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6:30 PM ET, September 16, 2020


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Wall Street Journal:
Barr Tells Prosecutors to Consider Charging Violent Protesters With Sedition  —  To bring a sedition case, prosecutors would have to prove there was a conspiracy to attack government agents or officials that posed an imminent danger  —  Attorney General William Barr told the nation's federal prosecutors …
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 …
CDC says U.S. should have enough coronavirus vaccine to return to ‘regular life’ by third quarter of 2021  —  The U.S. should have enough Covid-19 vaccine doses for Americans to return to “regular life” by the third quarter of next year, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
CDC's Redfield contradicts Trump admin on COVID vaccine timing, says sometime in 2021
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
CDC director says coronavirus vaccines won't be widely available till the middle of next year
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
On Rosh Hashanah call, Trump tells American Jews ‘We love your country’ and asks for their vote  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump spent much of his 20-minute call with American Jewish leaders making the case for more American Jews to vote for him.  He closed by repeating a line that has raised their eyebrows before.
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Fox News
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
‘Just A Firehose Of Lying’: Trump's Town Hall Widely Roasted As A Train Wreck  —  President Donald Trump ventured from the safe space of Fox News to a considerably more challenging town hall hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.  —  The switch appears to have been ill-advised.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
‘He was lying through his teeth.’ ABC town hall participants weigh in on Trump's performance  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  Voters stood up and spoke the truth to President Trump on Tuesday night.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Reason Trump Isn't Trying to Save the Economy  —  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).
Discussion: The Mahablog and POLITICUSUSA
White House Signals Higher Stimulus Offer; Powell Urges More
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
New QAnon-Allied GOP Senate Candidate Also Pushed Anti-Semitism, Flat Earthism, and 9/11 Conspiracies  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee did not return a request for comment.  —  One-time QAnon supporter Lauren Witzke won the Republican Senate primary in Delaware on Tuesday …
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Postal Service Stiffed $20 Million Cost of Delivering Trump COVID-19 Mailer  —  “The U.S. Postal Service is a self-funding agency,” said Kevin Kosar, a fellow at American Enterprise Institute.  “By law it should be paid whenever it provides delivery services.”  —  BEAST INSIDE
New York Times:
Postal Service and State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting as Election Looms
Discussion: Associated Press
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Jim Carrey Will Play Joe Biden on ‘Saturday Night Live’  —  “S.N.L.” has also added three new featured performers to its ensemble cast, ahead of its Oct. 3 season premiere.  —  Jim Carrey, the elastic actor and star of films like “The Mask,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind …
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and NBC News
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida: We can't afford Trump's jobless aid anymore
Discussion: Axios and The National Interest
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Invisible company owned by Rudy Giuliani got taxpayer-backed PPP money — but where did it go?  —  Giuliani's payroll company got a PPP loan from a Trump-friendly bank — but lists no employees.  Was it fraud?  —  view in app  —  Additional reporting was contributed by Kathleen O'Neill.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden: “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don't trust Donald Trump”  —  In remarks in Delaware on Wednesday, Joe Biden made clear that he trusts the scientists on a coronavirus vaccine but not President Trump, laying out a list of three criteria he wants the administration to meet to ensure the process is not politicized.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: What happens at The Washington Post when one person admits she might reluctantly vote for Trump?  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHAT HAPPENS AT THE WASHINGTON POST …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
‘Democrat Voters Against Joe Biden’ Group Has Trump Fanatics, a Psychic, but No Actual Dems  —  It's meant to be a counterpoint for Republican Voters Against Trump.  But so far, it's mainly just copying the text from its website.  —  A new advocacy group ostensibly comprised of Democrats opposed …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
CBS Philly:
White House Staff Members Reportedly Test Positive For COVID-19 Less Than 24 Hours After President Donald Trump Visited Philadelphia  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — White House staff members have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump visited Philadelphia.
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Fed expects to keep rates near zero through 2023  —  Federal Reserve officials on Wednesday projected that they would keep interest rates near zero through 2023 to help the economy fully recover from the pandemic, but Fed Chair Jerome Powell warned that Congress will probably have to do more.
