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September 14th Playbook

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden visited Shanksville on Friday to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Here is the Playbook. 

Trump To Participate in ABC News Town Hall in Philadelphia: On Tuesday night, Trump will be in Philadelphia to participate in an ABC News “20/20” town hall, anchored by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. ABC News reports that the one-hour, live event will begin at 9 pm.

Biden To Visit Scranton for CNN Town Hall: On Thursday night, Biden will be in Scranton for a CNN town hall, moderated by Anderson Cooper. The town hall will begin at 8 pm and will “feature a socially-distanced live audience, will follow Pennsylvania’s guidance and regulations regarding the coronavirus pandemic,” according to CNN.

Harris To Visit Philly: On Thursday, Sen. Kamala Harris will be traveling to Philadelphia, according to the Biden campaign.

September 11th Ups & Downs: Republicans make gains in voter registration in the state, the presidential campaigns take different approaches to television ad spending, plus the governor receives an award. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Comforting families, warning foes: Biden, Trump mark 9/11
AP: Lawmakers take record before voters under new election rules
AP: State orders reroute of part of natural gas pipeline
AP: Militias say they protect rights, critics call it a sham.
Spotlight PA: Top Pa. GOP lawmaker taps politically connected lobbyist to be chief of staff
Spotlight PA: From relief to despair, one Pa. family struggles with the ambiguity of federal eviction ban
Patriot News: Pa. Democratic lawmakers face difficult vote on high school sports bill that Gov. Wolf plans to veto
Patriot News: On Sept. 11, Trump, Biden visit Flight 93 Memorial in western Pa.
Patriot News: Biden honors families, mingles at 9/11 memorial in western Pa.
Patriot News: Trump supporters turn out strong but restrained for his visit to 9/11 memorial in western Pa.
Patriot News: ‘Be prepared for Election Week or Election Month’; the vote count will take longer this year
Inquirer: A Pennsylvania town once known as ‘communism on the prairie’ is all about Trump now
Inquirer: Lancaster police fatally shoot man after domestic disturbance call; protestors gather outside police station
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey sidesteps comment on Trump, Woodward book revelations
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The state Board of Ed advanced new science standards for the first time in two decades. That could transform how schools teach climate change
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: More Pa. Senate employees test positive for COVID-19
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bernie stumps for Biden in digital Pennsylvania town hall
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On 19th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, Trump visits Shanksville to remember ‘heroes of Flight 93’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: 18 counties now under drought watch, one more under drought warning, DEP says
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Remembering 9/11 and where we go next | Five for the Weekend
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What dueling veto override press releases tell you about the Legislature’s priorities | Friday Morning Coffee
WITF: Former Governor Tom Ridge Calls On Legislature To Change Ballot Counting Law 
WITF: How big oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled
PLSReporter: Could reforming Pa.’s prevailing wage relieve the financial stress on local governments? Here’s why one lawmaker thinks so. 
Fox News: America marks 19 years since 9/11, under coronavirus precautions
Fox News: Biden delivers beer to Shanksville firefighters: ‘I keep my promises’
Fox News: Pennsylvania restaurant apologizes for offensive sign that sparked protest
Fox News: Duquesne University professor on paid leave after repeatedly using ‘N-word’ during online class: reports
Fox News: GOP rally for St. Louis gun couple KO’d by Pennsylvania town
StateImpactPA: DEP orders Sunoco to reroute pipeline after Marsh Creek Lake spill
StateImpactPA: Delaware River Basin Commission postpones vote on New Jersey terminal for Pa. shale gas, citing need for more study time
National Journal: Democrats Outpace Republicans in Swing-State Absentee Ballot Requests
National Journal: Jake Tapper Urged Parnell to Run in Safer Seat
National Journal: Biden Focuses on ‘Blue Wall’ States
KYW Newsradio: Wolf says he plans to veto bill adding more district control over school sports
KYW Newsradio: Penn State, Kutztown and other area universities dealing with COVID-19 spikes
KYW Newsradio: Results of potential COVID-19 Labor Day spike could determine next steps in Pa.
KYW Newsradio: Food banks still strained, Wolf administration urges US to restore compensation benefits
KYW Newsradio: Pa. health secretary honors first responders of 9/11 and the coronavirus pandemic 
KDKA: President Trump Raises Concerns Over Mail-In Voting In Pennsylvania On Twitter
The Hill: Trump campaign bets big on digital ads to counter Biden
The Hill: Photographer breaches Biden’s security perimeter
The Hill: Trump marks 9/11 with moment of silence on Air Force One, remarks in PA
The Hill: Watch live: Trump attends 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 920 new cases with York County adding more than 1 in 10
Politico: Democrats build big edge in early voting
Philly Voice: Trump, Biden separately visit Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville for 9/11  
CNN: America’s 9/11 remembrance altered by staggering pandemic loss
CNN: Trump pays tribute to 9/11 at the site of United Flight 93 crash
Real Clear Politics: PA’s Bucks County: Ultimate Suburban Bellwether

