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4:25 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 …
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.
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 …
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
On Rosh Hashanah call, Trump tells American Jews ‘We love your country’ and asks for their vote  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump spent much of his 20-minute call with American Jewish leaders making the case for more American Jews to vote for him.  He closed by repeating a line that has raised their eyebrows before.
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Fox News
ABC News:
Trump appointee Michael Caputo takes leave of absence from HHS after online rant  —  Redfield refutes ‘false accusations’ that CDC harbored ‘resistance unit’  —  Michael Caputo, a top Trump administration communications official who accused government scientists of “sedition” …
Will Feuer / CNBC:
HHS spokesman Caputo to take medical leave after reportedly accusing CDC officials of plotting against Trump
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 …
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).
White House Telegraphs Willingness to Increase Stimulus Offer
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 …
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
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
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.”
New York Times:
Postal Service and State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting as Election Looms  —  The finger-pointing appears to be a pre-emptive effort to assign blame in the event of election chaos as a record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail because of the pandemic.
Discussion: Associated Press
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:   Postal Service Stiffed $20 Million Cost of Delivering Trump COVID-19 Mailer
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?
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Poll shows Collins down 12 points, Graham tied with Democratic challenger  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) face rising odds in their high-profile re-election bids, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.  —  Why it matters: Many thought Graham's Senate race …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Week
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
The presidency has been swamped by the Trump Aesthetic  —  President Trump did not walk off the stage to “Hail to the Chief” after his first address to the Republican National Convention last month.  His exit was accompanied by the Village People's “Y.M.C.A.,” a kitschy disco wink to cruising for sex …
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.
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") …
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: The Hill, Forbes and Political Wire
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Spotify CEO Defends Keeping Transphobic Joe Rogan Podcasts Online  —  Multiple sources inside Spotify described an all-hands meeting in which Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discussed the company's handling of the controversial podcaster.  —  In a Spotify all-hands company meeting on Wednesday …
Theodore R. Johnson / New York Times:
How the Black Vote Became a Monolith  —  By Theodore R. JohnsonWith posters by Kennedy Prints  —  In the autumn of 2008, just a few weeks after my 33rd birthday, I cast a ballot for the first time.  Up to that point, serving in the military seemed like more than sufficient civic engagement …
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 …
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BuzzFeed News:
These Two Lawyers Face Up To Life In Prison For Allegedly Burning An Empty Cop Car
Discussion: Twitchy
Shira Harary / Heterodox Academy:
Diversity-Related Training: What Is It Good For?  —  In wake of George Floyd's murder …
Andrew McDonald / Politico:
UK foreign secretary blames EU for threat to Irish border
Discussion: Fox News
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democratic super PACs support Biden with Florida and Arizona Latinos
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and CBS Miami
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Democrats Are Complicit In The Killing Of Our Police
David Roberts / Vox:
We have to accelerate clean energy innovation to curb the climate crisis. Here's how.
Discussion: MIT Technology Review
 Earlier Items: 
400-plus Michigan overseas ballots list wrong running mate for Trump
Discussion: Breitbart, Townhall and
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Martial-Law Talk Might Be More Than Talk Soon
Discussion: Raw Story
Brandt Williams / MPR News:
With violent crime on the rise in Mpls., City Council asks: Where are the police?