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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 …
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump tax records show duplicity.  That's devastating for his campaign. … WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told the tax man he was the country's biggest loser, according to Internal Revenue Service filings obtained by The New York Times, and that will make it harder for him to win re-election.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
How Trump's taxes compare to those of other presidents  —  Jimmy Carter voluntarily paid $6,000 in 1976 despite a zero tax bill, while other recent predecessors typically paid tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars  —  In 1977, President Jimmy Carter had a problem, according to presidential tax historian Joseph Thorndike.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Trump's millions from Turkey and the Philippines are corrupt  —  When President Trump speaks glowingly of brutal strongmen atop the governments in Turkey and the Philippines, remember that he's making millions of dollars in these countries with the tacit approval of these authoritarian governments.
Discussion: Vox, The Guardian and The Hill
Ryan Ellis / The Federalist:
New York Times' Trump Tax Return ‘Bombshell’ Is A Joke
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
CNN Anchor Shuts Down Trump Spox for Attacking NYT Reporters on Tax Story
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Yes, Donald Trump Is Still A Billionaire. That Makes His $750 Tax Payment Even More Scandalous
New York Times:
Supreme Court Vacancy Hasn't Boosted Trump's Support in Pennsylvania, a Times Poll Shows  —  President Trump had counted on his court nomination over the weekend to shift the election dynamic away from his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  But it has not reset the race in the key battleground state.
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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: Fox News
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Pennsylvania GOP asks Supreme Court to halt mail-in ballot extension
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Evie Fordham / Fox News:
10 guns confiscated from Trump aide Parscale's home after call from wife: police
Channel 4 News:
Revealed: Trump campaign strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting in 2016  —  Channel 4 News has exclusively obtained a vast cache of data used by Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign on almost 200 million American voters.  —  It reveals that 3.5 million Black Americans …
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DW.COM:   US: Religious data platform ‘targets mentally ill, vulnerable people’
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 …
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Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Cindy McCain Joins Biden Transition Team Advisory Board  —  Wife of late GOP Sen. John McCain endorsed Biden's presidential bid last week  —  WASHINGTON—Cindy McCain, the wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, is joining the board of Joe Biden's presidential transition team …
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 …
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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Meredith College:
Meredith Poll Provides Snapshot of N.C. Voter Opinions as Election 2020 Approaches
Discussion: The Hill
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump sought deals with Moscow mayor  —  In a meandering press conference on Sunday, President Donald Trump repeatedly accused his Democratic opponent's son, Hunter Biden, of receiving millions of dollars from the wife of Moscow's late mayor Yury Luzhkov, asking why “nobody even has any question about it.”
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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: Politico and The Hill
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Vanessa Handy / Washington Square News:
We're Resigning from WSN.  Here's Why.  —  We, the undersigned WSN Fall 2020 Editorial Staff, have collectively decided to resign from Washington Square News, effective immediately.  This was extensively deliberated in collaboration with 43 staff editors, and it was not a decision we enjoyed making.
Christina Johnsen / Polls:
Voters Split on Filling SCOTUS Seat  —  Some bothered by Trump position on transfer of power;  —  Few expect first debate will change their minds  —  West Long Branch, NJ - There has been a slight narrowing in the presidential race in the latest national Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
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 …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Throw him out of MY building.’ Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tells how the rivalry between him and John Kelly exploded when the White House chief of staff threw him against a wall outside the Oval Office in new book  — Corey Lewandowski and John Kelly nearly came …
Discussion: Amazon.com
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests  —  President Trump announced on Monday that the federal government will distribute 150 million rapid, point-of-care coronavirus tests to states over the next few weeks, including to K-12 schools and vulnerable communities …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Dot:
This voter fraud insider touted by Trump runs a non-existent organization  —  Project Veritas, the right-wing undercover operation headed up by James O'Keefe, released a 16-minute long video Monday depicting alleged “ballot harvesting” in Minnesota.  —  The video put out by the huckster …
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:
Florida schools reopened en masse, but a surge in coronavirus didn't follow, a USA TODAY analysis finds … Many teachers and families feared a spike in COVID-19 cases when Florida made the controversial push to reopen schools in August with in-person instruction.
Discussion: TheBlaze
 
 
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Emma Austin / Courier-Journal:
EMMA AUSTIN  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The sole Louisville police officer charged in connection …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Washington Post
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Courts view GOP fraud claims skeptically as Democrats score key legal victories over mail voting
Discussion: Fox News, The Gateway Pundit and WTOP
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How the ‘minority rule’ problem could get much worse
KFF:
Affordability in the ACA Marketplace Under a Proposal Like Joe Biden's Health Plan
New York Post:
NYC voters are wrongly receiving mail-in ballots marked for military use
Discussion: Breitbart
Daniel Newhauser / Minnesota Reformer:
Minnesota GOP political ad man's side hustle as radio host could draw attention from regulators
Simon van Zuylen-Wood / New York Magazine:
QAnon Goes to Washington Twenty-four followers of the grotesque conspiracy theory are running for Congress in November. Where does this end?
Discussion: Political Wire
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Eric Lichtblau / TIME:
Exclusive: As States Prepared Mail-in Ballots, Postal Service Failed to Update at Least 1.8 Million Addresses
Discussion: Forbes and Law & Crime
IC3.gov News:
False Claims of Hacked Voter Information Likely Intended to Cast Doubt on Legitimacy of U.S. Elections
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
QAnon Is Attracting Cops
Hilary Sargent / The Informant:
Christopher Cantwell guilty of extortion and threats
New York Times:
What's the Plan if Trump Tweets That He's Won Re-election?
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
The Left Hates Amy Coney Barrett Because She Disproves All Their Lies About Women
Washington Post:
Trump suggested naming his daughter Ivanka as his running mate in 2016, according to new book by Rick Gates