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Politico:
‘Nothing is off the table’: Supreme Court fight could reshape the Senate  —  The Senate is moving toward a historic showdown that may reverberate for years to come.  —  The looming battle over President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
For Mitch McConnell, Keeping His Senate Majority Matters More Than the Supreme Court  —  As the Democrats weigh their options about how to stop Mitch McConnell from filling Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat, one tactic that they should forget about immediately is arguing …
New York Times:
Joe Biden's Court Vacancy Plan: More Talk of Health Care and the Pandemic  —  Mr. Biden has spent months assailing President Trump's handling of the coronavirus.  With a bitter Supreme Court confirmation battle looming, he will seek to link the vacancy to the pandemic and the future of health care.
Adam J. White / The Bulwark:
Save the Vote, Save the Court  —  And save the country.  —  A Supreme Court seat is suddenly vacant on the eve of the presidential election.  President Trump should promptly nominate the late Justice Ginsburg's successor, but Senators should delay a final vote on the nomination until after the election.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Furious Democrats consider total war if McConnell jams through Supreme Court pick  —  Furious Democrats are considering total war — profound changes to two branches of government, and even adding stars to the flag — if Republicans jam through a Supreme Court nominee, then lose control of the Senate.
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Trump to His Female Supporters: I Hope Your Husbands OKed You Attending My Rallies  —  THANK YOU, DEAR  —  Moments after vowing to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court at his campaign rally in North Carolina on Saturday night, President Trump asked some of his female supporters in the crowd …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Sean Collins / Vox:
Susan Collins: No Supreme Court vote before Election Day  —  Sen. Susan Collins in the Senate subway in March 2020.  Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images  —  Collins said that the Senate should begin the confirmation process, but that no floor vote should be held until the next president is chosen.
William Saletan / Slate:
McConnell Is Inventing Excuses to Grab Ginsburg's Seat
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Permanently Resets 2020 Election
Discussion: Townhall and National Review
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Trump's Supreme Court Pick Shrouded In Secrecy
Discussion: NBC News, Axios and Politico
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Live Updates: A Tip Sheet for the Senate Fight Over Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat
Washington Post:
Graham — an institutionalist turned Trump loyalist — will play a central role in Supreme Court battle
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
Errin Haines / The 19th:
‘An extraordinary force in the law:’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy on gender equity
Discussion: New York Times
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Theresa Greenfield narrowly leads Joni Ernst in hyper-competitive Senate race  —  Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in a Senate race that appears to be among the most competitive in the country.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story, The 19th and Politico
Mark Murray / NBC News:
After a tumultuous month of news, Biden maintains national lead over Trump  —  WASHINGTON — After a month of political conventions, fresh controversies, more protests and additional deaths from the coronavirus, the 2020 presidential race remains where's it's been for months …
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
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Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Leads Trump by 8 Points in New Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll  —  Respondents view president as better economic steward, Democrat as better on coronavirus  —  WASHINGTON—In a year dominated by a deadly virus, racial unrest and tumultuous news cycles, the presidential race remains remarkably stable …
Discussion: NPR
New York Times:
Trump Supporters Disrupt Early Voting in Virginia  —  A group waving Trump flags and chanting “four more years” created a commotion at a polling location in Fairfax, Va. A county official said some voters and staff members felt intimidated.  —  A group of Trump supporters waving campaign flags disrupted …
Discussion: Axios
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why it could be a Biden blowout in November  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new ABC News/Washington Post poll from Minnesota finds Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with a 57% to 41% lead over President Donald Trump among likely voters.  —  Two other Minnesota polls released …
Discussion: Washington Times
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Majority of Americans report no confidence in Trump to confirm vaccine safety, effectiveness: POLL  —  The numbers come via an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.  —  CDC director responds to Trump's COVID-19 vaccine timeline  —  President Donald Trump asserted that a vaccine could be weeks away …
CNBC:
Trump agrees to deal in which TikTok will partner with Oracle and Walmart  — Trump said he has given his blessing to a deal in which Oracle and Walmart would partner with TikTok in the U.S.  — Oracle will become TikTok's cloud provider and a minority investor with a 12.5% stake.
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Mark Joyella / Forbes:
Trump Describes Journalist Hit By Rubber Bullet As ‘A Beautiful Sight’  —  At a rally in Minnesota, President Trump described an MSNBC anchor hit by a rubber bullet while covering protests after the death of George Floyd in May as “a beautiful sight,” comments quickly condemned by journalists including CNN's Jake Tapper.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill, more at Mediagazer »
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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NBC News:
Letter sent to White House containing deadly poison ricin intercepted, officials say
Discussion: IJR, MSNBC and Fox News
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Our Poll* Shows Close Race for Senate in Montana  —  *The survey erred in listing the Green Party, but it's still clear that Daines and Bullock are in a tight contest.  —  A New York Times/Siena College poll of Montana shows a close race for Senate.  But it has an important flaw …
New York Times:
AstraZeneca, Under Fire for Vaccine Safety, Releases Trial Blueprints  —  Experts are concerned that the company has not been more forthcoming about two participants who became seriously ill after getting its experimental vaccine.  —  AstraZeneca revealed details of its large coronavirus vaccine trials …
Discussion: San Bernardino Sun
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Anatomy of a faux scandal: Right-wing media uses misleading local story to suggest coronavirus cover-up  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this story is also appearing in the Reliable Sources newsletter.  Click here to sign up for free.  —  If you don't get your news from right-wing media …
 
 
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