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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: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
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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 …
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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.
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.
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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Mike Stobbe / NBC New York:
CDC Reverses Guidelines on Testing Asymptomatic People for Coronavirus
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
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
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 …
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 …
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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
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 …
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.
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
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Biden's Crew Will Go on Fox, ‘Even if Questions Are Insane’  —  The former VP hasn't sat down with Fox News since winning the nomination.  But his team still has a plan for winning over the network's viewers.  —  In 2019, a number of Democrats hoping to secure the presidential nomination argued …
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Amina Dunn / Pew Research Center:
Few Trump or Biden supporters have close friends who back the opposing candidate
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Chief Justice Roberts's lifelong crusade against voting rights, explained  —  He has fought to undermine voting rights his entire career.  —  John Roberts was 26 years old, and he was outraged that he'd just been outmaneuvered by older and much more experienced political hands.  —  It was 1981.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Igor Bobic / HuffPost:   Alabama Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville Struggles To Discuss Voting Rights Act
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Des Moines Register:
What do Iowans think about the U.S. Senate, presidential races?  A new Iowa Poll will offer answers  —  Starting Saturday night at DesMoinesRegister.com and in the Des Moines Sunday Register, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll will check the pulse of Iowans on the upcoming election and other issues.
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.”
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 …
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 …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump campaign manager didn't vote for his boss in 2016 — or at all  —  President Trump's campaign manager didn't vote for his boss in the last presidential election.  He didn't vote at all.  —  The last time Bill Stepien voted, according to public records, was in 2015, when he lived in New Jersey and was registered there.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
U.S. House committee issues subpoena for testimony from Trump broadcasting chief  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Friday it had issued a subpoena to compel the head of U.S. government broadcasting operations to testify next week …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
ProPublica:
Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands.  It's One More Threat to Voting by Mail.  —  More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery.  The Postal Service doesn't test employees or check their temperatures, and its contact tracing is erratic.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
All Hell Breaks Loose on ‘The View’ After Guest Brings Up Joy's Blackface Incident  —  “Is this Joy speaking?”  Kim Klacik snarked.  “The same Joy that paraded around in blackface not too long ago?”  —  Friday's broadcast of The View went completely off the rails when a Black GOP congressional …
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and Breitbart
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Joe Biden Resurrects False College Claim That Helped Ruin His 1988 Presidential Run  —  Joe Biden is not the first person in his family to attend college.  But he has a lengthy history of claiming otherwise, no matter how much the lie gets him in trouble.  —  Joe Biden is not the first person in his family to have gone to college.
The Daily Beast:
How the Trump Campaign Lit a Billion Dollars on Fire  —  In this ep. of The New Abnormal, Rick breaks down how Team Trump has burned a billion and a former Obama national security aide has bad news about how other countries view America.  —  The Trump campaign raised more cash …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Zach Greenberg / The James G. Martin Center …:
Censoring a Thousand Words: Universities Must Cease Punishing Students for Their Online Pictures
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John Binder / Breitbart:
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Discussion: Axios and Politico
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
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
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Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Secret Life of Joe Biden
Abigail Abrams / TIME:
Donald Trump Is Losing On An Issue Voters Care A Lot About. Here's How He's Trying to Change That
Discussion: New York Times
Mike Allen / Axios:
Michael Bloomberg unleashes $100 million “wall to wall” ad blitz to take down Trump in Florida