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2:55 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.
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 …
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.
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 and The Week
Scoop: Trump to meet with Supreme Court candidate Barbara Lagoa on Friday  —  President Trump plans to meet with shortlisted Supreme Court candidate Barbara Lagoa during a campaign visit to Florida on Friday, according to two sources familiar with his plans.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Biden: I'm Not Going to Say Whether I'll Try to Expand the Supreme Court  —  Joe Biden, in a one-on-one interview with WBAY in Manitowoc, Wis., yesterday:  —  Question: If Trump's Supreme Court pick goes through, but you win the election, Democrats take over Senate and maintain the House …
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Washington Post
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
Associated Press:
Senate GOP lines up with Trump to quickly fill court seat
New York Times:
How Ginsburg's Death Has Reshaped the Money Race for Senate Democrats
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Nina Totenberg was close friends with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Was that a conflict for NPR?
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and STAT
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Wall Street fears stimulus is doomed
Brittany Schmidt / WBAY-TV:
One-on-one interview with Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Russian State Media Posts Deepfake Showing Trump as Putin's Stooge
Discussion: RT and Raw Story
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
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
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”  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a rising conservative star, writes about traveling with President Trump from New Hampshire to Dover Air Force Base for the return of the remains of two constituents killed in Afghanistan in his book, “Firebrand,” out Tuesday.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
13 Nobel Prize-winning economists back Biden
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
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.
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.”
Jon Walker / American Prospect:
Pelosi Can Save Obamacare With a One-Line Amendment  —  By repealing the individual mandate, which is now functionally inert, the House Speaker can invalidate a push to eliminate the Affordable Care Act.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can use leverage to quickly take action to save the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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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.
Financial Times:
Vast majority of Americans want more economic aid to offset Covid
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The Republican Party is an authoritarian outlier
Leah Asmelash / CNN:
Colleges knew the risks but they reopened anyway. Here's how they got it all wrong
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The hidden reason Trump's ‘October surprise’ will likely fail
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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: The Gateway Pundit
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Fauci on Trump's Vaccine Boasts: No One's Seen the Data
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story