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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Jared and Ivanka threaten to sue the Lincoln Project for ‘enormous’ damages over Times Square billboards on COVID: report  —  Attorneys representing Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are threatening to sue the Lincoln Project over two Times Square billboards criticizing the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: The Guardian and
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump threaten to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square ads … Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are threatening to sue over a pair of giant, side-by-side, pro-Joe Biden campaign billboards in Times Square that blast the couple's response to the coronavirus crisis.
Bill Sanderson / New York Daily News:   Ivanka, Jared: Don't blame us on Times Square billboards for Trump administration COVID-19 death toll — we'll sue
Thomas Rid / Washington Post:
Insisting that the Hunter Biden laptop is fake is a trap.  So is insisting that it's real.  —  The lesson of 2016 is to be even more careful with potential disinformation in 2020.  —  “You mean the laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?  You got to be kidding me,” …
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
The MAGAverse tries to summon another Clinton-FBI moment  —  In the final days of the 2020 race, MAGA world is trying to conjure up the same event that helped them in the home stretch of 2016 — an out-of-left-field FBI investigation into their opponent.  —  The ingredients are all the same …
Davey Alba / New York Times:   Fox News Is Covering Hunter Biden Claims More Than 2016 WikiLeaks Emails
USA Today:
Trump's campaign made stops nationwide.  Coronavirus cases surged in his wake in at least five places. … As President Donald Trump jetted across the country holding campaign rallies during the past two months, he didn't just defy state orders and federal health guidelines.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
Tim Alberta / Politico:
The Unspectacular Excellence of Joe Biden's Slow and Steady Campaign  —  It was a frigid night in mid-Michigan on November 2, 2018, when Joe Biden jogged onto the stage inside an overheated gymnasium at Lansing Community College, a rowdy audience of several thousand people chanting his name.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
63 million people watched final presidential debate
Discussion: ABC News
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
The White Issue: Has Anna Wintour's Diversity Push Come Too Late?  —  Vogue's September issue celebrated Black culture and contributors.  But some employees say the magazine's powerful editor fostered a workplace that sidelined women of color.  —  Vogue's September issue was different this year.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump voting in Florida; Bon Jovi joining Biden  —  President Donald Trump is casting his ballot Saturday morning, taking advantage of Florida's early voting system.  —  Trump will be voting in West Palm Beach, Florida, near his private Mar-a-Lago club.
New York Times:
U.S. Sets Coronavirus Case Record Amid New Surge  —  More than 79,000 new cases of the virus were reported across the country on Friday, shattering an earlier single-day record and stirring new fears about the months ahead.  —  The United States is in the midst of one of the most severe surges …
Discussion: The Signorile Report and The Week
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
While Her Father Rails Against ‘Idiot’ Scientists, Ivanka Trump Talks Ice Cream  —  The first daughter is trying to woo the white suburban female voters who have become her father's demographic kryptonite.  —  FRANKLIN, Wis. — President Trump had just been on Fox and Friends …
New York Times:
Trump's Philanthropy: Big Tax Write-Offs and Claims That Don't Always Add Up  —  Hidden financial records cast doubt on a number of his charitable commitments and show that most of his giving came from land deals that offset his income.  —  In President Trump's telling …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
National Republican Party Formally Backs QAnon Supporter  —  A $5,000 September donation formalizes the GOP's acceptance of Marjorie Taylor Greene's candidacy after top officials in the party had signalled hesitancy in backing her.  —  After weeks of wavering, the national Republican party …
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
She Used to Clean City Hall.  Now, She Runs It.  —  In Russia, elections are typically theatrical affairs with the winner and loser preordained.  Sometimes, though, they go off script.  —  POVALIKHINO, Russia — With election day looming, Nikolai Loktev was in a panic …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Paranoia and finger-pointing in Trumpworld as election approaches  —  President Donald Trump's top advisers have plunged into a bitter round of finger-pointing and blame-shifting ahead of an increasingly likely defeat.  —  Accusations are flying in all directions and about all manner of topics …
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Trump is dragging down fellow Republicans  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's struggles in the polls have been well documented.  He entered the final debate down about 10 points to former Vice President Joe Biden and trailed in key swing states.  —  Less discussed is that Trump has hurt …
Washington Post:
Fearful calls flood election offices as Trump attacks mail-in voting, threatening participation in GOP strongholds  —  Weber County, a majority-Republican community of 260,000 on the eastern shores of Utah's Great Salt Lake, held its first by-mail election in 2013.
