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6:45 PM ET, September 17, 2020

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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 …
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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Former Pence aide says she will vote for Biden because of Trump's ‘flat out disregard for human life’ during pandemic  —  President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic showed a “flat out disregard for human life” because his “main concern was the economy and his reelection,” …
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Washington Post:
Federal judge issues temporary injunction against USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns  —  A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday granted a request from 14 states to temporarily block operational changes within the U.S. Postal Service that have been blamed …
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail
Discussion: Axios and IJR
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 …
Discussion: KFF, Axios, Raw Story, CNBC and Washington Post
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court extends mail ballot deadlines for November election  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended the state's mail ballot deadlines on Thursday, a move that could allow tens of thousands of additional votes to be counted — and will likely draw criticism from Republicans …
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Justice News:
Lev Parnas And David Correia Charged With Conspiring To Defraud Investors In Their Fraud Insurance Company “Fraud Guarantee”  —  Defendants Also Charged with Additional Campaign Finance Crimes in the Superseding Indictment  —  Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District …
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:   Lev Parnas, Giuliani Associate, Faces New Fraud Charges
ABC News:
New charges for ex-Giuliani associates Parnas and Fruman
Discussion: NBC News and Bloomberg
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is losing control of his own propaganda  —  President Trump is sometimes said to possess an almost mystical level of control over the news cycle and the public narrative, an otherworldly dominance that is usually depicted with well-worn phrases like “Trump is flooding the media zone” …
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
C.D.C. Didn't Write Testing Guidance Published on Its Website, Officials Say  —  A controversial guideline saying people without Covid-19 symptoms didn't need to get tested for the virus came from H.H.S. officials and skipped the C.D.C.'s scientific review process.
Discussion: The Hill
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Education Department opens investigation into Princeton University after president deems racism ‘embedded’ in the school  —  The Department of Education has informed Princeton University that it is under investigation following the school president's declaration that racism was “embedded” in the institution.
Politico:
DeVos' former top aide joins anti-Trump group  —  Josh Venable is lending his name as an adviser to the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform.  —  Former aides for President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are also part of the anti-Trump group.
Discussion: ABC News
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Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
Trump blasts 1619 Project as DeVos praises alternative Black history curriculum
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Senate Democrats, Including Kamala Harris, Call For Investigation Into Durham Probe  —  Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Sen. Kamala Harris, are calling on the Justice Department's watchdog to investigate whether a probe led by U.S. Attorney John Durham violates Justice Department policy.
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CNN:
Seattle mayor says Barr's suggestions to charge her are ‘chilling’
Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
“That's Their Problem”: How Jared Kushner Let the Markets Decide America's COVID-19 Fate  —  First-person accounts of a tense meeting at the White House in late March suggest that President Trump's son-in-law resisted taking federal action to alleviate shortages and help Democratic-led New York.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump's businesses charged Secret Service more than $1.1 million, including for rooms in club shuttered for pandemic  —  President Trump's luxury properties have charged the U.S. government more than $1.1 million in private transactions since Trump took office — including for room rentals at his Bedminster …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dems Ahead For Prez, Senate  —  Support for legalizing marijuana has the edge  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden leads Donald Trump among registered voters in Arizona, but the margin narrows under different turnout models.  The Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll finds the Democrat …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Biden Volunteers Are Encountering a Shocking Number of Voters Pushing an Unhinged Smear  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.  —  Since she retired last year, my mom has spent a good deal of her free …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Tests a ‘Drive-In’ Town Hall With Joe Biden … CNN is planning a town-hall event with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tonight that is so complex and ornate viewers may mistake it for something entirely different.  —  “It's going to be like 'American Graffiti,” says Mark Preston …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN to host first drive-in town hall due to coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: New York Post, The Hill and Deadline
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.
Discussion: National Review
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is working with Pence on debate preparations, people familiar with sessions say
CNN:
Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf defies subpoena and skips House hearing  —  (CNN)Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf was a no-show Thursday morning at a House hearing on threats to the US homeland after a feud between the department and the committee over scheduling.
Associated Press:
Trump downplays legacy of slavery in appeal to white voters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified efforts to appeal to his core base of white voters on Thursday by downplaying the historical legacy of slavery in the United States and blasting efforts to address systemic racism as divisive.
Discussion: The Hill
Roque Planas / HuffPost:
911 Call From Intoxicated Jerry Falwell Jr.'s House Last Month Describes ‘A Lot Of Blood’  —  Becki Falwell told the operator that her husband had cuts on his face from falling after he'd been drinking.  —  One week after Reuters published an explosive report on an alleged sexual …
KMPH-TV:
Auberry family says Harris and Newsom trespassed in damaged home for photo op  —  An Auberry family says California Governor Gavin Newsom and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris trespassed during their tour of Creek Fire damage.  On Tuesday, Newsom and Harris arrived in Fresno County …
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 …
Politico:
'Everyone's got leverage': Dreading a 50-50 Senate split  —  It's an outcome that practically no one wants, but it's starting to look like a real possibility: a 50-50 Senate.  —  An evenly split Senate would make life grueling for whoever is president next year.
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Emma Epperly / Spokesman.com:
After balking at masks, pastor and church staff in North Idaho contract COVID-19  —  A Coeur d'Alene pastor who opened his large church in early May for in-person services that allowed and even encouraged unmasked congregants to gather has been recovering from COVID-19 at the Kootenai Health intensive care unit.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Jordan Lancaster / The Daily Caller:
Two Campaign Staffers For Ilhan Omar's GOP Challenger Shot In Minneapolis, Suspect Arrested  —  Two campaign staffers for Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's challenger, Lacy Johnson, were reportedly shot Monday in Minneapolis.  —  One victim, a 17-year-old man, died at the scene, MPR News reported.
Discussion: Daily Mail, Breitbart and MPR News
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.
Politico:
Senate Republicans renounce Trump's claim that election results ‘may never be’ determined  —  Senate Republicans on Thursday forcefully rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion that the 2020 election results might not be accurately determined, but largely declined to address previous bipartisan conclusions …
CNN:
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.
CBS News:
H.R. McMaster says Trump policy in Afghanistan partners with Taliban against Afghan government  —  “He, in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways, the Afghan government,” McMaster said of the president's plan in Afghanistan.  See the full interview with the former national security adviser, Sunday on 60 Minutes.
Dan Alexander / Vanity Fair:
“One of the Most Significant Potential Conflicts of Interest in American History”: How Everyone From Foreign Governments to Federal Contractors Is Quietly Lining Trump's Pockets  —  It sure seems like the Qatari government is using a dummy office to pay the president.
 
 
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Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Rep. Andy Biggs urges Barr, Wray to use RICO to crack down rioters and their supporters
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Peter Ambler / Fast Company:
CEOs: It's time to take a stand on gun safety. It will help your business
Discussion: Redstate
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US
Discussion: ABC7 and Denver Post
Alexandra Odynova / CBS News:
Russia's space agency chief declares Venus a “Russian planet”
Discussion: WORLD and New York Post
Chabeli Carrazana / The 19th:
Women in President Donald Trump's White House earn 69 cents for every $1 paid to male staffers
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Wray says Russia engaged in ‘very active efforts’ to interfere in election, damage Biden
Bloomberg:
Facebook Needs Trump Even More Than Trump Needs Facebook
Emma Nolan / Newsweek:
J.K. Rowling Book Burning Videos Are Spreading Like Wildfire Across TikTok
Discussion: Townhall and Quiz Category
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: Mother Jones and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Repeatedly Warned About Rudy's ‘Russian Agent’ Pal
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Dennis Ferrier / WZTV:
COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show disturbing revelation