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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.
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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.
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.
ABC News:
Trump's ABC News town hall: Full transcript
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Trump's ABC News town hall updates: President defends COVID-19 response
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 …
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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 …
CNBC:
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.
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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 and Forbes
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 …
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).
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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Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
Big Ten revives football season in Trump-backed turnaround
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 …
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
White House sees encouraging signs on coronavirus relief bill, Meadows says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Wednesday he has seen encouraging signs by Democrats on reaching a deal on coronavirus relief legislation and the biggest stumbling blocks remain aid to state and local governments.
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Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Rejects Moderate Democrat Push for Slimmer-Stimulus Vote
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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
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: Baltimore Sun and The Root
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") …
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
National Review Has Elevated Anti-Anti-Trumpism to an Art Form  —  Four years ago, National Review famously published an issue headlined “Against Trump,” declaring, “If Trump were to become the president, the Republican nominee, or even a failed candidate with strong conservative support, what would that say about conservatives?”
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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?
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.
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
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Senate panel authorizes subpoenas in Republican probe targeting Obama officials  —  A Senate committee voted on Wednesday to authorize more than three dozen subpoenas and depositions as part of a highly partisan, Republican-led investigation targeting former Obama administration officials' role in the presidential transition period.
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
Eric Geller / Politico:
U.S. charges 5 Chinese hackers, 2 accomplices with broad campaign of cyberattacks  —  Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced charges against five Chinese hackers accused of breaching more than 100 companies, think tanks, universities and government agencies around the world.
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 Boston
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
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 …
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
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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Associated Press:
Ohio judge blows up GOP plan to allow only 1 ballot box in each county
Discussion: Plain Dealer and NBC News
Pew Research Center:
Support for Black Lives Matter has decreased since June but remains strong among Black Americans
Politico:
Von der Leyen challenges EU capitals to step up
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The road map through this Covid mess
Discussion: Townhall and New York Times
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
State Department officials to appear before House panel on inspector general's ouster
Discussion: Reuters
Washington Post:
Faced with Russia crises, Trump and top aides strike different tones
Joel M. Zinberg / National Review:
Cancel Culture Comes to Medicine
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Martial-Law Talk Might Be More Than Talk Soon
Discussion: Raw Story
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Watching the Dems Panic Is Fun
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Michael Caputo was brought in to streamline coronavirus messaging. He has fostered chaos instead.
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