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10:30 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
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
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,” …
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
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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.
Wilbur Ross / U.S. Department of Commerce:
Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States
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.
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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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:   William Barr Goes All-In for Trump Campaign Themes Weeks Before Election
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: INDIVISIBLE VENTURA
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Kosovo awards Trump with Order of Freedom for peace efforts  —  PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's awarded U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday with one of the country's highest honors for his government's efforts on peace and reconciliation in the former war-torn region.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
New York Times:
This Is How Biden Should Approach the Latino Vote  —  Some ways of talking about race and class are more effective politically.  And not just with Hispanics.  —  Mr. Haney López is the author of “Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections and Saving America.”
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
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
Joshua Klein / Breitbart:
Soros-Backed Coalition Preparing for Post-Election Day Chaos — 'We're Going to Fight Like Hell'  —  Under the guise of seeking to “prevent a constitutional crisis,” a massive network of well funded left-wing activists and progressive groups are training, organizing, and planning to mobilize millions …
 
 
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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.
CNN:
Poisoned Navalny plots his return, but Russia's opposition activists wonder who might be next
Discussion: GZERO
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
Molly Jong-Fast / New York Times:
I Am Not a Brave Person. I Am Also Patient 1133.
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 Earlier Items: 
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
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