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11:50 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 …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Nearly 1 million Americans have already voted
Discussion: OpsLens, WTOP and The Hill
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 …
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Washington Post:   CDC's credibility is eroded by internal blunders and external attacks as coronavirus vaccine campaigns loom
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.
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, IJR, The Hill, The Week and Raw Story
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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Considered Daughter Ivanka as 2016 Running Mate, Book Says
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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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Wall Street Journal:   The Importance of Amy Coney Barrett
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
The Left Hates Amy Coney Barrett Because She Disproves All Their Lies About Women
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
If Race Comes Down to Omaha, Poll Shows Biden Has an Edge  —  Nebraska's Second Congressional District could play a decisive role in a very close election.  —  In a close race, the presidential election could be decided by an unlikely spot: Nebraska's Second Congressional District, including Omaha and most of its suburbs.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Hilary Sargent / The Informant:
Christopher Cantwell guilty of extortion and threats  —  After a four-day trial, the neo-Nazi podcaster was found guilty on two charges.  He now faces a maximum sentence of 22 years.  —  CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Christopher Cantwell, the neo-Nazi podcaster charged by federal prosecutors …
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 …
USA Today:
Trump wants to run on his record.  We hope he does.  It's been a disaster for America.  —  Trump's historically, mind-bogglingly bad record is on the ballot.  He has destroyed lives and livelihoods, weakened America and risked our democracy.  —  At some point during the debates …
Discussion: Informed Comment
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: Law & Crime and Political Wire
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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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: The Hill and Political Wire
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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Nicholas Florko / STAT:
New document reveals scope and structure of Operation Warp Speed and underscores vast military involvement
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
For Mark Kelly, Attending Forum Hosted by CCP Was the Beginning of Lucrative Relationship with China
Dave Huber / The College Fix:
Santa Clara University lecturer: White supremacy is behind climate change
CNN:
Twenty-one states are reporting increased Covid-19 cases as experts warn of a fall surge
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
QAnon Is Attracting Cops
New York Times:
What's the Plan if Trump Tweets That He's Won Re-election?
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Poll: Biden up 5 in Nevada
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Wall Street Journal:
TikTok Download Ban Is Blocked by Judge
Washington Post:
The racist anti-vote effort by Florida Republicans hits a new low
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden camp clapback: Trump's best debate case ‘made in urine’
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Trump Wants to Discredit the Election. This Nerd Could Stop Him.
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