KYW Newsradio: City Council returns from recess to full agenda on busy first day back
Billy Penn: How Philly’s affordable housing problem was 100 years in the making
Philadelphia Magazine: No, Mail-In Ballots Won’t Be Available On Monday. Blame the Green Party
Philadelphia Magazine: What Would Philly Look Like If Urbanists Ran the City? 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Council’s vote on union bill shows how building trades are still a force in city politics
Inquirer: ‘I’m hurt. We’re hurting.’ Black girls with Eyekonz Field Hockey and Lacrosse march against police brutality
Inquirer: Philly principals’ union declares ‘no confidence’ in Hite
Delaware Valley Journal: Gun Permits Spike in Delaware Valley Amid Unrest and Uncertainty
Philadelphia Citizen: Help Workers Help The Vote 
Philadelphia Tribune: Diversity up among municipal workers
Philadelphia Tribune: City councilwoman proposes legislation criminalizing racially motivated 911 calls
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council passes public health emergency leave

Daily Local News: Sunoco ordered to move Mariner East pipeline after spill into lake 
Delco Daily Times: County moves forward on prison deprivatization
KYW Newsradio: State orders Sunoco to reroute Mariner East II pipeline 
Inquirer: In Philadelphia’s white suburbs, Black Lives Matter protests both denounced and exposed racism. Will it make a difference?
Inquirer: Pennsylvania DEP orders Sunoco to reroute Mariner East 2 pipeline after spill into Marsh Creek Lake
Inquirer: Darby Township commissioner stripped of police oversight duties after posting inflammatory meme
Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Rosie the Riveter’ bill supported by Levittown Rosie poised to move ahead in Senate
Bucks County Courier Times: Protestors seek more action on racist sign at Fred’s in New Hope 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks makes polling place changes
Philly Voice: Bucks County restaurant apologizes for racist sign hung on wall 
Pottstown Mercury: Mensch bill would improve nursing home access

Post-Gazette: Pandemic can’t derail the honoring of Flight 93 heroes
Post-Gazette: Election officials propose additional office dates to drop off ballots ahead of Nov. 3
Post-Gazette: Civil Saturdays march at Bakery Square celebrates Black lives in final protest of 16-week run  
Post-Gazette: Conduct board responds to Judge Tranquilli, says he should remain suspended without pay 
Post-Gazette: Push to bring back health care supply chains forges unlikely alliance of freshman lawmakers
Post-Gazette: How a 20-year friendship with a civil rights icon led David Hickton to oversee trillions in Washington spending 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh was on the front lines in women’s battle for voting rights
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Health Dept. delays Sept. 13 COVID-19 case numbers to Monday 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 in Pittsburgh: A timeline of the first six months
WESA: ‘Civil Saturdays’ End After 16 Weeks, But Organizers Say The Fight Continues  
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Proposing Opening Additional Elections Offices 
KDKA: 9/11 Remembered: President Trump, Former VP Biden Visit Flight 93 Memorial In Shanksville On 19th Anniversary
KDKA: Joe Biden Follows Through On Promise, Delivers Beer To Firefighters In Shanksville 
KDKA: Black Lives Matter Demonstrators And Armed Residents Clash In Elizabeth Borough 
KDKA: Final Civil Saturday Protest Marches Through East End 
KDKA: Police Investigate Cases Of Biden-Harris Campaign Signs Being Vandalized, Supporters’ Houses Egged 
KDKA: Start Of Pa. Election On Hold Due To Ballot Delay 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Department Unable To Report Coronavirus Numbers On Sunday
Pittsburgh Business Times: Report: More positive signs for natural gas in 2021
City Paper: Duquesne University professor placed on leave after using n-word multiple times in video class with student
Tribune Review: Activists call for action beyond protesting at final Civil Saturdays march in Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: Solemn remembrance on hallowed grounds 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Flight 93 Remembered | ‘America will always rise up’: Trump salutes passengers, crew on 9/11 anniversary
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Flight 93 Remembered | Despite pandemic, scaled-back ceremony still ‘meaningful and beautiful’ 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PHOTO GALLERY | Flight 93 Remembered | ‘Humbling’ experience as local servicemen greet president, first lady at Johnstown airport
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Republicans narrowing Democrats’ voter registration advantage in Pa.
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area counties add COVID-19 cases as state approaches 144,000 reported positives
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 17 additional covid-19 cases, no new deaths
Altoona Mirror: Flight 93 a ‘collective act of courage’
Altoona Mirror: Failed vote leaves dim relief hopes
Altoona Mirror: Centre County center of local outbreak
Altoona Mirror: Court rebukes area judge
Observer-Reporter: Voter registration assistance available 
Observer-Reporter: State has no plans to allow fans at Steelers home games 

