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2:10 PM ET, September 30, 2020

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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.
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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.
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 …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Undecided voters call Trump ‘unhinged’ and ‘un-American’ — but are unswayed by debate  —  After watching the first presidential debate Tuesday night, undecided voters from battleground states across the country still had plenty they wanted to know about coronavirus, racial injustice …
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 …
David Bossie / Fox News:
Trump clearly defeats Biden in first presidential debate  —  Biden failed to accomplish in 47 years what Trump has delivered for the American people in 47 months  —  Laura Ingraham: Trump and Biden share stage in ‘raucous’ debate  —  To any reasonable person watching …
Discussion: OpsLens
Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump leans on tone that turns off voters he needs  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump needed to make the first general election debate about his rival, Democrat Joe Biden.  Instead, as he so often does, Trump made it about himself.  —  The president set the tone …
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Trump Wins Round One, Barely  —  It was an unedifying spectacle.  —  There was no clear winner in Tuesday's presidential debate and the country was the loser.  —  President Trump could have won decisively if he had just followed Napoleon's famous advice not to “interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
A Disgusting Night for Democracy  —  The 90-minute spectacle tonight calls into question the value of having any “debates” of this sort ever again.  No one knows more about public life than he or she did before this disaster began; some people know less; and everyone feels and looks worse.
Rolling Stone:
The 5 Exchanges That Defined the Most Disgraceful Debate in Presidential History
Claire Sanford / Rev:
Donald Trump & Joe Biden 1st Presidential Debate Transcript 2020
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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump sets the tone for the worst presidential debate in living memory
Jeet Heer / The Nation:
With Help From Chris Wallace, Trump Attacked American Democracy
N'dea Yancey-Bragg / USA Today:
Portland-area sheriff says he ‘will never’ support Donald Trump after president claims endorsement during debate
Discussion: NBC Boston
Politico:
Biden campaign faces questions about whether he should skip next debates
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Controlled the Tone of the First Debate, But Biden Controlled the Message
Discussion: Viking Pundit and CBS Boston
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Trump email says he ‘finished debating’ Biden hours before debate begins
New York Times:
With Cross Talk, Lies and Mockery, Trump Tramples Decorum in Debate With Biden
New York Times:
Proud Boys celebrate Trump's mention of them at the debate.  —  Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that has endorsed violence, celebrated on Tuesday night after President Trump mentioned them during the first presidential debate.  —  Asked whether he condemned white supremacists …
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NBC News:
Proud Boys celebrate after Trump's debate call-out … The Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, pledged allegiance to President Donald Trump on Tuesday night after he told the group to “stand back and stand by” during the evening's debate.  —  Many people on social media who identify …
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’  —  (JTA) — Who are the Proud Boys, the far-right group that Donald Trump name-checked at the first presidential debate?  And do they hate Jews?  —  The answer to the second question …
Zak Cheney-Rice / New York Magazine:
We Can Probably Stop Asking Trump If He's a White Supremacist
The Daily Beast:
Far-Right Proud Boys Rally After Trump's Debate Defense: ‘Fuck Them Up’
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It wasn't just the Proud Boys: Trump refused to dissuade supporters from a violent response to the election
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: Axios and Daily Kos
Politico:
Comey refutes Trump's debate claim that Biden pushed for Flynn prosecution  —  Joe Biden never suggested prosecuting Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn under an antiquated law known as the Logan Act, former FBI Director James Comey testified Wednesday, contradicting a claim made by President Donald Trump during Tuesday's debate.
Discussion: New York Post, ABC News and NPR
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C-SPAN.org:
Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies on Russia Investigation
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
The Trump Campaign Is Quietly Disappearing Brad Parscale From Their Website  —  Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was detained by police last week after his wife reported that he was planning to harm himself.  —  President Donald Trump's campaign still won't clarify the status …
Washington Post:
Trump plans big Wisconsin rallies despite White House task force calls for ‘maximal’ social distancing in the state  —  President Trump has scheduled large campaign rallies this weekend in Wisconsin despite recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force that call …
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
 
 
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Associated Press:
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
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John Nichols / The Nation:
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democrats see fundraising boom following wild debate between Trump and Biden
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power
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