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10:35 AM ET, September 17, 2020


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Barr attacks Justice Department staff, compares them to preschoolers  —  (CNN)Attorney General William Barr slammed the hundreds of Justice Department prosecutors working beneath him on Wednesday, equating them to preschoolers, in a defense of his own politically tuned decision making in the Trump administration.
Washington Post:
Barr accuses Justice Department of headhunting and meddling with politics  —  Attorney General William P. Barr delivered a scathing critique of his own Justice Department Wednesday night, insisting on his absolute authority to overrule career staff, whom he said too often injected themselves …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence  —  The extraordinary suggestion comes as Attorney General William P. Barr has emerged as a messenger for President Trump's re-election campaign.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr told federal prosecutors …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr at Hillsdale College Constitution Day Event
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Lucy Osborne / The Guardian:
Donald Trump accused of sexual assault by former model Amy Dorris  —  Exclusive: Amy Dorris alleges Trump forced his tongue down her throat and groped her at 1997 US Open  —  A former model has come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at the US Open tennis tournament …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
New Survey Results From KFF/Cook Political Report Survey in AZ, Fl, and NC.  AZ Moves to Lean Dem  —  There are two key geographic battlegrounds for the Electoral College this year.  One is the Midwest that until 2016, had been reliably Democratic.  The other is the fast-growing Sun Belt section …
Sun Belt Voices Project  —  A COLLABORATION BETWEEN KFF AND THE COOK POLITICAL REPORT  —  Key Findings  — Most voters have made up their minds about how they will vote for president, with results suggesting very close elections in each of the three Sun Belt states included in this project.
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
Military Police Leaders Weighed Deploying ‘Heat Ray’ Against D.C. Protesters  —  Hours before federal police officers cleared a crowded park near the White House with smoke and tear gas on June 1, the lead military police officer in the Department of Defense for the D.C. region asked …
Washington Post:
A scrapped plan to ship masks to Americans.  A standoff with Amazon amid pressure from Trump.  New documents detail USPS's spring in crisis.  —  Nearly 10,000 pages of emails, memos and other private documents offer new details about the agency's struggles and the pro-Trump figures to whom it turned for advice
Discussion: Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Repeatedly Warned About Rudy's ‘Russian Agent’ Pal  —  RED ALERT  —  For a year and a half, U.S. intelligence warned that Andriy Derkach was suspected of election interference.  Yet Derkach—and his wild beliefs—kept drawing more Trumpist adherents.
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Romney says Biden probe ‘not legitimate role of government’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is sharply criticizing an investigation by his own party into Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son, saying it's “not the legitimate role of government” to try and damage political opponents.
Discussion: National Review, The Hill and Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Byron York's Daily Memo: The Biden angle in Trump impeachment
Dennis Ferrier / WZTV:
COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show disturbing revelation  —  The coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor's office and the metro health department decided to keep it secret.  Emails between the mayor's senior advisor and the health department reveal only a partial picture.
GOP growing more indifferent with Trump controversies as election nears  —  Washington (CNN)Public health experts reacted with alarm after President Donald Trump held an indoor rally with thousands of maskless supporters at a packed arena in Nevada amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Dan Coats / New York Times:
The Election Needs Oversight  —  Congress should establish a bipartisan commission to monitor voting and ensure that laws and regulations are followed.  —  Mr. Coats served as the director of national intelligence from 2017 to 2019.  —  We hear often that the November election is the most consequential in our lifetime.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Nick Robins-Early / HuffPost:
16 Straight Hours Inside The Alternate Reality Of Pro-Trump TV Channel OAN  —  This is what it's like watching an entire day of Trump World's answer to state television.  —  The first thing I learn from One America News Network is that there is a new Rolling Stones flagship store opening …
New York Times:
Does Biden Need a Higher Gear?  Some Democrats Think So  —  As President Trump's campaign barrels ahead with crowded rallies and in-person door-knocking, some Democratic officials in battleground states are warning that Joe Biden may not be doing enough to excite voters.
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
Deal Reached in N.J. for ‘Millionaires Tax’ to Address Fiscal Crisis  —  Gov. Philip Murphy said the tax would help make up shortfalls caused by the pandemic, but Republicans warned it would lead to an exodus of wealthy residents.  —  Gov. Philip D. Murphy campaigned on a vow to raise taxes on the rich in New Jersey.
Chad Wolf appears ready to defy House subpoena to testify, DHS official says  —  Acting Secy Wolf: DHS needs a confirmed secretary  —  (CNN)Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf appears ready to defy a House subpoena issued last week for him to testify Thursday on threats to the US homeland …
Discussion: Just Security and The Week
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian Media Is Rooting for Civil War in America: ‘The Worse, the Better’  —  “It is better to remain neutral, but if we had to choose, then Trump is certainly ours.”  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  There is no shortage of local topics that interest the Kremlin—from the poisoning of an inconvenient dissident …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Dems fear Wisconsin governor is becoming a liability for Biden  —  KENOSHA, Wis. — Tony Evers pulled off one of the Democratic Party's biggest feats of 2018: ousting liberal villain Scott Walker after earlier attempts to take out the Wisconsin governor fell short.
