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12:00 PM ET, September 17, 2020


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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.
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 …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence
New York Times:
This Is How Bad It's Gotten at the Justice Department
Discussion: Washington Post and Slate
U.S. Department of Justice:
Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr at Hillsdale College Constitution Day Event
Discussion: Washington Post 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 …
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: Axios, KFF, Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
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 …
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
Military Police Leaders Weighed Deploying ‘Heat Ray’ Against D.C. Protesters  —  Hours before federal police officers cleared a crowded park near the White House with smoke and tear gas on June 1, the lead military police officer in the Department of Defense for the D.C. region asked …
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
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: Axios and Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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: Forbes and CBS Philly
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Stanley Crouch, Critic Who Saw American Democracy in Jazz, Dies at 74  —  A prolific author, essayist, columnist and social critic, he challenged conventional thinking on race and avant-garde music.  —  Stanley Crouch, the fiercely iconoclastic social critic who elevated the invention of jazz …
Discussion: Althouse
Ethan Iverson / NPR:   Stanley Crouch, Towering Jazz Critic, Dead At 74
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.
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 …
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
The Big Ten might save its football season, but the myth of college sports has been shattered  —  Here is how important college football is in this country: By Tuesday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin had 2,160 students who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and all classes were being held virtually.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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
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 …
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 and Spectator USA
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Stoked Police Violence, And It May Have Cost Him the Election  —  If Joe Biden maintains the eerily stable lead he has built in the presidential campaign, Republicans will say it was the coronavirus that ended Donald Trump's chances of winning a second term.
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
Moderna Shares the Blueprint for Its Coronavirus Vaccine Trial  —  The company hopes to earn the trust of the public and of scientists who have clamored for details of its study.  —  The biotech company Moderna released a 135-page document on Thursday that spells out the details …
Navalny team says nerve agent was found on hotel room water bottle  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned …
Ann Coulter:
Simple Ideas To Ensure a Trump Victory!  —  MEMO TO HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP  —  1) Extend Daylight Savings Time.  —  COVID, the shutdown, riots, looting, wildfires — we're depressed enough.  Do one small favor for the nation in 2020 by giving us another hour of sunlight.
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
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John Dickerson / The Atlantic:
The Slow-Fingered President  —  President Donald Trump has warned his Twitter followers six times …
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
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Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
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Discussion: Politico