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10:35 PM ET, September 29, 2020

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Ben Collins / NBC News:
Coordinated push of conspiracy theories target Biden hours before debate  —  A conspiracy theory that Joe Biden would wear an electronic device in his ear during the first presidential debate went wildly viral Tuesday in the hours before the debate, and the theory was later amplified …
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Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
The Murdochs' Fox News and New York Post go all in on Biden earpiece conspiracy theory  —  Fox News alone has aired 11 segments discussing the topic between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  —  On the same day when one of Fox News purported “news”-side anchors, Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace …
Natalia Alamdari / delawareonline:
No, Joe Biden did not say he attended Delaware State University  —  | Delaware News Journal Show Caption Hide Caption … No, Joe Biden did not say he attended Delaware State University.  —  But DSU is now pushing back against conservative media outlets reporting that Biden falsely …
Discussion: The Hill
Fox News:
Trump camp seeks extra debate rule: Third party inspectors to look for electronic devices in candidates' ears
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Trump email says he ‘finished debating’ Biden hours before debate begins
Politico:
Intel chief releases Russian disinfo on Hillary Clinton that was rejected by bipartisan Senate panel  —  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified a Russian intelligence assessment that was previously rejected by Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee …
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The Daily Beast:
Lindsey Graham on Spreading Potential Russian Disinformation: It Doesn't Matter If It's True  —  A burning desire among Trump fans to paint the president as the true victim of Russia saga of 2016 has led us to some remarkable places.  —  Former Hillary Clinton aides, ex-intelligence officials …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Judge Barrett represented Iranian exile group in fight to end terrorist designation  —  Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee to join the Supreme Court, once represented an affiliate of an Iranian exile group as it challenged its State Department designation as a foreign terrorist organization.
Discussion: Axios
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce abruptly ousts top political consultant Scott Reed, alleging leaks  —  Reed played a central role in political decisions at the business lobby  —  Scott Reed, the veteran GOP political consultant, was fired Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP threatens more judicial confirmations if Dems delay Barrett
Politico:
Chamber of Commerce and top political strategist part ways amid turmoil
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and WTOP
Daily Mail:
Hospitalized Brad Parscale 'is under investigation for stealing up to $40million from Trump's campaign and $10million from the RNC', as he spirals out of control over White House ‘gravy train’ ending and mounting debt  — Brad Parscale is under investigation for ‘stealing’ between $25-$40 million …
New York Times:
Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Taxes in 2017.  Here's the Math.  —  Figures drawn from President Trump's tax-return data show how that number was calculated.  —  The small amount of federal income taxes President Trump paid in both 2016 and 2017 — just $750 each year …
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Releases Tax Returns Ahead of Debate With Trump
Washington Post:
ICE preparing targeted arrests in sanctuary cities, amplifying president's campaign theme  —  The Trump administration is preparing an immigration enforcement blitz next month that would target arrests in U.S. cities and jurisdictions that have adopted “sanctuary” policies …
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill, The Week and Raw Story
Robby Soave / Reason:
Ohio State Professor Apologizes for ‘Hurt, Sadness, Frustration, Fatigue, Exhaustion and Pain’ Caused By Pro-Football Article  —  Matthew Mayhew is sorry.  Very, very sorry.  —  “I am sorry for the hurt, sadness, frustration, fatigue, exhaustion and pain this article has caused anyone …
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Matthew J. Mayhew / Inside Higher Ed:
Why America Needs College Football — Part 2  —  Matthew J. Mayhew apologizes for an article that he recently wrote for Inside Higher Ed and describes beginning a long process of antiracist learning.  —  It doesn't.  I was wrong.  And even worse, I was uninformed, ignorant and harm inducing.
