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3:25 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 …
CNN:
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.
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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 …
CNN:
Seattle mayor says Barr's suggestions to charge her are ‘chilling’  —  (CNN)Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Wednesday said a report that Attorney General William Barr suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her is “chilling and the latest abuse of power from the Trump administration.”
C. Ryan Barber / LAW.com:   ‘No Way to Run a Federal Agency’: Barr Bristles at Bowing to ‘Sacrosanct’ Career Prosecutors
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, CNBC, Raw Story and Washington Post
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KFF:
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.
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
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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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 …
Jon Favreau / Crooked Media:
PollerCoaster 2020: What's Happening With Marginal Voters
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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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 …
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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.
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: 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.
Discussion: NPR, New York Post, Forbes, Axios and Newsy
Justice News:
Founder And CEO Of Cyberfraud Prevention Company Arrested And Charged With Securities Fraud Scheme  —  Adam Rogas Allegedly Raised $123 Million from Investors Using Financial Statements that Showed Tens of Millions of Dollars of Revenue and Assets that Did Not Exist
Tim Alberta / Politico:
This Is What Trump's Suburbia Really Looks Like  —  Dear Washington,  —  I'll bet you're sick of hearing about the suburbs.  And who could blame you?  Flip on cable news, open the local paper, check the president's Twitter feed—there's no escaping the churn of commentary focused on a place …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Marissa Lang / Washington Post:
Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought ‘heat ray’ device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says  —  Hours before law enforcement forcibly cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in early June amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd, federal officials began …
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: The Hill
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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Alexandra Odynova / CBS News:
Russia's space agency chief declares Venus a “Russian planet”  —  Moscow — If there is life on Venus, it might want to start learning Russian.  The boss of Russia's government space agency has claimed it as a “Russian planet.”  —  The bold territorial claim comes on the heels …
Discussion: WORLD and New York Post
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.
Discussion: New York Post and Forbes
 
 
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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
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Navarro blames Pelosi for stalled negotiations on next round of coronavirus relief
Discussion: Breitbart
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
It Is Not Undemocratic to Call Trump's Presidency ‘Illegitimate’
Discussion: Vox and Fox News
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why I dropped ‘conservative’ from my Twitter profile
Discussion: The Bulwark and Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Lancaster / The Daily Caller:
Two Campaign Staffers For Ilhan Omar's GOP Challenger Shot In Minneapolis, Suspect Arrested
Christopher / Redstate:
Presidential Town Hall Exposes Flaws in Harris/Biden Campaign Strategy
Discussion: The United States …
Sarah Posner / New York Times:
The Evangelicals Who Are Taking On QAnon
Bloomberg:
Facebook Needs Trump Even More Than Trump Needs Facebook
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Stoked Police Violence, And It May Have Cost Him the Election
Discussion: IJR
John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
The Slow-Fingered President  —  President Donald Trump has warned his Twitter followers six times …