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5:15 PM 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: 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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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.
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Only 22% of Americans think the 2020 presidential election will be ‘free and fair’  —  Just 22 percent of Americans believe this year's presidential election will be “free and fair,” according to  —  a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — a disturbing loss of confidence …
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:   Biden's Crew Will Go on Fox, ‘Even if Questions Are Insane’
Amina Dunn / Pew Research Center:
Few Trump or Biden supporters have close friends who back the opposing candidate
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
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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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 …
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Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:   2 judges make major rulings this week centered around Nov. election
New York Times:
A Deal on Drug Prices Undone by White House Insistence on ‘Trump Cards’  —  The White House and the pharmaceutical industry were nearing a major deal to lower drug prices.  Then the administration demanded that $100 cash cards be sent to millions of seniors before the election — and the industry balked.
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Mike Stobbe / NBC New York:
CDC Reverses Guidelines on Testing Asymptomatic People for Coronavirus
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
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
White Supremacists Are a Threat to Elections, Says the DHS  —  While the Trump administration publicly downplays the rise of the far right, Homeland Security anticipates “physical threats” to the 2020 election.  —  Last week, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower told the press …
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ABC News:
DHS whistleblower may not appear before Congress next week, lawyer says
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
CNN:
Trump administration announces $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration on Friday announced $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico to help with rebuilding in the aftermath of 2017's Hurricane Maria.  —  Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez …
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David Badash / Raw Story:
REVEALED: Trump to announce billions in aid to Puerto Rico in desperate attempt to win Florida
Discussion: Bangor Daily News and The Week
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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
A Danish Children's TV Show Has This Message: ‘Normal Bodies Look Like This’  —  The program aims to counter social media that bombards young people with images of perfect bodies.  —  COPENHAGEN — “OK, children, does anyone have a question?” the TV show's host, Jannik Schow, asked.
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
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.
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.
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
Detroit Free Press:
Peters holds narrow lead over James in Michigan's US Senate race  —  U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., appears to be holding a slim 4-percentage-point lead over Republican businessman John James in his race for reelection, down from a 10-point margin he had two months ago, according to a new Free Press poll released Friday.
Discussion: Townhall
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
 
 
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
US extends travel restrictions across Canadian, Mexican borders
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
All Hell Breaks Loose on ‘The View’ After Guest Brings Up Joy's Blackface Incident
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and Breitbart
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd is first in viewers — and Twitter critics. Here's why
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
How the Trump Campaign Lit a Billion Dollars on Fire
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthias Gafni / San Francisco Chronicle:
Exclusive: Capt. Brett Crozier explains why he sent email warning of Roosevelt coronavirus outbreak
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
How to track your ballot like a UPS package
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump campaign manager didn't vote for his boss in 2016 — or at all
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Secret Life of Joe Biden
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Chief Justice Roberts's lifelong crusade against voting rights, explained
Discussion: 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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Michael Bloomberg unleashes $100 million “wall to wall” ad blitz to take down Trump in Florida