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7:25 AM ET, September 29, 2020


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Mike McIntire / New York Times:
HOW REALITY-TV FAME HANDED TRUMP A $427 MILLION LIFELINE  —  Tax records show that “The Apprentice” rescued Donald J. Trump, bringing him new sources of cash and a myth that would propel him to the White House.  —  From the back seat of a stretch limousine heading to meet the first contestants …
Tina Sfondeles / Business Insider:
$750. Again.  And again.  The amount Trump twice paid in taxes will be Biden's magic number during the first presidential debate, insiders say … - Democratic insiders say $750 — the amount President Donald Trump paid in federal tax income for two years — will give Joe Biden an edge in Tuesday's presidential debate.
Tax Returns Become a Late Addition to Trump-Biden Debate Stage  — Biden to draw distinction ‘between Park Avenue and Scranton’  — Trump welcomes topic of taxes to say Biden will raise them  —  Donald Trump and Joe Biden kick off their first debate Tuesday with contentious topics …
David Badash / Raw Story:
Forbes adds it up: Trump has $1.1 billion in debt  —  Forbes says President Donald Trump is a billionaire, but he has more than a billion dollars in debt.  —  The New York Times Sunday evening dropped a bombshell investigation into Trump's taxes, after having obtained twenty years of his returns.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Sun and The Week
Gary Langer / ABC News:
In Pennsylvania, advantage Biden with a big boost from women: POLL  —  The result includes a more than 2-1 Biden lead in the Philadelphia suburbs.  —  What to expect from the first presidential debate  —  “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos joins us to discuss President Trump's Supreme …
New York Times:
Supreme Court Vacancy Hasn't Boosted Trump in Pennsylvania, 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.
Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Biden leads Trump in battleground state of Pennsylvania  —  Biden runs strong in Philadelphia suburbs and is competitive in western Pennsylvania.  Trump leads in central and northeastern parts of the state.  —  Former vice president Joe Biden leads President Trump …
New York Times:
Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. on School Openings  —  Documents and interviews show how senior officials sought to play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom, alarming public health experts.  —  WASHINGTON — Top White House officials pressured …
Matthew Segal / The Appeal:
Yes, Pack The Court - Pack It With Public Interest Lawyers  —  No intellect or doctrine can overcome a judiciary inclined to favor government and the powerful against the accused and the vulnerable.  And that is the federal judiciary we now have.  —  This commentary is part of The Appeal's collection of opinion and analysis.
Discussion: New Republic and The Sun
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   How the ‘minority rule’ problem could get much worse
Patrick Howley / National File:
Biden's Texas Political Director Accused of Illegal Ballot Harvesting At Texas Supreme Court  —  Major Scandal Has Implications for the Biden Campaign  —  The Joe Biden campaign's Texas Political Director has been formally accused of helping to run an illegal ballot harvesting operation …
Emma Platoff / The Texas Tribune:
Houston Republicans sue to limit in-person and absentee voting options in Harris County  —  Conservative activist Steve Hotze and a number of Republican candidates and officials are asking the Texas Supreme Court to shorten the early voting period and limit drop-off locations for absentee ballots …
Discussion: Off the Kuff, Redstate and Law & Crime
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 …
Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:   Trump 2016 campaign ‘targeted 3.5m black Americans to deter them from voting’
DW.COM:   US: Religious data platform ‘targets mentally ill, vulnerable people’
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Grand Jury Deliberations in Breonna Taylor Case Will Be Released  —  The Kentucky attorney general's office said it would release the recordings of the deliberations after a grand juror complained about how they were publicly represented.  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends …
Discussion: OpsLens and The Week
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Meet a Secret Trump Voter  —  'Being a lesbian who's voting for Trump is like coming out of the closet again.'  —  Chris is a registered Democrat in her 50s who lives in Manhattan.  She's well-educated, well-traveled and well-informed.  She has voted for candidates of both parties …
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Lobotomizes Its ‘Brain Room,’ Cuts Fact-Based Journalism  —  ‘NOT INTERESTED IN FACTS’ … Staffers said the recent layoffs gutting Fox News' fact-checking team were a victory for the network's right-wing opinion shows and further cemented its status as “state media.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Erin Schumaker / ABC News:
Trump vs. Biden on the issues: Health  —  COVID-19, the Affordable Care Act and abortion are all on the ballot.  —  Trump vs. Biden on the issues: Health and COVID-19  —  An overview of the presidential candidates' positions on various issues.  —  Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images, FILE
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
House Democrats unveil new $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief proposal  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday unveiled House Democrats' new $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief proposal.  —  Why it matters: Negotiations with the Trump administration have stalled since the House passed …
Discussion: Fox News
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Judge orders Georgia to have paper backups of pollbooks on Election Day  —  A federal judge on Monday ruled that polling places in Georgia must have at least one paper backup list of eligible voters, in case the electronic pollbooks used to check voter registration malfunction on Election Day, court documents show.
