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2:25 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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Senate's Rural Skew Makes It Very Hard For Democrats To Win The Supreme Court  —  I don't have a particularly strong take on how the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will affect either the presidential election or the race for control of the U.S. Senate.  And I'd encourage you to avoid putting …
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 …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn't support filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat before the election
William Saletan / Slate:
McConnell Is Inventing Excuses to Grab Ginsburg's Seat
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Murkowski says she opposes voting on Ginsburg replacement before election
Pelosi: Trump wants to “crush” ACA with Ginsburg replacement
Discussion: Politico
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Pelosi won't rule out new impeachment to delay SCOTUS vote if Biden wins
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Will the Election Turn on R.B.G.?
Discussion: Washington Post
Adam J. White / The Bulwark:
Save the Vote, Save the Court
New York Times:
Joe Biden's Court Vacancy Plan: More Talk of Health Care and the Pandemic
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
Secret Documents Show How Criminals Use Big-Name Banks To Finance Terror And Death, And The Government Doesn't Stop It  —  A huge trove of secret government documents reveals for the first time how the giants of Western banking move trillions of dollars in suspicious transactions …
Discussion: ICIJ
NBC News:
Secret documents show how North Korea launders money through U.S. banks  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea carried out an elaborate money laundering scheme for years using a string of shell companies and help from Chinese firms, moving money through prominent banks in New York, according to confidential bank documents reviewed by NBC News.
Discussion: Political Wire
Tom Warren / BuzzFeed News:
Documents Show Deutsche Bank's Top Executives Were Warned It Had A Dirty Money Problem.  Then A $10 Billion Scandal Broke.  —  When the $10 billion mirror trading scandal was exposed, little emerged about who its victims were or how much Deutsche's executives knew.  The FinCEN Files investigation shows how deep the rot went.
Global banks defy U.S. crackdowns by serving oligarchs, criminals and terrorists  —  Secret U.S. government documents reveal that JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and other big banks have defied money laundering crackdowns by moving staggering sums of illicit cash for shadowy characters and criminal networks …
BuzzFeed News:
The FinCEN Files By The (Very Big) Numbers  —  Twenty-two thousand pages of never-before-released government documents.  Hundreds of thousands of transactions.  More than $2 trillion.  A close accounting of BuzzFeed News' unprecedented trove.  —  Copy  —  More than a year ago …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Leads Trump by 8 Points in New Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll
Discussion: NPR and The National Interest
Detroit Free Press:
Endorsement: Joe Biden is the anti-toxin America needs
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.”
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.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Trump mocks MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi for getting shot with rubber bullet
Discussion: The Hill
ByteDance says not aware of $5 billion education fund in TikTok deal  —  NINGBO, China (Reuters) - TikTok owner Bytedance said in a social media post on Sunday that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States.
Trump agrees to deal in which TikTok will partner with Oracle and Walmart
Phillip W. Magness / Quillette:
Down the 1619 Project's Memory Hole  —  The history of the American Revolution isn't the only thing the New York Times is revising through its 1619 Project.  The “paper of record” has also taken to quietly altering the published text of the project itself after one of its claims came under intense criticism.
Discussion: 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 …
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Democrats seek foothold in critical states for redistricting
Discussion: Political Wire
“The Government Is In on It”: An Insider's Account of the Reza Zarrab Conspiracy
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Decisive meeting could lead to Israeli-Sudanese normalization
Why Trump can't fox the 2020 media like he did in 2016
 Earlier Items: 
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Authoritarianism, Not Just Trump, Is Up for Re-Election
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Our Poll* Shows Close Race for Senate in Montana
New York Times:
Trump Supporters Disrupt Early Voting in Virginia
Discussion: Axios