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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  —  Read the full transcript of President Donald Trump's ABC News town hall, Tuesday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  —  Please note: This is a rush transcript that may not be in its final form, and may be updated.
Discussion: Redstate and The Week
Jonathan Broder / SpyTalk:
Trump's ‘New Middle East’ is a Mirage  —  Morocco, Qatar not likely to fall in line with Israel's Anti-Iran Alliance  —  President Donald J. Trump had better lower his expectation that additional Arab countries will follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in normalizing relations with Israel …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Kushner expects more countries to normalize with Israel before Palestinian deal
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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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging.  He has fostered chaos instead.  —  WASHINGTON — On his official podcast, the spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, Michael Caputo, often waxes rhapsodic about his new colleagues in the federal bureaucracy.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   All The President's Nuts  —  “Well, I don't think the science knows actually.”  — Donald J. Trump
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!
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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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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
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.”
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Incomes Up, Poverty Rate Down in 2019
Discussion: CBS Baltimore
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
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 …
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Catholic group launches $9.7M campaign against Biden targeting swing-state voters  —  A Catholic voters group launched a $9.7 million campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, targeting Catholic voters in swing states.  —  Biden, if he is elected, would be the country's …
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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”?
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Biden's economic plan is inconsistent, outdated and weak. This is not a serious blueprint
Discussion: Florida Politics
Mike Gonzalez / The Daily Signal:
This BLM Co-Founder and Pro-Communist China Group Are Partnering Up. Here's Why.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and MTV
Rachel M. Cohen / The Appeal:
Cincinnati Is an Epicenter for the Death Penalty. Its Prosecutor Race Could End That in November.
New York Times:
Struggling Hotel Owners, Some With Trump Ties, Seek Federal Bailout
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
The Carnival Cruise Ship That Spread Coronavirus Around the World
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Preparing Possible Antitrust Suit Against Facebook
Washington Post:
D.C. legalized marijuana, but one thing didn't change: Almost everyone arrested on pot charges is Black
 Earlier Items: 
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Trump's The Choice For Voters Who've Experienced Violent Protests
WKRC:
Football players suspended from team for carrying Thin Blue, Thin Red lines flags at game
William Wan / Washington Post:
Coronavirus kills far more Hispanic and Black children than White youths, CDC study finds
Discussion: NPR, Power Line and STAT
Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Sends Some Traders Home After Worker Gets Covid-19
Discussion: Raw Story
Tony Schwartz / GEN:
Trump Is a Lost Cause. We Have to Change Ourselves.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into John Bolton's Book