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2:35 PM ET, September 19, 2020

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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.
Discussion: Reason
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Democrats shatter ActBlue's donation records after Ginsburg's death.  —  Democratic donors gave more money online in the 9 p.m. hour Friday after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death was announced — $6.2 million — than in any other single hour since ActBlue, the donation-processing site, was started 16 years ago.
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.
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
It Shouldn't Have Come Down to Her Some will try to blame Ruth Bader Ginsburg for not stepping down sooner.  They are missing the point.  —  She died at the Jewish New Year, and my family is not religious.  But I had been so happy, in this time of being far from our loved ones …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death pours intensity on, could reshape Colorado's hotly contested Senate race  —  With 45 days until the 2020 election, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday promises to add more intensity to Colorado's hotly contested U.S. Senate race and will likely force both campaigns to change strategy in the final stretch.
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.
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Mitch McConnell's Calculation  —  There is going to be a SCOTUS vote before the election  —  Anyone who has observed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's career knows there are only two things he cares about: maintaining his Senate majority leader position and confirming judges.
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Could Mean For The Obamacare Hearing Nov. 10  —  The case remains weak, but the odds of success — and millions losing insurance — just increased.  —  The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tragedy for the country, which has lost a groundbreaking legal icon, and for the many causes she championed.
Des Moines Register:
Here's how Iowa's Republican US senators said they would handle an election-year Supreme Court vacancy  —  Iowa's Republican U.S. senators are split on how they would address a new vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
What Republican Senators Say in Private  —  N, early every reporter in Washington has experienced it: A Republican member of Congress says, “Off the record,” shifts into a quieter voice, and expresses how much he or she doesn't like President Donald Trump.  Soon after, you watch …
Discussion: New York Times, Forbes and The Hill
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 …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Here Are the Ways to Stop Mitch and Trump From Replacing RBG
Discussion: Raw Story
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Would Want America to Do Now
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Presses for New Justice ‘Without Delay’ as Election-Season Battle Looms
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump urges Republicans to fill Ginsburg vacancy ‘without delay’
Arizona Republic:
Mark Kelly could be sworn into the U.S. Senate early if he wins race, experts say
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR and Vox
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: In Minnesota, Biden Paints Trump as ‘Looking Down’ at the Middle Class
Washington Post:   Fierce political battle heats up over whether to replace Ginsburg as tributes pour in
Axios:
Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87
ABC News:
Donald Trump to put forth nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in coming days: Sources
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
The Glorious RBG I learned, while writing about her, that her precision disguised her warmth.
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and ACLU
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McConnell: Trump's Supreme Court nominee ‘will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate’
Washington Post:
Trump, Clinton and Obama respond to Ginsburg's death as political fight looms
NBC News:
U.S. Covid-19 death toll surpasses 200,000  —  In the predawn hours of March 30, Dr. Deborah Birx stepped in front of the camera on the White House lawn and made an alarming prediction about the coronavirus, which had, by then, killed fewer than 3,000 people in the United States.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
 
 
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