Harriet Alexander / Yahoo News:
Republican party spends nearly $1 million to make Fox News' Sean Hannity a bestseller  —  A stridently pro-Trump Fox News host has seen his book reach the top of the bestsellers list, after the Republican Party spent nearly $1 million buying up copies.  —  Sean Hannity, the highest-paid star …
Fauci says it might be time to mandate masks as Covid-19 surges across US  —  See what Dr. Fauci thinks about Biden's mask plan  —  (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci has been reluctant to support a federal mask mandate.  —  “A national mandate probably would not work,” he said on Sept 15 during a news conference with Vermont Gov. Phil Scott.
Discussion: Forbes, Political Wire and Axios
NBC News:
For second straight day, U.S. Covid cases reach new high … For the second day in a row, the United States set a daily record for coronavirus cases when more than 79,000 infections were reported.  —  Friday's 779,303 cases, as tallied by NBC News, topped Thursday's 77,640.
Lest We Forget the Horrors: A Catalog of Trump's Worst Cruelties, Collusions, Corruptions, and Crimes  —  THE COMPLETE LISTING (SO FAR): ATROCITIES 1- 944 … Early in President Trump's term, McSweeney's editors began to catalog the head-spinning number of misdeeds coming from his administration.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
‘There is a voter-suppression wing’: An ugly American tradition clouds the 2020 presidential race  —  A Memphis, Tenn., poll worker turned away people wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts, saying they couldn't vote.  Robocalls warned thousands of Michigan residents that mail-in voting could put …
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Focus Group Slams Trump for No Empathy in Final Presidential Debate  —  Analysts and pundits are praising President Trump for turning in a more “restrained” performance at this year's final presidential debate.  Though it's true the president presented a calmer façade …
Washington Post:
Trump's historic assault on the civil service was four years in the making  —  President Trump's extraordinary directive allowing his administration to weed out career federal employees viewed as disloyal in a second term is the product of a four-year campaign by conservatives working from a little-known West Wing policy shop.
Samantha Power / Washington Post:
Two things Facebook still needs to do to reduce the spread of misinformation  —  Samantha Power is a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the author most recently of “The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir.”  —  As a reporter years ago in Bosnia, I witnessed malicious actors spreading lies …
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Mark Kelly classmates say report on yearbook photo by right-wing media site is false  —  Four of his Merchant Marine Academy classmates say Mark Kelly, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, was falsely accused of dressing up for Halloween decades ago as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
Michael Ellsberg / The Daily Beast:
Meet the Dominatrix Forcing Trump Supporters to Vote Biden  —  PAYBACK'S A B*TCH … Empress Delfina is talking her submissive fans into seeing the error of their ways for the low price of $1.99 a minute.  —  This election season, many people who wouldn't be natural allies …
Joanna McClinton / Business Insider:
Joe Biden has promised to tackle systemic racism head on.  He can start by appointing diverse judges and cabinet members. … - Should Biden win, he must appoint the most diverse cabinet and judiciary in history, says five Black lawmakers in swing states.  — By appointing public defenders …
Des Bieler / Washington Post:
Brett Favre and President Trump discuss keeping sports separate from politics  —  During a town hall taped Tuesday at the White House and aired Wednesday evening, Brett Favre asked President Trump a question about recent efforts made by professional sports leagues to support anti-racist and pro-Black Lives Matter messages.
Brian Groh / New York Times:
The Radicalization of a Small American Town  —  The change has occurred so slowly that at times, I hardly noticed it.  —  Mr. Groh is a novelist.  —  LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — For 20 years, off and on, I've lived in this small, blue-collar town about 30 minutes west of Cincinnati.
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
Biden says he would if elected mandate masks in interstate transportation
Lina al-Hathloul / Washington Post:
My sister sits in a Saudi prison cell as Riyadh hosts a G-20 women's conference
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Forbes Estimates China Paid Trump At Least $5.4 Million Since He Took Office, Via Mysterious Trump Tower Lease
Discussion: Political Wire
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Mitchell Airport denied Trump campaign request to hold rally, forcing move to Waukesha
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Inside the Refugee Camp on America's Doorstep
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Spin, hyperbole and deception: How Trump claimed credit for an Obama veterans achievement
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Religion News Service:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump, confirmed a Presbyterian, now identifies as ‘non-denominational Christian’
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Biden Trolls Trump With New COVID Website
Discussion: KXAN-TV, The Hill and The Wrap
David Shepardson / Reuters:
U.S. Postal Service returns 137 mail processing machines to service
New York Times:
As Governor Resists Mask Mandate, Iowans Sour on the G.O.P.
Wall Street Journal:
CNN President Jeff Zucker Faces What Might Be His Last Lap
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
The Trump Administration Shut a Vaccine Safety Office Last Year. What's the Plan Now?
Discussion: The Week