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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Newsy, The Hill, CNBC, NPR and KRON4
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
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.
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 …
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.
Katelyn Burns / Vox:
Democratic donors raised millions after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Could Mean For The Obamacare Hearing Nov. 10
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and NBC News
Washington Post:
Fierce political battle heats up over whether to replace Ginsburg as tributes pour in
Discussion: Politico
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
CNN:
McConnell vows Trump's nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote, setting up historic fight
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump urges Republicans to fill Ginsburg vacancy ‘without delay’
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: In Minnesota, Biden Paints Trump as ‘Looking Down’ at the Middle Class
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87
Axios:
Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg
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
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
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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:
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
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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