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7:30 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 …
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
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.
‘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 …
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.
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.
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 Axios
Charles Franklin / Marquette University Law School:
Public views of Justice Ginsburg and appointments to the Supreme Court  —  MILWAUKEE — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18, was the best known of the current justices, according to a new Marquette Law School national survey of public opinion of the Supreme Court, completed three days before her death.
GOP's Supreme Court hypocrisy in their own words  —  Graham in 2016: You can use my words against me and you'd be right  —  John Avlon is a CNN's senior political analyst.  The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author.  View more opinions at CNN.
Discussion: Axios, KRON4 and New York Times
Michael Crowley / New York Times:
Live Updates: A Tip Sheet for the Senate Fight Over Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The tortured logic from right-wing media about replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Washington Post:
Graham — an institutionalist turned Trump loyalist — will play a central role in Supreme Court battle
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
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
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Democrats shatter ActBlue's donation records after Ginsburg's death.
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
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
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 …
NBC News:
Letter sent to White House containing deadly poison ricin intercepted, officials say
Discussion: MSNBC and Fox News
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:   Package Containing Ricin Was Intercepted in the White House Mail
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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, more at Mediagazer »
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 …
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:   The Private Georgia Immigration-Detention Facility at the Center of a Whistle-Blower's Complaint
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New York Times:
AstraZeneca, Under Fire for Vaccine Safety, Releases Trial Blueprints
Discussion: San Bernardino Sun
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Anatomy of a faux scandal: Right-wing media uses misleading local story to suggest coronavirus cover-up
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
U.S. Covid-19 death toll surpasses 200,000
Discussion: Mother Jones