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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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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
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.
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
AOC says all options ‘on the table’ to block Supreme Court nominee confirmation, including impeachment  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't rule out using impeachment as tool to block Trump's Supreme Court pick  —  Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the House “must consider” …
Steve Beynon / Stars & Stripes:   Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate for military women, will be buried at Arlington
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 …
Joyce White Vance / TIME:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lost Her Battle to Save Voting Rights. Here's How We Can Take Up the Fight and Honor Her Legacy
Discussion: Washington Post
Steven G. Calabresi / National Review:
The Federal Courts Are Overworked and Need to Be Expanded
Discussion: Vox and FiveThirtyEight
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:   Ginsburg flap shows Supreme Court, justices are too important
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Supreme Court fight highlights the new political reality: America under minority rule
Jamison Foser / Crooked Media:
How Court Packing Can Protect the Election—and Democracy
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says Supreme Court list is down to 5 people, announcement coming Friday or Saturday
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 …
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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Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Justice Dept. brands NYC an ‘anarchist jurisdiction,’ targets federal funds  —  New York City was among three cities labeled “anarchist jurisdictions” by the Justice Department on Sunday and targeted to lose federal money for failing to control protesters and defunding cops, The Post has learned.
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
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:   Justice Dept. targets Portland, New York and Seattle over protests
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
New Loeffler ad: 'She's more conservative than Attila the Hun'  —  Barks Attila: ‘Eliminate the liberal scribes.’  —  U.S. Sen. David Perdue honed his jean-jacketed outsider image with memorable TV spots.  Gov. Brian Kemp had his shotgun splash.  Now U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is trying …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Warnock rises in polls as allies urge other Democrats to quit Senate race
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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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
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
Anneken Tappe / CNN:
Dow tumbles 800 points as coronavirus fears mount  —  New York (CNN Business)In a painful start to the week for the Dow and the broader market, stocks tumbled Monday as investors worry when Washington will agree another stimulus bill.  —  Rising Covid-19 infections around the world …
Jonathan Lai / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
How ‘naked ballots’ in Pennsylvania could cost Joe Biden the election  —  The 2020 presidential election could come down to envelopes.  —  The state Supreme Court in Pennsylvania, a critical battleground state that's seen as increasingly likely to determine who wins the White House …
Discussion: Axios
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires  —  The Trump administration on Monday removed the top two liaisons between the White House and the health department, leaving HHS Secretary Alex Azar's chief of staff as the de facto personnel chief, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Manhattan prosecutor urges enforcement of subpoena for Trump tax returns
Juana Summers / NPR:
Poll: Most Young Americans Prefer Biden, But Trump Backers Are More Enthusiastic
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Legal Fight Awaiting Us After the Election
Discussion: Denver Post
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
Larry Kudlow Claims US Has ‘Regained Control of the Virus’
Discussion: Eschaton
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Mitch McConnell, ‘Apex Predator’!
Morning Consult:
Are There “Shy Trump” Voters In 2020?
Discussion: The Federalist
 Earlier Items: 
Bonchie / Redstate:
The Attacks on Amy Coney Barrett Begin; They Are as Dumb as You'd Imagine
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
This Superspreader Concert Is Brought to You by a Health-Care Firm
Discussion: Raw Story
Noah Caldwell / NPR:
Gasping For Air: Autopsies Reveal Troubling Effects Of Lethal Injection
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
How the Supreme Court revived Jim Crow voter suppression tactics
The Guardian:
Revealed: evidence shows huge mail slowdowns after Trump ally took over
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story