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9:55 PM ET, September 19, 2020

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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 …
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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.
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Trump's Supreme Court Pick Shrouded In Secrecy  —  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 for the dramatic …
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
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.
Discussion: Fox News, Reason, NPR, Raw Story and Breitbart
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Live Updates: A Tip Sheet for the Senate Fight Over Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat  —  President Trump said he expected to nominate a replacement for Justice Ginsburg next week.  Her death rapidly reshaped the race between Mr. Trump and Joe Biden and led to a political fight in the Senate.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden takes cautious approach to SCOTUS storm  —  The morning after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death set the political world ablaze and reordered the presidential race, Joe Biden called it a day.  Publicly, at least.  —  His campaign announced at 8:34 a.m. Saturday there would be no candidate news or activity for the rest of the day.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The one thing Democrats can do to stop Trump from replacing Justice Ginsburg
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
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Democrats shatter ActBlue's donation records after Ginsburg's death.
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Trump to His Female Supporters: I Hope Your Husbands OKed You Attending My Rallies
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
Graham — an institutionalist turned Trump loyalist — will play a central role in Supreme Court battle
Associated Press:
Trump to Senate: Vote ‘without delay’ on his high court pick
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Democrats Raised More Than $46 Million Following RBG's Death
Discussion: Axios, Rolling Stone and New York Times
Jill Filipovic / Washington Post:
If McConnell pushes through a nominee, President Biden should pack the court
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.
Errin Haines / The 19th:
‘An extraordinary force in the law:’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy on gender equity
Discussion: NPR
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Presses for New Justice ‘Without Delay’ as Election-Season Battle Looms
New York Times:
Polls Have Shown Voters Prefer Biden to Pick Next Justice
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: Politico and Political Wire
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
NBC News:
Letter sent to White House containing deadly poison ricin intercepted, officials say
Discussion: Fox News, Press Herald and MSNBC
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Package Containing Ricin Was Intercepted in the White House Mail
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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
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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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