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9:30 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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, The Hill 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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Politico:
Republicans to Trump: Condemn white supremacy now  —  Senate Republicans spent much of Wednesday pressing President Donald Trump to denounce white supremacy, with few in the GOP willing to explicitly defend his refusal to do so during Tuesday's presidential debate.
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 …
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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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
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until 2021  —  Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said Wednesday that his company's coronavirus vaccine won't be available for widespread distribution until at least spring 2021, according to Financial Times.
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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: New York Post
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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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.
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
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.
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 Week and 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
Dave Mistich Brittany Patterson / WVPB:
Bob Murray, Who Fought Against Black Lung Regulations As A Coal Operator, Has Filed For Black Lung Benefits  —  Robert E. Murray, the former CEO and president of the now-bankrupt Murray Energy, has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Labor for black lung benefits.
Discussion: Raw Story
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Biden prepares ad onslaught to overwhelm Trump  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies are preparing an advertising blitz that threatens to overwhelm President Trump in the closing weeks of the race for the White House, an onslaught of cash aimed at blowing …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Florida Mayor's right-hand man caught seeking political activist protesters to disrupt DeSantis event  —  ‘Governor apparently coming to St Pete around noon at Birchwood to cause trouble if you feel like secretly getting a group together,’ he wrote in an email  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 30
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times and Politico
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
As Trump Equivocates on White Supremacy, the FBI Warns of Right-Wing Terror  —  An intelligence report dated the day of the presidential debate predicts a “violent extremist threat” posed by a far-right militia.  —  Asked at yesterday's presidential debate if he would condemn white supremacist violence …
Discussion: Washington Times
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
6 whistleblowers allege misconduct by government media boss  —  Six senior officials at the U.S. Agency for Global Media have filed a whistleblower complaint with the State Department's inspector general and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, alleging that they were retaliated …
 
 
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez and Warren Pull Out of New Yorker Festival
Seaborn Larson / Helena Independent Record:
Former Gov. Marc Racicot to vote for Biden