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4:05 PM ET, September 23, 2020

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Politico:
Trump falls into the trap he set for Biden  —  Donald Trump will face Joe Biden within days for the first of three presidential debates, and some of the president's supporters are already bracing for a humiliating loss.  —  White House allies, Republican donors and some of Trump's closest advisers worry …
Discussion: CBS Philly, The Hill and Raw Story
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Telemundo anchor rebuts misleading tweet posted by Eric Trump  —  Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart on Wednesday refuted an allegation by one of President Donald Trump's sons that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden relied on a teleprompter in a recent interview.
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Kos, The Wrap and The Hill
CNBC:
Judge orders Eric Trump to testify before election in New York attorney general probe of President Trump's company  — Eric Trump must testify in response to a subpoena from the New York Attorney General's office before the presidential election as part of a probe of President Donald Trump's company, a judge ordered Wednesday.
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Judge orders Eric Trump to meet with N.Y. attorney general's investigators by Oct. 7
Discussion: Law & Crime
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Lawyer for Trump's son Eric defends delayed questioning in New York probe
Discussion: Axios and Bloomberg
John F. Harris / Politico:
McConnell Is on the Losing Side of History — And He Knows It  —  Mitch McConnell may be driving American politics to the brink of insanity, but let's assume that the majority leader himself is entirely sane.  —  There are two possible reasons why it would be rational for him to act …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
With Nothing Else Working, Trump Races to Make a New Supreme Court Justice the Issue
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lies in Repose: Highlights From the First Day of Ceremonies
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
GOP senators' report calls Hunter Biden's board position with Ukraine firm ‘problematic,’ but fails to show how it changed U.S. policy  —  A pair of Senate Republican committee chairmen released a report Wednesday arguing that Hunter Biden's board position with a Ukrainian energy company was …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republican Inquiry Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Biden
Washington Post:
The GOP's own star witness just blew up Trump's ‘Hunterghazi’ smear
Discussion: Washington Times
Politico:
GOP senators' anti-Biden report repackages old claims
Politico:
Democrats worry Feinstein can't handle Supreme Court battle  —  As the Senate prepares for yet another brutal Supreme Court nomination fight, one particularly sensitive issue is creating apprehension among Democrats: what to do with 87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.
Discussion: Breitbart, Law & Crime and The Hill
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Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
Colorado Senate Moves From Toss Up to Lean Democrat
CNN:
Ex-officer Brett Hankison indicted in connection with Breonna Taylor's death  —  (CNN)A former Louisville police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in connection with the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
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QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  September 23, 2020 - Biden Keeps Above 50 Percent Mark With Steady Lead Over Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 63% Don't Expect To Know Winner Of 2020 Race On Election Night  —  In the race for the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President …
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Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Countervailing Shifts in a Stable Race  —  Democrat makes gains in special Senate election  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Donald Trump and Joe Biden remain locked in a tight race for Georgia's electoral votes according to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Barton Gellman / The Atlantic:
The Election That Could Break America  —  Illustrations by Guillem Casasús / Renderings by Borja Alegre  —  There is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11.
Jim Acosta / CNN:
A ‘distressed’ Birx questions how long she can remain on White House task force, sources say  —  (CNN)Once a fixture at the administration's coronavirus briefings, Dr. Deborah Birx has confided to aides and friends that she has become so unhappy with what she sees as her diminished role …
Washington Post:
Post-ABC polls: Trump and Biden in tight races in Florida, Arizona  —  Sunbelt battlegrounds could hold key to 2020 election outcome  —  President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden are locked in close races in Florida and Arizona, according to a pair of Washington Post-ABC News polls …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Cindy McCain Endorses Biden, Citing Trump's Disparagement of Troops
ABC News:
Democrat Mark Kelly says winner of Arizona special Senate election should be ‘promptly seated’
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Allegations of racism have marked Trump's presidency and become key issue as election nears  —  In unguarded moments with senior aides, President Trump has maintained that Black Americans have mainly themselves to blame in their struggle for equality, hindered more by lack of initiative …
Politico:
CIA clamps down on flow of Russia intelligence to White House  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Gina Haspel and President Donald Trump attend the swearing-in ceremony for Haspel as CIA director May 21, 2018, in Langley, Va. |  The CIA has made it harder for intelligence about Russia to reach …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House Democrats unveil reforms to ‘prevent future presidential abuses’  —  House Democrats unveiled a sweeping package of reforms Wednesday morning designed to strengthen Congress's ability to check the executive branch and prevent abuses of power, especially by the president.
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Kate Nocera / Axios:
House Democrats unveil sweeping reforms package to curtail presidential abuses
New York Times:
White House Accused of Improperly Politicizing Review of John Bolton's Book  —  The account by a former National Security Council official also implied that the Justice Department may have told a court that the book contains classified information and opened a criminal investigation based on false pretenses.
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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
I've Never Been More Worried About American Democracy Than I Am Right Now  —  With less than six weeks to go before Election Day, and with over 250 COVID-related election lawsuits filed across 45 states, the litigation strategy of the Trump campaign and their allies has become clear …
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Dear Donald, Dear Mr. President: A Trump-Nixon '80s tale  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — They were two men in Manhattan who craved the same thing: validation.  One was a brash, young real estate developer looking to put his stamp on New York, the other a disgraced elder statesman bent on repairing his reputation.
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS awarded $6 million in contracts to firm where Acting Secretary Wolf's wife is executive … WASHINGTON — The consulting firm where the wife of acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is an executive has been awarded more than $6 million in contracts from the Department …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Five Things Biden and His Allies Should Be Worried About  —  Interestingly, the suburban vote may not be one of them.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  There are at least five reasons Joe Biden's consistent lead …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Facebook will let Trump run ads on election night prematurely claiming victory  —  Facebook banned political ads a week before the election, but it's the period after the election that it should be worried about.  Here's why.  —  At 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on election night …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
The Metropolitan Opera Won't Reopen for Another Year  —  The nation's largest performing arts organization, shut by the coronavirus pandemic, sends a chilling signal that American cultural life is still far from resuming.  —  The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday that the still-untamed …
 
 
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Progressives Defeat Brooklyn Project That Promised 20,000 Jobs
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Politico:
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The Guardian:
Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Justice Department and Personal Lawyer Threatened Melania's BFF Over Tell-All, Documents Show
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Feared coronavirus outbreaks in schools yet to arrive, early data show
Discussion: Reason and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Fact check: Trump Jr. touts baseless rigged-election claims to recruit ‘army’ for his dad
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