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4:25 AM ET, September 22, 2020

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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.
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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  —  French is a senior editor at The Dispatch and a columnist for Time.  His new book is Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.
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.”
Des Moines Register:
Sen. Chuck Grassley indicates he won't oppose holding Supreme Court replacement hearings this year  —  U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley indicated Monday that he will not oppose holding hearings or taking a vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination if the proceeding move forward.
Data For Progress:
A Majority Of Voters Oppose President Trump Filling The Vacancy On the Supreme Court
Discussion: New York Post
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell fends off accusations of hypocrisy over holding Supreme Court vote
Jonathan V. Last / Bulwark+:
This Isn't “Hypocrisy”  —  Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.  This isn't it.  —  2 hr
Discussion: Breitbart
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Trump's Supreme Court plans create major opportunity for Kamala Harris to go on offense
Discussion: National Review, Politico and Breitbart
Steve Beynon / Stars & Stripes:   Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate for military women, will be buried at Arlington
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
A Notorious COVID Troll Actually Works for Dr. Fauci's Agency  —  Bill Crews is a PR official at the National Institutes of Health.  But he also has another job: an anonymous RedState editor who rails against the agency for which he works.  —  The managing editor of the prominent conservative …
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Washington Post:
NIH staffer to retire after he was exposed as the blogger behind anti-Fauci, anti-mask stories  —  A public-affairs specialist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will retire after revelations that he used a pseudonym online to savage the government response …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Zach Montague / New York Times:   N.I.H. Official Departs After Anonymous Posts Attacking Public Health Leaders
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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 …
Discussion: The Week, Breitbart, Fox News, The Hill and Axios
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Jennifer Szalai / New York Times:
A Prosecutor's Backstage Tour of the Mueller Investigation  —  There's something refreshing about an author who harbors no illusions about his own book — especially when that book is about the current occupant of the White House, whose chaotic energy has spawned a booming industry of insider accounts and cris de coeur.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Mueller's Team Should Have Done More to Investigate Trump-Russia Links, Top Aide Says  —  A new book by one of the special counsel's top deputies, Andrew Weissmann, is the first inside account of the investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — The team led by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel …
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.
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Esper and Milley appear to adopt different strategies to deal with Trump as election approaches  —  Washington (CNN)The Pentagon's two most senior figures were so angry about President Donald Trump's unprecedented attack on senior military leadership earlier this month that they got on the phone …
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
How Amy Coney Barrett's People of Praise Group Inspired 'The Handmaid's Tale'  —  Amy Coney Barrett, a favorite to be President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is affiliated with a Christian religious group that served as inspiration for Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale.
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Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:   Why Amy Coney Barrett is hands-down best pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Brittany Schmidt / WBAY-TV:
One-on-one interview with Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden  —  Biden answers questions about supreme court justice seat, COVID-19  —  MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) - Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Bided sat down for a one-on-one interview with Action 2 News Monday afternoon.
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
ABC Town Hall Masquerades Anti-Trump Activists as ‘Uncommitted’ Voters  —  Multiple voters characterized by ABC News as undecided—and selected to pepper President Donald Trump with questions during a network town hall—are longtime Trump critics.  While the network claimed its Tuesday town hall …
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden marks grim coronavirus milestone, says ‘Trump panicked’ on pandemic
Associated Press:
Judge extends Wisconsin absentee cutoff 6 days post election  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
A Young Kennedy, in Kushnerland, Turned Whistle-Blower  —  When Robert F. Kennedy's grandson Max volunteered with Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force, he likened the Trump Administration's pandemic response to “a family office meets organized crime, melded with ‘Lord of the Flies.’ ”
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week, Mediaite and Politico
Natalia Martinez / WAVE-TV:
LMPD declares state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor decision  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Police Department on Monday announced a state of emergency as it prepares for a grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case.  —  WAVE 3 News obtained a memo sent …
Discussion: Big League Politics
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Politico:
DeVos under investigation for potentially violating Hatch Act because of Fox News interview  —  The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act, after she slammed Joe Biden in a Fox News interview and her agency promoted it through official channels.
Tim Weiner / Washington Post:
The unanswered question of our time: Is Trump an agent of Russia?  —  Neither Mueller nor the FBI took it on.  It's crucial someone does.  This is a case for super-secret mole hunters.  —  The FBI faced a national security nightmare three years ago: It suspected that the new president …
Discussion: Breitbart
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Invitation to Voter Fraud  —  I believe that President Trump will be re-elected in November, if only legal ballots cast by eligible voters are counted.  What I don't know is how many millions of fraudulent votes will be cast for Joe Biden.  —  My state, Minnesota, has made a point of facilitating voter fraud.
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
NYPD Officer Spied on Tibetan New Yorkers for Chinese Government: Feds  —  Baimadajie Angwang, a community affairs liaison at the 111th Precinct in Queens, was arrested Monday and charged with working as an illegal agent for China.  —  A New York City police officer was arrested Monday …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and Axios
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Biden ahead in Wisconsin, a close race in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
New Loeffler ad: 'She's more conservative than Attila the Hun'
Anneken Tappe / CNN:
Dow tumbles 800 points as coronavirus fears mount
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
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Discussion: Fox News
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Gig Economy Company Launches Uber, But for Evicting People
NBC New York:
DOJ Designates New York City as an ‘Anarchist Jurisdiction’