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8:00 PM ET, September 21, 2020

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David French / TIME:
The Battle Over Ginsburg's Seat Is Set to Be All About Raw Power.  But There's Still a Way to Show Principles Matter  —  French is a senior editor at The Dispatch and a columnist for Time.  His new book is Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.
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New York Times:
Trump Could Be Investigated for Tax Fraud, D.A. Says for First Time  —  The assertion by the Manhattan district attorney is the most detailed disclosure about its effort to obtain eight years of the president's tax returns.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office …
Des Moines Register:
Sen. Chuck Grassley indicates he won't oppose holding Supreme Court replacement hearings this year  —  U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley indicated Monday that he will not oppose holding hearings or taking a vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination if the proceeding move forward.
Jonathan V. Last / Bulwark+:
This Isn't “Hypocrisy”  —  Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.  This isn't it.  —  2 hr  —  Hypocrisy is good.  —  Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.  It is one of the guardrails against nihilism.  —  Example: Senator Hornswaggle says, “I believe in family values.
Discussion: Senator Rob Portman and Breitbart
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Supreme Court's Potency as 2020 Voter Issue Surges Among Democrats After Ginsburg's Death  —  60% of Democrats say the court is ‘very important’ to their vote, up 12 points in a week  — 58% percent said they had seen, read or heard “a lot” about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
It's Not Hypocrisy  —  I was watching the president of the United States suggest to a mostly maskless crowd that a Democratic congresswoman had married her brother when the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.  The shock of her death sledgehammered a country teetering on an ugly and desperate edge.
Steve Beynon / Stars & Stripes:   Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate for military women, will be buried at Arlington
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Trump's Supreme Court plans create major opportunity for Kamala Harris to go on offense
Data For Progress:
A Majority Of Voters Oppose President Trump Filling The Vacancy On the Supreme Court
Discussion: New York Post
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell fends off accusations of hypocrisy over holding Supreme Court vote
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP swing votes on Ginsburg's replacement
Discussion: Fox News, IJR and Breitbart
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
A Notorious COVID Troll Actually Works for Dr. Fauci's Agency  —  Bill Crews is a PR official at the National Institutes of Health.  But he also has another job: an anonymous RedState editor who rails against the agency for which he works.  —  The managing editor of the prominent conservative …
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Washington Post:   NIH staffer to retire after he was exposed as the blogger behind anti-Fauci, anti-mask stories
Washington Post:
Mueller prosecutor says special counsel ‘could have done more’ to hold Trump accountable  —  A former prosecutor on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team writes in a new book that the group failed to fully investigate President Trump's financial ties and should have stated explicitly …
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
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George Packer / The Atlantic:
The Inside Story of the Mueller Probe's Mistakes  —  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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Mueller's Team Should Have Done More to Investigate Trump-Russia Links, Top Aide Says
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
The CDC says coronavirus is airborne and spread by aerosols, warns of poorly ventilated spaces  —  For months, scientists and public health experts have warned of mounting evidence that the novel coronavirus is airborne, transmitted through tiny droplets called aerosols that linger in the air …
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NBC New York:
DOJ Designates New York City as an ‘Anarchist Jurisdiction’  —  What to Know  — The Justice Department designated NYC, Portland and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions” under guidelines issued by President Trump earlier this month  — Trump's Sept. 2 memo directs federal agencies to minimize funding for designated cities
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Department Of Justice Identifies New York City, Portland And Seattle As Jurisdictions Permitting Violence And Destruction Of Property
Associated Press:
Judge extends Wisconsin absentee cutoff 6 days post election  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.
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Michael Martina / Reuters:   Judge in Wisconsin extends state's absentee ballot receipt deadline
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
How Amy Coney Barrett's People of Praise Group Inspired 'The Handmaid's Tale'  —  Amy Coney Barrett, a favorite to be President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is affiliated with a Christian religious group that served as inspiration for Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Rating Changes: Maine Senate Moves to Leans Democratic  —  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.  If you've got questions about the debates …
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Victoria McGrane Globe / The Boston Globe:
Collins trails Gideon in Maine Senate race, according to a new Suffolk/Globe poll
Ashwin Rodrigues / VICE:
Gig Economy Company Launches Uber, But for Evicting People  —  A company called Civvl says evicting people is the “FASTEST GROWING MONEY MAKING GIG DUE TO COVID-19.”  —  Ashwin Rodrigues  —  “SINCE COVID-19 MANY AMERICANS FELL BEHIND IN ALL ASPECTS,” reads the website copy.
Courier-Journal:
Six Louisville cops under internal investigation for roles in fatal Breonna Taylor search  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Six Louisville Metro Police officers are under investigation by the department's Professional Standards Unit for their roles in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, the department confirmed Monday.
Discussion: Forbes, Raw Story and The Root
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Natalia Martinez / WAVE-TV:
LMPD declares state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor decision
Discussion: Big League Politics
Tim Weiner / Washington Post:
The unanswered question of our time: Is Trump an agent of Russia?  —  Neither Mueller nor the FBI took it on.  It's crucial someone does.  This is a case for super-secret mole hunters.  —  The FBI faced a national security nightmare three years ago: It suspected that the new president …
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Some Protests Against Police Brutality Take a More Confrontational Approach  —  The protests are moving into white residential neighborhoods, where activists demand that people choose a side.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Terrance Moses was watching protesters against police brutality march …
Discussion: Fox News
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Federal Agencies Tapped Protesters' Phones in Portland  —  Homeland Security has not yet come clean to the public about the full extent of its intelligence operations in Portland.  —  This summer, Portland looked like a warzone.  Phalanxes of shadowy law enforcement personnel fired crowd control munitions …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
A Young Kennedy, in Kushnerland, Turned Whistle-Blower  —  When Robert F. Kennedy's grandson Max volunteered with Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force, he likened the Trump Administration's pandemic response to “a family office meets organized crime, melded with ‘Lord of the Flies.’ ”
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Mediaite
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
Judge dismisses Trump challenge to Nevada mail voting law  —  A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenging Nevada's new vote-by-mail law, saying the campaign failed to show how it could be harmed by the law  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.
 
 
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Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
The Tennessean:
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Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
New York City Police Department Officer Charged with Acting As an Illegal Agent of the People's Republic of China
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
RBG Is Gone, and Trump's Attack on Preexisting Conditions Is Alive
Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Biden ahead in Wisconsin, a close race in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
New Loeffler ad: 'She's more conservative than Attila the Hun'
Jonathan Lai / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
How ‘naked ballots’ in Pennsylvania could cost Joe Biden the election
Discussion: Forbes and Axios
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Legal Fight Awaiting Us After the Election
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
Larry Kudlow Claims US Has ‘Regained Control of the Virus’
Discussion: Eschaton
Anneken Tappe / CNN:
Dow tumbles 800 points as coronavirus fears mount
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Warnock rises in polls as allies urge other Democrats to quit Senate race
The Guardian:
Revealed: evidence shows huge mail slowdowns after Trump ally took over
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story