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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 …
New York Times:
This Is How Bad It's Gotten at the Justice Department  —  When civil servants resign, skeptics often ask what difference one person really can make by leaving.  The answer is: a lot.  —  The authors are law professors at Georgetown.  —  In his time as the head of the Justice Department …
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and Slate
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.”
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence
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 …
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.
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
Jon Favreau / Crooked Media:
PollerCoaster 2020: What's Happening With Marginal Voters
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
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.
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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: 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 …
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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.
Discussion: Progress Pond, Axios and Raw Story
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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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker works 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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Dems fear Wisconsin governor is becoming a liability for Biden
Discussion: National Review
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.
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.
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: Talking Points Memo, Axios and NPR
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CNN:
Chad Wolf appears ready to defy House subpoena to testify, DHS official says
Discussion: Just Security
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
Christopher / Redstate:
Presidential Town Hall Exposes Flaws in Harris/Biden Campaign Strategy  —  During ABC's the “President and the People” town hall hosted by Democrat political hack George Stephanopolous, many of the questions posed by so-called “undecided voters” seemed to square up quite nicely with the Harris/Biden campaign's central messaging.
Discussion: The United States …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why I dropped ‘conservative’ from my Twitter profile  —  My Twitter blurb used to describe me as a “conservative opinion writer.”  Now it reads: “NeverTrump, pro-democracy opinion writer.”  Why the change?  —  Let's be honest: There is no conservative movement or party today.
Discussion: The Bulwark
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: Quiz Category
Anjali Sundaram / CNBC:
Yelp data shows 60% of business closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are now permanent  — Yelp on Wednesday released its latest Economic Impact Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus.  — As of Aug, 31, 163,735 businesses …
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russian Media Is Rooting for Civil War in America: ‘The Worse, the Better’  —  “It is better to remain neutral, but if we had to choose, then Trump is certainly ours.”  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  There is no shortage of local topics that interest the Kremlin—from the poisoning of an inconvenient dissident …
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Will Again Delay Start of In-Person Classes for Most Students  —  The city had scheduled classes to start on Monday.  Now, it will phase students back on a rolling basis, beginning with pre-K.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday once again delayed the start of most in-person classes …
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: Vox
Sarah Posner / New York Times:
The Evangelicals Who Are Taking On QAnon  —  Some leaders are trying to save their flocks from the lure of the online conspiracy theory.  —  Ms. Posner is the author of “Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump.”  —  Last month, Seth Brown …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Yes, the DOJ Should Charge Violent Anti-American Radicals with Seditious Conspiracy  —  ‘The Day of Reckoning Is Upon Us’: Graham Announces Comey Will Testify on Russia Probe While Mueller Refused  —  Nashville Mayor's Office, Health Department Concealed Low COVID Numbers Tied to Restaurants, Emails Show
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Comey to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee  —  Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee later this month, Chair Lindsey Graham announced.  —  Graham (R-S.C.), whose committee is conducting a review of the FBI's investigation of Russian interference …
 
 
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John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
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