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National Review:
Replacing Ginsburg  —  Republicans should move now.  —  While we did not agree with many of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's views about the Constitution or the judicial function, we never doubted her industry, dedication, gumption, civility, or patriotism.  We send our condolences to all who mourn her passing.
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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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Conservative group launches $2M Supreme Court ad  —  The Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $2.2 million ad campaign to put pressure on vulnerable Senate Republicans in battleground states to support a quick confirmation when President Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee.
Chris Truax / USA Today:
Filling Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat would be a disastrous Republican move  —  If Republicans force a Trump nominee onto the Supreme Court and Democrats sweep the election, bygones won't be bygones.  There will be retribution.  —  The year 2020 just keeps on giving.
Discussion: TheBlaze and Fox News
Christopher Scalia / Fox News:   My father's relationship with Justice Ginsburg - ‘best of friends’
ABC7:
Justice Ginsburg to lie in repose at Supreme Court building for public viewing
Discussion: Bloomberg and WOWK-TV
Washington Post:
Barbara Lagoa, Cuban American judge, rises on Trump's Supreme Court list as allies emphasize Florida campaign edge
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Ginsburg flap shows Supreme Court, justices are too important
Discussion: The Week
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
How the G.O.P. Might Get to Yes on Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Bonchie / Redstate:   The Attacks on Amy Coney Barrett Begin; They Are as Dumb as You'd Imagine
Jamison Foser / Crooked Media:
How Court Packing Can Protect the Election—and Democracy
CNN:
Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick Friday or Saturday
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department Of Justice Identifies New York City, Portland And Seattle As Jurisdictions Permitting Violence And Destruction Of Property  —  Identification is Response to Presidential Memorandum Reviewing Federal Funding to State and Local Governments that are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities
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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
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:   Trump's DOJ Threatens To Strip Funds From NYC And Other “Anarchist Cities,” Prompting Cheers From NYPD Unions
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: A bunch of Supreme Court news
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
A Notorious COVID Troll Actually Works for Dr. Fauci  —  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 website RedState …
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.
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RealClearInvestigations:
Analysis: That Senate ‘Collusion’ Report? It's Got No Smoking Gun ... but It Does Have a Fog Machine
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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  —  Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is narrowly trailing her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon, the incumbent's re-election bid hindered by diminished popularity among moderate Democrats …
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 …
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 …
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Associated Press:
Trump's Ohio suburb slide signals peril in industrial north  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Peggy Lehner, a Republican state senator in Ohio, doesn't sugarcoat what she has seen happen to support for President Donald Trump in her suburban Dayton district.  —  “It hasn't ebbed.
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.
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
Discussion: The Hill
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Warnock rises in polls as allies urge other Democrats to quit Senate race  —  Lieberman and Tarver say they're staying in  —  A few weeks ago, the Rev. Raphael Warnock was struggling to separate himself from other Democrats in the crowded race to challenge U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
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Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ginsburg's death may give Democrats a reason to consolidate in the Senate race for Kelly Loeffler seat
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi: ‘If The Election Were Held Today, We Would Win It All’  —  The most powerful woman in America plans to prevail in November.  But what are the limits to her influence?  Listen to the premiere of “Sway” with Kara Swisher.  —  [MUSIC PLAYING] When you walk in a room, do you have sway?
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Mitch McConnell, ‘Apex Predator’!  —  Writing in the Washington Post, Howard Fineman declares, “Mitch McConnell is the apex predator of U.S. politics.”  He does not mean it as a compliment, writing that “no one since the Southern segregationists of the 1940s and 1950s did more to cripple …
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Howard Fineman / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell is the apex predator of U.S. politics
Discussion: Twitchy and Vox
 
 
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Morning Consult:
Are There “Shy Trump” Voters In 2020?
Discussion: The Federalist
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
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Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
In Swing State Arizona, McSally Bets on GOP Base—and Trump
Discussion: Just The News
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
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The Guardian:
Revealed: evidence shows huge mail slowdowns after Trump ally took over
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Kentucky GOP lawmaker indicted on assault, accused of strangling woman with ethernet cable
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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