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8:41 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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Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Debate commission promises changes after chaotic Trump-Biden faceoff
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“This Is So Unpresidential”: Notes from the Worst Debate in American History
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: Political Wire and Raw Story
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Politico:
Parscale steps away from Trump campaign as wife denies physical abuse  —  Brad Parscale, a senior adviser to Donald Trump's campaign who was involuntarily detained by police this weekend, said he is stepping away from the reelection effort and seeking help for what he called “overwhelming stress” on him and his family.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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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Alayna Treene / Axios:
How Trump advisers feel about his Proud Boy comments at the debate  —  President Trump's advisers feel the president needs to outright condemn far-right extremists and white supremacy during his rally tonight in Minnesota.  —  Why it matters: Trump sent shockwaves during the debate for telling …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
WATCH: Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes Reacts to Trump ‘Stand Back and Stand By’ Order Live in Real Time  —  Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes reacted in real-time to President Donald Trump's controversial debate remarks about the far-right extremists by feigning outrage that Trump would presume to issue orders to the group.
NBC News:
Trump's last best tactic: Burn it all down
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
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Undecided voters call Trump ‘unhinged’ and ‘un-American’ — but are unswayed by debate
John F. Harris / Politico:
An Epic Moment of National Shame: The Debate Was an Embarrassment for the Ages
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Debates commission says it will add order to Trump and Biden's remaining showdowns
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How Trump's ‘Voter Fraud’ Lie Is Disenfranchising Americans  —  On an October morning four years ago, eight young staff members at the Indiana Voter Registration Project in Indianapolis were planning their final steps before a closely contested presidential election.
Discussion: Law & Crime and Washington Post
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Tuesday's Debate Made Clear the Gravest Threat to the Election: The President Himself
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump's Chances Are Dwindling.  That Could Make Him Dangerous.  —  President Trump's quest to win a second term is not in good shape.  He entered Tuesday night's debate with roughly a 7- or 8-point deficit in national polls, putting him further behind at this stage of the race than any other candidate since Bob Dole in 1996.1
Discussion: who13.com and myfox8.com
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 …
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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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.
Politico:
Trump calls for poll watchers.  Election officials call for calm.  —  President Donald Trump's calls for his supporters to patrol polling places are thrusting a dilemma onto election administrators: They want to protect voters from intimidation, but they also don't want to depress turnout by amplifying Trump's plans.
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Sinéad Baker / Business Insider:
People who follow Trump's advice and hang around watching polling places will be prosecuted, Nevada's attorney general says
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight  —  The World Health Organization said open borders would help fight disease.  Experts, and a global treaty, emphatically agreed.  But the scientific evidence was never behind them.
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
Mike Giglio / The Atlantic:
A Far-Right, Pro-Trump Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans  —  Image above: Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers  —  Stewart Rhodes was living his vision of the future.  On television, American cities were burning, while on the internet …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge orders DOJ to publish info redacted as privileged from Mueller report  —  A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publish information redacted from the Mueller report that had been designated as privileged.  —  District Judge Reggie Walton …
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Unprecedented ad blitz spearheaded by Democrats coming to SC in US Senate race  —  COLUMBIA — If you think you are already being inundated with political ads for South Carolina's U.S. Senate race, just wait until you see the bombardment that's in store for the final month.
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
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Judge rules against Trump, upholding Montana's vote by mail  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday upheld a plan to allow voters to cast ballots by mail, dismissing President Donald Trump's allegations that the process would be marred by fraud.
Eric Cortellessa / Washington Monthly:
Republicans Are Slowing Down Mailed-In Vote Counts in Key Swing States  —  Are they purposefully manufacturing a crisis that Trump wants to use to contest the election results?  —  By now, the nightmare scenario is well established.  Because President Donald Trump has scared off Republicans …
 
 
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