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10:35 AM 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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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Undecided voters call Trump ‘unhinged’ and ‘un-American’ — but 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 and what each candidate would do to unite the country.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Chris Wallace tried — and failed — to control Trump.  Something needs to change.  —  Chris Wallace wanted to be “invisible” as the moderator of the first presidential debate.  “If I've done my job right,” he said on his Fox News show Sunday, “at the end of the night, people will say, 'That was a great debate.
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 …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Coordinated push of conspiracy theories target Biden hours before debate  —  A conspiracy theory that Joe Biden would wear an electronic device in his ear during the first presidential debate went wildly viral Tuesday in the hours before the debate, and the theory was later amplified …
Politico:
Biden campaign faces questions about whether he should skip next debates  —  The moment Joe Biden's first debate against Donald Trump ended, his campaign was already confronted with questions about whether it should be his last.  —  In the two men's first head-to-head matchup …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump's fear dominated his first debate with Biden  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump may be the only person in America who is afraid of Democrat Joe Biden.  —  Before their debate Tuesday night, he and his allies demanded that Biden submit to a drug test and let officials check the former vice president for an earpiece.
Discussion: Just The News, Bloomberg and Twitchy
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump sets the tone for the worst presidential debate in living memory  —  No one alive has ever seen a presidential debate like Tuesday night's unseemly shout fest between President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden — 90 minutes of invective, interruptions and personal insults.
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Trump email says he ‘finished debating’ Biden hours before debate begins  —  The Trump campaign claimed the president “finished debating Joe Biden” and bragged about his performance hours before the debate even started Tuesday night.  —  In a prematurely sent campaign email obtained by POLITICO …
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
A Disgusting Night for Democracy
Discussion: National Memo
David Bossie / Fox News:
Trump clearly defeats Biden in first presidential debate
Discussion: OpsLens
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Controlled the Tone of the First Debate, But Biden Controlled the Message
Discussion: Viking Pundit and CBS Boston
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Fact-Checking the First 2020 Presidential Debate
Patricia McCarthy / American Thinker:
The debate? Trump was great, Chris Wallace was a dreadful disgrace
Shannon Melero / The Slot:
My President Told Your President to Shut Up
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
A Two-Man Debate Turns Into A Free-For-All, But Did Anyone Win?
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The President Is a Sociopath. And 60 Million Americans Like It.
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Fox News
Richard Wolffe / The Guardian:
Trump heckled, bullied and lied through the debate. It won't help him beat Biden
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
5 takeaways from the first presidential debate
Reuters:
Takeaways from Donald Trump and Joe Biden's first U.S. presidential debate
Mia Cathell / The Post Millennial:
BREAKING: Joe Biden falsely claims Antifa is simply ‘an idea’
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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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 …
The Daily Beast:
Far-Right Proud Boys Rally After Trump's Debate Defense: ‘Fuck Them Up’  —  Given the chance to finally explicitly condemn right-wing extremism, Trump insisted, “This is a left-wing problem” and gave a shout-out to the Proud Boys.  —  President Donald Trump refused to condemn right-wing extremist groups …
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 …
New York Times:
Biden and Trump's First Debate: Best and Worst Moments
Discussion: National Review, The Hill, Vox and Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It wasn't just the Proud Boys: Trump refused to dissuade supporters from a violent response to the election
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:   Right-wing extremists take to social media to celebrate Trump's ‘stand by’ comment
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.”
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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: Breitbart
C-SPAN.org:
Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies on Russia Investigation  —  Former FBI Director James Comey testified on the Russia investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Discussion: CNN
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
10 Questions James Comey Could Face During His Senate Testimony: Analysis
Discussion: Reuters and New York Times
Politico:
Intel chief releases Russian disinfo on Hillary Clinton that was rejected by bipartisan Senate panel  —  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified a Russian intelligence assessment that was previously rejected by Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump Sent a Warning.  Let's Take It Seriously.  —  Our democracy is in terrible danger — more than since the Civil War, more than after Pearl Harbor, more than during the Cuban missile crisis.  —  President Trump has made it unmistakably clear in recent weeks — and even more crystal clear …
Washington Post:
Early surge of Democratic mail voting sparks worry inside GOP  —  Democratic voters who have requested mail ballots — and returned them — greatly outnumber Republicans so far in key battleground states, causing alarm among GOP party leaders and strategists that President Trump's attacks …
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Biden campaign hits new weekly spending highs across battleground states  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign has long had the TV and radio spending advantage over President Trump.  But while Trump has increased his spending in a handful of key states …
Discussion: CBS News and Politico
 
 
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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