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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural, and feminist icon has died.  The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from cancer.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87  —  “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement.  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday of “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” the Supreme Court announced.
ABC News:
Donald Trump to put forth nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in coming days: Sources  —  The shortlist includes at least one woman, sources said.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images  —  President Donald Trump is expected …
Washington Post:
Trump, Clinton and Obama respond to Ginsburg's death as political fight looms  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who refused to consider former president Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee in the months leading up to the 2016 election, vowed Friday to hold a vote …
Barack Obama:
My Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk.  She'd studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations.  But because she was a woman, she was rejected.
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
The Glorious RBG I learned, while writing about her, that her precision disguised her warmth.  —  Ruth Bader Ginsburg used to instruct her clerks to get it right and keep it tight, so I'll try to do the same.  Only someone so stubborn and single-minded, someone so in love with the work …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
3 Big Ways RBG's Death Could Have An Immediate SCOTUS Impact  —  Even before it's determined whether President Trump will get to fill the seat left vacant by the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, her absence could have a big impact on disputes already before or likely headed to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Politico and Japan Times
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Schumer: Senate must not fill Ginsburg vacancy ‘until we have a new president’  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Friday night that the Senate should not fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death “until we have a new president.”
Axios:
Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg  —  President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.  —  Driving the news …
New York Times:
A Deal on Drug Prices Undone by White House Insistence on ‘Trump Cards’  —  The White House and the pharmaceutical industry were nearing a major deal to lower drug prices.  Then the administration demanded that $100 cash cards be sent to millions of seniors before the election — and the industry balked.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story, Mediaite and Mother Jones
Arizona Republic:
Mark Kelly could be sworn into the U.S. Senate early if he wins race, experts say  —  If Mark Kelly defeats incumbent Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona's high-stakes U.S. Senate race, he may not have to wait long to start work in Washington, D.C.  —  Two Republican and Democratic election attorneys agree …
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science  —  Emails from a former top Trump health official and his science adviser show how the two refused to accept Centers for Disease Control and Prevention science and sought to silence the agency.
Tom Batchelor / Newsweek:
Hundreds of Heavily-Armed Gun Activists Surround Michigan State Capitol  —  Hundreds of pro-gun activists have demonstrated at Michigan's State Capitol in support of the right to open-carry firearms inside the government building.  —  Heavily-armed protestors, some waving Confederate flags …
Discussion: MLive.com and The Hill
Gene Weingarten / Washington Post:
A neighbor asked for a tomato.  This is where the story gets weird.  —  The following account is completely true, and, no, there is nothing funny about it.  —  I was on my laptop in the dining room of my rowhouse in downtown Washington, D.C., when someone rapped at the window.
indystar:
Satchuel Cole, leader in the fight for racial equality in Indianapolis, lied about own race  —  Satchuel Cole, a highly visible community leader advocating for racial and social justice in Indiana, has apologized for misleading people about Cole's own race, saying “I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Task & Purpose:
New emails reveal the chaotic final days of Brett Crozier's command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt  —  The situation was so dire on the USS Theodore Roosevelt that by March 30 leaders on the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier found themselves “inside a tornado fighting a war,” …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump at Minnesota rally: Biden will turn state into a ‘refugee camp’  —  President Donald Trump said his Democratic rival Joe Biden would “turn Minnesota into a refugee camp” and bragged about deporting Somali nationals, sharpening his play for the battleground state during a Friday rally.
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Biden's fact-free ‘Park Avenue vs. Scranton’ line: A reminder that the major media will never fact-check Biden
Discussion: Breitbart, Townhall and The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
This new pro-Trump talking point is one of their most cynical lies yet  —  Because Mitch McConnell is one of the most cynical and dishonest figures in American public life, he has dreamed up a new way to spin away Russian electoral interference that may be even more absurd than anything President Trump has conjured up.
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Erin Coates / The Cain Gang:
Police Haul Man Out of Library for Not Wearing Mask During Meeting About Wearing Masks  —  A man was physically removed from a school board meeting in Mitchell, South Dakota, on Monday night because he refused to wear a protective face covering.  —  Reed Bender had attended meetings in the past …
Politico:
State Dept. provides House Dems docs previously given to Ron Johnson's Biden probe  —  The State Department on Friday turned over 16,000 pages of documents to a House committee that were previously given to Senate Republicans investigating Joe and Hunter Biden — providing Democrats …
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Royal Family Divides Over Potential Embrace of Israel  —  The king and crown prince have been at odds over whether to ease relations with the Jewish state; deal with U.A.E. stunned the 84-year-old monarch  —  in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Summer Said in Dubai and Felicia Schwartz
The Times:
Overburdened, underpaid and ‘misery on his face’: Boris Johnson gets the blues … Shortly before lunchtime on Wednesday Boris Johnson summoned a small group of Conservative backbenchers to his wood-panelled office behind the Speaker's chair in the Commons.  —  He had just come from prime minister's questions.
New York Times:
A Danish Children's TV Show Has This Message: ‘Normal Bodies Look Like This’  —  The program aims to counter social media that bombards young people with images of perfect bodies.  —  COPENHAGEN — “OK, children, does anyone have a question?” the TV show's host, Jannik Schow, asked.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
A White House Aide Just Warned Us That Donald Trump Is a Sociopath  —  A procession of former Trump administration officials, speaking both on and off the record, have depicted the president as fundamentally unfit for office.  Yesterday, the latest addition to their ranks …
 
 
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Michael Starr Hopkins / The Hill:
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Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Trump hits FBI director again over testimony on antifa, Russia
James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
No, a Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Didn't Partner With a Pro-Communist Chinese Group
Discussion: TheBlaze
Financial Times:
TikTok to be banned from US app stores from Sunday
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
The media's 3 unforgivable sins of the Trump era
Detroit Free Press:
Peters holds narrow lead over James in Michigan's US Senate race
Discussion: Townhall
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Trump, Pence criticize U.S. Chamber CEO
Discussion: Breitbart, National Review and The Hill
Des Moines Register:
What do Iowans think about the U.S. Senate, presidential races? A new Iowa Poll will offer answers
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
We Are All Algorithms Now  —  Is that what's really destroying the legitimacy of our democracy?
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Republican U.S. House campaign arm cancels $2 million in Houston-area advertising
Discussion: Political Wire
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
The United States is backsliding into autocracy under Trump, scholars warn
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
An Idaho ‘no-masker’ pastor prayed against a mask mandate. He's now in intensive care for covid-19.
Discussion: NBC News and Mediaite