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3:56 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 …
Justice Department reportedly opens criminal probe into Bolton's book
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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: Common Dreams
Scott Stump /
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and ProFootballTalk
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 …
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Republicans unveil new agenda if they win back House
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Times
Manu Raju / CNN:
Rank-and-file House members achieve rare bipartisan consensus in bid to press Hill leaders to cut stimulus deal
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 …
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
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” …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump declares ‘historic day for peace’ as he presides over signing of Middle East deals
No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Starting in early spring …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Tony Schwartz / GEN:
Trump Is a Lost Cause.  We Have to Change Ourselves.  —  The president is a reflection of our worst instincts  —  Even before I agreed to write The Art of the Deal for Donald Trump three decades ago, I sensed his extreme self-absorption and utter lack of conscience.  I wrote the book anyway for the money.
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.
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
Bill Smith / WCLO:
9/15/20 Bill Smith, President of the The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council Followed by Senator Ron Johnson  —  State lawmakers are circulating legislation to shield Wisconsin businesses, schools, universities, and other entities from the threat of predatory lawsuits alleging liability for COVID-19 exposures.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and jsonline
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.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Pompeo hosts RNC chairwoman at revived Madison Dinners  —  WASHINGTON — Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was a guest on Monday at the latest installment of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's “Madison Dinners,” three people with knowledge of the dinner tells NBC News.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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.
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Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
‘The Cavalry is Coming:’ Lincoln Project Joins With National Latino Groups To Boost Biden
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Pete and Chasten Buttigieg make 1st joint appearance on ‘The View’
Discussion: Raw Story
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Why the stability of the 2020 race promises more volatility ahead
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Here's Why Joe Rogan Would Be An Excellent Debate Moderator
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Embalmed Woodward and desperate Dems reliving Deep Throat fantasies
Zachary Basu / Axios:
World Trade Organization rules Trump's China tariffs are illegal
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
EXCLUSIVE: CDC's Confession That America's Covid-19 Tracking Failed
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
The Right Wing's New Election Boogeyman
Discussion: Raw Story
National Review:
California's Disastrous Forest Mismanagement
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Noted Bibliophobe Donald Trump Claims He Read 466-Page Woodward Book in One Night
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump makes four false claims in one sentence
Discussion: Political Wire and The Dispatch
Boats, flags and merchandise: Trump is core to supporters' identity
Discussion: The Day
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Don't expect our elites to learn from the Los Angeles horror