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Mary Ziegler / The Atlantic:
A Dangerous Moment for the Court  —  The Supreme Court seems strangely immune to the bitterness that plagues our politics.  Even now, when Americans can no longer agree on basic facts, the Court's relative popularity has endured.  Following Donald Trump's 2016 election …
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New York Times:
Trump and Democrats Brace for Showdown Over Supreme Court Seat  —  The president's determination to confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election set lawmakers on a collision course as Congress deals with other major issues.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump …
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Majority of Americans, including many Republicans, say wait for election to replace Ginsburg - Reuters poll
Christopher Scalia / Fox News:   My father's relationship with Justice Ginsburg - ‘best of friends’
National Review:
Replacing Ginsburg  —  Republicans should move now.  —  While we did not agree …
Discussion: The Week
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:   Family, work and opera filled Ginsburg's final summer
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mike Espy Breaks Fundraising Record After Ginsburg's Death as Hyde-Smith Backs Trump
Discussion: IJR
Ryan Taylor / Rev:
Joe Biden Philadelphia Speech Transcript Sept. 20: Accuses Trump & Republicans of Abuse of Power Over SCOTUS
Discussion: Althouse, Washington Post and Slate
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Liberals want blood. Joe Biden is sticking with bipartisanship.
Washington Post:
Biden warns that a quick replacement of Ginsburg would “plunge us deeper into the abyss”
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Making the Case for Court Expansion
Discussion: The Atlantic
George Packer / The Atlantic:
The Inside Story of Why Mueller Failed  —  ndrew Weissmann was one of Robert Mueller's top deputies in the special counsel's investigation of the 2016 election, and he's about to publish the first insider account, called Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation.
Politico:
Florida Republicans: Nominating Lagoa could clinch state for Trump  —  MIAMI — Leading Florida Republican politicians are launching an all-out effort to convince President Donald Trump to nominate federal Judge Barbara Lagoa to the U.S. Supreme Court — a move they say would boost his reelection chances in the must-win swing state.
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Washington Post:
Barbara Lagoa, Cuban American judge, rises on Trump's Supreme Court list as allies emphasize Florida campaign edge  —  A broad cross-section of Florida Republicans, from acolytes of President Trump to former top aides to Jeb Bush, lined up over the weekend behind Barbara Lagoa …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Biden Has $466 Million in Bank, and a Huge Financial Edge on Trump  —  The former vice president and the Democrats were $187 million behind President Trump and the Republicans this spring.  Now they are entering the final stretch of the campaign with a $141 million advantage.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats Viewed as Party Better Able to Handle Top Problem  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — More Americans believe the Democratic Party (47%) than the Republican Party (39%) would do a better job of handling whatever issue they consider to be the most important problem facing the U.S. Americans' preferences …
Discussion: The Hill
David Siders / Politico:
'It's a big, big swing': Trump loses ground with white voters  —  Donald Trump is making modest inroads with Latinos.  Polls suggest he's pulling slightly more Black support than in 2016.  —  But Trump is tilting at the margins with those groups.  His bigger problem is the demographic …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Biden holds sizable lead over Trump among Latino voters in NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll
Discussion: The Hill
NBC News:   Trump's presidential approval rating stays steady: NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Jeff Zucker Helped Create Donald Trump.  That Show May Be Ending.  —  The coziness between the TV executive and Mr. Trump is a Frankenstein story for the cable news era.  But then the monster got away.  —  In December 2015, after the demagoguery of Donald Trump's presidential campaign became clear …
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Scott Pelley / CBS News:
H.R. McMaster on America's enemies and what he saw in the White House  —  The former national security adviser speaks with Scott Pelley about China, Russia, his decision to serve under President Trump and a host of other topics in a wide-ranging interview.  —  H.R. Mcmaster was an eyewitness …
Discussion: The Guardian
Washington Post:
Amy Coney Barrett, potential Supreme Court nominee, wrote influential ruling on campus sexual assault  —  Amy Coney Barrett, a leading contender for the Supreme Court seat held by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote an influential appellate decision last year that made it easier for students accused …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Rating Changes: Maine Senate Moves to Leans Democratic  —  ME-2 electoral vote now a Toss-up; South Carolina Senate narrows  —  Dear Readers: On Thursday at 2 p.m. eastern, we'll be devoting our new episode of our Sabato's Crystal Ball: America Votes webinar series to previewing the debates, which start next week.
Discussion: Forbes, Raw Story and Washington Post
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
U.S. insists ‘snapback’ sanctions against Iran are in force, but most of the world says that's illegal  —  Iran's currency nosedived to an all-time low Sunday as the United States claimed it was ready to enforce all international sanctions against the country, while most of the world brushed off …
Discussion: The Week and middleeastmonitor.com
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Trump joins dictators and demagogues in touting ‘patriotic education’  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know sent to your inbox every weekday.
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
How Republican elites learned to stop worrying and love the Donald  —  Dan linked to it below but Chotiner's interview of Danielle Pletka is an amazing document of how Republican elites have with very few exceptions gone all-in for Trump.  There are too many intelligence-insulting whataboutisms to count …
 
 
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The Guardian:
Revealed: evidence shows huge mail slowdowns after Trump ally took over
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Kentucky GOP lawmaker indicted on assault, accused of strangling woman with Ethernet cable
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Post:
Massive ‘F-k Cuomo and de Blasio’ mural painted on Brooklyn street
Lindsey Bahr / Associated Press:
Outlook not improving for beleaguered US movie theaters
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Justice Dept. brands NYC an ‘anarchist jurisdiction,’ targets federal funds
Discussion: National Review and NBC New York
Libby Emmons / The Federalist:
The Emmys On Lockdown Are Just As Stupid And A Lot Less Fun
Matthew Carney / ABC:
‘You will be put into detention’: Former ABC bureau chief tells story of fleeing China for first time
New York Times:
With Flags, Crosses and Photos, Mourning 200,000 Dead
 Earlier Items: 
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Census Could Look ‘Manipulated’ If Cut Short By Trump Officials, Bureau Warned
Discussion: The Guardian
Matt Mayer / Spectator USA:
In defense of the Electoral College
New York Times:
'There's No There There': What the TikTok Deal Achieved
Sheila Kaplan / New York Times:
In ‘Power Grab,’ Health Secretary Azar Asserts Authority Over F.D.A.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Axios