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1:10 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.
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.
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: Reuters, The Week and The Nation
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.
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.
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Rep. Collins says his constitutional amendment on court packing would take ‘heat of the moment’ out of debate  —  Democrats 'just want to change the rules if they don't get what they want,' Collins says  —  Democrats “just want to change the rules if they don't get what they want,” …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Democrats have a better option than court packing
POLITICO Playbook: Here's what's in Boehner's new book
Adam Jentleson / New York Times:
Democrats Need a Plan. Fast.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Nina Totenberg was close friends with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Was that a conflict for NPR?
Discussion: The Hill, STAT and Vanity Fair
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Romney Supports Holding a Vote on Trump's SCOTUS Nominee
Discussion: NBC News and New York Post
Sumantra Maitra / The Federalist:
There's No Downside To Trump Nominating Amy Coney Barrett
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
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Wall Street fears stimulus is doomed
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
An Open Letter to Mitt Romney
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
Mitt Romney Supports Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg Before the Election
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:   Why Amy Coney Barrett is hands-down best pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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 …
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 …
Brittany Schmidt / WBAY-TV:
One-on-one interview with Democratic Presidential Nominee 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 …
Discussion: Forbes, Slate, Breitbart and New York Times
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Bloomberg raises $16.1M to help Florida felons regain voting rights
Fabiola Cineas / Vox:   What it's like fighting for the right to vote as an ex-felon
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: Politico, The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump, Orbán, and Putin Are Forming an Authoritarian Alliance  —  Hungarian president Viktor Orbán announced yesterday that he was endorsing President Trump's reelection campaign.  It is fairly uncommon for sitting American presidents to receive election endorsements from foreign leaders …
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.”
Mike Allen / Axios:
Matt Gaetz discusses post-Trump GOP in new book, “Firebrand”
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
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, Project Syndicate and The Hill
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Voters to Trump and Biden camps: Don't come knocking on our doors
Detroit Free Press:
In secret recording, trainer for Unlock Michigan advises on unlawful tactics  —  LANSING - A company collecting signatures to strip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her emergency powers coached paid petition circulators on giving voters false information, illegally collecting signatures without witnessing them …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Doug McKelway retires from Fox News with an eyebrow-raising video: ‘I want to thank Roger Ailes’
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Seattle pays ex-pimp $150,000 to offer ‘alternatives to policing’
Discussion: 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
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Fauci on Trump's Vaccine Boasts: No One's Seen the Data
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
ABC Town Hall Masquerades Anti-Trump Activists as ‘Uncommitted’ Voters
Discussion: Althouse
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Esper and Milley appear to adopt different strategies to deal with Trump as election approaches