The Times Leader: PolitiFact calls Bognet ad ‘false;’ campaigns respond
The Times Leader: In-person voting still an option Nov. 3
The Times Leader: Rep. Meuser with Trump today for ceremony at Flight 93 National Memorial
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre mayor, staff temporarily relocating to Innovation Center
The Times Leader: Luzerne County solicitor recalls 2001 attack, aftermath, during courthouse ceremony
The Times Leader: Luzerne County cases and positivity rate rise in new weekly coronavirus dashboard reading
The Times Leader: 15 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 920 statewide
Citizens Voice: Biden town hall planned outside PNC Field 
Citizens Voice: Demos of county’s new voting system start today at courthouse 
Citizens Voice: Mayor Brown temporarily relocating office 
Citizens Voice: 15 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: PNC Field sets stage for Biden
Times-Tribune: Biden town hall planned outside Lackawanna County stadium
Times-Tribune: Scranton tax cases get hearings in separate courts
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County’s COVID-19 cases spike again

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Biden backs DePasquale as PA-10 becomes one of the nation’s tightest races
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle bans the use of fireworks on borough property
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Cumberland County sees 12 new cases as region marks highest number of new cases yet
York Dispatch: Wolf predicts sports veto will survive; Y-A officials pause for politics
York Dispatch: York County’s top judge weighs in on district judge closing public hearing
York Dispatch: Saturday update: York County has record-breaking 129 new COVID-19 cases
York Daily Record: York County hits another high-positive COVID-19 mark
LNP | LancasterOnline: Worried your mail-in ballot could arrive late? Here’s what our test of Lancaster County’s postal system found

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: The outsider’s guide to Northampton County, where the 2020 election could be decided
Express Times: ‘Politics took a day off’: Lehigh Valley family of Flight 93 attendant joins Trump, Biden at memorial
Express Times: See where thousands in the Lehigh Valley are most at risk financially of losing their homes
Morning Call: Pa. town blocks Republican rally featuring gun-toting St. Louis couple, citing COVID restrictions
Morning Call: Pennsylvania suicides amid COVID-19: Worried about possible surge, Rep. Mike Schlossberg deeply involved in plan to help
Morning Call: Lehigh and Northampton counties will extend election office hours for voters to drop off mail-in ballots 
Morning Call: Plans to restart Lehigh County jury trials amid coronavirus pandemic face scrutiny
Reading Eagle: Reading resident seeking to overturn city’s garbage ordinance has a new plan
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus mobile response unit provides testing and education in Reading, Sinking Spring
Reading Eagle: 79 more coronavirus cases for Berks County

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Mail-in ballot requests favor Democrats 3-1 in Erie County
Erie Times-News: Democrats to open North East field office Saturday
Erie Times-News: Former Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott injured in motorcycle accident
Erie Times-News: Erie police deny City Council request for woman’s complaint 
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to honor Manus
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on Sept. 13 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local leaders: Let fans attend the games
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City tax filings to be more easy and efficient
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County prison inmate numbers increase

Kimberley A. Strassel: Trump’s Pennsylvania Bet
Kevin L. Shivers: Congress needs same bipartisan spirit It found to rebuild America after 9/11 to fix PPP for American workers
Bill White: Did public overreact to Donald Trump Jr. on WFMZ’s ‘Business Matters’?
Larry Ceisler: Help Workers Help The Vote 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Congressman Smucker is squandering an opportunity to face voters in a time of great crisis 
Inquirer: Difficult Conversations About Race 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Building bridges 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Standing up to power 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What ventilators taught us 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tilting at windmills 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A double standard
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: Candidates must come to the debate stage
Tim Hartman: Keep us posted on voter suppression | Editorial Cartoon
Gaurab Basu: I had my ‘climate moment’ recognizing crisis. Pa. voters need to do the same. 
Mark O’Keefe: Trump breaks with Birx on virus threat. Now we know why 
Peter Durantine: Trump, Pence don’t understand what really made America great — and never will
Keith C. Burris: A parade of cynicism
David M. Shribman: Current center-right mood is not so different than 1976
Felipe Restrepo: It took me 31 years to become a U.S. citizen. It’s the most meaningful oath I took.
Greg Caputo: Restaurant Week 2020: Good in theory but a service worker’s nightmare 
Dana Rose Garfin: 9/11 Anniversary: Two decades later, how the pain of the attacks stays with a generation
Chris Kelly: All the President’s Mendacity
Gene Therapy: Lies then and now, the stuff of resignation
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: America’s homelessness problem
Will Bunch: I’m numb to crazy stuff Trump says, but utterly terrified of crazy stuff Americans believe

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