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11:20 AM ET, September 22, 2020

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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 pick, essentially clinching consideration of Trump's nominee this year despite the impending election.
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Week, Reuters and The Nation
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
Shove It, Democrats.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Seat Is Ours...And There's Nothing You Can Do About It  —  Welcome to Thunderdome, b**ches.  This is the fight that distinguishes the men from the boys; who can deliver a strike to the jugular and who can't; and between who's weak and who wants to win.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Election live updates: Romney backs voting this year on Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg  —  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Tuesday that he believes President Trump should get to choose a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg regardless of whether he wins in November.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Graham Is Weak With GOP Voters. Strategists Think Another Supreme Court Fight Will Help
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
An Open Letter to Mitt Romney
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
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP traded democracy for a Supreme Court seat and tax cuts. It wasn't worth it.
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Political Wire
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Nina Totenberg was close friends with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Was that a conflict for NPR?
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:   Why Amy Coney Barrett is hands-down best pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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 …
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
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: Project Syndicate, Vox and The Hill
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Voters to Trump and Biden camps: Don't come knocking on our doors
CTVNews:
Quebec woman identified as suspect in case of ricin letter mailed to White House  —  OTTAWA — Quebec resident Pascale Ferrier has been identified as the suspect alleged to have sent letters containing the poisonous substance ricin to the White House and different locations in Texas …
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Reuters:
Trump to campaign in Pittsburgh, Biden attending fundraisers
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 …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump: U.N. ‘must hold China accountable’ for pandemic  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday admonished China over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, demanding that the intergovernmental organization hold Beijing's ruling Communist government “accountable for their actions.”
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Wall Street Journal:
Where Trump and Biden Stand on China
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Post
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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Mike Allen / Axios:
Matt Gaetz discusses post-Trump GOP in new book, “Firebrand”
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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
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.
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.”
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
 
 
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Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook vows to restrict users if US election descends into chaos
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Fauci on Trump's Vaccine Boasts: No One's Seen the Data
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Wall Street fears stimulus is doomed
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeo stumps for Trump, and looks past him
Detroit Free Press:
In secret recording, trainer for Unlock Michigan advises on unlawful tactics
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
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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
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
How Amy Coney Barrett's People of Praise Group Inspired 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Tim Weiner / Washington Post:
The unanswered question of our time: Is Trump an agent of Russia?
Discussion: Breitbart