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Washington Post:
Early surge of Democratic mail voting sparks worry inside GOP  —  Democratic voters who have requested mail ballots — and returned them — greatly outnumber Republicans so far in key battleground states, causing alarm among GOP party leaders and strategists that President Trump's attacks …
Discussion: Breitbart, Political Wire and Raw Story
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS ad blitz sputters as celebrities back away  —  They made a list of more than 30 celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and Billy Joel to appear in their ad campaign to “inspire hope” about coronavirus, but they ended up with only Dennis Quaid, CeCe Winans and Hasidic singer Shulem Lemmer.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bloomberg:
About 100,000 People in NYC Received Flawed Absentee Ballots  — De Blasio calls the mistake ‘appalling,’ demands immediate fix  — Embarrassment fuels Trump's attacks on mail-in balloting  —  New York City will resend absentee ballots to about 100,000 people in Brooklyn who got return envelopes printed with the wrong names.
Discussion: The Hill
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Mueller pushes back on insider book faulting special counsel for not doing more to hold Trump accountable  —  Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III pushed back Tuesday against a prosecutor in his office whose tell-all book alleges investigators should have done more to hold President Trump accountable …
Gaby Galvin / Morning Consult:
Obamacare Support Hits Record High as Supreme Court Faces Ideological Shift  —  About 4 in 5 voters support protections for people with pre-existing conditions as court hearing approaches  — A record-high 62% of voters support the Affordable Care Act, including 85% of Democrats and 36% of Republicans.
Discussion: Political Wire, FactCheck.org and MSN
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Amy Coney Barrett Is No Threat to Obamacare
Discussion: IJR and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Electoral College Rating Changes: Ohio and Iowa Move to Toss Up  —  In mid-June, we moved both Iowa and Ohio from Likely Republican to Lean Republican.  At the time, we noted that while the polls were looking shaky for Pres. Trump, they were also catching him at what could be his lowest point of the cycle.
CBS News:
CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit  —  Watch this space for a recap of the latest polls and data-driven studies curated by the CBS News Election & Survey Unit!  —  CBS NEWS BATTLEGROUND TRACKER POLL  —  The First Debate: Voters who plan to watch are rooting …
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Fascism expert: Trump has used all ‘four threats’ that can topple a democracy  —  On Tuesday, speaking with Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson on the podcast The New Abnormal, Johns Hopkins political science professor Robert Lieberman warned that President Donald Trump poses all of the fundamental …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Biden Refuses to Say Whether He Backs Packing Court, Ending Filibuster  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to say during Tuesday night's presidential debate whether he would support adding justices to the Supreme Court or ending the filibuster should he become president.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Trump Secretly Mocks His Christian Supporters  —  One day in 2015, Donald Trump beckoned Michael Cohen, his longtime confidant and personal attorney, into his office.  Trump was brandishing a printout of an article about an Atlanta-based megachurch pastor trying to raise $60 million from his flock to buy a private jet.
New York Times:
How Trump Voters Feel About His Refusal to Commit to Transferring Power  —  Many Trump supporters do not believe that he can or will lose, and say he would be justified in questioning whether Democrats manipulated the outcome.  But some believe a loss is a loss.
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest  —  A series of research papers renews hope that the long-elusive goal of mimicking the way the sun produces energy might be achievable.  —  Scientists developing a compact version of a nuclear fusion reactor have shown …
Discussion: Raw Story and Marginal REVOLUTION
Politico:
Flynn lawyer spoke with Trump, she reveals in contentious hearing  —  A federal judge on Tuesday pressed the lead lawyer for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn about her contacts with President Donald Trump and whether she had urged him or Attorney General William Barr to take any actions to influence the ongoing case.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Navy Chief Fell Ill, Underwent Heart Surgery, Officials Say
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump administration in an all-out push to build border wall before election
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
TMZ.com:
UFC's Jorge Masvidal to Campaign with Donald Trump Jr. In Florida, Battleground State
Kinling Lo / South China Morning Post:
US-China relations: Beijing should contain ‘extreme nationalism’, ex-diplomat warns
Camilo Montoya-Galvez / CBS News:
Trump vs. Biden race to dictate fate of U.S. immigration for years to come
Discussion: CNN and One America News Network
 Earlier Items: 
Lindsey Tanner / ABC News:
COVID-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen
Financial Times:
Priti Patel looked at shipping UK asylum seekers to south Atlantic
Vanita Gupta / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't decide who wins the election. We do.
Discussion: TIME
Ben Nadler / Associated Press:
Pair of endorsements adds more fuel to Georgia Senate race