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3:15 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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Law & Crime
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
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 …
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
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?
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.
Big Ten Conference:
The Big Ten Conference Adopts Stringent Medical Protocols; Football Season to Resume October 23-24, 2020
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: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Will Feuer / CNBC:
HHS spokesman Caputo to take medical leave after reportedly accusing CDC officials of plotting against Trump  —  Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official who took over as top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year, will take a 60-day leave of absence, HHS announced Wednesday.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, Forbes and The Hill
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] …
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") …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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: Breitbart, Townhall and
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Dan Zak / Washington Post:
The presidency has been swamped by the Trump Aesthetic
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
The Progressive Activist Begging the Left to Stop Owning Itself
Tom Winter / NBC News:
DOJ says five Chinese nationals hacked into 100 U.S. companies
David Roberts / Vox:
We have to accelerate clean energy innovation to curb the climate crisis. Here's how.
Discussion: MIT Technology Review
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Whose America Is It?  —  “Apocalyptic terms” have taken over the 2020 election, with potentially dangerous implications.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Joel M. Zinberg / National Review:
Cancel Culture Comes to Medicine
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
Brandt Williams / MPR News:
With violent crime on the rise in Mpls., City Council asks: Where are the police?