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11:55 AM ET, September 16, 2020

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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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Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
‘Just A Firehose Of Lying’: Trump's Town Hall Widely Roasted As A Train Wreck
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Daily Beast and IJR
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Trump's ABC News town hall updates: President defends COVID-19 response
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's ABC News town hall: Four Pinocchios, over and over again
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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Emily Giambalvo / Washington Post:
Big Ten football reverses decision, will return to play in late October
Discussion: The Week, Deadline, The Hill and OutKick
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
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
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).
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 …
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: Political Wire
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 …
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
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
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Mayor to Furlough 495 Staff Members for a Week, Including Himself  —  The symbolic move, which would yield $860,000 in anticipated savings, could be a precursor to similar maneuvers to slash the budget.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday is expected to announce that he is furloughing …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and Twitchy
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") …
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
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
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?
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 and MyNorthwest.com
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
State Department officials to appear before House panel on inspector general's ouster  —  Two top State Department officials are expected to take a grilling today when they appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to testify about the springtime ouster of Steve Linick, the agency's former inspector general.
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Seven International Cyber Defendants, Including “Apt41” Actors, Charged In Connection With Computer Intrusion Campaigns Against More Than 100 Victims Globally  —  Two Defendants Arrested in Malaysia; Remaining Five Defendants, One of Whom Allegedly Boasted of Connections to the Chinese Ministry of State Security, are Fugitives in China
Discussion: NBC News, Politico and NBC Boston
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 …
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.
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Martial-Law Talk Might Be More Than Talk Soon  —  They're starting to say it out loud now: Michael Caputo, Mark Levin, and Roger Stone all hint or just say that Trump might have to “put down the enemy.”  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that as the election grows closer …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The road map through this Covid mess  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THERE IS ANGST AND GROWING UNREST among House Democrats over Congress' handling of the coronavirus.  It's real, and you can feel it when talking to Democrats in the Capitol, many of whom are upset …
Discussion: Townhall and New York Times
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Rejects Moderate Democrat Push for Slimmer-Stimulus Vote  — Speaker sticks to demand for $2.2 trillion in virus relief  — Some swing-district centrists have questioned Pelosi strategy  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected calls from some House Democratic moderates to hold a vote on a new …
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Susan Gzesh / Just Security:
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Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Lawsuit of Epstein Victim Who Says He Introduced Her to Trump Put on Hold
Washington Post:
Faced with Russia crises, Trump and top aides strike different tones
Joel M. Zinberg / National Review:
Cancel Culture Comes to Medicine
New York Times:
Kanye West's Perplexing Run as a Potential 2020 Spoiler
Discussion: Mediaite
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Study: Up To 95 Percent Of 2020 U.S. Riots Are Linked To Black Lives Matter
Discussion: Michigan Advance
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Discussion: Fox News and Conservative Review
Marc Caputo / Politico:
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Discussion: Washington Post
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Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging. He has fostered chaos instead.
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