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6:25 PM ET, September 18, 2020

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New York Times:
A Deal on Drug Prices Undone by White House Insistence on ‘Trump Cards’  —  The White House and the pharmaceutical industry were nearing a major deal to lower drug prices.  Then the administration demanded that $100 cash cards be sent to millions of seniors before the election — and the industry balked.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Admits That Congressman Offered Pardon to Assange If He Covered Up Russia Links  —  Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal in 2017, a year after the emails that damaged Hillary Clinton had been published.  —  LONDON—Lawyers representing the United States …
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Andrew MacAskill / Reuters:
Trump offered to pardon Assange if he provided source for Democratic emails, lawyer says  —  LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered to pardon Julian Assange if the WikiLeaks founder provided the source for the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails …
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science  —  Emails from a former top Trump health official and his science adviser show how the two refused to accept Centers for Disease Control and Prevention science and sought to silence the agency.
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
A neighbor asked for a tomato.  This is where the story gets weird.  —  The following account is completely true, and, no, there is nothing funny about it.  —  I was on my laptop in the dining room of my rowhouse in downtown Washington, D.C., when someone rapped at the window.
New York Times:
Virus Pulls Down Trump, Poll Shows, and G.O.P. Senators Suffer With Him  —  A New York Times/Siena College survey showed Joe Biden leading President Trump by wide margins in Maine and Arizona, and effectively tied in North Carolina.  Susan Collins trailed her Democratic rival in Maine's Senate race.
Associated Press:
Judge: Michigan must count absentee ballots that arrive late  —  A judge has cleared the way for more absentee ballots to be counted in Michigan  —  FBI director says there is little evidence for potential mass voter fraud  —  While he says there is little evidence for mail-in voter fraud …
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Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:   2 judges make major rulings this week centered around Nov. election
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Only 22% of Americans think the 2020 presidential election will be ‘free and fair’  —  Just 22 percent of Americans believe this year's presidential election will be “free and fair,” according to  —  a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — a disturbing loss of confidence …
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Amina Dunn / Pew Research Center:
Few Trump or Biden supporters have close friends who back the opposing candidate
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:   Biden's Crew Will Go on Fox, ‘Even if Questions Are Insane’
Erin Coates / The Cain Gang:
Police Haul Man Out of Library for Not Wearing Mask During Meeting About Wearing Masks  —  A man was physically removed from a school board meeting in Mitchell, South Dakota, on Monday night because he refused to wear a protective face covering.  —  Reed Bender had attended meetings in the past …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
An Idaho ‘no-masker’ pastor prayed against a mask mandate.  He's now in intensive care for covid-19.  —  When coronavirus cases began increasing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in late July, Pastor Paul Van Noy prayed with his congregation that the city council would not pass a mask mandate.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump: America's perfection shall not be questioned, except by me  —  Every successful presidential candidate promises the voters rewards both material and emotional.  They say they'll improve our lives in tangible ways — better health care, higher wages — but they'll also make us feel how we want to feel …
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Washington Post:
Trump alleges ‘left-wing indoctrination’ in schools, says he will create national commission to push more ‘pro-American’ history
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Mike Stobbe / NBC New York:
CDC Reverses Guidelines on Testing Asymptomatic People for Coronavirus
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
White Supremacists Are a Threat to Elections, Says the DHS  —  While the Trump administration publicly downplays the rise of the far right, Homeland Security anticipates “physical threats” to the 2020 election.  —  Last week, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower told the press …
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ABC News:
DHS whistleblower may not appear before Congress next week, lawyer says
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Washington Post:
The Falwells, the pool attendant and the double life that brought them all down  —  For 2½ years, Giancarlo Granda had been telling his family about the generosity of his business partners.  The wealthy couple from out of town had taken him under their wing, he said …
Discussion: HuffPost
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
‘Talk about losers’: The top moments from CNN's kid-gloves town hall with Biden  —  On Tuesday, voters got in Trump's face for the first time.  On Thursday, they practically gave Biden a hero's welcome in Scranton, Pa.  —  Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks …
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
The United States is backsliding into autocracy under Trump, scholars warn  —  The weakening of democratic values — a path that's difficult to reverse — has accelerated, according to hundreds of indicators assessed each year  —  Three years into the Trump administration …
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Republican U.S. House campaign arm cancels $2 million in Houston-area advertising  —  The region is home to multiple competitive races, including Congressional District 7 where Republicans are seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher  —  WASHINGTON - The National Republican Congressional Committee …
Discussion: Political Wire
indystar:
Satchuel Cole, leader in the fight for racial equality in Indianapolis, lied about own race  —  Satchuel Cole, a highly visible community leader advocating for racial and social justice in Indiana, has apologized for misleading people about Cole's own race, saying “I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
We Are All Algorithms Now  —  Is that what's really destroying the legitimacy of our democracy?  —  I've never felt this way about an election before.  For my entire adult life, campaigns could be exhilarating, tedious, crowded with incident or laden with foreboding, but you always felt that …
Wilbur Ross / U.S. Department of Commerce:
Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States  —  In response to President Trump's Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications …
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Detroit Free Press:
Peters holds narrow lead over James in Michigan's US Senate race  —  U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., appears to be holding a slim 4-percentage-point lead over Republican businessman John James in his race for reelection, down from a 10-point margin he had two months ago, according to a new Free Press poll released Friday.
