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8:55 AM ET, October 1, 2020


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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 …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Alarmed by Trump's Comments on Extremist Group, Fearing a Drag on the Party  —  For the second time in two weeks, Republicans distanced themselves from the president, expressing unease about his failure to disavow a right-wing organization linked with white supremacy and acts of violence.
New York Times:
A Debate That Can't Be Ignored  —  Americans need to face the man who is their president.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump backs violent white supremacists.  There's no way around it.  —  All Republican lawmakers defending President Trump — and all Americans planning to vote for him over the next five weeks — must be made to confront a simple truth: They are supporting a candidate who embraces violent white supremacists.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Focus group: Ohio swing voters unhappy but unmoved by debate
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The “Very Fine People” President
Discussion: New York Times, Newsweek and Forbes
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate and Raw Story
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.
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.”
CBS News:
Debates commission plans to cut off mics if Trump or Biden break rules
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
New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Trump Is ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Virus Misinformation, Study Finds  —  An analysis by Cornell University researchers found that President Trump was the largest driver of falsehoods involving the pandemic.  —  RIGHT NOW Unemployment claims in the U.S. show little relief from pandemic layoffs.
New York Times:
Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
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 Families …
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
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.
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
MARY SPICUZZA  —  President Donald Trump is planning a pair of Saturday campaign rallies in Green Bay and La Crosse, areas currently labeled by the White House Coronavirus Task Force as “red zones,” the highest level of COVID-19 community spread.  —  The task force's report says the state overall …
Wall Street Journal:
Pre-Existing Condition Fiction  —  Biden repeats the same false claims about ObamaCare that Democrats use every election.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Joe Biden claimed at Tuesday's debate that “100 million people who have pre-existing conditions” will lose insurance if the Trump Administration wins …
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Ted Cruz blocks pre-existing conditions bill — two days after saying his party would always protect them
Discussion: New York Times
CBS News:
Kentucky attorney general says he never recommended murder charges in Breonna Taylor case  —  Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Tuesday that he never recommended murder charges against police officers for Breonna Taylor's death.  The grand jury handed down no charges in connection with Taylor's death.
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 1996.6
Pope rejects US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting  —  The Vatican has denied US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo an audience with Pope Francis.  —  The Holy See said the Pontiff does not receive politicians during an election period.  —  The move adds to a diplomatic row following comments …
Brian Lyman / Montgomery Advertiser:
BRIAN LYMAN  —  Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday offered a “sincere, heartfelt apology” to a survivor of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and offered to meet with her attorneys as she seeks compensation from the state.  —  The governor's letter to an attorney for Sarah Collins Rudolph …
Discussion: NPR
Washington Post:
A two-page White House ‘race’ memo became a flash point in Tuesday's debate  —  Trump wanted to ban federal agency training on ‘critical race theory,’ but agencies have scrambled, stumbled  —  A two-page White House memo that directed federal agencies to halt “un-American” and “divisive” …
Discussion: The College Fix and Law & Crime
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: LewRockwell and TASS
Shashank Bengali / Los Angeles Times:
Largest study of COVID-19 transmission highlights essential role of super-spreaders  —  In the bleak ranking of worst COVID-19 outbreaks, the United States, with 7.2 million infections, is likely to be eclipsed only by India, which has 1 million fewer cases but is catching up fast.
Discussion: The Week and Balloon Juice
ABC News:
CDC places ‘moratorium’ on releasing new coronavirus health guidance  —  The agency hasn't updated new health guidance since Sept. 24.  —  Spike in New York City COVID cases  —  Tami Chappell/AFP via Getty Images  —  For the last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
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
Amy Coney Barrett / Associated Press:
Religious group scrubs all references to Amy Coney Barrett from its website  —  People of Praise, a tiny charismatic Catholic organization, admits removing mentions and photos of Trump's supreme court pick  —  A tiny religious organization tied to Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump's supreme court nominee …
Discussion: NPR and Political Wire
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 …
United States Department of State:
Transmission of the President's Report to Congress on the Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021  —  Today, the Department of State, together with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services, submitted the President's Report to Congress …
Discussion: CNN
Americans Increasingly Believe Violence is Justified if the Other Side Wins  —  At the presidential debate this week, the Republican candidate voiced his concern about political violence—left-wing political violence.  And the Democratic candidate likewise voiced concern about political violence—right-wing political violence.
Discussion: Raw Story
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump signs stopgap bill to prevent government shutdown  —  President Trump signed a bill to extend current levels of government funding after funding expired briefly, White House spokesperson Judd Deere confirmed early Thursday.  —  Why it matters: The move averts a government shutdown before the Nov. 3 election.
Kate Ackley / Roll Call:
Republican super PAC to spend $9 million in Michigan Senate race  —  A Republican super PAC, aligned with the party's Senate leadership, will infuse $9 million into the Senate race in Michigan where incumbent Democrat Gary Peters faces GOP challenger John James.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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.
John O. Brennan / The Atlantic:
The Day I Met Donald Trump  —  The digital clock next to my bed showed 4:06 a.m. As usual, my body clock had stirred me awake before my bedside radio alarm was set to go off, nine minutes later.  I stared motionless at the pitch-black ceiling for a few minutes.
Washington Post:
U.S. push for Sudan to recognize Israel falters — and puts Khartoum in a tight spot  —  Last week, U.S. officials held talks with Sudan in the hopes of adding it to a growing list of countries that have normalized relations with Israel, in what the Trump administration has billed as part of its Middle East peace process.
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Most Illuminating Moment of the Debate
Washington Post:
Trump-Biden ‘cage fight’ stokes global perception of a country in decline, mired in chaos
Discussion: Raw Story
David Marcus / New York Post:
It's past time to pull the plug on Andrew Cuomo's dictatorial pandemic powers
The Federalist:
Davis: CIA Director Gina Haspel Is Blocking Declassification Of Remaining Russigate Documents
Discussion: Townhall
Associated Press:
Today in History  —  Today is Thursday, Oct. 1, the 275th day of 2020.  There are 91 days left in the year.
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Scorsese, Eastwood say U.S. movie theaters may not survive pandemic
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Russians Were Urged to Return to Normal Life. Except for Putin.
EU launches legal action against UK over Brexit law
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Kyle C. Barry / The Appeal:
California Adopts New Laws to Fight Racism in Jury Selection
Amy Beth Hanson / Billings Gazette:
Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana's mailed ballots
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
Yair Rosenberg / Tablet Magazine:
Exclusive Social Media App ‘Clubhouse’ Had an Anti-Semitic Meltdown Over Yom Kippur
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge orders DOJ to publish info redacted as privileged from Mueller report