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12:45 PM ET, September 15, 2020


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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 …
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 …
Danielle Pletka / Washington Post:
I never considered voting for Trump in 2016.  I may be forced to vote for him this year.  —  Danielle Pletka is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.  —  In 2016, I never considered voting for Donald Trump.  The Johnny-come-lately Republican and his nasty schoolyard jibes seemed …
Discussion: Althouse
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: Mother Jones, Raw Story and Bloomberg
Financial Times:
What happens if Trump loses but refuses to concede?
Discussion: Law & Liberty and CANNONFIRE
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump's Perverse Campaign Strategy  —  If the president's allies are talking about the moment “shooting will begin” and “martial law,” it's not by accident.  —  On Sunday, Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services …
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Jacobin
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump in ‘Fox & Friends’ interview claims coronavirus vaccine coming ‘in a matter of weeks’
Discussion: NBC News
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Frustrated lawmakers draft their own pandemic aid package  —  A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Tuesday will put forward their own plan to deliver badly needed coronavirus relief amid a bitter stalemate between their party leaders.  —  The House Problem Solvers Caucus has assembled …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Rank-and-file House members achieve rare bipartisan consensus in bid to press Hill leaders to cut stimulus deal
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Republicans unveil new agenda if they win back House
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Times
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:   Global views of U.S. plunge to new lows amid pandemic, poll finds
Laura Ly / CNN:
Judge rules Chad Wolf likely unlawfully serving as Homeland Security secretary and temporarily blocks some asylum restrictions  —  (CNN)A Maryland federal judge on Friday ruled that Chad Wolf is likely unlawfully serving as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and temporarily barred …
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.
City of Louisville agrees to ‘substantial’ settlement in Breonna Taylor shooting
Discussion: Deseret News, WHTM-TV and ABC7
Trump ad asks people to support the troops.  But it uses a picture of Russian jets.  —  A digital ad released by a fundraising arm of the Trump campaign on Sept. 11 calling on people to “support our troops” uses a stock photo of Russian-made fighter jets and Russian models dressed as soldiers.
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 …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin election clerks rush to mail ballots after delay  —  Election clerks in Wisconsin are rushing to mail absentee ballots less than 24 hours after the state Supreme Court lifted its temporary freeze on sending them while it considered a legal challenge
Rick Wartzman / Fast Company:
‘We were shocked’: RAND study uncovers massive income shift to the top 1%  —  Just how far has the working class been left behind by the winner-take-all economy?  A new analysis by the RAND Corporation examines what rising inequality has cost Americans in lost income—and the results are stunning.
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
How Trump's Middle East Plan Could Boost the Region  —  Four years ago, in the midst of a divisive U.S. presidential election, we led a bipartisan task force taking a renewed and comprehensive look at the Middle East.  In addition to the region's many problems, we identified “green shoots” …
Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration  —  Wildfires rage in the West.  Hurricanes batter the East.  Droughts and floods wreak damage throughout the nation.  Life has become increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, but if the people there move, where will everyone go?
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
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 …
Erik Schatzker / Bloomberg:
Bill Gates Wonders Whether FDA Can Be Trusted on a Covid Vaccine  — Philanthropist says political pressure cost agency credibility  — Polls show confidence slipping as Trump pushes for approval  —  Bill Gates used to think of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the world's premier public-health authority.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Noted Bibliophobe Donald Trump Claims He Read 466-Page Woodward Book in One Night  —  President Trump appeared on Fox & Friends again this morning, rambling on for 45 minutes until the hosts mercifully told him it was time for him to leave.  During his appearance he regaled the audience with a brief …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
White evangelicals and Catholics may finally be opening their ears  —  To whom can I speak and give warning?  Who will listen to me?  Their ears are closed so they cannot hear.  —  Jeremiah was as good as it gets in the prophet business, but he could be a bit of a downer.
Washington Post:
President Trump and Attorney General William Barr are a perfect match.  The question is, who's using whom?  —  How President Trump and his attorney general use each other  —  One evening in May 1992, an obscure Catholic lay society in Arlington, Va., presented its annual award …
Washington Post:
A fake FBI raid orchestrated by right-wing activists dupes The Washington Post  —  A fake FBI raid staged Monday by a notorious right-wing activist and conspiracist turned into an embarrassment for The Washington Post, which briefly reported the faux-event as if it were the real deal.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes four false claims in one sentence  —  Washington (CNN)In what may be a new record for President Donald Trump, he made four false claims in one sentence of a tweet on Saturday.  —  The sentence was about Hillary Clinton, Trump's 2016 election opponent, and Andrew McCabe …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Dispatch
Boats, flags and merchandise: Trump is core to supporters' identity  —  If President Trump defies today's swing-state polls and pulls off another upset, what will we have missed that could have been a clue?  —  Here's a big one: Trump flotillas ... Trump flags bigger than American flags …
Discussion: The Day
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
The Right Wing's New Election Boogeyman  —  It's not her vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh or her vote against impeaching President Trump that could ultimately end Susan Collins' bid for another term.  —  For the Democrats dead-set on defeating Republican Sen. Susan Collins this November …
Discussion: Raw Story
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Defends Indoor Rally, but Aides Express Concern  —  “I'm on a stage, and it's very far away,” Mr. Trump said of the gathering on Sunday.  His own campaign aides privately called the move a game of political Russian roulette.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump and his campaign are defending …
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Don't expect our elites to learn from the Los Angeles horror  —  The attempted assassination of two Los Angeles County deputies, caught on a security video, is chilling and enraging enough.  —  A man walks up to the parked black-and-white cruiser and fires point-blank through the passenger window, then runs away.
Daniel Walters / News, Inlander:
After an Inlander article about her links to conspiracy theory websites, Rep. Jenny Graham responds with profanity, threats and another conspiracy website  —  State Rep. Jenny Graham (R-Spokane) called me on my cellphone the day the Inlander published my story about her unwittingly linking to conspiracy theory posts on Facebook.
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Last week was a disaster for voting rights in the courts  —  Republicans won two important court victories that could potentially shape the outcome of this year's elections.  —  We are now less than two months from Election Day, and the next several weeks are likely to bring a rush …
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Confessions of a New Gun Owner  —  Even in suburbia, people are losing confidence the police will keep them safe.  —  On Monday it became official: The police issued me a gun permit.  —  Never did I imagine I'd be here.  Not because I was anti-gun.  My dad was a career FBI agent, so my siblings and I grew up with guns.
Discussion: Instapundit
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Jen Kirby / Vox:
Are China and Iran meddling in US elections? It's complicated.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
EXCLUSIVE: CDC's Confession That America's Covid-19 Tracking Failed
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
National Review:
California's Disastrous Forest Mismanagement
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Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Why a Progressive N.Y. Party Is Fighting for Its Survival
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
A US Diplomat Is Pleading With Belarus To Release Her Spouse From Jail
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump is trying to sabotage the election. Here's why it won't work.
Discussion: Forbes
Wall Street Journal:
Cities Were Filled With Mass Protests in the Summer of 2020. They Are Different Now
Pompeo's wife emailed State Department staff for help with personal Christmas cards, source says
Discussion: ABC News
New York Post:
New evidence makes Hunter Biden's ‘business’ deals reek worse than ever
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Heiress to Predatory Mortgage Empire to Spend $200 Million for Dems