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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
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
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Pandemic overwhelms Trump's message in critical N. Carolina  —  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is fighting to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, howling with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and warning that violent mobs are infiltrating the suburbs.
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Michael Kruse / Politico:   ‘The Women Around Him Are Accessories to His Brand’
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Trump's Supreme Court power grab  —  One of the first questions at Tuesday night's presidential debate is sure to be about the far-right's frantic rush to get a Trump nominee added to the Supreme Court with the election little more than a month away.  —  But there is a bigger question.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
The Left Hates Amy Coney Barrett Because She Disproves All Their Lies About Women
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Polls Show Lindsey Graham In Deep Trouble Amid Supreme Court Battle
Discussion: Fox News, The Bulwark and Raw Story
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:
Joe Biden for president  —  In order to expel the worst president of modern times, many voters might be willing to vote for almost anybody.  —  Fortunately, to oust President Trump in 2020, voters do not have to lower their standards.  The Democratic nominee, former vice president Joe Biden …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Democratic super PAC jumps into South Carolina race against Lindsey Graham  —  The main super PAC supporting the election of Democrats to the Senate is preparing to invest millions in South Carolina — a fresh signal that Democrats see the race against Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) as winnable.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Yes, Joe Biden is compromised by his family's shady foreign dealings  —  The release of a joint report by the Senate committees on homeland security and finance raised important questions about obviously unethical foreign profiteering by members of the Biden family.
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
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
 
 
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