Jesse Barron / New York Times:
What Happened Inside Ed Buck's Apartment?  —  Two men died of meth overdoses at the home of a West Hollywood political donor.  Dark conspiracy theories abounded— but the truth is even darker.  —  To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
New York Times:
Moderna Shares the Blueprint for Its Coronavirus Vaccine Trial  —  The company hopes to earn the trust of the public and of scientists who have clamored for details of its study.  —  The biotech company Moderna released a 135-page document on Thursday that spells out the details …
Anjali Sundaram / CNBC:
Yelp data shows 60% of business closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are now permanent  — Yelp on Wednesday released its latest Economic Impact Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus.  — As of Aug, 31, 163,735 businesses …
Navalny team says nerve agent was found on hotel room water bottle  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned …
Barack Obama to release first volume of memoirs after election  —  Former President Obama's memoir will be published in two volumes — with a 768-page Volume 1, “A Promised Land,” out Nov. 17 in 25 languages, publisher Penguin Random House announced Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
The Higher Wages of Growth  —  Before the pandemic, income growth soared and poverty fell to the lowest rate since 1959.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  In case you missed it, and most of the media did, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the median household income in 2019 grew a whopping 6.8% …
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Armed civilian roadblocks in Oregon town fuel fears over vigilantism … As Oregon battles more than a dozen wildfires and rumors about looters and arsonists flare, the appearance of armed civilian checkpoints has sparked a fierce debate about vigilante activity and how law enforcement should respond.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Stoked Police Violence, And It May Have Cost Him the Election  —  If Joe Biden maintains the eerily stable lead he has built in the presidential campaign, Republicans will say it was the coronavirus that ended Donald Trump's chances of winning a second term.
Emma Nolan / Newsweek:
J.K. Rowling Book Burning Videos Are Spreading Like Wildfire Across TikTok  —  A new TikTok trend has emerged this week as former “Harry Potter” fans protest author J.K. Rowling's widely criticized views on trans people by burning copies of her books.  —  One video, posted by TikTok user @elmcdo shows …
Discussion: Quiz Category
Democrats scramble to soothe voter fears about in-person voting ahead of November election  —  (CNN)After months of warnings about the risks posed by in-person voting in a push to expand access to mail-in ballots, Democrats across the country are increasingly focused on communicating to voters …
‘It just created a public relations nightmare’: Inside Michael Caputo's time at HHS  —  After it became clear in mid-April that his administration's response to Covid-19 was threatening his re-election, President Donald Trump considered a leadership shake-up within a health department whose rivalries …
Ethan Iverson / NPR:
Stanley Crouch, Towering Jazz Critic, Dead At 74  —  Stanley Crouch, the lauded and fiery jazz critic, has died.  According to an announcement by his wife, Gloria Nixon-Crouch, Stanley Crouch died at the Calvary Hospital in New York on Wednesday , following nearly a decade of serious health issues.
The One Vital Message Democrats Need to Win  —  The most powerful campaign message the Democrats have been sending in 2020—exemplified by their diverse, stirring lineup of convention speeches—is an appeal to inclusion and identity.  The party clearly is making a clear effort, in particular …
Alexander Nazaryan / Los Angeles Times:
Review: Woodward's Trump exposé ‘Rage’ reflects the lazy thinking that got us into this mess  —  If you buy books linked on our site, The Times may earn a commission from, whose fees support independent bookstores.  —  They spoke 18 times.  Eighteen!
Discussion: Politico
White House's Meadows says he will meet airline CEOs Thursday  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said he would meet with airline CEOs on Thursday as industry workers face layoffs, and he urged lawmakers to embrace a $1.5 trillion coronavirus aid package proposed …
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
The Big Ten might save its football season, but the myth of college sports has been shattered  —  Here is how important college football is in this country: By Tuesday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin had 2,160 students who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and all classes were being held virtually.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Rasmussen Reports:
White House Watch  —  Trump Takes First Lead  —  President Trump has now edged to a one-point lead over Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the latest Rasmussen Reports' weekly White House Watch survey.  While statistically insignificant, it's the first time Trump has been ahead.
Sharon Gilad /
‘This is the beginning of the end of the Israeli-Arab conflict’  —  US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman urges the Palestinian leadership to join the 21st Century, says they are “on the wrong side of history at the moment.”  —  Recent regional developments and especially the normalization …
Jon Favreau / Crooked Media:
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John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
The Slow-Fingered President  —  President Donald Trump has warned his Twitter followers six times …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
This Is What Trump's Suburbia Really Looks Like
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Sara Fischer / Axios:
MTV to pay for printing, postage of ballot applications via its voter campaign websites
Discussion: The Hill and Roll Call
John Bickley / The Daily Wire:
Facebook Censors Pro-Trump Ad On Biden Raising Taxes After Fact-Check Admits Claim May Be True, Rules ‘Mostly False’ Anyhow
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The Campus Surveillance State
Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
Boris Johnson: UK wants to rewrite Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to stop EU being ‘abusive’
Janan Ganesh / Financial Times:
The welcome lack of enthusiasm for Joe Biden
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
The latest crisis: Low-income students are dropping out of college this fall in alarming numbers
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Invisible company owned by Rudy Giuliani got taxpayer-backed PPP money — but where did it go?
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
On Rosh Hashanah call, Trump tells American Jews ‘We love your country’ and asks for their vote