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8:30 PM ET, September 23, 2020

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Axios:
Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses  —  President Trump repeatedly refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Joe Biden, saying at a press briefing: “We're going to have to see what happens.”
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election  — President Donald Trump refused Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the 2020 election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.  — “Well, we'll have to see what happens.  You know that.
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 …
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Trump Talks Up Need for Full Court as He Casts Doubt on Election
Tim Darnell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mitch McConnell's campaign flagged by FEC for alleged accounting errors
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Wyden: RonJohn Stumbled Upon Evidence Of Trump Corruption In Ukraine Probe  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) accidentally revealed more evidence of corruption in the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine in the course of his investigation into Hunter Biden, according to a letter from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and abc7NY
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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 …
Washington Post:
The GOP's own star witness just blew up Trump's ‘Hunterghazi’ smear  —  President Trump has spent over a year trying to “prove” that Joe Biden's activities in Ukraine were corrupt.  He and lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani schemed over this for many months, with Trump ultimately trying to strong-arm …
Discussion: Forbes and Washington Times
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:   Hunter Biden, Andrew Cuomo and the Russian Billionaire
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republican Inquiry Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Biden
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Hunter Biden received $3.5M wire transfer from Russian billionaire: Senate report
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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Politico:   ‘The hits just keep coming’: Congress stumbles from crisis to crisis
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 …
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump exits news briefing for ‘emergency phone call’  —  President Trump abruptly exited his news conference Wednesday at the White House, saying he had an “emergency” phone call as reporters continued to press him with questions on the Breonna Taylor case.  —  “I have to leave …
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Courier-Journal:
Louisville grand jury indicts 1 of 3 officers in fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Judge orders Eric Trump to meet with N.Y. attorney general's investigators by Oct. 7  —  NEW YORK — A state judge on Wednesday ordered Eric Trump to be deposed no later than Oct. 7 in the New York attorney general's examination of the Trump Organization's financial practices …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Telemundo anchor rebuts misleading tweet posted by Eric Trump
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Judge denies Eric Trump's request to delay deposition until after election
Discussion: KRON4 and Associated Press
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Adam Schiff's warning: This is ‘how you see democracies come to an end’
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.
Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Parson, his wife both test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate  —  JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson postponed an event in St. Louis Wednesday and a debate on Friday after First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19.  —  Later Wednesday, in a brief statement …
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 …
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John Hudson / Washington Post:
Israel's Netanyahu brings his dirty laundry to Washington.  Literally.  —  Most politicians go to great lengths to conceal their dirty laundry.  —  And then there's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  Over the years, the Israeli leader has developed a reputation among the staff …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Justice Department and Personal Lawyer Threatened Melania's BFF Over Tell-All, Documents Show  —  The Department of Justice and lawyers acting on behalf of Melania Trump attempted to block an explosive tell-all book, according to documents reviewed by The Daily Beast.
Jim DeFede / CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Former South Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Under Federal Investigation  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is under federal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly spending campaign money on personal trips and vacations for her and her family, CBS Miami has learned.
Nicole Via y Rada / NBC News:
Florida AG calls for investigation into Bloomberg-backed felon voting rights effort  —  Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday called for an investigation into an effort backed by Mike Bloomberg to help restore the voting rights of thousands of felons ahead of the November election.
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Fauci scolds Rand Paul during tense exchange at hearing  —  A seemingly irritated Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, scolded Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a congressional hearing on Wednesday after the senator claimed that COVID-19 cases might …
 
 
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Jefferson Cowie / Boston Review:
Is Freedom White?  —  In a political season of dog whistles, we must be attentive to how talk …
ProPublica:
In North Carolina, Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots Much More Likely to Be Rejected Than Those From Any Other Race
Discussion: myfox8.com and Breitbart
Robby Soave / Reason:
Yes, the 1619 Project Actually Suggests That Year Was America's True Founding, and Nikole Hannah-Jones Admits It
Discussion: Instapundit and The Federalist
Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
Is State Department Lying to Congress on Sale of Ambassador's Residence in Israel?
Discussion: Globes Online
Adam B. Schiff / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Adam Schiff: Why my colleagues and I are introducing the first major democracy reforms since Watergate
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Republicans sue to stop Gov. Greg Abbott's extension of early voting period during the pandemic
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Journalists Are Leaving the Noisy Internet for Your Email Inbox
The Guardian:
Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies
CNN:
Fact check: Trump Jr. touts baseless rigged-election claims to recruit ‘army’ for his dad
Michael S. Schmidt / NBC News:
The story of how Trump chose children over country — and the men who tried to stop him