Discussion: Townhall
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
A White House Aide Just Warned Us That Donald Trump Is a Sociopath  —  A procession of former Trump administration officials, speaking both on and off the record, have depicted the president as fundamentally unfit for office.  Yesterday, the latest addition to their ranks …
Kamala Harris / The Philadelphia Tribune:
National Black Voter Day: A call to ensure that Black voters are heard  —  Today, we celebrate our country's first-ever National Black Voter Day — an effort to make sure that Black voters make their voices heard at the polls this year.  It reflects an undeniable truth …
Discussion: The Hill and bet.com
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New York Times:
A Danish Children's TV Show Has This Message: ‘Normal Bodies Look Like This’  —  The program aims to counter social media that bombards young people with images of perfect bodies.  —  COPENHAGEN — “OK, children, does anyone have a question?” the TV show's host, Jannik Schow, asked.
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
Rating Change: Republicans Sound Alarm, Riggleman's VA-05 Moves to Toss Up  —  Is it deja vu all over again?  In 2008, Virginia's 5th District was the site of a gigantic upset when tireless 34-year-old Democrat Tom Perriello unseated GOP Rep. Virgil Goode by 727 votes.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: More migrant women say they didn't OK surgery  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen.  There were three small, circular marks.
NPR:
Poll: Biden Maintains Lead Over Trump With Likely Voters  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead President Trump in the 2020 presidential election nationally by a substantial margin, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.  —  Biden leads Trump by 9 points, 52% to 43%, among likely voters, the survey finds.
David Segal / New York Times:
Housekeepers Face a Disaster Generations in the Making  —  Ghosted by their employers, members of the profession are facing “a full-blown humanitarian crisis — a Depression-level situation.”  —  The scariest day of Maria Del Carmen's life started with a phone call that initially cheered her up.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Book excerpt: An FBI sex crimes investigator helped trigger 2016's ‘October Surprise’  —  This article is adapted from “October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election,” which will be published Sept. 22 by PublicAffairs.  The book is a comprehensive …
Discussion: The Hill
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Trump, Pence criticize U.S. Chamber CEO  —  President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence criticized the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during a phone call Thursday, venting their frustrations over its recent endorsement of nearly two dozen vulnerable House Democratic freshmen, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.
Discussion: National Review, Breitbart and The Hill
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
No, a Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Didn't Partner With a Pro-Communist Chinese Group  —  On Thursday, an article from The Daily Signal, the blog of the conservative Heritage Foundation, claimed to show a damning link between an organization started by a Black Lives Matter co-founder …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Royal Family Divides Over Potential Embrace of Israel  —  The king and crown prince have been at odds over whether to ease relations with the Jewish state; deal with U.A.E. stunned the 84-year-old monarch  —  in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Summer Said in Dubai and Felicia Schwartz
 
 
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James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
The media's 3 unforgivable sins of the Trump era
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
U.S. House committee issues subpoena for testimony from Trump broadcasting chief
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Corbett Smith / Dallas Morning News:
More than 4,500 students and staff in Texas schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year
Des Moines Register:
What do Iowans think about the U.S. Senate, presidential races? A new Iowa Poll will offer answers
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
All Hell Breaks Loose on ‘The View’ After Guest Brings Up Joy's Blackface Incident
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and Breitbart
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
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The Daily Beast:
How the Trump Campaign Lit a Billion Dollars on Fire
Discussion: Raw Story
ProPublica:
Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It's One More Threat to Voting by Mail.
Discussion: Washington Post
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump campaign manager didn't vote for his boss in 2016 — or at all
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Chief Justice Roberts's lifelong crusade against voting rights, explained
Discussion: Raw Story