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8:15 AM ET, October 1, 2020


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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 …
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 …
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The “Very Fine People” President
Discussion: New York Times, Newsweek and The Triad
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: Ohio swing voters unhappy but unmoved by debate
Trump says he doesn't know who Proud Boys are after telling them to “stand by”
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.
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale steps down from role as senior adviser
Discussion: NBC News and Wall Street Journal
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.”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate and Raw Story
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
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.
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 1996.6
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Trump requires food aid boxes to come with a letter from him  —  “In my 30 years of doing this work, I've never seen something this egregious,” one food bank director said.  —  President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the “Farmers to Families Food Box Program” at Flavor First Growers …
Discussion: The Guardian
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, CBS Boston and New York Post
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
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.
Brian Lyman / Montgomery Advertiser:
BRIAN LYMAN  —  Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday offered a “sincere, heartfelt apology” to a survivor of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and offered to meet with her attorneys as she seeks compensation from the state.  —  The governor's letter to an attorney for Sarah Collins Rudolph …
Discussion: NPR
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
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
EU launches legal action against UK over Brexit law  —  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday that the EU would begin legal proceedings to prevent the U.K. from trying to use domestic legislation to change aspects of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
Washington Post:
Biden stiff-arms the left — which holds its fire  —  Joe Biden stiff-armed the Green New Deal liberal climate plan at Tuesday's debate and offered a pointed reminder of his opposition to Medicare-for-all.  He boasted of defeating Sen. Bernie Sanders “by a whole hell of a lot” …
John O. Brennan / The Atlantic:
The Day I Met Donald Trump  —  I left with a dark feeling that our country was entering a dangerous chapter.  —  The digital clock next to my bed showed 4:06 a.m. As usual, my body clock had stirred me awake before my bedside radio alarm was set to go off, nine minutes later.
David Marcus / New York Post:
It's past time to pull the plug on Andrew Cuomo's dictatorial pandemic powers  —  I don't mean to alarm the good people of New York, but it's important that they understand we are living under a dictatorship — with no end in sight.  —  Who's the autocrat in question?  Why, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of course.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump signs stopgap bill to prevent government shutdown  —  President Trump signed a bill to extend current levels of government funding after funding expired briefly, White House spokesperson Judd Deere confirmed early Thursday.  —  Why it matters: The move averts a government shutdown before the Nov. 3 election.
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.
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The Federalist:
Davis: CIA Director Gina Haspel Is Blocking Declassification Of Remaining Russigate Documents
Discussion: Townhall
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Ted Cruz blocks pre-existing conditions bill — two days after saying his party would always protect them
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Today in History  —  Today is Thursday, Oct. 1, the 275th day of 2020.  There are 91 days left in the year.
ABC News:
CDC places ‘moratorium’ on releasing new coronavirus health guidance
Amy Coney Barrett / Associated Press:
Religious group scrubs all references to Amy Coney Barrett from its website
Discussion: NPR and Political Wire
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Scorsese, Eastwood say U.S. movie theaters may not survive pandemic
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Russians Were Urged to Return to Normal Life. Except for Putin.
Kyle C. Barry / The Appeal:
California Adopts New Laws to Fight Racism in Jury Selection
 Earlier Items: 
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
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge orders DOJ to publish info redacted as privileged from Mueller report
Joe Biden Leads President Trump By Two Points in Nexstar Iowa 2020 RABA Research Poll
Mike Giglio / The Atlantic:
A Pro-Trump Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans
Discussion: Raw Story