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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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Nina Totenberg / NPR:
A 5-Decade-Long Friendship That Began With A Phone Call  —  In 1971, newly assigned to cover the Supreme Court, I was reading a brief in what would ultimately be the landmark case of Reed v. Reed.  It argued that the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause applied to women.
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.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Would Want America to Do Now  —  Ruth Bader Ginsburg was 87 years old when she passed away on Friday night.  If you were keeping cosmic score, it was the Jewish New Year and a day for hope and new beginnings.  —  In a world that won't cast 50-year-old women in films …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR and Vox
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Coming Political Crisis  —  The annus horribilis of 2020 lurches on.  —  Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at age 87, while in harness as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.  —  She remained at her post for 21 years after being diagnosed with cancer.
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
The winner of the Arizona Senate race could be seated in time for a vote on a Supreme Court pick.  —  If Mark Kelly, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Arizona, unseats Senator Martha McSally, a Republican who was appointed to her seat and began serving last year, he could be sworn in as early as Nov. 30 …
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Dying Wish: DISSENT!  —  To honor RBG, we've got to fight with all our might to reclaim the Supreme Court—and that means packing it.  —  She should have died hereafter.  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away tonight at the age of 87.  I would like to mourn her.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Here Are the Ways to Stop Mitch and Trump From Replacing RBG  —  GREASY MEN  —  You know they're already plotting how to stack the court before Election Day.  —  First of all, before we get to the politics: Thank heaven for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  She is truly one of the great 10 or 20 Americans of the last 40 years.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Waiting to Fill Ginsburg's Seat Could Be Trump's Key to Victory  —  If there's one Republican who could be convinced that filling the sudden Supreme Court vacancy is a bad idea, it's President Donald Trump.  —  There's no question that the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
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.
New York Times:
Polls Have Shown Voters Prefer Biden to Pick Next Justice  —  In surveys before Justice Ginsburg's death, he led by a slightly wider margin on choosing the next justice than he did over all against President Trump.  —  In 2016 and 2018, many analysts concluded that Supreme Court politics helped Republicans …
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 …
Axios:
Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: In Minnesota, Biden Paints Trump as ‘Looking Down’ at the Middle Class
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
The Glorious RBG I learned, while writing about her, that her precision disguised her warmth.
Discussion: ACLU
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McConnell: Trump's Supreme Court nominee ‘will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate’
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
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Stephen F. Cohen, Influential Historian of Russia, Dies at 81  —  He chronicled Stalin's tyrannies and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and he was an enthusiastic admirer of Mikhail Gorbachev.  —  Stephen F. Cohen, an eminent historian whose books and commentaries on Russia examined the rise …
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
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.
David Sims / The Atlantic:
Antebellum Isn't Just Bad—It's Vile  —  This story contains spoilers for the film Antebellum.  —  Antebellum is the kind of film that requires true storytelling daring to pull off.  A horror movie that blurs history, fantasy, and darkest nightmare, it would only work with the cleverest calibration …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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
 
 
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