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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 …
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Martyn Mclaughlin / Scotsman:
Analysis: Question of how Donald Trump's Scottish resorts are financed even more urgent  —  The revelatory reporting by the New York Times into Donald Trump's taxes shines a light on an area of the US president's finances that has long been shrouded in mystery, and with mere weeks to go until …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The art of diversion  —  On Sunday, the New York Times obtained Trump's tax returns, which revealed that he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.  But wait, look over there!  —  Project Veritas, an organization run by right-wing polemicist James O'Keefe, claims it has …
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.
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's adversarial relationship with presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace, explained  —  Trump and Chris Wallace shake hands after a presidential debate in October 2016.  Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images  —  Trump expects total loyalty from Fox News.  He doesn't like Chris Wallace because Wallace won't give it to him.
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Inside Joe Biden's whistle-stop tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania
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Andrew Perez / The Daily Poster:
We Still Don't Know Who Is Paying For Trump's SCOTUS Seats  —  The conservative front group backing Amy Coney Barrett already spent $27 million to remake the Supreme Court.  We have no idea where the money came from.  —  4 hr  —  Having already spent tens of millions of dollars to install …
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women
Discussion: Townhall and Bangor Daily News
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.
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and The Hill
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 …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump's Pennsylvania problem
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Trump — not Biden — is being underestimated going into the debate  —  In 2016, during one of her first prep sessions for the presidential debates with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton listened to a litany of attacks from Philippe Reines, a longtime aide who was playing the role of Trump …
Discussion: Washington Post, Reuters and The Week
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 …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service workers quietly resist DeJoy's changes with eye on election  —  Many USPS employees see recent cost-cutting changes that have slowed mail delivery as violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the law.  —  This summer, as controversial new procedures at the U.S. Postal Service snarled …
Brigid Bergin / Gothamist:
Brooklyn Voters Receive Absentee Ballot Envelopes With Wrong Voter Names And Addresses  —  The New York City Board of Elections has mailed out nearly half a million absentee ballots ahead of Election Day this November, as many New Yorkers are opting to vote by mail during the pandemic.
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Brian Price / NBC New York:
Printing Error Responsible for NYC Absentee Voters Getting Wrong Return Envelopes, BOE Says
Discussion: Redstate
Tamara Lush / Associated Press:
They wanted disruption in 2016.  Now they're Trump defectors  —  Shawna Jensen's moment of reckoning came in March, as she sat in her suburban Fort Worth, Texas, living room next to her fireplace.  Her laptop was open to a Zoom happy hour with five girlfriends.  She sucked in a breath, gripping her glass of red wine.
Discussion: Politico
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New York Times:
Trump Has Sold Off America's Credibility for His Personal Gain  —  From China to Ukraine, this president has acted at odds with American foreign policy.  Imagine what he could do with four more years.  —  Lt. Col. Vindman served on the National Security Council.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Ohio could be Biden's best shot at keeping Trump from contesting the 2020 election  —  Typically, presidential elections are fought and won in the so-called tipping-point states — places such as Wisconsin or Pennsylvania that statisticians  —  consider most likely to put one candidate …
New York Times:
Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries  —  Immigrants detained at an ICE-contracted center in Georgia said they had invasive gynecology procedures that they later learned might have been unnecessary.  —  Wendy Dowe was startled awake early one morning in January 2019 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0  —  Senate Democrats say they want to avoid a replay of the bitter fighting that characterized Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's 2018 Senate confirmation hearings, which centrist former Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Barr's Justice Department serves up talking points for Trump  —  The prosecution of Michael Flynn.  A Senate investigation into the provenance of the Steele Dossier.  The nascent federal probe of discarded absentee ballots in Pennsylvania.  —  In recent days, the Justice Department …
Discussion: Raw Story and Reuters
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
‘To Represent All Mississippians’: Hyde-Smith Ad Uses Russian, Canadian Footage  —  Canadian, Russian, South African and Ukrainian models appear in U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's first 2020 campaign ad for her Mississippi campaigns—but no Mississippians.  Instead, the ad uses stock footage …
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 …
Matt Dixon / Politico:
‘He just lies’: Florida's senior voters suddenly are in play  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida seniors, long an unflinching bloc of reliable GOP votes, are suddenly in play as President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus has his reelection campaign on the defensive.
Discussion: Raw Story
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Media Gunning For Scott Atlas Because He Keeps Exposing Coronavirus Lies  —  ‘Everything he says is false,’ NBC News quoted CDC Director Robert Redfield as saying of Atlas.  That's just not true, top epidemiologists told The Federalist.  —  Centers for Disease Control Director …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Power Line, CNN and IJR
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘Deeply unpatriotic’: Mary Trump slams the president for not paying taxes for years … WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, say the topic of her uncle not paying income taxes for 10 of the last 15 years must be “hammered on” during the first general election debate Tuesday night.
Bonchie / Redstate:
Jill Biden Is the Candidate Now, and Everyone Knows It  —  Yesterday, Joe Biden once again called a “lid” before most people in the country clock in for work.  That's become a pattern over the last month, with him taking off nearly half the days that a candidate would normally be campaigning their tail off.
Discussion: Twitchy
Chelsey Cox / USA Today:
Fact check: Satirical claim that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Ginsburg's death … The claim: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  The headline of an article published by satire website The Babylon Bee is a nod …
Discussion: Redstate, TheBlaze, Instapundit and Reason
 
 
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Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
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Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
STUDY: Media Boost Biden With Softer Coverage than Clinton in '16
Discussion: Washington Times
Sara Fischer / Axios:
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William Voegeli / Claremont Review of Books:
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
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Melanie Grayce West / Wall Street Journal:
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The Conversation:
Fox News uses the word ‘hate’ much more than MSNBC or CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Trump's Jobs Record Fell Short of Promises Even Before the Virus
Axios:
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Andy Puzder / Fox Business:
The startling news about Trump's economy that mainstream media ignored
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Financial Times:
Chinese Communist party asserts greater control over private enterprise