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5:40 PM ET, September 19, 2020

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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: Washington Times and Reason
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
A Ginsburg replacement is ‘worth the White House and Senate’: Why, and how, Republicans will push through Trump's Supreme Court nominee  —  WASHINGTON — Even before the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday night, November's presidential election was shaping …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Trump's Supreme Court Pick Will Likely Be Introduced With Fanfare  —  Candidates on the short list for a Supreme Court vacancy undergo intense vetting that typically culminates in a one-on-one interview with the president.  —  The process is shrouded in secrecy, but President Trump's flair …
NBC News:
A Mark Kelly win in Ariz. Senate race could spoil McConnell's plans to replace Ginsburg  —  WASHINGTON — Arizona's critical Senate race has suddenly taken on extra weight since Democrat Mark Kelly could potentially be sworn in early enough to vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if he wins.
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.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Dem donors smash ActBlue's daily record after Ginsburg's death  —  Democratic online donors set a new one-day fundraising record on ActBlue in the hours following Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, pouring money into Democratic Senate campaigns and other causes …
Jill Filipovic / Washington Post:
If McConnell pushes through a nominee, President Biden should pack the court  —  Republicans have put party over principle.  Biden can do something about it.  —  For liberals, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death brings shock — that an icon is gone, that she didn't make it until the next presidency …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Coming Political Crisis
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Democrats Raised More Than $46 Million Following RBG's Death
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Presses for New Justice ‘Without Delay’ as Election-Season Battle Looms
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Could Mean For The Obamacare Hearing Nov. 10
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, ABC News and NBC News
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump urges Republicans to fill Ginsburg vacancy ‘without delay’
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Ricin Is Said to Have Been Sent to White House  —  Federal investigators are working to track down who sent it and determine whether other envelopes have been sent through the postal system.  —  WASHINGTON — An envelope addressed to the White House contained a substance …
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Evan Perez / CNN:
A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to Trump intercepted by law enforcement  —  (CNN)A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, according to two law enforcement officials.
NBC News:
Letter sent to White House containing deadly poison ricin intercepted, officials say … A letter addressed to President Donald Trump that was intercepted before it reached the White House tested positive for the deadly poison ricin earlier this week, law enforcement officials said.
Discussion: Fox News, MSNBC and Press Herald
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:   Package Containing Ricin Said to Have Been Intercepted in White House Mail
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:   Package Containing Ricin Was Intercepted in the White House Mail
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 and NBC4 Washington
The Daily Beast:
ICE Hysterectomy Doctor Wasn't Even a Board-Certified OB-GYN  —  Dr. Mahendra Amin has been accused of performing unnecessary uterus removals on detained immigrants.  —  The doctor at the center of a scandal over unwanted hysterectomies at an immigrant detention facility in Georgia …
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Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:   The Private Georgia Immigration-Detention Facility at the Center of a Whistle-Blower's Complaint
 
 
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