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5:10 PM ET, October 1, 2020


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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.
Jordan Valinsky / CNN:   Amazon removes ‘stand back and stand by’ merchandise
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
Dilbert Creator Scott Adams Says Trump Has Lost His Vote Over White Supremacy Comments: ‘He Screwed Me’
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
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.
Biden Sets Second Monthly Fundraising Record, Buoyed by Debate
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Discussion: KXAN-TV and The Hill
Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Abbott limits mail ballot drop-off locations, forcing Harris County to close 11 sites  —  Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday declared that counties can designate only one location to collect completed mail ballots from voters, forcing Harris County to abandon 11 sites set up for that purpose.
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Texas Gov. Abbott limits mail-in voting drop-off locations
Discussion: Reuters
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: The Root and
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
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 …
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 …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Fox News' John Roberts Loses Temper at Critics of His ‘White Supremacist’ Questions
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 …
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
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 …
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Third-party candidate backs Graham in tightening SC race  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is getting campaign support from a third-party candidate, potentially bringing with him a narrow margin of conservative backers who could propel Graham over his Democratic challenger in a tightening race.
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).
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, Reuters, Law & Crime and OpsLens
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 …
Emily Green / VICE:
Border Patrol Snipers Were Authorized to Use Deadly Force at George Floyd's Burial  —  Records obtained by VICE News show police in Pearland, Texas, invited federal agents to surveil Floyd's burial and authorized them to open fire in the event of unrest.  —  EG  —  KH
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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, Forbes and Bloomberg
DOJ Alumni:
DOJ Alumni Open Letter on Protecting Free and Fair Elections  —  We, the undersigned, are alumni of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) who have collectively served both Republican and Democratic administrations.  Each of us took an oath to defend the Constitution and pursue …
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Monthly
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
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Pfizer CEO says U.S. presidential debate was ‘disappointing’ in memo to employees that criticizes politicizing coronavirus vaccine process  —  KEY POINTS  — Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla sent a memo to employees Thursday criticizing this week's U.S. presidential debate as “disappointing.”
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
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George Will / Washington Post:
For the sake of the country, cancel the remaining debates
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
False G.O.P. Ad Prompts QAnon Death Threats Against a Democratic Congressman
Lola Méndez / Refinery29:
Megyn Kelly's Tweets Make One Thing Clear: She's For Trump
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Alexander Vindman Knew Trump Would End His Career
Kaelan Deese / The Hill:
LeBron James recruits 10,000 poll volunteers to assist in Black districts
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