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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Revealed: Amy Coney Barrett supported group that said life begins at fertilization  —  Barrett signed newspaper ad in 2006 sponsored by St Joseph County Right to Life, an extreme anti-choice group  —  Amy Coney Barrett, the Trump administration's supreme court nominee …
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Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Amy Coney Barrett Signed Letter Urging End of ‘Barbaric’ Roe v. Wade  —  The letter may be in line with conservative thinking.  But it could complicate her Supreme Court fight.  —  Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett signed a letter in 2006 calling for the end of Roe v. Wade …
Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
GOP super PAC to spend $10M on Lindsey Graham ads in closer-than-expected race
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Kate Gibson / CBS News:
Amazon blocks sale of merchandise with “stand back” and “stand by”  —  Amazon and other online retailers are pulling merchandise from their sites emblazoned with the words “stand back” and “stand by” and displaying the insignia of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group.
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Jordan Valinsky / CNN:
Amazon removes ‘stand back and stand by’ merchandise
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Belligerent Trump debate performance stokes fears among Republicans about November
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McEnany: Trump has ‘condemned’ white supremacy, but ‘shameful’ media won't cover it
Discussion: Axios
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Abbott orders counties to close multiple ballot dropoff sites  —  Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Thursday requiring counties to close multiple locations where voters can drop off completed mail-in ballots.  —  As an election security measure, counties will be limited to one dropoff site …
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Texas Gov. Abbott limits mail-in voting drop-off locations  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a proclamation Thursday requiring all mail ballots delivered in person be dropped off at the one voting clerk's office designated per county for “enhanced ballot security protocol.”
Discussion: Reuters
Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:   Gov. Abbott limits mail ballot drop-off locations, forcing Harris County to close 11 sites
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Biden is still leading in the polls, and voters say he won his first debate against Trump  — Democrat Joe Biden came into the first debate ahead of President Trump in the national polls.  — The first scientific polls to ask who won the debate Tuesday night show Biden coming out on top.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Judge rules federal law enforcement commission violates law, orders work stopped as attorney general prepares to issue report  —  Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement is not diverse, doesn't hold public meetings as law requires  —  A national commission on law enforcement launched earlier …
Discussion: HillReporter.com
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court: Trump administration policing panel broke transparency law  —  What happened: A blue-ribbon law enforcement panel created at the direction of President Donald Trump broke a federal open meeting law and must halt its work until it comes into compliance with the statute, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Federal Judge Halts Trump's Cop-Filled Law Enforcement Task Force  —  The judge, a George W. Bush appointee, said the commission managed by William Barr can't release its report yet.  —  A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Trump administration not to release a report by the Presidential Commission …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Internal document shows Trump officials were told to make comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse  —  WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha …
Regina Ip / New York Times:
Hong Kong Is China, Like It or Not  —  After months of chaos in the city, something had to be done, and the Chinese government did it.  —  Ms. Ip is a legislator and a member of the Executive Council in Hong Kong.  —  HONG KONG — No amount of outcry, condemnation or sanctions …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump pushes back on changes to upcoming presidential debates  —  President Trump suggested Thursday that he'll resist any moves that could cut off candidates' microphones in the next debate if he continues to talk over his opponent and the moderator.  — “Why would I allow the Debate Commission …
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Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Fox News' John Roberts Loses Temper at Critics of His ‘White Supremacist’ Questions
Lola Méndez / Refinery29:   Megyn Kelly's Tweets Make One Thing Clear: She's For Trump
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump's ex-national security adviser says president is ‘aiding and abetting’ Putin  —  Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday that President Donald Trump is “aiding and abetting” Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to sow doubt about the American electoral system.
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump's Ex-National Security Adviser on His Failure to Condemn White Supremacy  —  As the election nears, a parade of ex-administration officials and political advisers has come forward to denounce President Donald Trump and offer firsthand accounts of incompetence and venality running through his government.
