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5:10 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.
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 …
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
The Daily Beast:
Dems Balk at Using Their Biggest Weapon in SCOTUS Fight
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
Associated Press:
Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Handmaid's Tale?  U.S. Supreme Court candidate's religious community under scrutiny  —  (Reuters) - Some have likened People of Praise, a self-described charismatic Christian community, to the totalitarian, male-dominated society of Margaret Atwood's novel “The Handmaid's Tale.”
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
Bobby Burack / OutKick:   LeBron Actively Looking to Pay Convicted Felons' Fines to Vote in Election
Mary Kekatos Senior / Daily Mail:
Halloween is canceled: CDC advises Americans to not go trick-or-treating or to costume parties but says staying home to carve pumpkins is safe in new coronavirus guidance  — The CDC has issued its first guidance for how to celebrate Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: Fox News, CBS New York and Deseret News
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.
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 …
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 …
Eline Schaart / Politico:
US ambassador under fire for hosting Dutch far-right bash  —  Embassy and MP Thierry Baudet deny claims that event was a fundraiser.  —  The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands has been accused of interfering in national politics after hosting an event for the far-right Forum for Democracy party.
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:   Dutch lawmakers demand answers after U.S. ambassador holds party for right-wing populists at embassy
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 …
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The White House: Trump's always-coming-soon health-care plan is coming soon  —  But the issue is suddenly urgent  —  In two weeks, President Trump and his team would like to assure you, everything will fall into place.  The only problem is that this is a rolling prediction …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Jon Walker / American Prospect:
Pelosi Can Save Obamacare With a One-Line Amendment
Discussion: Washington Post 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.
Leah Asmelash / CNN:
Colleges knew the risks but they reopened anyway.  Here's how they got it all wrong  —  (CNN)Going into the new school year, colleges and universities knew the risks.  —  After all, in March, most had pivoted to virtual learning — either temporarily or permanently — in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Trump's ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill: US increasingly seen as ‘object of pity’  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's former top Russia adviser said Tuesday that the United States is increasingly seen as “an object of pity” and its standing on the world stage is eroding.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Why we should listen to what Olivia Troye says about Donald Trump  —  Former Trump official says he witnessed Pence praise Olivia Troye  —  Miles Taylor served at the Department of Homeland Security in the Trump Administration from 2017 to 2019, including as DHS chief of staff to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
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Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed News:
We Aren't Nationally Mourning The 200,000 COVID-19 Victims Because If We Did It Would Be A Reckoning
Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
Leaks show Chelsea owner Abramovich funded Israeli settler group
DELETED: Big Tech's Efforts to Sway the Election Revealed
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
He fought wildfires while imprisoned. California reported him to Ice for deportation
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
Africa has defied the covid-19 nightmare scenarios. We shouldn't be surprised.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The hidden reason Trump's ‘October surprise’ will likely fail
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Doug McKelway retires from Fox News with an eyebrow-raising video: ‘I want to thank Roger Ailes’
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Discussion: Vox
Detroit Free Press:
In secret recording, trainer for Unlock Michigan advises on unlawful tactics
Discussion: Raw Story