Jennifer A. Kingson / Axios:
Exclusive: $1 billion-plus riot damage is most expensive in insurance history  —  The vandalism and looting following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police will cost the insurance industry more than any other violent demonstrations in recent history, Axios has learned.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Poll shows Collins down 12 points, Graham tied with Democratic challenger  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) face rising odds in their high-profile re-election bids, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.  —  Why it matters: Many thought Graham's Senate race …
Discussion: Politico, The Week and The Hill
Pew Research Center:
Support for Black Lives Matter has decreased since June but remains strong among Black Americans  —  As racial justice protests have intensified following the shooting of Jacob Blake, public support for the Black Lives Matter movement has declined, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Ohio judge blows up GOP plan to allow only 1 ballot box in each county  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — A directive that restricted Ohio counties to one ballot drop box in November was arbitrary and unreasonable, a county judge ruled Tuesday, delivering the Republican secretary of state …
BuzzFeed News:
These Two Lawyers Face Up To Life In Prison For Allegedly Burning An Empty Cop Car  —  The NYPD van on a Brooklyn street was banged up and empty, a battered steel shell with shattered windows and a mask of spray paint.  Shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, the fourth straight night …
Discussion: Twitchy
USA Today:
Big Ten's decision to play football signals darkest day in conference's sports history  —  For decades, the Big Ten has thought of itself as a different kind of sports conference, one that proudly touts the academic achievements and Great Lakes values of its like-minded, highly-regarded, internationally-ranked research institutions.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
If voters are wary of stating support for Trump in polls, why does he outperform GOP Senate candidates?  —  President Trump is very sensitive to what public opinion polls say about his presidency.  He pretends not to be, but on many occasions when Trump-friendly pollsters show his approval at or above 50 percent, he tweets about it.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Romney slams Senate GOP's Biden investigation as a “political exercise”  —  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Wednesday criticized his Republican colleagues on the Senate Homeland Security Committee for their probe into Joe Biden and his son's dealings in Ukraine, saying that it has the “earmarks of a political exercise.”
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Trump Stuck at 42% Job Approval  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the election for president moves into its post-Labor Day phase, President Donald Trump is maintaining a 42% job approval rating — unchanged from where he stood in Gallup's August poll, completed before the Republican …
Discussion: The Hill
Luke Barr / ABC News:
Drug seizures along Canadian border up 1,000%, CBP says  —  Nearly 40,000 pounds of marijuana have been seized by the government.  —  LIVE NOW  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday it has seen a 1,000% spike in drugs seized along the northern border this year.
Discussion: Breitbart
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Maine wedding ‘superspreader’ event is now linked to seven deaths.  None of those people attended.  —  Only about 65 close family members and friends were on the guest list for a bride and groom's rustic wedding celebration in a small Maine town in early August.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
The presidency has been swamped by the Trump Aesthetic  —  President Trump did not walk off the stage to “Hail to the Chief” after his first address to the Republican National Convention last month.  His exit was accompanied by the Village People's “Y.M.C.A.,” a kitschy disco wink to cruising for sex …
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
A white bar owner in Nebraska was indicted on Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a Black man during a protest in May, a case that a prosecutor had initially declined to prosecute after characterizing the bar owner's actions as self-defense.  —  The bar owner, Jake Gardner …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Sheldon Adelson is plotting a spending spree to help Trump with under 50 days left until the election  — Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands, is looking to spend from around $20 million to $50 million in a last-ditch effort to help Trump overcome Joe Biden, CNBC has learned.
Discussion: Forbes, The Hill and Political Wire
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
How the Trump-Russia story was buried  —  The biggest political story of 2016-19 was largely wrapped up this August, and it only made a blip in the news.  The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) published the final volume of its enormous investigation into how the Russian government influenced …
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
A Doctor Went Viral For Saying His Daughter Was Attacked By BLM.  She Wasn't.  —  It was a shocking tweet from a clearly distressed father.  —  “My daughter called in tears,” wrote Andrea Natale, a world-recognized heart doctor based in Texas, on Sunday.  “She was driving [with] …
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Charlotte Alter / TIME:
Joe Biden is Running an Invisible Digital Campaign in All-Important Michigan. That's Making Some Democrats Nervous
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
USA Today:
At indoor rallies, Trump puts his supporters' lives at risk
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Failing to clearly identify what's at stake in 2020 is bad journalism
Theodore R. Johnson / New York Times:
How the Black Vote Became a Monolith
 Earlier Items: 
David Roberts / Vox:
We have to accelerate clean energy innovation to curb the climate crisis. Here's how.
Discussion: MIT Technology Review
Washington Post:
Climate change has brought a ‘new era of megafire,’ and we're failing to adapt
Discussion: Deseret News and Niskanen Center
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Do You Speak Fox?  —  All happy families are alike; some unhappy families are unhappy because of Fox News.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Love Triangle That Spawned Trump's Mideast Peace Deal
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Exclusive: False fire rumors keep spreading on Facebook despite ban