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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.
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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 …
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Majority of Americans, including many Republicans, say wait for election to replace Ginsburg - Reuters poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans, including many Republicans, want the winner of the November presidential election to name a successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court …
Discussion: Fox News, Political Wire and The Week
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 …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden to Republicans: ‘Follow your conscience’ on Ginsburg replacement  —  Joe Biden personally appealed to the handful of Republican senators who control the fate of Donald Trump's upcoming nominee to the Supreme Court and framed the firestorm over the vacancy as a referendum on Obamacare, union rights, and Dreamers.
Discussion: NBC News, Slate and Political Wire
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Making the Case for Court Expansion  —  Adding Justices to the Supreme Court is a political battle we can win  —  Days before the tragic death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went to the floor of the Senate to try to save his endangered Senate Majority.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden to Senate GOP after RBG passing: “Please follow your conscience”
Axios:
Pelosi: Trump wants to “crush” ACA with Ginsburg replacement
Discussion: Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Will the Election Turn on R.B.G.?
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
Deadly Terror Networks And Drug Cartels Use Huge Banks To Finance Their Crimes.  These Secret Documents Show How The Banks Profit.  —  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: Axios, ICIJ and The Guardian
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.
ICIJ:
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
BuzzFeed News:
We Got Our Hands On Thousands Of Secret Documents. Let's Break Them Down.
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 …
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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 …
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 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: The Hill and Forbes
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Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Leads Trump by 8 Points in New Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and The Hill
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
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.
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Trump mocks MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi for getting shot with rubber bullet
Discussion: The Hill
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
H.R. McMaster Tries to Wish Away His Old Boss Donald Trump  —  Don't look to the former national security adviser's new book for revelations about his time serving Trump.  Look to it for its evasions—which explain that service to Trump so well.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Bloomberg:
Trump Wants $5 Billion From TikTok Deal for History Project  —  President Donald Trump said Saturday he wants $5 billion from companies creating a new U.S.-based TikTok venture directed toward teaching American children “the real history of our country.”  —  Trump said Saturday that he had approved …
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Reuters:
ByteDance says not aware of $5 billion education fund in TikTok deal
Discussion: Vox and The Verge, more at Techmeme »
 
 
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