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2:05 PM ET, October 1, 2020


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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McEnany: Trump has ‘condemned’ white supremacy, but ‘shameful’ media won't cover it
Discussion: Axios and Deseret News
New York Times:
G.O.P. Alarmed by Trump's Comments on Extremist Group, Fearing a Drag on the Party
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 …
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 …
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 …
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Sen. Feinstein, Dems formally ask for delay in Amy Coney Barrett confirmation
Discussion: The Daily Caller and WAVY-TV
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump's ex-national security adviser says president is ‘aiding and abetting’ Putin
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court: Trump administration policing panel broke transparency law
Discussion: Raw Story
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).
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dot
New York Times:
Rebuffed by Vatican, Pompeo Assails China and Aligns With Pope's Critics  —  Pope Francis declined to see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is demanding a harder Vatican line on China.  The Holy See said meeting just before a U.S. election would be inappropriate.
New York Times:
How Trump Voters View His Position on Pre-existing Conditions  —  He has pursued policies to weaken insurance protections, but that's not reflected in polling of Republicans.  —  When Pamela Jean Locke votes in November, one issue she'll be thinking about is protections for Americans with pre-existing health problems.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Pre-Existing Condition Fiction
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 …
At White House's urging, Republicans launch anti-tech blitz ahead of election  —  Trump has allies in the Senate dialing up their offensive against Silicon Valley's liability protections  —  The Trump administration is pressuring Senate Republicans to ratchet up scrutiny of social media companies …
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Senate Republicans Take Aim at Liability Protections for Social Media Companies ahead of November Election
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
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
Lola Méndez / Refinery29:
Megyn Kelly's Tweets Make One Thing Clear: She's For Trump  —  In the nation-wide hangover from the first presidential debate of 2020 on Tuesday night, we emerged from a literal yelling matching learning nothing new: Viewers were left yearning for more concrete policies from both candidates …
Helen Sullivan / The Guardian:
Irish court rules Subway bread is not bread … The Irish Supreme court has ruled that the bread served at Subway - a US sandwich food chain with branches in more than 100 countries - cannot be defined as bread.  —  Under Ireland's Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 it cannot even be defined as a staple food …
Discussion: Reason, Gizmodo, WCDC-TV and New York Post
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 and Political Wire
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.
Spiegel Online:
“I Assert that Putin Was Behind the Crime”  —  Interview Conducted by Benjamin Bidder und Christian Esch  —  It's six o'clock in the morning on Wednesday when Alexei Navalny shows up at the Berlin editorial office of DER SPIEGEL for an interview.  The office is located a few hundred meters …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kaelan Deese / The Hill:
LeBron James recruits 10,000 poll volunteers to assist in Black districts  —  NBA star LeBron James has reportedly recruited 10,000 volunteers to help at polls in Black electoral districts in November.  —  The Los Angeles Lakers forward announced last month that his voting rights organization …
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 …
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russian operation masqueraded as right-wing news site to target U.S. voters - sources  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The Russian group accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has posed as an independent news outlet to target right-wing social media users ahead of this year's vote …
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Beast
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Trump is a pit bull fighting for America  —  Quick!  Get out the smelling salts for all the faint hearts hyperventilating about President Trump's “lack of decorum” at Tuesday night's debate.  —  Did they really expect him to play by Marquess of Queensberry rules?
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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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
It's Crunch Time For Trump's Anti-Immigrant Gambit On The Census
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
Under Threat Of Lockdown, Some Orthodox Neighborhoods Seek To Downplay Coronavirus Rates
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Human rights lawyers sue Trump administration for ‘silencing’ them
New York Times:
Alexander Vindman Knew Trump Would End His Career
Michael J. Koplow / Israel Policy Forum:
Scraping the Bottom of the Progressive Barrel
David Morgan / Reuters:
Pelosi, Mnuchin approach 11th hour on U.S. COVID-19 aid talks
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Breitbart
USA Today:
Election forecasts helped elect Trump in 2016. It could happen again in 2020.
 Earlier Items: 
Americans Increasingly Believe Violence is Justified if the Other Side Wins
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Lyman / Montgomery Advertiser:
BRIAN LYMAN  —  Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday offered a “sincere, heartfelt apology” …
Discussion: NPR
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Listen to What Trump 2016 Swing-State Voters Had to Say About the Debate
New York Times:
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