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5:40 PM ET, September 29, 2020


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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
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 …
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
The Murdochs' Fox News and New York Post go all in on Biden earpiece conspiracy theory  —  Fox News alone has aired 11 segments discussing the topic between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  —  On the same day when one of Fox News purported “news”-side anchors, Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace …
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:
Biden releases 2019 tax returns before debate, calls for Trump to release his
Caleb Parke / Fox News:   Eric Trump rips ‘coordinated’ tax report: NYT is 'carrying Joe Biden's water'
Daily Mail:
Hospitalized Brad Parscale 'is under investigation for stealing up to $40million from Trump's campaign and $10million from the RNC', as he spirals out of control over White House ‘gravy train’ ending and mounting debt from his lavish lifest  — Brad Parscale is under investigation …
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.
James Doubek / NPR:
Sen. Ted Cruz Says Judge Amy Coney Barrett ‘Will Make A Strong Justice’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Perez / The Daily Poster:
We Still Don't Know Who Is Paying For Trump's SCOTUS Seats
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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, The Hill and Washington Post
Flynn lawyer spoke with Trump, she reveals in contentious hearing  —  A federal judge on Tuesday pressed the lead lawyer for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn about her contacts with President Donald Trump and whether she had urged him or Attorney General William Barr to take any actions to influence the ongoing case.
Discussion: Axios, Law & Crime and Washington Post
Sarah Lynch / Reuters:
Flynn's lawyer says she talked to Trump about case, raising ethical concerns
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat
Discussion: National Memo and CNN
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
NATALIE ALLISON  —  Despite pressure from a vocal group of conservatives to put an end to his coronavirus emergency declaration, Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced he would extend the state of emergency, explaining that he would do so as long as President Donald Trump's administration keeps its declaration in place.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Vanita Gupta / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't decide who wins the election.  We do.  —  Vanita Gupta is president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.  She is the former head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.  —  In recent weeks, President Trump has been escalating …
Discussion: TIME
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 …
Financial Times:
Priti Patel looked at shipping UK asylum seekers to south Atlantic  —  Home Office officials were asked to explore building migrant centres on Ascension and St Helena  —  Priti Patel asked officials to explore the construction of an asylum processing centre on Ascension Island …
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
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
Orion Rummler / Axios:
House Dems subpoena acting DHS intelligence head over delayed whistleblower testimony  —  Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, issued two subpoenas on Tuesday in an attempt to compel testimony from the Department of Homeland Security's head of intelligence …
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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 …
Matthew J. Mayhew / Inside Higher Ed:
Why America Needs College Football — Part 2  —  Matthew J. Mayhew apologizes for an article that he recently wrote for Inside Higher Ed and describes beginning a long process of antiracist learning.  —  It doesn't.  I was wrong.  And even worse, I was uninformed, ignorant and harm inducing.
Discussion: Reason and National Review
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 …
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 …
Cuomo ready to send National Guard to collect NYC garbage  —  Cuomo wants to send National Guard to pick up NYC garbage  —  NEW YORK - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is ready to send the National Guard into New York City to pick up the trash piling up on streets and sidewalks after complaints …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The War on Driving to Come
Discussion: Instapundit
Jay Price / NPR:
A Military 1st: A Supercarrier Is Named After An African American Sailor
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Pandemic Is Far From Over, Experts Say, Despite Trump Allies' Claims
Discussion: Reason and Daily Kos
Tamara Lush / Associated Press:
They wanted disruption in 2016. Now they're Trump defectors
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries
 Earlier Items: 
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
‘To Represent All Mississippians’: Hyde-Smith Ad Uses Russian, Canadian Footage
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
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Ohio could be Biden's best shot at keeping Trump from contesting the 2020 election
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘Deeply unpatriotic’: Mary Trump slams the president for not paying taxes for years
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden campaign blasts Facebook for “regression”
Mike McIntire / New York Times: