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12:35 PM ET, September 20, 2020


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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.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Why a Never Trumper Changed Her Mind  —  On Monday, Danielle Pletka, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, published an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “I never considered voting for Trump in 2016.  I may be forced to vote for him this year.”
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 …
Sen. Ted Cruz / Fox News:
After Ginsburg — 3 reasons why Senate must confirm her successor before Election Day  —  The Supreme Court has become the preeminent arbiter of our constitutional rights  —  On Friday, our nation lost a historic Supreme Court Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Axios and Redstate
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Pelosi won't rule out launching new impeachment inquiry to block Trump SCOTUS nominee  —  Pelosi does not rule out impeachment to block Trump nominee to Supreme Court.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid tribute …
Axios:   Pelosi: Trump wants to “crush” ACA with Ginsburg replacement
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Sen. Ted Cruz cites possible contested presidential election in rapid push to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Washington Times
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Ginsburg's death gives GOP an edge in 2020 legal fights
Discussion: The Hill, Reuters and Breitbart
William Saletan / Slate:
McConnell Is Inventing Excuses to Grab Ginsburg's Seat
New York Times:
Joe Biden's Court Vacancy Plan: More Talk of Health Care and the Pandemic
Adam J. White / The Bulwark:
Save the Vote, Save the Court
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Permanently Resets 2020 Election
Discussion: NBC News, Townhall and New York Post
Sean Collins / Vox:
Susan Collins: No Supreme Court vote before Election Day
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Live Updates: A Tip Sheet for the Senate Fight Over Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat
CBS News:
Florida race tightens and Trump has edge over Biden in Texas — Battleground Tracker poll  —  Joe Biden still has a small edge in Florida, but the contest has tightened since our last poll in July, from six points down to two now, amid an ebbing — if still sizable — concern about coronavirus …
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 …
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, Political Wire and The Hill
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: The National Interest and NPR
Detroit Free Press:
Endorsement: Joe Biden is the anti-toxin America needs
Discussion: Fox News
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
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Trump Is Riding High.  Can He Keep from Blowing It?  —  Late Friday night following his rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, Donald Trump paused before boarding Air Force One and did something surprising.  He appeared to attempt to measure his words.  He gathered himself, he exhaled slightly …
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.
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.
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 …
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Authoritarianism, Not Just Trump, Is Up for Re-Election  —  Fear of fascism is no longer alarmist.  —  Americans who think the coming election is their last chance to save the republic from authoritarianism — Americans, until recently, like me — are almost certainly wrong.
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 …
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