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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 …
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Washington Post:
Post-ABC Wisconsin poll shows Biden holding narrow edge over Trump  —  President's law-and-order message so far has failed to change the race in key battleground state  —  Former vice president Joe Biden holds a narrow edge in the key battleground state of Wisconsin as President Trump's law …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Competitive Across State
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
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
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
Joe Biden for President:
The Biden-Harris Plan For Recovery, Renewal and Respect for Puerto Rico
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 …
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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
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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Noa Landau / Haaretz:
FULL TEXT: Declaration of Peace Signed by Israel and Bahrain
Discussion: Bloomberg
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!
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.”
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.
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Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The ‘Democrats Made Me Do It’ Excuse  —  Danielle Pletka's explanation of her vote for Trump doesn't wash.
Discussion: New York Post
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
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Redstate and New York Post
Harriet Sherwood / The Guardian:
Nearly two-thirds of US young adults unaware 6m Jews killed in the Holocaust … Almost two-thirds of young American adults do not know that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and more than one in 10 believe Jews caused the Holocaust, a new survey has found …
Discussion: Claims Conference and NBC News
Politico:
The Governor Who Holds Trump's Fate in His Hands  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Ron DeSantis wanted names.  —  We were in his office here in Florida's Covid-shuttered Capitol, three reporters wearing masks spread out across from a non-masked DeSantis—stocky, suited and seated behind his desk stacked …
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
Tanya Snyder / Politico:
House Democrats blast Boeing for ‘inexcusable’ failure to disclose 737 MAX failings  —  House Democrats on Wednesday denounced Boeing's “inconceivable and inexcusable” failure to disclose key safety vulnerabilities in its 737 MAX jet and excoriated the FAA for a process that allowed it …
Emily Ratajkowski / The Cut:
Buying Myself Back When does a model own her own image?  —  My mother's ex-husband, Jim (who, until I turned 8, I'd thought was my uncle), had Google alerts set for me.  Every time my name appeared in the news — if you can call gossip websites “news” — he was notified immediately via email.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Detroit Free Press:
Absentee ballots could be processed earlier under bill OK'd by Michigan Senate  —  Michigan senators approved a bill Tuesday that, if enacted into law, will allow clerks to begin processing absentee ballots earlier, likely cutting down on the amount of time needed to provide a final vote tally after the general election in November.
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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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Why Isn't Trump Trying to Win?  —  The fate of an incumbent president is exquisitely sensitive to economic conditions.  Incumbents tend to lose elections when the economy is weak (e.g., George H. W. Bush's defeat in 1992) and win when it's strong (e.g., Bill Clinton's romp four years later).
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”?
Brandt Williams / MPR News:
With violent crime on the rise in Mpls., City Council asks: Where are the police?  —  The meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on police reform.  —  But for much of the two-hour meeting, council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents …
Discussion: Townhall and Marginal REVOLUTION
Satoshi Sugiyama / Japan Times:
Suga takes the reins as Japan's new prime minister, replacing Abe … Yoshihide Suga became the country's 99th Prime Minister on Wednesday, putting an end to the administration led by his predecessor Shinzo Abe — the longest in modern Japanese history — and marking the beginning of a new era shaped …
 
 
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump crams policy moves — real and imagined — into final weeks
Mike Gonzalez / The Daily Signal:
This BLM Co-Founder and Pro-Communist China Group Are Partnering Up. Here's Why.
Rachel M. Cohen / The Appeal:
Cincinnati Is an Epicenter for the Death Penalty. Its Prosecutor Race Could End That in November.
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: 
Sahid Fawaz / Labor 411:
GOP Senator Who Walked Out To Stop Climate Vote Loses House To Wildfire
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
Stop Expecting Life to Go Back to Normal Next Year
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Journalists Should Stop Cleaning Up After Biden
Discussion: National Review
Anchorage Daily News:
A late change to the 2020 General Election ballot sparks outcry from Alaska Democrats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alex Scarborough / ESPN:
LSU coach Ed Orgeron: ‘Most’ of team has contracted coronavirus