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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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Dem donors smash ActBlue's daily record after Ginsburg's death  —  Party donors flooded Senate campaigns and other causes Saturday, breaking the donor platform's record with nearly half the day left.  —  Democratic online donors set a new one-day fundraising record on ActBlue …
Politico:
Trump weighs Barrett, Lagoa for Court seat  —  President Donald Trump and his team are weighing a key decision this weekend: whether to nominate a Supreme Court candidate who already has been carefully vetted and interviewed, or take extra time to select someone newer to his process who could yield a bigger election-year payoff.
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
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Coming Political Crisis
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Here Are the Ways to Stop Mitch and Trump From Replacing RBG
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Could Mean For The Obamacare Hearing Nov. 10
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, ABC News and NBC News
Katelyn Burns / Vox:
Democratic donors raised millions after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death
Jesse Paul / The Colorado Sun:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death pours intensity on, could reshape Colorado's hotly contested Senate race
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Democrats Raised More Than $30 Million Following RBG's Death
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Fierce political battle heats up over whether to replace Ginsburg as tributes pour in
Discussion: Politico
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Presses for New Justice ‘Without Delay’ as Election-Season Battle Looms
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Would Want America to Do Now
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump urges Republicans to fill Ginsburg vacancy ‘without delay’
CNN:
McConnell vows Trump's nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote, setting up historic fight
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
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.
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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 …
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
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
The Private Georgia Immigration-Detention Facility at the Center of a Whistle-Blower's Complaint  —  In mid-April, a grainy cell-phone video was uploaded to YouTube from a small town in Georgia called Ocilla.  It opens with a woman in a red shirt holding a strip of white cloth over her face as a makeshift mask.
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