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2:10 PM ET, September 16, 2020


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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.
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.
ABC News:
Trump's ABC News town hall: Full transcript
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 …
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 …
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.
NBC News:
Moderate Democrats in the House push Pelosi to find deal with Republicans on COVID-19 relief
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and MSNBC
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
Pelosi Rejects Moderate Democrat Push for Slimmer-Stimulus Vote
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.
Discussion: OutKick, Associated Press and Deadline
Big Ten Conference:
The Big Ten Conference Adopts Stringent Medical Protocols; Football Season to Resume October 23-24, 2020
Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
Big Ten revives football season in Trump-backed turnaround
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 and New York Post
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?
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Senate panel authorizes subpoenas in Republican probe targeting Obama officials
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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
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).
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 …
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 …
Jim Newell / Slate:
Old People Elected Trump.  Will They Make Him a One-Term President?  —  Old people elected Trump.  Will they make him a one-term president?  —  The Trump campaign isn't subtle.  In an ad over the summer titled “Break In,” an older white woman is watching news coverage about activist demands to …
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 …
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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Top GOP senator calls for Biden to release list of possible Supreme Court picks  —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the former chairman and current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is calling for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to release a list of candidates that he would consider for the Supreme Court.
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") …
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] …
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Will Feuer / CNBC:
HHS spokesman Caputo to take medical leave after reportedly accusing CDC officials of plotting against Trump
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Political Wire
Gabe Schneider / MinnPost:
Why the agriculture industry is all in on sending Collin Peterson back to Congress
Washington Post:
Climate change has brought a ‘new era of megafire,’ and we're failing to adapt
Discussion: Deseret News and Niskanen Center
Washington Post:
Faced with Russia crises, Trump and top aides strike different tones
Joel M. Zinberg / National Review:
Cancel Culture Comes to Medicine
400-plus Michigan overseas ballots list wrong running mate for Trump
Discussion: Townhall and
 Earlier Items: 
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
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The Media Overestimate Trump
Emily Ratajkowski / The Cut:
Buying Myself Back When does a model own her own image?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Travis Andersen Globe / The Boston Globe:
7 coronavirus-related deaths now connected to Maine wedding
Trump Campaign Hiding Payments To Top Adviser Embroiled In Child Support Battle
Discussion: Raw Story