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7:05 PM ET, September 22, 2020

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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 …
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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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
GOP senators who play with fire with the Supreme Court will get scorched
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Why Biden is stiff-arming the left on court-packing and the filibuster
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The White House: Trump's always-coming-soon health-care plan is coming soon
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and New York Times
Associated Press:
Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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Tyler Pager / Bloomberg:
Kamala Harris Downplays Debate Skills as Buttigieg Stands In for Pence  — Former prosecutor known for withering attacks on opponents  — Harris created viral moments in presidential primary debates  —  Kamala Harris's team is working to manage public expectations that her upcoming debate …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
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Axios:
Meadows: Trump will not meet with Lagoa in Florida  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tells Axios that President Trump will not meet with shortlisted Supreme Court candidate Barbara Lagoa during a campaign visit to Florida on Friday, and that any talks with court candidates will take place in Washington.
World Socialist Web Site:
The New York Times and Nikole Hannah-Jones abandon key claims of the 1619 Project  —  The New York Times, without announcement or explanation, has abandoned the central claim of the 1619 Project: that 1619, the year the first slaves were brought to Colonial Virginia—and not 1776—was the “true founding” of the United States.
Discussion: Twitchy, The Federalist and Breitbart
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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 …
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.
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 …
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden campaign plans travel around competitive Senate races
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Dutch lawmakers demand answers after U.S. ambassador holds party for right-wing populists at embassy  —  Dutch officials demanded answers from Pete Hoekstra, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, on Tuesday in light of reports that the Trump appointee had held a private event …
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Eline Schaart / Politico:   US ambassador under fire for hosting Dutch far-right bash
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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Bobby Burack / OutKick:
LeBron Actively Looking to Pay Convicted Felons' Fines to Vote in Election
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and Mediaite
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.
Jill Ishkanian / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Defund the police’ activist Alyssa Milano calls 911 sparking massive police presence in her quiet California neighborhood claiming an armed an gunman was on her property - but it was really a teen shooting at squirrels with an air gun  — Actress Alyssa Milano called police …
IC3.gov News:
Foreign Actors and Cybercriminals Likely to Spread Disinformation Regarding 2020 Election Results  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are issuing this announcement to raise awareness of the potential threat posed …
Discussion: Bloomberg and IJR
Barbara McQuade / Washington Post:
Barr can make the Justice Department help Trump in election disputes.  Here's how.  —  The attorney general has clearly demonstrated a desire to help the president politically  —  William P. Barr sounds more like a far right-wing news pundit lately than the nation's attorney general …
Discussion: The Cain Gang
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.
CNN:
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.
Sgt. John Mattingly / Courier-Journal:
Wounded officer in Breonna Taylor case emails cops: 'I'm proof they do not care about you'  —  A Louisville police officer wounded during the Breonna Taylor fatal shooting emailed more than 1,000 of his colleagues Tuesday, criticizing Mayor Greg Fischer and others while defending his actions that March night.
HuffPost:
2020 Could Be A Breakthrough Year For Black Senate Candidates  —  There have been 10 Black senators in all of U.S. history.  Six candidates are running to change that in the 2020 election.  —  There have been 1,307 people who have served in the U.S. Senate throughout its history.
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
Mallory Hughes / CNN:
Black man's body found burning in a ditch in Iowa  —  (CNN)A Black man whose burning body was found in a ditch in rural Iowa has been identified as a local grandfather.  —  Just after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, authorities received a report of a fire in a roadside ditch near Kellogg.
Murry Lee / WJHL:
U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw skydives at Greeneville Airport  —  GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) - The Democratic candidate for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat displayed her fearlessness by jumping out of an airplane in Northeast Tennessee.  —  Marquita Bradshaw went skydiving at the Greeneville Airport on Tuesday.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
House votes to ban U.S. products made with forced labor in Xinjiang  —  The House on Tuesday voted 406-3 in favor of a bill to ban products made with forced labor in China's mass detention camps.  —  Why it matters: The U.S. has ramped up pressure recently on China to address human rights abuses …
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
New York Times:
Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In.  The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.  —  America is now under siege by climate change in ways that scientists have warned about for years.  But there is a second part to their admonition: Decades of growing crisis are already locked into the global ecosystem and cannot be reversed.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
‘Birtherism’ Lies About Kamala Harris Exceed Those About Obama  —  Toxic misinformation has continued reaching new heights in 2020.  One sign of that?  “Birtherism” misinformation about Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, now exceeds that about President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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Chris Francescani / ABC News:
QAnon's growth mirrors sharp spike in far-right extremist violence in US: Experts
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Sallah / ICIJ:
With Deutsche Bank's help, an oligarch's buying spree trails ruin across the US heartland
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed News:
We Aren't Nationally Mourning The 200,000 COVID-19 Victims Because If We Did It Would Be A Reckoning
Breitbart:
DELETED: Big Tech's Efforts to Sway the Election Revealed
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Russian State Media Posts Deepfake Showing Trump as Putin's Stooge
Discussion: RT and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The hidden reason Trump's ‘October surprise’ will likely fail
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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: The Moderate Voice and Vox
Detroit Free Press:
In secret recording, trainer for Unlock Michigan advises on unlawful tactics
Discussion: Raw Story