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12:35 AM ET, September 20, 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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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.
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.
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 and NBC News
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 …
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 …
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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: Forbes, Breitbart, Fox News, Vox and The Root
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Will Democrats grow backbones amid Trump-Republican rush to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg?  —  Most Americans didn't vote for Trump or the GOP Senate.  The time has come to consider new states, more justices and 18-year Supreme Court term limits.  —  | USA TODAY  —  The lid is going to blow off the boiling pot at some point.
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.
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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The one thing Democrats can do to stop Trump from replacing Justice Ginsburg  —  Court-packing may be the only solution.  —  President Barack Obama had the opportunity — or should have — to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat in 2016 and give liberals a majority on the Supreme Court for the first time since the Nixon administration.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden takes cautious approach to SCOTUS storm
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
A 5-Decade-Long Friendship That Began With A Phone Call
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Democrats shatter ActBlue's donation records after Ginsburg's death.
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Mitch McConnell's Calculation
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
Errin Haines / The 19th:   ‘An extraordinary force in the law:’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy on gender equity
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Democrats Raised More Than $46 Million Following RBG's Death
Discussion: Axios, Rolling Stone and New York Times
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Presses for New Justice ‘Without Delay’ as Election-Season Battle Looms
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: Raw Story and Politico
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
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
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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: NBC4 Washington and Mother Jones
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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