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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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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 …
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 …
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” …
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.
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Debate commission promises changes after chaotic Trump-Biden faceoff
NBC News:
Trump's last best tactic: Burn it all down
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.
CNN:
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale steps down from role as senior adviser
Discussion: 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
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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
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
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:   Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until 2021
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: WTOP, NPR, IJR and Bloomberg
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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.
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
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 and Louder With Crowder
Amy Beth Hanson / Billings Gazette:
Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana's mailed ballots  —  HELENA — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and Republican Party groups to block Montana counties from holding the general election mostly by mail …
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
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Tom Hals / Reuters:
Judge rules against Trump, upholding Montana's vote by mail
Discussion: Axios, Right Wing Watch and Bloomberg
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook will ban ads that seek to delegitimize US election  — Facebook on Wednesday announced that it will not allow any ads on its service that seek to delegitimize the outcome of an election, including the upcoming U.S. election on Nov. 3.  — This policy will prohibit any ads …
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:   Facebook will forbid ads that undermine the legitimacy of the coming election.
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: TASS
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
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Liberals Nostalgic for ‘Simpler Time’ When They Could Freak Out About a Nice Mormon Who Hired Women  —  Ladies and gentleman, we regret to inform you that the libs are at it again.  They were so offended by Tuesday night's slugfest of a presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden …
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
Mike Giglio / The Atlantic:
A 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
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
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.
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 Davis / The Daily Beast:
'Putin's Piglet': Russian Media Admits Trump Lost the Debate  —  Russian media concedes Biden won the debate, but predicts Trump will prevail in a rigged election thanks to the Supreme Court.  —  The first debate between the U.S. President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden …
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
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
 
 
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Washington Post:
A two-page White House ‘race’ memo became a flash point in Tuesday's debate
Discussion: Law & Crime
Jennifer Van Laar / Redstate:
Los Angeles' Woke Journos Display Staggering Ignorance, Deep Butthurt at Deputy Ambush Presser
New York Times:
Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump
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
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Grace Qi / CBS News:
5,000 pets found dead in boxes at Chinese shipping depot
Discussion: The Hill
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Biden prepares ad onslaught to overwhelm Trump
Discussion: NBC News, IJR and Washington Post
FiveThirtyEight:
Who Won The First 2020 Presidential Debate?
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Alex Yablon / Foreign Policy:
America Is About to Enter Its Years of Lead
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media keeps making these cringeworthy mistakes
Discussion: Vox
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
A Member Of Congress Is Facing Death Threats After QAnon Went After Him
Sheila Kaplan / New York Times:
White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked
Discussion: The Week and The Hill