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11:30 AM ET, September 18, 2020

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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 and Raw Story
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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 …
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.
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NBC News:
Biden's lead has been stable, but there's still lots of uncertainty about the vote  —  WASHINGTON — Another day, another round of strong polls for Joe Biden and the Democrats.  —  Biden and Senate Democratic candidates are ahead in Arizona, Maine and North Carolina, according to a trio …
Kaleigh Rogers / FiveThirtyEight:
North Carolina Is Already Rejecting Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots More Often Than White Voters'
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Aced the Town Hall.  Why Didn't Trump?  —  Taking questions from voters is a basic skill for politicians.  The president still hasn't mastered it.  —  Donald Trump is lucky that presidential elections aren't decided by televised town-hall meetings.
Washington Post:
Joe Biden's CNN town hall: An occasional whopper
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden shows the qualities Trump lacks at CNN town hall
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
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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David Shepardson / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump to block U.S. downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday - officials  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said it will issue an order Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on September 20.
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:   Trump administration bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores beginning on Sunday
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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,” …
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
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 and Political Wire
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 …
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Roque Planas / HuffPost:
911 Call From Intoxicated Jerry Falwell Jr.'s House Last Month Describes ‘A Lot Of Blood’
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Chief Justice Roberts's lifelong crusade against voting rights, explained
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: INDIVISIBLE VENTURA
Associated Press:
Trump downplays legacy of slavery in appeal to white voters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified efforts to appeal to his core base of white voters on Thursday by downplaying the historical legacy of slavery in the United States and blasting efforts to address systemic racism as divisive.
Discussion: Spectator USA and The Hill
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Michael Schmidt: Private eye rummaged Bolton's trash for book drafts
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Bill Barr's Prosecutorial Warning  —  The left distorts his important speech on political accountability.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  We live in a strange time when progressives say American law enforcement is racist, yet they'll also go to the mattresses to defend prosecutors from political accountability.
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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.
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.
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.
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: CNN and Mediaite
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.
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 …
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 …
Politico:
EU institutions must lead ‘societal shift’ on racism, says equality commissioner  —  The European Commission will collect data on the ethnicity of its staff for the first time as part of an effort to make the workforce more diverse and lead an EU push to be “collectively anti-racist,” according to a new action plan to combat racism.
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Iranian Hackers Can Now Beat Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say  —  Reports reveal that hackers have been secretly gathering intelligence on opponents of the Iranian regime, breaking into cellphones and computers and outsmarting apps like Telegram.  —  Iranian hackers, most likely employees …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Anna North / Vox:
How #SaveTheChildren is pulling American moms into QAnon
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Kosovo awards Trump with Order of Freedom for peace efforts
Joshua Klein / Breitbart:
Soros-Backed Coalition Preparing for Post-Election Day Chaos — 'We're Going to Fight Like Hell'
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump says his terrific health-care plan is finally here. That would be news to his health advisers.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
This Is How Biden Should Approach the Latino Vote
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Poisoned Navalny plots his return, but Russia's opposition activists wonder who might be next
Discussion: GZERO
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
From Russia (to Biden) With Love
Discussion: IJR and Daily Kos
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Hunter Biden Offered D.C. Access to Chinese Company in Exchange for Investments
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Republicans Killed the Obamacare Mandate. New Data Shows It Didn't Really Matter.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mike Allen / Axios:
“Those spouses are not suckers”: Biden ad targets alleged Trump comments on military POW, KIA
Discussion: Townhall, Foreign Affairs and Newsweek
jsonline:
‘A fundraiser of unusual size’: Princess Bride reunion raises $4.25 million for Wisconsin Democrats
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Trump won't go to New York for U.N. speech
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
Robby Soave / Reason:
An Online Student Attended a Rooftop Party. He Was Reported to NYU and Suspended Indefinitely.
Discussion: Twitchy