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6:10 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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill, Townhall and The Root
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 …
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The tortured logic from right-wing media about replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  Back in 2016 and early 2017, Fox News was the self-satisfied home to a great deal of principled thinking about the importance of the American people's will.  —  Here, for example, was Laura Ingraham …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Can Trump and McConnell Push Through a Successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg?  —  In Washington, grief yields quickly to calculation.  The announcement of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court Justice and epic figure in American legal history, came in the early evening on Friday.
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 …
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.
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, Rolling Stone and New York Times
Katelyn Burns / Vox:
Democratic donors raised millions after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death
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’
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 …
NBC News:
Letter sent to White House containing deadly poison ricin intercepted, officials say
Discussion: Fox News, MSNBC and Press Herald
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:   Package Containing Ricin Was Intercepted in the White House Mail
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:   Package Containing Ricin Said to Have Been Intercepted in 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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