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8:55 PM ET, September 17, 2020

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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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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“It Was All About the Election”: The Ex-White House Aide Olivia Troye on Trump's Narcissistic Mishandling of COVID-19  —  The first staffer on the coronavirus task force to go public tells The New Yorker that America's pandemic response was “derailed by the person at the very top.”
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Former Pence aide who helped organize White House coronavirus response backs Biden
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Washington Post:
Federal judge temporarily blocks USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns, election  —  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 for a slowdown …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
C.D.C. Testing Guidance Was Published Against Scientists' Objections  —  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.  —  A heavily criticized recommendation …
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and The Hill
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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” …
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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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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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: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
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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.
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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ABC News:
New charges for ex-Giuliani associates Parnas and Fruman
Discussion: New York Times, NBC News and Bloomberg
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
CNN:
Trump ally Lindsey Graham thinks the President should release tax returns  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has long resisted releasing his tax returns in a break with historic precedent, but even one of his closest allies in the Senate thinks he should.
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.
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Political Wire
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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Philip Ewing / NPR:   Without DHS Witnesses In Hearing, Whistleblower Claims Likely Go Unaddressed
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 …
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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
Snejana Farberov / Daily Mail:
Campaign staffer, 17, for Ilhan Omar's Republican congressional opponent is shot and killed in Minneapolis  — Andre Conley, 17, was shot dead outside a Minneapolis convenience store on Monday afternoon; another person was seriously wounded  — Police arrested a suspect wanted in connection …
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Jordan Lancaster / The Daily Caller:
Two Campaign Staffers For Ilhan Omar's GOP Challenger Shot In Minneapolis, Suspect Arrested
Discussion: Breitbart and MPR News
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
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN to host first drive-in town hall due to coronavirus pandemic  —  Washington (CNN)CNN will host the first political drive-in town hall of the 2020 presidential election Thursday night — the latest adaptation to campaigning during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Tests a ‘Drive-In’ Town Hall With Joe Biden
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is working with Pence on debate preparations, people familiar with sessions say  —  Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is once again working closely with Vice President Pence on debate preparations and serving as Pence's foil in practice sessions …
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Dems fear Wisconsin governor is becoming a liability for Biden
Discussion: National Review
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Curb Internal Debate Over Sensitive Issues Amid Staff Discord  —  Mark Zuckerberg says employees shouldn't have to confront social issues in their day-to-day work unless they want to  —  Facebook Inc. is moving to curb internal debate around divisive political and social topics …
Newt Gingrich / The American Mind:
The Soros Cover-Up  —  Americans can't let Twitter noise overwhelm political reality.  —  I have been watching a truly curious phenomenon over the past few days.  It seems there is suddenly a movement in media to silence anyone who speaks out against George Soros—and, specifically …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Eric Trump agrees to testify in New York investigation — but not until after election  —  Eric Trump, the president's son, said Thursday that he is willing to be questioned by New York state investigators examining the Trump Organization's financial practices — but not until after Election Day.
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: The Hill and Fox News
 
 
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John F. Harris / Politico:
Woodward Bested Trump the Same Way He Bested Nixon: Understanding Power
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Intercept:
North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition
Discussion: Payday Report
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“Remember Hanging Chads? That's Play-Doh!”: Election Night May Be Just the Beginning of the Real 2020 Drama
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Senate Democrats, Including Kamala Harris, Call For Investigation Into Durham Probe
Discussion: IJR
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Stanley Crouch told it like it is
Discussion: Washington Post
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Emma Epperly / Spokesman.com:
After balking at masks, pastor and church staff in North Idaho contract COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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
Chabeli Carrazana / The 19th:
Women in President Donald Trump's White House earn 69 cents for every $1 paid to male staffers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Wray says Russia engaged in ‘very active efforts’ to interfere in election, damage Biden
Emma Nolan / Newsweek:
J.K. Rowling Book Burning Videos Are Spreading Like Wildfire Across TikTok
Discussion: Townhall and Quiz Category
Jesse Barron / New York Times:
What Happened Inside Ed Buck's Apartment?