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9:50 AM ET, September 18, 2020

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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.”
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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,” …
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Former Pence aide who helped organize White House coronavirus response backs Biden
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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Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
Trump administration bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores beginning on Sunday  —  The Trump administration said it is banning China's TikTok and WeChat from mobile app stores beginning this Sunday, Sept. 20, in a move that will sharply raise tensions with Beijing.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Megan Henney / Fox Business:
Trump administration to ban Americans from downloading TikTok, WeChat on Sunday
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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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden shows the qualities Trump lacks at CNN town hall  —  (CNN)Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Thursday showed the empathy and fact-based thinking at a CNN town hall that President Donald Trump has been lacking, both at his own similar event two days before and throughout his botched management …
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Biden lambastes Trump over ‘close to criminal’ COVID-19 response
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.
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Michael Schmidt: Private eye rummaged Bolton's trash for book drafts  —  Here's a juicy nugget near the end of the new book by New York Times scoop machine Michael Schmidt, “Donald Trump v. The United States.”  —  What's happening: It's about the scramble during impeachment to learn …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Associated Press:
Trump downplays legacy of slavery in appeal to white voters
Discussion: Spectator USA and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
From Russia (to Biden) With Love  —  Senate Democrats try to smear colleagues for investigating Hunter and Ukraine.  —  When Democrats look at Russia, they don't see a geopolitical threat.  They see the political gift that keeps giving.  They now hope it produces for Joe Biden.
Discussion: IJR and Daily Kos
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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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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:   William Barr Goes All-In for Trump Campaign Themes Weeks Before Election
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and The Week
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Michael Bloomberg unleashes $100 million “wall to wall” ad blitz to take down Trump in Florida  —  Mike Bloomberg's $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue “wall to wall” in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me.  —  Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks …
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
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Hunter Biden Offered D.C. Access to Chinese Company in Exchange for Investments  —  Hunter Biden touted his family's political clout to solicit a $5 million investment from China for his U.S.-based financial advisory firm, according to a court filing by a white-collar convict who claims …
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 …
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Senior Biden campaign cybersecurity expert participated in racist internet troll group  —  A senior cybersecurity adviser to Joe Biden's presidential campaign spent years affiliating with a hacking organization and boasted on a personal blog about breaking into her neighbor's computers.
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 …
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
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 …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
How Trump Changed the World  —  On Sept. 16 the editorial board of the New York Times did the impossible.  It said something nice about President Trump.  “The normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, is, on the face of it …
CNN:
Poisoned Navalny plots his return, but Russia's opposition activists wonder who might be next  —  Alexey Navalny: Russia's outspoken Putin critic  —  (CNN)Alexey Navalny is out of a coma and off a ventilator, just weeks after his near-fatal poisoning.  Now the Kremlin critic is planning …
Discussion: GZERO
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
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.
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Republicans Killed the Obamacare Mandate.  New Data Shows It Didn't Really Matter.  —  Many experts now view the individual mandate as a policy that did little to increase health coverage — but did a lot to invite political backlash.  —  Health economists long had a favorite metaphor …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump says his terrific health-care plan is finally here. That would be news to his health advisers.
New York Times:
This Is How Biden Should Approach the Latino Vote
Discussion: Politico
Mike Allen / Axios:
“Those spouses are not suckers”: Biden ad targets alleged Trump comments on military POW, KIA
Discussion: Townhall, Foreign Affairs and Newsweek
Kaleigh Rogers / FiveThirtyEight:
North Carolina Is Already Rejecting Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots More Often Than White Voters'
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Evelyne Hübscher / Cambridge Core:
Voter Responses to Fiscal Austerity
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: 'We could've never gotten away with' what the Trump White House does
Molly Jong-Fast / New York Times:
I Am Not a Brave Person. I Am Also Patient 1133.
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Trump won't go to New York for U.N. speech
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Curb Internal Debate Over Sensitive Issues Amid Staff Discord
Discussion: New York Times and Gizmodo
Justice News:
Lev Parnas And David Correia Charged With Conspiring To Defraud Investors In Their Fraud Insurance Company “Fraud Guarantee”
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Federal judge temporarily blocks USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns, election
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Education Department opens investigation into Princeton University after president deems racism ‘embedded’ in the school