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11:10 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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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging. He has fostered chaos instead.
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!
Discussion: Althouse
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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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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Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
‘I up-played it’: In ABC town hall, Trump denies minimizing pandemic threat
Discussion: IJR, The Week and 6abc
ABC News:   Trump's ABC News town hall: Full transcript
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden visits Florida as Democrats worry about his standing in the state
Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
‘The Cavalry is Coming:’ Lincoln Project Joins With National Latino Groups To Boost Biden
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
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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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.
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 …
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: New York Post and Bloomberg
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Kushner expects more countries to normalize with Israel before Palestinian deal
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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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
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 …
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
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 and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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”?
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Politico:
HHS chief overrode FDA officials to ease testing rules  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar led an escalating pressure campaign against his own Food and Drug Administration this spring and summer, urging the agency to abandon its responsibility for ensuring the safety and accuracy …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 
 
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Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Biden's economic plan is inconsistent, outdated and weak. This is not a serious blueprint
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New York Times:
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Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
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ProPublica:
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