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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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNBC and Raw Story
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.
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.
Steve Beynon / Stars & Stripes:   Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate for military women, will be buried at Arlington
Data For Progress:   A Majority Of Voters Oppose President Trump Filling The Vacancy On the Supreme Court
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Trump's Supreme Court plans create major opportunity for Kamala Harris to go on offense
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Conservative group launches $2M Supreme Court ad
Discussion: CNBC, JCN and Forbes
Bloomberg:
Trump Zeroes In on Coney Barrett as Likely Supreme Court Pick
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Axios:
McConnell: Senate has “more than sufficient time” to process Supreme Court nomination
National Review:
Replacing Ginsburg  —  Republicans should move now.  —  While we did not agree …
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Christopher Scalia / Fox News:   My father's relationship with Justice Ginsburg - ‘best of friends’
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Manhattan prosecutor urges enforcement of subpoena for Trump tax returns
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Ginsburg flap shows Supreme Court, justices are too important
Discussion: The Week
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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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
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.
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Threatens to Cut Funds to New York, Seattle and Portland
Discussion: Power Line and Associated Press
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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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
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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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.
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.
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
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
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: Raw Story and The Root
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.
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
RBG Is Gone, and Trump's Attack on Preexisting Conditions Is Alive
Discussion: American Prospect and Axios
Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Biden ahead in Wisconsin, a close race in Pennsylvania
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Mitch McConnell, ‘Apex Predator’!
Morning Consult:
Are There “Shy Trump” Voters In 2020?
Discussion: The Federalist
Noah Caldwell / NPR:
Gasping For Air: Autopsies Reveal Troubling Effects Of Lethal Injection
The Guardian:
Revealed: evidence shows huge mail slowdowns after Trump ally took over
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story