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10:40 AM ET, September 22, 2020

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The Daily Beast:
Dems Balk at Using Their Biggest Weapon in SCOTUS Fight  —  The party is divided on tactics.  But so far, the main play is to make it all about health care.  —  Facing what they acknowledge to be a nearly impossible task of blocking President Donald Trump from filling a Supreme Court vacancy …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Romney supports holding a vote on next Supreme Court nominee  —  Sen. Mitt Romney said he would support a floor vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court, essentially clinching consideration of Trump's nominee this year despite the impending election.  —  Just two Republican senators …
Adam Jentleson / New York Times:
Democrats Need a Plan.  Fast.  —  Here's how they can apply maximum pressure, brand the process as the illegitimate farce it is and lay the groundwork for desperately needed reform.  —  Mr. Jentleson was a deputy chief of staff for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Why Biden is stiff-arming the left on court-packing and the filibuster  —  A year-and-a-half ago, when Pete Buttigieg made expansion of the Supreme Court a key plank of his presidential campaign, the issue was treated as an intellectual curiosity that fascinated reform-minded liberals and op-ed writers.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Here's what's in Boehner's new book  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WELCOME TO FALL.  —  NEW ... JOHN BOEHNER'S new book has a name, a cover and a release date — and it's all as delicious as you would've hoped.  — “ON THE HOUSE: A Washington Memoir” will be released April 13, 2021.
Sun-Sentinel:
Stand by your word, Sen. Rubio, and against the mad dash for a Supreme Court appointment  —  Mark these words: “I don't think we should be moving forward with a nominee in the last year of this president's term.  I would say that even if it was a Republican president.”
Discussion: Politico, CNN, CBS News, NBC News and Forbes
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Down With Judicial Supremacy!  —  The Supreme Court was never meant to be the only arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution.  —  Beyond the obvious — that liberals need some way to respond to President Trump as he moves to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Sumantra Maitra / The Federalist:
There's No Downside To Trump Nominating Amy Coney Barrett
New York Times:
Trump Could Be Investigated for Tax Fraud, D.A. Says for First Time
Erwin Chemerinsky / American Prospect:
The Court: How Did We Get Here and What Will It Mean?  —  If Trump's nominee is confirmed …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Fox News
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
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
An Open Letter to Mitt Romney
Matt Vespa / Townhall:   Shove It, Democrats. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat Is Ours...And There's Nothing You Can Do About It
Des Moines Register:
Sen. Chuck Grassley won't oppose holding Supreme Court nomination hearings this year
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell fends off accusations of hypocrisy over holding Supreme Court vote
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Donald Trump and Joe Biden are locked in a dead heat six weeks to Election Day  —  It's a dead heat in Iowa as a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden locked in a tie just six weeks to Election Day.
New York Times:
How Ginsburg's Death Has Reshaped the Money Race for Senate Democrats  —  From Alaska to Maine to the Carolinas, Democratic strategists working on Senate campaigns described a spontaneous outpouring of donations the likes of which they had never seen.  A Republican surge is expected as well.
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Secret CIA assessment: Putin ‘probably directing’ influence operation to denigrate Biden  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top aides are “probably directing” a Russian foreign influence operation to interfere in the 2020 presidential election against former vice president Joe Biden …
Discussion: Just Security, Mediaite, Raw Story and Vox
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg raises $16 million to allow former felons to vote in Florida  —  Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his team have raised more than $16 million to pay the court fines and fees of nearly 32,000 Black and Hispanic Florida voters with felony convictions …
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Bloomberg raises $16.1M to help Florida felons regain voting rights
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll: Race for president, Senate contests in Georgia ‘too close to call’  —  Pollster: ‘All three races are in play’  —  A new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows the presidential race in Georgia could not be closer, with President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden tied …
Mike Allen / Axios:
13 Nobel Prize-winning economists back Biden  —  Joe Biden's campaign released on Tuesday a letter signed by 13 winners of the Nobel Prize in economics who say that while their views are different, they all think his policies “will result in economic growth that is faster, more robust, and more equitable.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Stoking his base, Trump warns of a Kamala Harris presidency
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Is This How Biden Blows It?  —  Last weekend, Philippe Reines walked over to Ron Klain's house in Washington, D.C., to hand off his Donald Trump outfit: the suit, the shoes with the lifts, the shirt, the long red tie, the cufflinks.  Just in case.  When the former Hillary Clinton aide stored …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Sounds Alarm on a Trump ‘Nightmare Scenario’  —  Warning that this election is an “extremely dangerous moment” for the country, he said in an interview that he would aggressively push to try to stop President Trump from delegitimizing the vote.
Discussion: Vox, Political Wire and The Hill
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Voters to Trump and Biden camps: Don't come knocking on our doors
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Why Amy Coney Barrett is hands-down best pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  Picture a female jurist who has consistently defied social expectations imposed on women and whose legal thinking is closely bound up with her faith.  No, I'm not talking about Amy Coney Barrett …
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Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
How Amy Coney Barrett's People of Praise Group Inspired 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Politico:
Rank-and-file union members snub Biden for Trump  —  Joe Biden has pitched himself to voters as a “union man,” a son of Scranton, Pa., who respects the dignity of work and will defend organized labor if he wins the White House.  —  To rank-and-file members in some unions, especially the building trades, it doesn't matter.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Breitbart
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
'He's not actually looking out for you': Ex-Pence aide Olivia Troye assails Trump's coronavirus response  —  WASHINGTON — Olivia Troye, who played a key role in the Trump administration's coronavirus response as an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, says that President Donald Trump is …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Wall Street fears stimulus is doomed  —  The fight over a new Supreme Court justice will take Washington's partisan bickering to a new level and undermine any chance for needed coronavirus relief measures before November's election, Wall Street analysts say.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Fauci on Trump's Vaccine Boasts: No One's Seen the Data  —  In an interview with The Daily Beast, the nation's top infectious-disease expert says he's worried about the lack of trust in a potential vaccine.  —  In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has boasted about his administration's efforts …
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeo stumps for Trump, and looks past him
Axios:
Elected officials are failing us on delivering much-needed economic stimulus
Detroit Free Press:
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Cate Cadell / Reuters:
Exclusive: China sharply expands mass labor program in Tibet
Discussion: Bloomberg
Natalie Winters / The National Pulse:
Transition Integrity Project Founder Calls For EXECUTION Of Former Trump Official
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
NYPD Officer Spied on Tibetan New Yorkers for Chinese Government: Feds
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
ABC Town Hall Masquerades Anti-Trump Activists as ‘Uncommitted’ Voters
 Earlier Items: 
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Invitation to Voter Fraud
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Esper and Milley appear to adopt different strategies to deal with Trump as election approaches
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
The N95 shortage America can't seem to fix
Tim Weiner / Washington Post:
The unanswered question of our time: Is Trump an agent of Russia?
Discussion: Breitbart