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3:35 PM ET, September 29, 2020

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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Releases Tax Returns Ahead of Debate With Trump  —  The Democratic nominee paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes for 2019, drawing a tax-disclosure contrast with the president  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he paid nearly $300,000 …
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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 …
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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Fox News:
Biden releases 2019 tax returns before debate, calls for Trump to release his
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
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Demand Justice launches seven-figure ad buy for SCOTUS fight
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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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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: Washington Post, The Hill and Vox
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: Associated Press and Raw Story
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire, Law & Crime, NPR and TIME
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Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat
Discussion: National Memo and CNN
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's Pennsylvania problem  —  With the first general election presidential debate set for Tuesday night, state polls are coming thick and fast.  And perhaps none of them speak to how much President Trump has his work cut out for him than Pennsylvania.  —  Two new polls released Monday …
Discussion: The Hill
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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: Marginal REVOLUTION
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
‘This is a nightmare’: New Yorkers get absentee ballots with the wrong return envelope  —  This year, Brooklyn resident Kabeer Malhotra requested an absentee ballot for the first time, hoping to avoid the perils of a voting booth during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Brigid Bergin / Gothamist:
Brooklyn Voters Receive Absentee Ballot Envelopes With Wrong Voter Names And Addresses
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 …
Shelby Talcott / The Daily Caller:
Police Used A Legally Dubious Tactic In Louisville, And I Found Myself Caught In The Middle Of It.  Here's What Happened ...  11:02 pm.  —  Then I called my editor.  11:07 pm.  No dice.  Not sure what he would do anyhow.  The police were closing in.  —  These were my last communications …
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
Sophie Carson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
SOPHIE CARSON , MADELINE HEIM |  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  —  Milwaukee and Madison are no longer Wisconsin's coronavirus hotspots.  —  As the state's outbreak balloons to one of the nation's worst, the surge of cases and hospitalizations in Northeast Wisconsin is unlike anything the region has experienced since the pandemic began.
Jay Price / NPR:
A Military 1st: A Supercarrier Is Named After An African American Sailor  —  FROM NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO - WUNC  —  Military names can echo down through the ages, a fact underlined by the current fight in Washington, D.C., between President Trump and Congress, which has voted to strip …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ben Nadler / Associated Press:
Pair of endorsements adds more fuel to Georgia Senate race  —  A pair of new high-profile endorsements are adding fuel to an already contentious special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  ATLANTA — A pair …
 
 
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
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Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
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New York Times:
Trump Has Sold Off America's Credibility for His Personal Gain
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Bonchie / Redstate:
Jill Biden Is the Candidate Now, and Everyone Knows It
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Twitchy
William Voegeli / Claremont Review of Books:
The Weak Leading the Woke
Discussion: Al Jazeera and JustOneMinute
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘Deeply unpatriotic’: Mary Trump slams the president for not paying taxes for years
Discussion: MSNBC and The American Independent
Matt Dixon / Politico:
‘He just lies’: Florida's senior voters suddenly are in play
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden campaign blasts Facebook for “regression”