John O. Brennan / The Atlantic:
The Day I Met Donald Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Biden poised to launch in-person canvassing in key states  —  NEW YORK (AP) — After months of avoiding direct contact with voters because of the pandemic, Joe Biden's campaign is about to launch in-person canvassing efforts across several battleground states.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Trump's plans for rally in western Wisconsin up in the air  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to have canceled a planned appearance in western Wisconsin amid calls from the city's mayor and the state's governor, both Democrats, that he not hold a rally amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Trump requires food aid boxes to come with a letter from him  —  The Agriculture Department last week began mandating that millions of boxes of surplus food for needy families include a letter from President Donald Trump claiming credit for the program.  —  The USDA's $4 billion Farmers …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Biden Lead Looks Firmer as Midwest Moves His Way  —  Dear Readers: Join us today at 2 p.m. eastern for our latest episode of Sabato's Crystal Ball: America Votes.  We'll be reacting to the first debate and going over the state of the race, including the many rating changes we made today (see below).
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Most Illuminating Moment of the Debate  —  The moments after your first child is born are humbling and overwhelming, the emotional equivalent of staring directly into the sun.  You realize that you are suddenly responsible for a human life that you helped create, a sliver of two souls smuggled …
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Obtains Final Judgement and Permanent Injunction Against Edward Snowden  —  On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered a final judgment and permanent injunction against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency …
Discussion: Axios and Reuters
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The definitive case for ending the filibuster  —  Every argument for the filibuster, considered and debunked.  —  If Joe Biden wins the White House, and Democrats take back the Senate, there is one decision that will loom over every other.  It is a question that dominated no debates …
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
South Carolina GOP asks Supreme Court to reinstate mail-in ballot witness requirement  —  South Carolina Republicans asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reinstate the witness signature requirement for mail ballots ahead of the November election, extending the legal turmoil over the rule …
Discussion: Political Wire and Bloomberg
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Snapchat has helped 1 million users register to vote, a possible boon to Democrats  —  When Americans cast their ballots in this year's presidential election, millions will do so because they registered to vote through such social platforms as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
NBC News:
Biden outspent Trump $153 million to $57 million on ads in a single month  —  WASHINGTON — We've told you how Joe Biden passed President Trump in the money race.  Now let's show you how Biden is spending his money — and how Trump isn't, at least over the advertising airwaves.
Discussion: New York Times
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Why Are There So Many Accused Domestic Abusers in Trumpworld?  You Know Damn Well Why.  —  Brad Parscale's arrest on domestic violence charges would have been an enormous scandal for a normal politician.  In Trumpland, it was just another Sunday.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Alayna Treene / Axios:
House prepares to pass revised COVID relief bill as White House talks hit roadblock  —  The House appeared likely to move ahead Thursday with Democrats' revised $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill as 11th-hour negotiations with the White House continued.  —  The latest: After meeting …
The Nation:
Fire Donald Trump  —  We have no illusions about Biden, but we need him to win.  —  This is the most important election in our lifetimes—and one of the most consequential in The Nation's 155-year history.  Accepting his party's nomination in 2016, Donald Trump promised to …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Millions of Americans risk losing power and water as massive, unpaid utility bills pile up  —  More than 179 million people may be at risk for shut-offs as many state protections end  —  This Tuesday marked 67 days of darkness for Kenneth Parson.  He fell behind on his utility bills in the spring …
Discussion: DSCC and Raw Story
Andrea Widburg / American Thinker:
The Trump debate decoded: He won, and he won big  —  With 24 hours having passed since the first presidential debate, it's becoming clear that Trump won in a big way.  It wasn't an apparent victory, but it was a real one: He showed his base and ordinary Americans that he will always fight …
 
 
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Emily Green / VICE:
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Kaelan Deese / The Hill:
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Helen Sullivan / The Guardian:
Irish court rules Subway bread is not bread
Discussion: OutKick, Reason, Gizmodo and WCDC-TV
New York Times:
Rebuffed by Vatican, Pompeo Assails China and Aligns With Pope's Critics
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russian operation masqueraded as right-wing news site to target U.S. voters - sources
Discussion: Forbes, Bloomberg and The Daily Beast
United States Department of State:
Transmission of the President's Report to Congress on the Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021
Brian Lyman / Montgomery Advertiser:
BRIAN LYMAN  —  Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday offered a “sincere, heartfelt apology” …
Discussion: NPR