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5:55 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 …
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.
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CNN:
Barr attacks Justice Department staff, compares them to preschoolers
CNN:
Seattle mayor says Barr's suggestions to charge her are ‘chilling’
Washington Post:
Barr accuses Justice Department of headhunting and meddling with politics
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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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
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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 …
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New York Times:
Lev Parnas, Giuliani Associate, Faces New Fraud Charges
Discussion: ABC News
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.
Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
Trump blasts 1619 Project as DeVos praises alternative Black history curriculum  —  President Donald Trump said he will create a commission to promote “patriotic education” and decried the “twisted web of lies” being taught in schools and the narratives in universities that “America is a wicked and racist nation.”
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Politico:   DeVos' former top aide joins anti-Trump group
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Wray says Russia engaged in ‘very active efforts’ to interfere in election, damage Biden  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday described “very active efforts” by Russia to interfere in the 2020 election, primarily by working to damage former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
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The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Repeatedly Warned About Rudy's ‘Russian Agent’ Pal
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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.
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” …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Chabeli Carrazana / The 19th:
Women in President Donald Trump's White House earn 69 cents for every $1 paid to male staffers  —  The gender pay gap is wider than the national pay gap and wider than the gap in the Obama White House.  —  During the Republican National Convention, the high-ranking women in Donald Trump's White House tried …
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 …
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.
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
The Daily Beast:
How Trump Screwed His Own Campaign With One Executive Order  —  Joe Biden may be publicly responding to Democratic angst over law and order attacks.  But, privately, his campaign is bludgeoning the president on Social Security.  —  Earlier this month, Joe Biden flew to Wisconsin to address …
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: Townhall and Quiz Category
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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Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
“That's Their Problem”: How Jared Kushner Let the Markets Decide America's COVID-19 Fate
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
It Is Not Undemocratic to Call Trump's Presidency ‘Illegitimate’
Discussion: Vox and Fox News
Alexandra Odynova / CBS News:
Russia's space agency chief declares Venus a “Russian planet”
Discussion: WORLD and New York Post
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Tests a ‘Drive-In’ Town Hall With Joe Biden
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Justice News:
Founder And CEO Of Cyberfraud Prevention Company Arrested And Charged With Securities Fraud Scheme
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why I dropped ‘conservative’ from my Twitter profile
Discussion: The Bulwark and Twitchy
Sarah Posner / New York Times:
The Evangelicals Who Are Taking On QAnon
Bloomberg:
Facebook Needs Trump Even More Than Trump Needs Facebook
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
Dennis Ferrier / WZTV:
COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show disturbing revelation