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10:15 AM ET, September 16, 2020

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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.  —  Danielle Pletka, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has announced that while she never considered voting for Donald Trump in 2016, she may well do so this year.
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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!
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?
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Love Triangle That Spawned Trump's Mideast Peace Deal  —  Kushner went from playing divorce lawyer to marriage broker.  —  Having covered Arab-Israel diplomacy for more than 40 years, I have to say that the normalization agreements signed Tuesday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates …
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Jonathan Broder / SpyTalk:
Trump's ‘New Middle East’ is a Mirage
Discussion: New York Post and Bloomberg
Washington Free Beacon:
The ‘Coffee Boy’ Makes Peace in the Middle East
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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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 …
CNN:
Trump's town hall didn't go well  —  Scott Jennings, a CNN contributor, is a former special assistant to President George W. Bush and a former campaign adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell.  He is a partner at RunSwitch Public Relations in Louisville, Kentucky.  Follow him on Twitter @ScottJenningsKY.
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Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Trump's ABC News town hall updates: President defends COVID-19 response
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
Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar / Associated Press:
US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land.
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging. He has fostered chaos instead.
Politico:
Caputo apologizes to HHS staff, signals desire for medical leave
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 …
Big Ten Conference:
The Big Ten Conference Adopts Stringent Medical Protocols; Football Season to Resume October 23-24, 2020  —  [Medical Subcommittee Update Overview]  —  The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing …
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
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Study: Up To 95 Percent Of 2020 U.S. Riots Are Linked To Black Lives Matter  —  A report accompanying the data project, however, reads like an upscale attempt to blame the police for criminals' decision to steal, kill, and destroy.  —  Contrary to corporate media narratives …
Discussion: Michigan Advance
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Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
Chinese Organization With Communist Party Ties Funds Black Lives Matter Ventures
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Exclusive: False fire rumors keep spreading on Facebook despite ban  —  Conspiracy theories about the origin of fires in Oregon are still spreading through private Facebook groups days after the social media giant announced it would remove the false claims, according to research …
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
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
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.”
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Media Overestimate Trump  —  The country is put at risk when the narrative gets in the way of the facts.  —  Remind me again, what was the premise of the short-lived hysteria over Bob Woodward's book?  That Donald Trump, in early February, knew that the virus could kill and was spread through the air?
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).
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
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
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Biden campaign announces largest week of ad spending as November election nears  —  (CNN)Joe Biden's presidential campaign is ramping up its paid media advertising with just seven weeks until Election Day, spending more on ads this week than it has in any week to date.
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] …
Discussion: The Root
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Watching the Dems Panic Is Fun  —  The Democrats are spazzing more than usual as they realize that some of the folks they expected to go into the voting booth to vote for them - or to sit at home terrified of the pangolin pandemic and fill out ballots by mail - are giving Donald Trump a closer look.
detroitnews:
400-plus Michigan overseas ballots list wrong running mate for Trump  —  Lansing — More than 400 Michigan military and overseas ballots were downloaded from a state database Tuesday with the incorrect running mate for President Donald Trump, listing a Libertarian candidate in the place of Vice President Mike Pence.
Discussion: Townhall
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
DHS whistleblower's charges could be worse than we thought  —  As you know, a whistleblower at the Department of Homeland Security recently made a series of startling allegations: He claimed, among other things, that top DHS officials brought intense pressure on him to help hype the threat …
Discussion: Lawfare
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: New York Post, Raw Story and Redstate
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Biden likens Trump to Fidel Castro as candidates battle to win Latino voters  —  ‘He admires everyone who behaves in an authoritarian way,’ Biden says of Trump  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden likened President Trump to the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro while speaking with Univision Orlando on Tuesday.
New York Times:
Kanye West's Perplexing Run as a Potential 2020 Spoiler  —  Even those around the hip-hop artist struggle to explain his motivations for a presidential candidacy that some Democrats worry could siphon votes from Joe Biden.  —  Kanye West wants to bring back prayer in schools …
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 …
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
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Do You Speak Fox?  —  All happy families are alike; some unhappy families are unhappy because of Fox News.  You might have come across the articles ("I Lost My Dad to Fox News" / “Lost Someone to Fox News?”  / “'Fox News Brain': Meet the Families Torn Apart by Toxic Cable News") …
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
National Review Has Elevated Anti-Anti-Trumpism to an Art Form
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Martial-Law Talk Might Be More Than Talk Soon
Discussion: Raw Story
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump spent years trying to win over Indian Americans. Then Biden picked Harris.
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and The Hill
Satoshi Sugiyama / Japan Times:
Suga takes the reins as Japan's new prime minister, replacing Abe
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump crams policy moves — real and imagined — into final weeks
Tanya Snyder / Politico:
House Democrats blast Boeing for ‘inexcusable’ failure to disclose 737 MAX failings
 Earlier Items: 
Detroit Free Press:
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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Sarah McBride Is Set to Be the Nation's Highest-Ranking Transgender Official
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘A heart pumping blue blood:’ How fast-growing Orlando threatens Trump's reelection
Discussion: Washington Post
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Bob Woodward's Bad Characters
New York Times:
Documents Reveal How the Police Kept Daniel Prude's Death Quiet
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Sahid Fawaz / Labor 411:
GOP Senator Who Walked Out To Stop Climate Vote Loses House To Wildfire
Discussion: Raw Story