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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
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.
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.
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Andrew Perez / The Daily Poster:
We Still Don't Know Who Is Paying For Trump's SCOTUS Seats
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
Fox News:
Trump camp seeks extra debate rule: Third party inspectors to look for electronic devices in candidates' ears  —  Biden campaign asking for two breaks during the 90 minute commercial free showdown  —  Top Trump campaign advisers preview first presidential debate
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NBC News:
Trump, Biden first debate: Everything you need to know
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 …
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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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 …
Victoria Albert / CBS News:
Grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor case will be released following judge's order, Kentucky attorney general says  —  Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Monday night that he will release the recording of the grand jury proceedings in the case of Breonna Taylor to the court on Wednesday.
Discussion: TMZ.com, The Root and Courier-Journal
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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, Instapundit and Reason
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: Florida Politics and 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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
STUDY: Media Boost Biden With Softer Coverage than Clinton in '16
Discussion: Washington Times
Sara Fischer / Axios:
TikTok rolls out in-app elections guide
William Voegeli / Claremont Review of Books:
The Weak Leading the Woke
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
“You might not like it, but it's smart politics.”
Associated Press:
Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Melanie Grayce West / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Cases Rise in Parts of New York City
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Felipe De La Hoz / The Baffler:
Horror Stories  —  The sensationalist turn in liberal immigration discourse
Discussion: Just Security and National Memo