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6:35 PM ET, September 30, 2020

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Chris Wallace Calls Debate ‘a Terrible Missed Opportunity’  —  The veteran anchor conceded he was initially “reluctant” to step in during the Trump-Biden matchup.  “I've never been through anything like this,” he said.  —  “I'm just sad with the way last night turned out.”
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John F. Harris / Politico:
An Epic Moment of National Shame: The Debate Was an Embarrassment for the Ages  —  At frequent intervals on Tuesday night, the natural human reaction—lower the sound, wince and look away—took over, and the first presidential debate of the 2020 general election became nearly unwatchable.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“This Is So Unpresidential”: Notes from the Worst Debate in American History  —  Trump talked and talked on Tuesday night, but, politically speaking, it added up to nothing.  —  What does the worst debate in American history look like?  It looks like the debate that took place …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Undecided voters call Trump ‘unhinged’ and ‘un-American’ — but are unswayed by debate
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Exclusive poll: Biden won the debate convincingly  —  Photo by Jim Watson, Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images  —  A decisive win, powered mostly by character.  —  A new poll by Data for Progress provided exclusively to Vox shows that viewers thought Democratic nominee Joe Biden decisively won Tuesday's …
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NBC News:
Trump's last best tactic: Burn it all down  —  WASHINGTON — Trailing in the polls with five weeks to go, President Trump didn't use last night's debate to disqualify his opponent or outline his vision for the next four years.  —  Instead, he decided to burn down the debate …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: What happened in Cleveland  —  In this special post-debate edition: How months of expectation-setting fell apart in a Cleveland auditorium.  —  To fully enjoy the newsletter today, please interrupt your friends and family by reading sections out loud.  This is The Trailer.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump's fear dominated his first debate with Biden  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump may be the only person in America who is afraid of Democrat Joe Biden.  —  Before their debate Tuesday night, he and his allies demanded that Biden submit to a drug test and let officials check the former vice president for an earpiece.
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Ratings for chaotic Trump-Biden presidential debate nosedive from 2016
Discussion: Politico, OutKick and The Hill
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“The Family Is Worried Brad Will Start Talking”: Trumpworld Panics Over Debate Fiasco as Campaign Turmoil Mounts  —  Over three days, the New York Times dropped a tax bombshell, Florida cops cuffed Brad Parscale, and the president just couldn't help himself onstage.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Biden prepares ad onslaught to overwhelm Trump
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
Axios:
Trump says he doesn't know who Proud Boys are after telling them to “stand by”  —  President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn't know who the “Proud Boys” are, after saying at the presidential debate last night that the far-right group should “stand back and stand by” …
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Ben Sales / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Are the Proud Boys anti-Semitic? Your primer on the far-right group Trump told to ‘stand back and stand by’
New York Times:
Proud Boys celebrate Trump's mention of them at the debate.
Wall Street Journal:
Intelligence Officials Urged Trump Spy Chief Not to Disclose Unverified Russian Claims About Clinton  —  Officials at CIA, NSA, Office of Director of National Intelligence warned disclosure to Congress would give credibility to Kremlin-backed material  —  WASHINGTON—Senior U.S. officials urged Director …
Discussion: OpsLens
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Seaborn Larson / Helena Independent Record:
Former Gov. Marc Racicot to vote for Biden  —  Former Montana governor and Republican National Committee Chair Marc Racicot on Tuesday said he would not vote for President Donald Trump, citing Trump's character as fault enough to vote for Democrat challenger Joe Biden on Nov. 3.
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Leo Shane III / Marine Corps Times:
Fact check: Trump claims Biden policies killed over 308,000 veterans, but that's not what investigators found
Discussion: Raw Story
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Tuesday's Debate Made Clear the Gravest Threat to the Election: The President Himself  —  President Trump's unwillingness to say he would abide by the result, and his disinformation campaign about election fraud went beyond anything President Vladimir V. Putin could have imagined.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media keeps making these cringeworthy mistakes  —  In the aftermath of President Trump's unhinged, embarrassing and frightful performance Tuesday night, we are told “the debate” was a dumpster fire, “the debate” was a low point in American politics, “the debate” was incoherent.
Discussion: Vox
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Billy Corriher / Governing:
Court Packing? It's Already Happening at the State Level
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
who13.com:
Joe Biden Leads President Trump By Two Points in Nexstar Iowa 2020 RABA Research Poll  —  DES MOINES, IOWA — Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by two-percentage points in Iowa with just over one month to go until Election Day, according to the Nexstar Iowa RABA Research Poll released on Wednesday.
Discussion: University of New …
FiveThirtyEight:
Who Won The First 2020 Presidential Debate?  —  We partnered with Ipsos to poll voters before and after the candidates took the stage.  —  Illustrations by Anika Orrock, Candidate Portraits by Fabio Buonocore  —  On Tuesday, President Trump and Joe Biden faced off for the first time, in a rocky and, at times, tumultuous debate.
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Biden smashes fundraising records during chaotic debate  —  Joe Biden's campaign hauled in nearly $10 million during the first presidential debate Tuesday night — smashing its own single-hour fundraising record, as small-dollar donors continue to fuel the former vice president's mounting money advantage.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Fox News, The Hill, Forbes and IJR
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll finds Trump, Biden in statistical dead heat in South Carolina
Sheila Kaplan / New York Times:
White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked  —  The C.D.C. director wanted a “no sail” order extended until February, a policy that would have upset the tourism industry in the crucial swing state of Florida.  —  The White House has blocked a new order from the Centers …
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
A Member Of Congress Is Facing Death Threats After QAnon Went After Him  —  The House Republican campaign committee falsely accused Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski of protecting sexual predators.  “They knew exactly what they were doing,” he said.  —  Reporting From  —  Washington, DC  —  Copy
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Memory sticks used to program Philly's voting machines were stolen from elections warehouse  —  A laptop and several memory sticks used to program Philadelphia's voting machines were stolen from a city warehouse in East Falls, city officials confirmed Wednesday, setting off …
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Laura Packard / New York Daily News:
Trump's prescription drug snake oil  —  Last night during the first presidential debate, President Trump said of his actions on health care: “There's nothing symbolic.  I'm cutting drug prices.  I'm going with favored nations, which no president has the courage to do because you're going against Big Pharma.
 
 
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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Sinéad Baker / Business Insider:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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