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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 …
Daniel Shaviro / Just Security:
Ten Quick Takeaways from the New York Times' Bombshell Article on Trump's Tax Returns  —  Sunday night's New York Times article on Donald Trump's taxes has a great deal of content that will take time (and additional supporting detail) to digest fully.  What's more, this article is apparently …
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
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.
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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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 …
Patricia Kelly Yeo / The Daily Beast:
Schumer Refuses to Meet With Amy Coney Barrett, Calls Process ‘Illegitimate’  —  BARRETT, SPURNED  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he doesn't plan to meet with Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's Supreme Court nominee officially announced Saturday.
Discussion: Vox, The Hill, Breitbart and Washington Post
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and OpsLens
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 …
NBC News:
Trump, Biden first debate: Everything you need to know  —  President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden come face-to-face for their first debate on Tuesday night amid increasingly nasty attacks on each other.  —  Trump has called Biden a socialist puppet who wants to destroy the suburbs and “hurt God.”
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Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Ohio could be Biden's best shot at keeping Trump from contesting the 2020 election
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Inside Joe Biden's whistle-stop tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania
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 …
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 …
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Victoria Albert / CBS News:
Grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor case will be released following judge's order, Kentucky attorney general says
Discussion: Axios
Courier-Journal:
Grand juror files suit to release transcript, permission to speak on Breonna Taylor case
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 and The Hill
William Voegeli / Claremont Review of Books:
The Weak Leading the Woke  —  What We Ask About When We Ask About Joe  —  How old is Joe Biden?  —  As this issue goes to press, 77.  America's median age is 38, which means that more than half the country is less than half Biden's age.  If inaugurated on January 20, 2021 …
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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Analysis: In debate, a last chance for Trump to define Biden
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: Bloomberg, Reuters and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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.
Discussion: MSNBC and Political Wire
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.
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: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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.
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
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, CNN and Fox News
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.”
The Conversation:
Fox News uses the word ‘hate’ much more than MSNBC or CNN  —  'Fox News is up to five times more likely to use the word “hate” in its programming than its main competitors, according to our new study of how cable news channels use language.  —  Fox particularly uses the term when explaining opposition to Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Guardian
Andy Puzder / Fox Business:
The startling news about Trump's economy that mainstream media ignored  —  Before the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump's economic success blew past that of any other presidency  —  Dallas Fed manufacturing number indicates V-shaped recovery: Stephen Moore
 
 
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Associated Press:
Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
People of Praise Accuser Has Long History Of Far-Fetched Lawsuits and Online Partisanship
Melanie Grayce West / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Cases Rise in Parts of New York City
Bloomberg:
Trump's Jobs Record Fell Short of Promises Even Before the Virus
Axios:
Bob Woodward: “I was not going to hide” my opinion on Trump
Jorge Fitz-Gibbon / New York Post:
Christian group raises over $500K for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse
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Financial Times:
Chinese Communist party asserts greater control over private enterprise
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Dr. Fauci Calls Out ‘Outlandish’ Reporting on Fox News, Dr. Scott Atlas' ‘Outlier’ Views Over Misleading Pandemic Info
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How ‘Save the Children’ Is Keeping QAnon Alive
Felipe De La Hoz / The Baffler:
Horror Stories  —  The sensationalist turn in liberal immigration discourse
Discussion: Just Security and National Memo
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Coronavirus Deaths Pass One Million Worldwide
Discussion: Axios