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8:45 AM ET, September 24, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump Faces Challenges Even in Red States, Poll Shows, as Women Favor Biden  —  Close races in Georgia, Iowa and Texas show President Trump's vulnerability and suggest that Joseph Biden has assembled a formidable coalition, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll.
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Washington Post:
Trump looks for ways to win over voters on health care after failing to deliver on promises  —  President Trump is pushing advisers to deliver health-care “wins” in the final weeks of the campaign, leading to a frenzied rollout of proposals as polls show the president's handling …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Are we a banana republic?
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump attempts a fall turnaround: Reclaiming his Catholic base
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Battleground polls show Trump up in Texas, Biden ahead in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump on peaceful transition if he loses: ‘Get rid of the ballots’ and 'there won't be a transfer' … President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday whether he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose this fall to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.  The president declined to do so.
Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
How democracy dies  —  What would happen if Americans voted on different days?  Suppose Republicans voted on Tuesday and Democrats voted on Wednesday.  Would this be better than everyone voting on the same day?  Would it be more fair and less confusing?  —  Like hell it would!
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump: 'Get Rid of the Ballots ... There Won't Be a Transfer' of Power
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:   Trump Talks Up Need for Full Court as He Casts Doubt on Election
Brenna Parker / Joe Biden for President:
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on the Events in Louisville, Kentucky  —  Breonna Taylor was a beloved daughter, member of her community, and an essential worker who served as an E.M.T. as COVID-19 began to spread.  But she died, shot in her own home by the police.
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
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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 …
Associated Press:
2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests
New York Times:
Trump Refuses to Commit to ‘A Peaceful Transfer of All Power’ After Election
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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Tim Darnell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mitch McConnell's campaign flagged by FEC for alleged accounting errors
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Democratic Senate hopefuls spurn Supreme Court expansion
Washington Post:
Republicans hope Supreme Court fight boosts Trump's reelection bid, helps GOP hold Senate majority
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP's Hunter Biden Probe Digs Up Dirt on Rick Perry's Ties to Ukrainian Gas Deals  —  THREE AMIGOS  —  Instead of surfacing dirt on Hunter Biden's allegedly sketchy business ties in Ukraine, a just finished GOP-led Senate probe ended up producing new revelations about former Energy Secretary …
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New York Times:
In Politically Charged Inquiry, Durham Sought Details About Scrutiny of Clintons  —  John Durham's team has sought information about the F.B.I.'s handling of the Clinton Foundation investigation, raising questions about the scope of the prosecutor's review.  —  WASHINGTON — From the beginning …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Courier-Journal:
LMPD: 2 officers shot in downtown Louisville protest Wednesday night  —  Two Louisville Metro Police officers were shot in downtown Louisville Wednesday night, just eight hours after an indictment was returned in the Breonna Taylor case.  —  Interim LMPD chief Robert Schroeder confirmed …
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Matt Mencarini / Courier-Journal:
MATT MENCARINI  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A grand jury decision to indict one officer involved …
consilium.europa.eu:
Belarus: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the so-called ‘inauguration’ of Aleksandr Lukashenko  —  This document is available in non-EU languages:  —  Recalling the Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union of 11 September …
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Dave Lawler / Axios:   U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Strongman Cometh  —  A play in three acts.  —  People seem confused and confounded and disappointed by President Donald Trump tonight.  You know how he is.  He tweets.  He talks.  It's so unhelpful.  So irresponsible.  —  Allow me to present a play, in three acts.  —  PODCAST
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
More than 200 retired generals, admirals endorse Biden, including some who served under Trump  —  WASHINGTON — More than 200 retired generals and admirals endorsed Joe Biden for president in a letter published Thursday, saying he had the character and judgment to serve as commander …
Carly Ortiz-Lytle / Washington Examiner:
Trays of mail, including absentee ballots, found in a ditch in Wisconsin  —  Police in Greenville, Wisconsin, found three trays of mail, including absentee ballots, in a ditch.  —  The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office discovered the trays in a ditch on Tuesday morning, near Appleton International Airport, according to WLUK.
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 …
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 …
Politico:
'Something's in the water': Florida Republicans see surge in voter registration  —  MIAMI — Republicans have closed the traditional voter registration gap with Democrats to an historically small margin in Florida, triggering a wave of Democratic apprehension in the nation's biggest swing state.
Discussion: The Guardian and Political Wire
Axios:
Democrats' mail voting pivot  —  Democrats spent the early months of the coronavirus pandemic urging their base to vote absentee.  But as threats of U.S. Postal Service delays, Team Trump litigation and higher ballot rejection rates become clearer, many are pivoting to promote more in-person voting as well.
Discussion: Political Wire
Adedayo Akala / NPR:
Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says  —  Nationwide protests have cast a spotlight on racism and inequality in the U.S. Now a major bank has put a price tag to how much the economy has lost as a result of discrimination against African Americans: $16 trillion.
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Adam Schiff's warning: This is ‘how you see democracies come to an end’  —  House Democrats released an ambitious new package of legislative reforms on Wednesday.  It's a blueprint for how Democrats intend to prevent any future presidents — including ones from their own party — from corrupting the place as horribly as Trump has done.
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Only Joe Biden can win the election in a popular and electoral vote landslide  —  Joe Biden or President Trump could win the election narrowly — but only one in a popular and electoral vote blowout.  —  Why it matters: A Biden blowout would mean a Democratic Senate, a bigger Democratic House …
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.
 
 
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Ex-US diplomat James Baker will vote for Trump ‘to get conservative judges’, book reveals
Discussion: Althouse
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo urges other countries to join alternative U.S. view on human rights
Discussion: Mother Jones and Just Security
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Bill Trott / Reuters:
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Brandon Moseley / Alabama Political Reporter:
Tuberville: Election is about Americanism against anti-Americanism
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Steve Beynon / Stars & Stripes:
Sen. Duckworth introduces bill to ban federal law enforcement from wearing camouflage
ProPublica:
In North Carolina, Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots Much More Likely to Be Rejected Than Those From Any Other Race
Discussion: myfox8.com
Jefferson Cowie / Boston Review:
Is Freedom White?  —  In a political season of dog whistles, we must be attentive to how talk …
Politico:
‘The hits just keep coming’: Congress stumbles from crisis to crisis
Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Parson, his wife both test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
The Guardian:
Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies
Discussion: Washington Post