
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ABC News:
Trump's ABC News town hall: Full transcript
Discussion: Redstate and The Week
Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar / Associated Press:
US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land.
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging. He has fostered chaos instead.
Politico:
Caputo apologizes to HHS staff, signals desire for medical leave
NBC News:
Lawyers allege abuse of migrant women by gynecologist for Georgia ICE detention center  —  WASHINGTON — A nurse who worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Irwin County, Georgia and four lawyers representing clients there are claiming that immigrant women …
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The Intercept:
“He Just Empties You All Out”: Whistleblower Reports High Number of Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Facility
Lomi Kriel / The Texas Tribune:   ICE deported a key witness in investigation of sexual assault and harassment at El Paso detention center
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Love Triangle That Spawned Trump's Mideast Peace Deal  —  Kushner went from playing divorce lawyer to marriage broker.  —  Having covered Arab-Israel diplomacy for more than 40 years, I have to say that the normalization agreements signed Tuesday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates …
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Jonathan Broder / SpyTalk:
Trump's ‘New Middle East’ is a Mirage
Discussion: New York Post and Bloomberg
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
FULL TEXT: Declaration of Peace Signed by Israel and Bahrain
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.”
Politico:
The Governor Who Holds Trump's Fate in His Hands  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Ron DeSantis wanted names.  —  We were in his office here in Florida's Covid-shuttered Capitol, three reporters wearing masks spread out across from a non-masked DeSantis—stocky, suited and seated behind his desk stacked …
Harriet Sherwood / The Guardian:
Nearly two-thirds of US young adults unaware 6m Jews killed in the Holocaust … Almost two-thirds of young American adults do not know that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and more than one in 10 believe Jews caused the Holocaust, a new survey has found …
Discussion: Claims Conference and NBC News
Emily Ratajkowski / The Cut:
Buying Myself Back When does a model own her own image?  —  My mother's ex-husband, Jim (who, until I turned 8, I'd thought was my uncle), had Google alerts set for me.  Every time my name appeared in the news — if you can call gossip websites “news” — he was notified immediately via email.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘A heart pumping blue blood:’ How fast-growing Orlando threatens Trump's reelection  —  TALLAHASSEE — In the shadow of Walt Disney World, in one of Florida's fast-growing metropolises, Democrats are assembling a political machine that they're counting on to destroy President Donald Trump's dreams of reelection.
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden visits Florida as Democrats worry about his standing in the state
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Biden campaign announces largest week of ad spending as November election nears  —  (CNN)Joe Biden's presidential campaign is ramping up its paid media advertising with just seven weeks until Election Day, spending more on ads this week than it has in any week to date.
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Ashley Gold / Axios:
Exclusive: False fire rumors keep spreading on Facebook despite ban  —  Conspiracy theories about the origin of fires in Oregon are still spreading through private Facebook groups days after the social media giant announced it would remove the false claims, according to research …
Travis Andersen Globe / The Boston Globe:
7 coronavirus-related deaths now connected to Maine wedding  —  A now-notorious Aug. 7 wedding in the area of Millinocket, Maine, has been linked to seven coronavirus deaths and 176 positive cases, a public health official said Tuesday.  —  Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Center …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer A. Kingson / Axios:
Exclusive: $1 billion-plus riot damage is most expensive in insurance history  —  The vandalism and looting following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police will cost the insurance industry more than any other violent demonstrations in recent history, Axios has learned.
Discussion: New York Post
Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
Chinese Organization With Communist Party Ties Funds Black Lives Matter Ventures  —  The Black Futures Lab, a venture of Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, is sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), an organization that works with China's communist government to push …
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 …
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
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Is Behind Bogus Study That China Created COVID  —  The study goes against basically all scientific evidence and expert opinion.  But it fits with the former Trump adviser's anti-China posture.  —  A new study purporting to show that the novel coronavirus was manufactured …
Discussion: Raw Story, Redstate and New York Post
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Sarah McBride Is Set to Be the Nation's Highest-Ranking Transgender Official  —  Ms. McBride, who would be the first openly transgender person to serve in any state's senate, won a primary for a safely Democratic seat in Delaware.  —  Delaware Democrats on Tuesday nominated Sarah McBride …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, incumbent governor, win state's Democratic primary
Discussion: The Hill
Brandt Williams / MPR News:
With violent crime on the rise in Mpls., City Council asks: Where are the police?  —  The meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on police reform.  —  But for much of the two-hour meeting, council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents …
Discussion: Townhall and Marginal REVOLUTION
Detroit Free Press:
Absentee ballots could be processed earlier under bill OK'd by Michigan Senate  —  Michigan senators approved a bill Tuesday that, if enacted into law, will allow clerks to begin processing absentee ballots earlier, likely cutting down on the amount of time needed to provide a final vote tally after the general election in November.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Why Isn't Trump Trying to Win?  —  The fate of an incumbent president is exquisitely sensitive to economic conditions.  Incumbents tend to lose elections when the economy is weak (e.g., George H. W. Bush's defeat in 1992) and win when it's strong (e.g., Bill Clinton's romp four years later).
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Media Overestimate Trump  —  The country is put at risk when the narrative gets in the way of the facts.  —  Remind me again, what was the premise of the short-lived hysteria over Bob Woodward's book?  That Donald Trump, in early February, knew that the virus could kill and was spread through the air?
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
DHS whistleblower's charges could be worse than we thought
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
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Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Journalists Should Stop Cleaning Up After Biden
Discussion: National Review
Anchorage Daily News:
A late change to the 2020 General Election ballot sparks outcry from Alaska Democrats
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Alex Scarborough / ESPN:
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