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Judge orders emergency paper backups of voter records in Georgia
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Dr. Fauci Calls Out ‘Outlandish’ Reporting on Fox News, Dr. Scott Atlas' ‘Outlier’ Views Over Misleading Pandemic Info  —  The head of the nation's infectious diseases institute, Dr. Anthony Fauci, directly called out both Fox News and Trump's newly-appointed Covid adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sky News Australia:
The ‘Trump Doctrine’ earns President third Nobel Peace Prize nomination  —  Eminent law professor David Flint is among four Australian law professors who are nominating US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize on the basis of the “Trump Doctrine”.
Matthew Impelli / Newsweek:
Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Australian Law Professors for Doctrine Against Endless Wars
Discussion: Townhall
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Coronavirus Deaths Pass One Million Worldwide  —  Over the past 10 months, the virus has taken more lives than H.I.V., malaria, influenza and cholera.  And as it sows destruction in daily life around the globe, it is still growing quickly.  —  More than H.I.V. More than dysentery.
Discussion: Axios
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden campaign blasts Facebook for “regression”  —  On the eve of the first presidential debate, the Biden campaign is pressing Facebook to remove posts by President Trump — and slamming the social media company as “the nation's foremost propagator of disinformation about the voting process.”
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How ‘Save the Children’ Is Keeping QAnon Alive  —  Last year, QAnon was on the ropes.  —  The pro-Trump conspiracy theory had been left homeless by the disappearance of 8chan, the message board where “Q,” its pseudonymous central figure, posted cryptic clues about a cabal of child-eating Satanic pedophiles.
Financial Times:
Chinese Communist party asserts greater control over private enterprise  —  Xi Jinping moves to strengthen role in wake of Covid-19 and heightened US tensions  —  Senior Chinese Communist party officials have been sending an ominous message to private sector entrepreneurs in recent weeks.
Felipe De La Hoz / The Baffler:
Horror Stories  —  The sensationalist turn in liberal immigration discourse  —  IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS since a whistleblower complaint involving the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), an ICE detention facility in Georgia, was first reported in The Intercept.
Discussion: National Memo
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Associated Press:
Ethics experts see national security concern in Trump's debt
Andy Puzder / Fox Business:
The startling news about Trump's economy that mainstream media ignored
Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
Poland, Hungary to set up rule of law institute to counter Brussels
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump said he would bring jobs back to Ohio's manufacturing workers. Instead, he deserted them.
Discussion: The White House
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Cindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team
Steve Krakauer / The First TV:
On the sports media in 2020, advocacy journalism and Twitter - Fourth Watch “BCC Interview” with Bob Ley
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Sen. Rick Scott introduces bill requiring mail-in ballots be counted within 24 hours of Election Day
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and OpsLens
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Thousands of aviation layoffs loom amid a dysfunctional Congress
 Earlier Items: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Subject of NYT ‘Caliphate’ podcast series charged with perpetrating a hoax
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Conservative group to argue that Media Matters should have been ineligible for PPP loan
USA Today:
Florida schools reopened en masse, but a surge in coronavirus didn't follow, a USA TODAY analysis finds
Discussion: TheBlaze
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Report on Trump's $750 Income Tax Payments Reverberates on Eve of Debate
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump sought deals with Moscow mayor
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News