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6:30 AM ET, September 28, 2020

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New York Times:
LONG-CONCEALED RECORDS SHOW TRUMP'S CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE  —  The Times obtained Donald Trump's tax information extending over more than two decades, revealing struggling properties, vast write-offs, an audit battle and hundreds of millions in debt coming due.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
18 Revelations From a Trove of Trump Tax Records  —  Times reporters have obtained decades of tax information the president has hidden from public view.  Here are some of the key findings.  —  The New York Times has obtained tax-return data for President Trump and his companies that covers more than two decades.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Ivanka Trump Could Be Going Down Thanks To Her Dad's Tax Fraud  —  Donald Trump's tax returns show that he paid his daughter Ivanka as a consultant, even though she is a member of the company which is against IRS rules.  —  Via The New York Times: … Fake consulting deals with members …
Discussion: The Week, Breitbart, The Hill and Reuters
New York Times:
Charting an Empire: A Timeline of Trump's Finances  —  THE PRESIDENT'S TAXES  —  Tax records provide a detailed history of President Trump's business career, revealing huge losses, looming financial threats and a large, contested refund from the I.R.S.  —  President Trump's tax returns portray …
Washington Post:
Trump avoided paying taxes for years, largely because his business empire reported losing more money than it made, report says  —  President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and the same amount in 2017, and paid no taxes at all in several previous years …
Brett Clarkson / Sun-Sentinel:
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized after he was armed and threatening to harm himself, Fort Lauderdale police say  —  FORT LAUDERDALE — A tense situation unfolded at a home owned by Brad Parscale, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign …
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Michelle Solomon / WPLG-TV:
Former Trump campaign manager, Brad Parscale, armed, barricades self in Fort Lauderdale home, police called  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Former campaign manager for Donald Trump, Brad Parscale, who was replaced by the President less than four month until November's vote was reportedly armed …
New York Times:
Brad Parscale, Ex-Campaign Manager for Trump, Is Hospitalized in Florida  —  The Fort Lauderdale police said that Mr. Parscale's wife called the authorities to their home because he was armed and threatening to hurt himself.  —  MIAMI — President Trump's former campaign manager, Brad Parscale …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Former Trump campaign manager taken to hospital after report of suicide threat, police say  —  A former campaign manager of President Trump's was taken to a hospital on Sunday after authorities received a call that he was threatening suicide at his Florida home, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said in a statement.
Discussion: Reuters, WTOP, ABC News and Deadline
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:   Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized after threatening self-harm: report
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Washington Post:
With five weeks left, Trump plays defense in states he won in 2016
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Trump calls for Biden to take a drug test before upcoming presidential debate
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Polls Show Lindsey Graham In Deep Trouble Amid Supreme Court Battle  —  New polls released Sunday show Sen. Lindsey Graham's reelection bid deeply threatened by Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison as the former gears up for what promises to be a brutal partisan battle over the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
Discussion: The Bulwark, Fox News and Raw Story
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Erika Bachiochi / Politico:
Amy Coney Barrett: A New Feminist Icon
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Republicans clear the way for a rapid confirmation, while Democrats make their case to voters.
USA Today:   Amy Coney Barrett was our professor. She'll serve America as well as she served her students.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Thank God and Chuck Schumer for Amy Coney Barrett: The four Democratic overreaches that got us here
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Trump Wants to Discredit the Election.  This Nerd Could Stop Him.  —  Fox News, the president's favored network, will face enormous pressure to call the election for Mr. Trump.  The outcome rests on a little-known 65-year-old wonk who will declare the winner.
Project Veritas:
Ilhan Omar Connected Cash-For-Ballots Voter Fraud Scheme Corrupts Elections: 'There Here Are All Absentee Ballots...Look...My Car Is Full..." ‘Money Is The King Of Everything’  — Ballot Harvester Liban Mohamed: “Money is Everything.  Money is the King in this World.  If You Got No Money, You Should Not Be Here, Period.
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Project Veritas uncovers ‘ballot harvesting fraud’ in Minnesota  —  A ballot-harvesting racket in Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's Minneapolis district — where paid workers illegally gather absentee ballots from elderly Somali immigrants — has been busted by undercover news organization Project Veritas.
Politico:
Pelosi begins mustering Democrats for possible House decision on presidency  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has begun mobilizing Democrats for the possibility that neither Joe Biden nor President Donald Trump will win an outright Electoral College victory, a once-in-a-century phenomenon that would send …
Sharyn Alfonsi / CBS News:
Why a private section of the border wall is allegedly failing  —  60 Minutes reports on the construction firm that earned billions of dollars in government contracts after working with a conservative fundraising campaign accused of fraud to build sections of the border wall on private land that engineers say will likely fail.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Nearly a year after sudden exit, Shepard Smith returns to TV  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Two weeks shy of a year after abruptly quitting Fox News Channel with a declaration that “truth will always matter,” Shepard Smith returns to television this week at his unexpected new home.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Shepard Smith, Fox News Apostate, Is Starting Over at CNBC
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Deadline
 
 
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Third U.S. judge bars Postal Service delivery cuts before November presidential election
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Yes, the Reichstag IS on fire, but the American people have water to put it out
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
‘All in’ for Trump: These White men, the strongest Trump supporters, say they can't be swayed
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
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Harry Enten / CNN:
How Trump's base appeals have backfired
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
‘Classic Authoritarian’: How Historians Rate Trump's Danger to Democracy
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Ballistics don't support AG Cameron's claim Breonna Taylor's boyfriend shot officer
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and New York Post
Washington Post:
U.S. tells Iraq it's planning to pull out of Baghdad embassy
Discussion: Informed Comment
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, facing financial ruin, sought control of his elderly father's estate. The family fight was epic.
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Tight races in Georgia and North Carolina, while Supreme Court is another factor — Battleground Tracker