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Washington Post:
Belligerent Trump debate performance stokes fears among Republicans about November  —  The aftermath of the first presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden triggered a reckoning among Republicans on Wednesday about the incumbent's incendiary remarks …
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
‘A huge misstep’: Trump allies see a lost opportunity in first debate  —  President Donald Trump spent his first 2020 presidential debate heckling his opponent at every turn.  His supporters are hoping he got it out of his system — for good.  —  Trump aides and allies saw Tuesday night's event …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Alarmed by Trump's Comments on Extremist Group, Fearing a Drag on the Party  —  For the second time in two weeks, Republicans distanced themselves from the president, expressing unease about his failure to disavow a right-wing organization linked with white supremacy and acts of violence.
Axios:
Trump says he doesn't know who Proud Boys are after telling them to “stand by”
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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CBS News:
Debates commission plans to cut off mics if Trump or Biden break rules  —  Washington — The commission that oversees the general election presidential debates said Wednesday it will be making changes to the format of the remaining two debates.  One key change it plans to implement …
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Debate commission promises changes after chaotic Trump-Biden faceoff
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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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Biden prepares ad onslaught to overwhelm Trump
Discussion: NBC News and IJR
CNN:
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale steps down from role as senior adviser
Discussion: NBC News and Wall Street Journal
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
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.
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Listen to What Trump 2016 Swing-State Voters Had to Say About the Debate  —  Nine women.  All from swing states.  All 2016 Trump voters.  And they have thoughts about Trump's debate meltdown.  —  On Wednesday night I checked back in with a focus group of female 2016 Trump voters …
BBC:
Pope rejects US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting  —  The Vatican has denied US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo an audience with Pope Francis.  —  The Holy See said the Pontiff does not receive politicians during an election period.  —  The move adds to a diplomatic row following comments …
Washington Post:
A two-page White House ‘race’ memo became a flash point in Tuesday's debate  —  Trump wanted to ban federal agency training on ‘critical race theory,’ but agencies have scrambled, stumbled  —  A two-page White House memo that directed federal agencies to halt “un-American” and “divisive” …
Discussion: The College Fix and Law & Crime
Joann Muller / Axios:
Airlines begin mass layoffs while clinging to hope for federal aid  —  American Airlines and United Airlines said they will begin furloughing 32,000 employees Thursday, as federal aid that propped up the industry during the pandemic expires, with no deal in sight for an extension.
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Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
Exclusive: Mnuchin coronavirus relief plan includes more state, local funds
Discussion: Bloomberg, IJR, WTOP and NPR
Stephen Gandel / CBS News:
Moderna CEO says its coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until spring of next year  —  Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said Wednesday that his company's coronavirus vaccine won't be ready for widespread public distribution until spring of next year, according to a report.
Discussion: Axios and New York Post
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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 …
Shashank Bengali / Los Angeles Times:
Largest study of COVID-19 transmission highlights essential role of super-spreaders  —  In the bleak ranking of worst COVID-19 outbreaks, the United States, with 7.2 million infections, is likely to be eclipsed only by India, which has 1 million fewer cases but is catching up fast.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Week
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Trump Is Not the Man He Used to Be  —  Donald Trump believes, to his core, that a single event in 2016 clinched him the presidency.  —  It wasn't the FBI reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton.  It wasn't the Wikileaks dump of hacked DNC emails.
Discussion: LewRockwell and TASS
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A reminder of how badly Trump needed to have the good debate that he didn't
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
As Kim wooed Trump with ‘love letters,’ he kept building his nuclear capability, intelligence shows  —  In a secret letter to President Trump in December 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un likened the two leaders' budding friendship to a Hollywood romance.
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Internal document shows Trump officials were told to make comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse  —  WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha …
Jaime Lees / News Blog, Riverfront Times:
Veterans' Home Recently Visited by Governor Parson Has Outbreak of COVID-19  — Governor Mike Parson tweeted this photo of himself meeting with staff at Missouri Veterans Home, which is now dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.  —  UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: We've updated this story to include a response from Governor Parson's spokeswoman below.
Discussion: FOX 2
Taryn Luna / Los Angeles Times:
California task force will consider paying reparations for slavery  —  With Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature, California became the first state government in the country on Wednesday to adopt a law to study and develop proposals for potential reparations to descendants of enslaved people and those impacted by slavery.
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Wife of Boston Marathon hero said Biden touched her in ‘an inappropriate and uncomfortable way’  —  The wife of a Massachusetts transit police officer who was injured in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers accused Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately and making a suggestive comment in 2014.
Discussion: Redstate
Politico:
EU launches legal action against UK over Brexit law  —  The Internal Market Bill would allow London to unilaterally alter provisions in the withdrawal treaty signed last year.  —  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday that the EU would begin legal proceedings …
New York Times:
Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump  —  Cornell University researchers analyzing 38 million English-language articles about the pandemic found that President Trump was the largest driver of the “infodemic.”  —  WASHINGTON — Of the flood of misinformation …
Yair Rosenberg / Tablet Magazine:
Exclusive Social Media App ‘Clubhouse’ Had an Anti-Semitic Meltdown Over Yom Kippur  —  The invite-only group voice-chat app tried to have a conversation about anti-Semitism that quickly turned anti-Semitic, including Holocaust revisionism and claims of Jewish economic domination.
Kyle C. Barry / The Appeal:
California Adopts New Laws to Fight Racism in Jury Selection  —  California just made it harder for prosecutors to exclude Black people from jury trials, amid broader reforms against racial discrimination in courtrooms.  —  During the 2017 murder trial of Gary Timothy Bryant Jr. and Diallo Ray Jackson …
 
 
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Amy Beth Hanson / Billings Gazette:
Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana's mailed ballots
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Liberals Nostalgic for ‘Simpler Time’ When They Could Freak Out About a Nice Mormon Who Hired Women
Dave Mistich Brittany Patterson / WVPB:
Bob Murray, Who Fought Against Black Lung Regulations As A Coal Operator, Has Filed For Black Lung Benefits
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
As Trump Equivocates on White Supremacy, the FBI Warns of Right-Wing Terror
Discussion: Washington Times
 Earlier Items: 
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge orders DOJ to publish info redacted as privileged from Mueller report
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Unprecedented ad blitz spearheaded by Democrats coming to SC in US Senate race
Grace Qi / CBS News:
5,000 pets found dead in boxes at Chinese shipping depot
Discussion: The Hill
FiveThirtyEight:
Who Won The First 2020 Presidential Debate?
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Mike Giglio / The Atlantic:
A Pro-Trump Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How Trump's ‘Voter Fraud’ Lie Is Disenfranchising Americans
Discussion: Law & Crime