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2:15 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 …
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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 …
Axios:
Justice Department reportedly opens criminal probe into Bolton's book
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
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.
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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 …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump in ‘Fox & Friends’ interview claims coronavirus vaccine coming ‘in a matter of weeks’
Discussion: NBC News
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: Financial Times and Althouse
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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 and Raw Story
Politico:
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” …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Noted Bibliophobe Donald Trump Claims He Read 466-Page Woodward Book in One Night
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Israel signs deal establishing formal ties with two Arab states at the White House
Politico:
Caputo apologizes to HHS staff for making false accusations  —  Top HHS spokesman Michael Caputo called an emergency staff meeting on Tuesday to apologize for leveling a series of false accusations on Facebook Live over the weekend, according to three people with knowledge of the meeting.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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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 …
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 …
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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
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Breonna Taylor's Family to Receive $12 Million Settlement From City of Louisville  —  In the aftermath of the botched police raid in which Ms. Taylor was killed, the city also agreed to institute changes in policing.  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After months of protests that turned Breonna Taylor's name …
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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 …
ProPublica:
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: Axios
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Abrahm Lustgarten / New York Times:   How Climate Migration Will Reshape America Millions will be displaced. Where will they go?
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
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 …
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 …
Denise Chow / NBC News:
Biden receives endorsement from Scientific American, magazine's first in 175-year history  —  Scientific American has endorsed Joe Biden for president, the first time the venerable science magazine has backed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history.
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
Discussion: Vox and Common Dreams
Politico:
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.
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.
Discussion: TIME and Common Dreams
Bryce Baschuk / Bloomberg:
U.S. Violated Trade Rules With Tariffs on China, WTO Says  — WTO panel upholds a complaint filed by China over U.S. tariffs  — The U.S. imposed levies over intellectual rights violations  —  The World Trade Organization undercut the main justification for President Donald Trump's trade war …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
World Trade Organization rules Trump's China tariffs are illegal
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
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 …
Discussion: myfox8.com
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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Last week was a disaster for voting rights in the courts  —  President Donald Trump looks on as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a rally in November 2019.  Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images  —  Republicans won two important court victories that could potentially shape the outcome of this year's elections.
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
Lizzie Karpen / Columbia Daily Spectator:
Columbia University Marching Band votes to disband after 116 years  —  After a history of disagreements with University administration and students, the Columbia University Marching Band voted to disband on Saturday night.  Photography by Kate Della Pietra.
Axios:
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
 
 
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
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Discussion: Political Wire and The Dispatch
Washington Post:
A fake FBI raid orchestrated by right-wing activists dupes The Washington Post
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Confessions of a New Gun Owner
Discussion: Instapundit
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Don't expect our elites to learn from the Los Angeles horror
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
Discussion: The Hill, HuffPost and Raw Story
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
White evangelicals and Catholics may finally be opening their ears
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Defends Indoor Rally, but Aides Express Concern