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9:25 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.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump's Taxes Show He's a National Security Threat  —  What trade-offs would a president with this level of indebtedness be willing to make to save face?  —  In a tour de force of hard won reporting, the New York Times has put numerical clothing on what we've known about President Donald Trump …
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 …
Dean Baquet / New York Times:
An Editor's Note on the Trump Tax Investigation
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Republicans clear the way for a rapid confirmation, while Democrats make their case to voters.
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
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:   Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized after threatening self-harm: report
Monica Alba / NBC News:
Redfield voices alarm over influence of Trump's new coronavirus task force adviser  —  WASHINGTON — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has grown increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump, pushed by a new member of his coronavirus task force …
Washington Post:
Trump suggested naming his daughter Ivanka as his running mate in 2016, according to new book by Rick Gates  —  As Donald Trump's top campaign aides began a discussion in June 2016 about who the presumptive Republican presidential nominee should select as his running mate, the candidate piped up with an idea.
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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Considered Daughter Ivanka as 2016 Running Mate, Book Says  — Campaign was turned down by Condoleezza Rice and Bob Corker  — Rick Gates, witness in Mueller probe, to publish book Oct. 13  —  Donald Trump repeatedly discussed with advisers the idea of naming his daughter Ivanka …
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Washington Post:
Poll: USPS should be run like a public service, not a business, Americans say 2-to-1  —  The Postal Service continues to rate favorably despite recent delivery backlogs and President Trump's ongoing attacks on mail voting  —  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was brought on, in part …
Discussion: Denver Post
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Third U.S. judge bars Postal Service delivery cuts before November presidential election
Discussion: CNN, Axios and Political Wire
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Can a Supreme Court Pick Fix Trump's Female Voter Problem?  —  SUMMERFIELD, N.C.—Up pulled the big pink bus.  “WOMEN FOR TRUMP,” it said on its side.  Wearing “Trump girl” shirts, bedazzled Trump caps and cowboy hats and sparkling, silver brooches saying “MAGA,” the several hundred or so …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden camp clapback: Trump's best debate case ‘made in urine’  —  The 2020 campaign for the White House has reached the bizarre stage where the president wants his opponent drug tested before they debate — and his rival's campaign responds with a potty joke.
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Washington Post:
With five weeks left, Trump plays defense in states he won in 2016
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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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:   The Contempt of “Notorious ACB”
Alec MacGillis / New Yorker:
The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning  —  The desire to protect children may put their long-term well-being at stake.  —  This article is a collaboration between The New Yorker and ProPublica.  —  Shemar, a twelve-year-old from East Baltimore, is good at math, and Karen Ngosso …
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Washington Post:
The racist anti-vote effort by Florida Republicans hits a new low
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Nearly a year after sudden exit, Shepard Smith returns to TV
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era
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Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
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Washington Post:
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