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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.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Former Pence aide who helped organize White House coronavirus response backs Biden
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is losing control of his own propaganda
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 …
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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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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes Green Party presidential ticket from ballot, clearing the way for mail ballots to be sent out
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 and Talking Points Memo
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Juan Perez Jr. / Politico:
Trump blasts 1619 Project as DeVos praises alternative Black history curriculum
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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Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Minnesota Dem slams Ilhan Omar, says she 'doesn't belong in our party'
Discussion: Fox News
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
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.
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Washington Post:
Barr's attack on his own prosecutors fed by frustration with both sides of political aisle, people who know him say  —  Attorney General William P. Barr's scalding criticism of some of his own Justice Department prosecutors grew in part from frustration with the accusation that he had improperly intervened …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Senate Democrats, Including Kamala Harris, Call For Investigation Into Durham Probe
Discussion: IJR
jsonline:
‘A fundraiser of unusual size’: Princess Bride reunion raises $4.25 million for Wisconsin Democrats  —  It was a fundraiser of unusual size.  —  When almost the entire original cast of “The Princess Bride” came together this week for the first time in more than 30 years for a table read …
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: The Hill, Politico, Mediaite 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 …
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Robby Soave / Reason:
An Online Student Attended a Rooftop Party.  He Was Reported to NYU and Suspended Indefinitely.  —  It was a gorgeous August weekend in New York City, and Andy—a college senior at New York University (NYU)—decided to attend a rooftop social gathering with his roommates.
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Cash-strapped Trump campaign awaits a bailout from big donors  —  Republican Party megadonors are racing to bail out President Donald Trump's cash-strapped reelection campaign, with a newly formed super PAC pouring a further$25 million into battleground states.
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
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Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Biden lambastes Trump over ‘close to criminal’ COVID-19 response
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.
Molly Jong-Fast / New York Times:
I Am Not a Brave Person.  I Am Also Patient 1133.  —  Never did I expect to have a calling.  Then came the pandemic.  —  I am Patient 1133.  —  I've never been in a medical trial before and I never wanted to be.  As someone who suffers from pretty significant anxiety about my health …
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
Thomas Colt / Medium:
U.S. Generals are raising the alarm  —  Our military has leaned strongly Republican.  By law, active military are constrained from political action.  Most retired officers are highly politically aware but strive to be non-partisan, and are often not aligned with either party.
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 …
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Trump won't go to New York for U.N. speech  —  The United Nations General Assembly typically draws world leaders and philanthropists from all around the globe, packing New York City with their entourages.  At the 75th edition of the annual event, however, there won't be a single one.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Hill
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 …
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Alabama Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville Struggles To Discuss Voting Rights Act  —  The Republican and former college football coach stumbled when asked his position on the landmark 1965 civil rights law.  —  Alabama Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville struggled to explain …
Discussion: Political Wire
Evelyne Hübscher / Cambridge Core:
Voter Responses to Fiscal Austerity  —  Governments have great difficulties designing politically sustainable responses to rising public debt.  These difficulties are grounded in a limited understanding of the popular constraints during periods of fiscal pressure.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Trump, It's Not the United States, It's Red and Blue States  —  A statement by the president this week was an insight into how he views the country as composed of parts that either are for him or against him.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump argued this week that the death toll from the coronavirus was actually not so bad.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: 'We could've never gotten away with' what the Trump White House does  —  Michelle Obama says as Black Americans, she and former President Obama “never could've gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now” in the White House because their “community wouldn't have accepted that.”
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
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 …
 
 
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
UGA reverses course and will allow on-campus early voting
Discussion: The Hill
Zachary Brennan / Politico:
Mask skeptic lawmaker takes on side gig overseeing drug company trial
Discussion: The Hill
John F. Harris / Politico:
Woodward Bested Trump the Same Way He Bested Nixon: Understanding Power
Discussion: Raw Story
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Dan Alexander / Vanity Fair:
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KMPH-TV:
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Emma Nolan / Newsweek:
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Discussion: Townhall
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