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3:55 PM ET, September 22, 2020


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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Romney backs vote on Supreme Court nominee, clearing way for Trump  —  Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he would support a floor vote to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, essentially clinching consideration of President Donald Trump's nominee this year despite the impending election.
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Democrats have a better option than court packing  —  With the unfortunate death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Republicans are licking their chops at the prospect of a 6-3 conservative supermajority on the nation's highest legal body.  This would be an obvious violation of the …
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.
John Kruzel / The Hill:
GOP will ask Supreme Court to limit mail voting in Pennsylvania in first post-RBG test  —  Republicans plan to ask the Supreme Court to review a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the due date for mail ballots in the key battleground state, teeing up the first test …
The Daily Beast:
Dems Balk at Using Their Biggest Weapon in SCOTUS Fight
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.
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
Shove It, Democrats. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat Is Ours...And There's Nothing You Can Do About It
Discussion: The Daily Caller
POLITICO Playbook: Here's what's in Boehner's new book
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Nina Totenberg was close friends with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Was that a conflict for NPR?
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Wall Street fears stimulus is doomed
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Romney to Consider, Vote on Trump's High Court Nominee
Discussion: Power Line, CBS News, The Hill and Daily Kos
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
An Open Letter to Mitt Romney
Brittany Schmidt / WBAY-TV:
One-on-one interview with Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
Mitt Romney Supports Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg Before the Election
Commission on Presidential Debates:
Moderator Announces Topics for First Presidential Debate  —  The first presidential debate will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.  The format for the first debate calls for six 15-minute time segments dedicated …
Washington Post:
Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor  —  Shortly after Congress passed the Cares Act, the Pentagon began directing pandemic-related money to defense contractors  —  A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
FDA to announce tougher standards for a coronavirus vaccine that make it unlikely one will be cleared by Election Day  —  The guidance is part of an effort to boost transparency and public trust as polls show many are skeptical a vaccine will be safe and effective.
Discussion: Kaiser Health News and Raw Story
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Russian State Media Posts Deepfake Showing Trump as Putin's Stooge  —  The president's real face says his real words in the disturbing deepfake, but casts him as a special guest anchor on the state-controlled RT network.  —  We know that Vladimir Putin takes his lifelong campaign …
Discussion: RT and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump, Orbán, and Putin Are Forming an Authoritarian Alliance
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Debates Could Seal Biden's Fate  —  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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The hidden reason Trump's ‘October surprise’ will likely fail  —  Any day now — perhaps as early as Tuesday — the number of U.S. deaths from the coronavirus will officially hit the staggering total of 200,000.  Yet at a rally on Monday night, President Trump said this about the virus: “It affects virtually nobody.”
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Republican Party is an authoritarian outlier  —  (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), President Donald Trump, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).  Erin Schaff/Pool/Getty Images  —  Compared to center-right parties in developed democracies, the GOP is dangerously far from normal.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaires Haim and Cheryl Saban ramp up support for Biden and Democrats in Senate races  — The Sabans were relatively quiet with their contributions during the Democratic primaries.  They decided they would not get involved with the race for president until after Super Tuesday, as Haim Saban publicly opposed Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Holly Yan / CNN:
200,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US.  That's more than the US battle deaths from 5 wars combined  —  Graphics by Shane Csontos-Popko, CNN  —  (CNN)What happened today seemed impossible to many Americans six months ago.  —  When Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted in March that Covid-19 …
Discussion: Vox
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Doug McKelway retires from Fox News with an eyebrow-raising video: ‘I want to thank Roger Ailes’  —  Doug McKelway, a longtime Washington correspondent for Fox News, announced his retirement this month in an unusual video posted on Facebook praising the network's disgraced co-founder Roger Ailes.
Discussion: Mediaite
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Revealed: Bill Clinton's Intimate Secret Dinner With Ghislaine Maxwell  —  The former president invited Ghislaine Maxwell to a cozy dinner in L.A. in 2014, years after she had been accused by a victim of procuring girls for Epstein's sex ring.  —  After a star-studded gala in February 2014 …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
The 1619 Project is a fraud  —  New York Times Magazine staffer Nikole Hannah-Jones accused me once of rank jealousy.  She said my criticism for her flawed 1619 Project stems from the fact that, unlike her, I do not “have good ideas and the talent to execute them.”
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
Africa has defied the covid-19 nightmare scenarios.  We shouldn't be surprised.  —  After the novel coronavirus first appeared in Africa in late February, Ghana's government decided it would take no chances.  Ghanaian citizens were soon put under lockdown, and travel between major cities was banned.
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.
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
McCarthy's Democratic challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother
Eline Schaart / Politico:
US ambassador under fire for hosting Dutch far-right bash
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
House Republicans urge FBI to investigate funding behind recent riots
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
He fought wildfires while imprisoned. California reported him to Ice for deportation
Leah Asmelash / CNN:
Colleges knew the risks but they reopened anyway. Here's how they got it all wrong
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump schedules rally in Virginia to reach rural North Carolina
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Seattle pays ex-pimp $150,000 to offer ‘alternatives to policing’
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Jon Walker / American Prospect:
Pelosi Can Save Obamacare With a One-Line Amendment
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The sweeping hypocrisy of Trump's shrugging claim that ‘virtually nobody’ young dies from coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Mike Allen / Axios:
Matt Gaetz discusses post-Trump GOP in new book, “Firebrand”
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
Detroit Free Press:
In secret recording, trainer for Unlock Michigan advises on unlawful tactics
Discussion: Raw Story