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11:10 AM 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.
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 …
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 …
‘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 …
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
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Adam J. White / The Bulwark:
Save the Vote, Save the Court
William Saletan / Slate:
McConnell Is Inventing Excuses to Grab Ginsburg's Seat
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Permanently Resets 2020 Election
Sean Collins / Vox:
Susan Collins: No Supreme Court vote before Election Day
NBC News:
A Mark Kelly win in Ariz. Senate race could spoil McConnell's plans to replace Ginsburg
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Trump's Supreme Court Pick Shrouded In Secrecy
Discussion: NBC News and Axios
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
Errin Haines / The 19th:
‘An extraordinary force in the law:’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy on gender equity
Discussion: New York Times
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
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Big League Politics
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 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 »
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:
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
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.”
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Evan Perez / CNN:
A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to Trump intercepted by law enforcement
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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