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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,” …
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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.”
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Former Pence aide who helped organize White House coronavirus response backs Biden
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 …
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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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Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Biden lambastes Trump over ‘close to criminal’ COVID-19 response
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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Senate Democrats, Including Kamala Harris, Call For Investigation Into Durham Probe
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Federal judge temporarily blocks USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns, election  —  A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday granted a request from 14 states to temporarily block operational changes within the U.S. Postal Service that have been blamed for a slowdown …
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Politico:
DeVos' former top aide joins anti-Trump group  —  Josh Venable is lending his name as an adviser to the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform.  —  Former aides for President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are also part of the anti-Trump group.
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Juan Perez Jr. / Politico:
Trump blasts 1619 Project as DeVos praises alternative Black history curriculum
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 …
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
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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: The Week
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 …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Education Department opens investigation into Princeton University after president deems racism ‘embedded’ in the school  —  The Department of Education has informed Princeton University that it is under investigation following the school president's declaration that racism was “embedded” in the institution.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
CBS News:
H.R. McMaster says Trump policy in Afghanistan partners with Taliban against Afghan government  —  “He, in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways, the Afghan government,” McMaster said of the president's plan in Afghanistan.  See the full interview with the former national security adviser, Sunday on 60 Minutes.
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico, The Hill and Axios
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Trump won't go to New York for U.N. speech  —  The United Nations General Assembly typically draws world leaders and philanthropists from all around the globe, packing New York City with their entourages.  At the 75th edition of the annual event, however, there won't be a single one.
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court extends mail ballot deadlines for November election  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended the state's mail ballot deadlines on Thursday, a move that could allow tens of thousands of additional votes to be counted — and will likely draw criticism from Republicans …
Mike Allen / Axios:
“Those spouses are not suckers”: Biden ad targets alleged Trump comments on military POW, KIA  —  Joe Biden, believing President Trump is suddenly vulnerable with military voters, goes up today with an ad called “Knock On The Door,” featuring retired Air force Brigadier General John Douglass, a former casualty notification officer.
Discussion: Townhall and Newsweek
CNN:
Trump ally Lindsey Graham thinks the President should release tax returns  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has long resisted releasing his tax returns in a break with historic precedent, but even one of his closest allies in the Senate thinks he should.
Molly Jong-Fast / New York Times:
I Am Not a Brave Person.  I Am Also Patient 1133.  —  Never did I expect to have a calling.  Then came the pandemic.  —  I am Patient 1133.  —  I've never been in a medical trial before and I never wanted to be.  As someone who suffers from pretty significant anxiety about my health …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
For Trump, It's Not the United States, It's Red and Blue States  —  A statement by the president this week was an insight into how he views the country as composed of parts that either are for him or against him.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump argued this week that the death toll from the coronavirus was actually not so bad.
 
 
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Kaleigh Rogers / FiveThirtyEight:
North Carolina Is Already Rejecting Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots More Often Than White Voters'
Evelyne Hübscher / Cambridge Core:
Voter Responses to Fiscal Austerity
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
UGA reverses course and will allow on-campus early voting
Discussion: The Hill
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: 'We could've never gotten away with' what the Trump White House does
Zachary Brennan / Politico:
Mask skeptic lawmaker takes on side gig overseeing drug company trial
Discussion: The Hill
John F. Harris / Politico:
Woodward Bested Trump the Same Way He Bested Nixon: Understanding Power
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Intercept:
North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition
Discussion: Payday Report
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Curb Internal Debate Over Sensitive Issues Amid Staff Discord
Peter Ambler / Fast Company:
CEOs: It's time to take a stand on gun safety. It will help your business
Discussion: Redstate
Justice News:
Lev Parnas And David Correia Charged With Conspiring To Defraud Investors In Their Fraud Insurance Company “Fraud Guarantee”
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
'Everyone's got leverage': Dreading a 50-50 Senate split
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News