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1:40 AM ET, September 23, 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 …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Democrats weigh how to handle Trump's potential Supreme Court pick after past flap over Barrett's faith  —  Barrett in Indiana ahead of Trump announcement  —  (CNN)In a tense exchange between Amy Coney Barrett and Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2017, the California Democrat sharply questioned whether …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Romney backs vote on Supreme Court nominee, clearing way for Trump
Washington Post:
Trump appears to secure a Senate majority for his Supreme Court pick, even before naming one
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Cindy McCain Endorses Biden, Citing Trump's Disparagement of Troops  —  The widow of Senator John McCain praised Joe Biden's “character and integrity” and noted that both he and her family had children who had served in the military.  —  WASHINGTON — Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Cindy McCain endorses Biden
New York Times:
The Russian Trolls Have a Simpler Job Today.  Quote Trump.  —  As part of their attempt to interfere with the 2020 election, Russians are grabbing screenshots of President Trump's tweets, or quoting his own misleading statements, analysts and officials say.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 and The Hill
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 …
Eline Schaart / Politico:   US ambassador under fire for hosting Dutch far-right bash
Alayna Treene / Axios:
House Democrats and Trump admin strike deal to avert government shutdown  —  The House on Tuesday passed legislation to fund the government through Dec. 11, by a vote of 359-57.  —  Why it matters: The bill will avert a government shutdown when funding expires in eight days.
Discussion: Forbes, Mercury News and The Hill
Susan Davis / NPR:
House Passes Short-Term Funding Bill To Keep Government Running
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 …
Detroit Free Press:
West Michigan man says yard signs were stolen.  So he put up Joe Biden freeway billboards.  —  After he said eight yard signs were stolen or vandalized, Marshall Stern had had enough.  —  Stern, a Democrat who lives in Newaygo County, a historically red area in west Michigan …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Meadows puts agencies on notice about staff shake-up  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told administration officials Monday to expect senior aides to be replaced at many government agencies, according to an internal email obtained by Axios.  —  Behind the scenes …
Discussion: ABC News 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: IJR, Political Wire, Bloomberg and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Reopening Colleges Likely Fueled Covid-19 Significantly, Study Finds  —  Research suggests in-person classes led to thousands of additional cases each day in the U.S.  —  Colleges and universities that reopened for face-to-face instruction might have caused tens of thousands of additional cases …
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump extends ban on racial discrimination training to federal contractors  —  President Trump on Tuesday extended his administration's ban on training involving race- and sex-based discrimination to include federal contractors, doubling down on an issue to appeal to his base, and white voters in particular.
The White House:
Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping
Discussion: Axios
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: Axios and Raw Story
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump says he likes Putin.  US intelligence says Russia is attacking American democracy.  —  Washington (CNN)Despite repeated warnings from intelligence officials and his own FBI director that Russia is carrying out a blatant attack on American democracy, President Donald Trump summed …
Discussion: Axios, New York Times and Mediaite
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Russian State Media Posts Deepfake Showing Trump as Putin's Stooge
Discussion: RT and Raw Story
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.
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 …
Michael Sallah / ICIJ:
With Deutsche Bank's help, an oligarch's buying spree trails ruin across the US heartland  —  In a fiery ball, the explosion in a massive furnace at Warren Steel in Ohio blew out bricks and windows and sent workers hurtling to the ground, including three who were airlifted to burn units and two others rushed to local hospitals.
Seth Harp / The Intercept:
As Joe Rogan's Platform Grows, So Does the Media and Liberal Backlash.  Why? … Today's SYSTEM UPDATE examining this topic — with guest Shant Mesrobian, former Obama 2008 strategist and author of a recent viral thread on the liberal contempt for Rogan — can be viewed on The Intercept's YouTube channel.
Discussion: Althouse
Andrew Dyer / San Diego Union-Tribune:
More voters picked Jacobs than Gómez in 53rd Congressional District, poll shows  —  But “undecideds” are 38 percent of the vote, a new 10 News/San Diego Union-Tribune poll finds  —  If “undecided” were a candidate, it would be tied for first place with Sara Jacobs …
Ryan P. Williams / The American Mind:
Dear Berggruen Institute: Renounce Death Threats Now  —  A letter from Claremont Institute President Ryan Williams to Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels of the Berggruen Institute  —  Co-Founder + Editor-in-Chief of Noema Magazine Berggruen Institute  —  Los Angeles, CA 90013 Dear …
Discussion: The National Pulse
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.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
It's not just Roe v Wade.  Trump's Supreme Court pick could challenge Brown v Board of Education  —  Nearly 30 Trump nominees have refused to say the ruling in the landmark case — which overturned segregaton in schools — was the correct one  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death leaves …
Discussion: New York Times
Fact check: Trump campaign posts another dishonestly snipped Biden quote to make him sound confused  —  Washington (CNN)There is a pattern: President Donald Trump's campaign and its allies keep dishonestly snipping, editing or describing video clips of former Vice President Joe Biden to try …
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 …
Trump-world clashes over Barrett vs. Lagoa  —  Donald Trump's looming Supreme Court decision is dividing the president's political orbit between the pragmatists and the purists.  —  One camp is dominated by the GOP operative class overseeing the party's electoral efforts, including the president's own campaign advisers and donors.
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.
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
Africa has defied the covid-19 nightmare scenarios.  We shouldn't be surprised.  —  After the novel coronavirus first appeared in Africa in late February, Ghana's government decided it would take no chances.  Ghanaian citizens were soon put under lockdown, and travel between major cities was banned.
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
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 Earlier Items: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The White House: Trump's always-coming-soon health-care plan is coming soon
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and New York Times
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed News:
We Aren't Nationally Mourning The 200,000 COVID-19 Victims Because If We Did It Would Be A Reckoning
Laurel Wamsley / NPR:
CDC's Halloween Guidelines Warn Against Typical Trick-Or-Treating
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The hidden reason Trump's ‘October surprise’ will likely fail
Discussion: Raw Story