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2:30 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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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 …
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: IJR and 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 …
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
A Disgusting Night for Democracy
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Commission on Presidential Debates ‘carefully considering’ format changes after first Trump, Biden debate
Claire Sanford / Rev:
Donald Trump & Joe Biden 1st Presidential Debate Transcript 2020
Rolling Stone:
The 5 Exchanges That Defined the Most Disgraceful Debate in Presidential History
Jeet Heer / The Nation:
With Help From Chris Wallace, Trump Attacked American Democracy
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump sets the tone for the worst presidential debate in living memory
Mika Brzezinski / Cosmopolitan:
Cancel the Debates  —  host on how last night's broadcast damaged our democracy.  —  “Stand back and stand by.”
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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
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 …
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’
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.
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Leo Shane III / Marine Corps Times:
Fact check: Trump claims Biden policies killed over 308,000 veterans, but that's not what investigators found  —  President Donald Trump's allegation at Tuesday's debate that former Vice President Joe Biden's policies while in office killed hundreds of thousands veterans rests …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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.
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C-SPAN.org:
Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies on Russia Investigation
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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez and Warren Pull Out of New Yorker Festival  —  The two standard bearers of the left said they would skip the annual event in solidarity with The New Yorker Union, which plans a digital picket line.  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Conrad Wilson / opb:
Police arrest far-right protester who pointed gun at Portland rally … Portland Police have arrested a far-right protester and member of the Proud Boys who pointed a gun at antifascist protesters on Aug. 22 in downtown Portland.  —  Alan James Swinney, 50, is being held in the Multnomah County Jail …
Discussion: Raw Story and HillReporter.com
 
 
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