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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
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.”
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Trump Talks Up Need for Full Court as He Casts Doubt on Election  — Trump says mail voting could lead to legal fight over election  — Trump says Senate doesn't need to hold hearings but will  —  President Donald Trump predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the outcome …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Nation, Forbes, The Hill and abc7NY
Politico:
‘The hits just keep coming’: Congress stumbles from crisis to crisis  —  Ancient Egypt had only 10 plagues.  The 116th Congress says, “Hold my staff.”  —  The House and Senate have spent the past two years staring down some of the most consequential political events of recent decades …
Tim Darnell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mitch McConnell's campaign flagged by FEC for alleged accounting errors
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
CNN:
Congress poised to leave town until after the election without passing coronavirus stimulus
Discussion: Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump on peaceful transition if he loses: ‘Get rid of the ballots’ and 'there won't be a transfer'
Discussion: KFOR-TV, IJR and Reuters
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
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).
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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 …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republican Inquiry Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Biden
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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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: Associated Press and KRON4
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
The Guardian:
Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies  —  Patriots Coalition members suggested political assassinations and said ‘laws will be broken, people will get hurt’, leaked chats show  —  Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence …
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.
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 …
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.
ProPublica:
In North Carolina, Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots Much More Likely to Be Rejected Than Those From Any Other Race  —  Congress works for you.  Learn how to be a better boss with the User's Guide to Democracy, a series of personalized emails about what your representatives actually do.
Discussion: myfox8.com and Breitbart
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.
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
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
 
 
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Steve Beynon / Stars & Stripes:
Sen. Duckworth introduces bill to ban federal law enforcement from wearing camouflage
Jefferson Cowie / Boston Review:
Is Freedom White?  —  In a political season of dog whistles, we must be attentive to how talk …
Alex Ward / Vox:
Mike Pompeo and Robert O'Brien, top US officials, are campaigning for Trump in crucial states
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
John McCormack / National Review:
Jon Tester Opens the Door to Nuking the Senate's Legislative Filibuster
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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Republicans sue to stop Gov. Greg Abbott's extension of early voting period during the pandemic
Discussion: Fox News and Talking Points Memo
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Journalists Are Leaving the Noisy Internet for Your Email Inbox
CNN:
Fact check: Trump Jr. touts baseless rigged-election claims to recruit ‘army’ for his dad
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
DHS awarded $6 million in contracts to firm where Acting Secretary Wolf's wife is executive