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9:40 AM ET, September 23, 2020


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Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Handmaid's Tale?  U.S. Supreme Court candidate's religious community under scrutiny  —  (Reuters) - Some have likened People of Praise, a self-described charismatic Christian community, to the totalitarian, male-dominated society of Margaret Atwood's novel “The Handmaid's Tale.”
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 …
Discussion: The Bulwark, Raw Story and The Week
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Wall Street fears meltdown over election and Supreme Court
Discussion: Reuters and Political Wire
John Kruzel / The Hill:
GOP will ask Supreme Court to limit mail voting in Pennsylvania in first post-RBG test
Senate Republicans bet it all on the Supreme Court — again
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 …
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 …
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: Common Dreams and Forbes
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump dismisses Cindy McCain's endorsement of Biden
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Republican Probe Finds Hunter Biden's Ukraine Work Raised Concerns With Obama Officials  —  Findings don't support accusation that Joe Biden sought to remove a prosecutor to protect a gas firm whose board Hunter Biden served on  —  WASHINGTON—Two Obama administration officials raised concerns …
GOP senators' anti-Biden report repackages old claims  —  For a year, Senate Republicans have teased a bombshell investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden that could rock the former vice president's campaign for the White House.  —  But an interim report, issued by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
GOP-led committees release interim report on Hunter Biden, Burisma probe
Discussion: Townhall and National Review
Barton Gellman / The Atlantic:
The Election That Could Break America … 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.  As November 3 approaches …
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
New York Times:
White House Accused of Intervening to Keep Bolton's Book From Becoming Public  —  A career official said political appointees “commandeered” the prepublication review process.  —  WASHINGTON — White House aides improperly intervened to falsely assert that a manuscript by the former national …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
Colorado Senate Moves From Toss Up to Lean Democrat  —  With a Supreme Court nominee now all but certain to be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate this year (either before or after the election), it looks like there will only be two defections from Republican ranks — Maine Sen. Susan Collins …
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
U.S. Ambassador to Netherlands Faces Questions About Political Interference  —  The outspoken conservative envoy, Pete Hoekstra, has been criticized for hosting a fund-raiser for a Dutch populist party at the U.S. Embassy.  —  BRUSSELS — One of President Trump's most outspoken ambassadors …
Discussion: Politico
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: PinkNews, Raw Story and The Hill
The Economist:
Estimated Senate seats  —  Our model is updated every day, blending the latest data on polls and fundraising with “fundamental” factors like incumbency and each state's partisan lean.  Below is a chart over time of our best estimate of the most likely number of Senate seats each party will win …
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
‘Bidin’ his time': Joe Biden battles being chronically late  —  WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden was running late.  Again.  —  On a recent Friday, he'd already apologized for the delayed start to a speech, then taken more questions than expected at a subsequent press conference.
Change Research:
States of Play: Battleground & National Likely Voter Surveys on the Mail-in Election, COVID-19 and the Supreme Court  —  Change Research/ CNBC Poll: September 18-20, 2020  —  Key Takeaways  — Biden now leads by 9 points nationally (51% to 42%), and maintains his advantage across six battleground states.
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
Alona Ferber / New Statesman:
Judith Butler on the culture wars, JK Rowling and living in “anti-intellectual times”  —  Thirty years ago, the philosopher Judith Butler, now 64, published a book that revolutionised popular attitudes on gender.  Gender Trouble, the work she is perhaps best known for, introduced ideas of gender as performance.
Discussion: PinkNews
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 …
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: New York Post and ABC News
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Says Reporters Covering Protests Deserve to Be Attacked  —  At his rally Tuesday night, President Trump delivered an extended riff on the glories of police attacking journalists.  First, he repeated a mangled version of a story that he told this weekend, about Ali Velshi being struck …
Laurence Jarvik / THE LATEST:
Scientific American's Scientifically Indefensible Biden Endorsement  —  An editorial that begins and ends with lies is, by definition, not credible and unworthy of a purportedly “scientific” journal ...  Breaking with 175 years of nonpartisan objectivity, German-owned Scientific American endorsed Joe Biden …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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.
David Wasserman / NBC News:
Demographic shifts since 2016 could be enough to defeat Trump.  But it's complicated. … Four years ago, President Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes and still won the White House thanks to a near-perfect geographic vote distribution that allowed him to capture big Electoral College prizes by razor-thin margins.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Vernon Jones / The National Pulse:
EXC - Democrat Vernon Jones: Trump Did More for Black Americans in 4 Years Than Biden Has in Over 40  —  There was a time the Democratic Party was home to many of America's leading lights on race relations — people who were willing to ignore or even defy mainstream opinion to advance a cause they knew to be right and just.
Jim Kolbe / Arizona Daily Star:
I'm a conservative and I'm voting for Joe Biden  —  The following is the opinion and analysis of the writer.  —  The original meaning of the term conservative, as articulated by Edmund Burke, was the desire to conserve aspects of tradition and social stability as society moves forward.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
The RNC is wiring cash to Texas.  Is it a 2020 battleground?  —  The Republican National Committee cut million-dollar checks to six state parties in August as it prepared for the fall campaign.  But one payment stands out amid a torrent of money flowing to traditional battleground states: $1.3 million to once-brick red Texas.
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
In apparent play for QAnon supporters, GOP attack ads claim Democrat lawmakers are defending ‘sex offenders’  —  WASHINGTON — The ad couldn't sound more ominous.  As darkened images of quiet suburban neighborhoods roll on the screen, a woman's voice delivers a scary message: “On every street …
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Greg Palast:
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Owen Churchill / South China Morning Post:
US House passes forced labour bill that would bar Xinjiang imports
Discussion: New York Times
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How news networks are preparing for the possibility of a delayed vote count
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Trust on the economy bolsters Trump in oh-so-close Florida and Arizona: POLL
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Bail Fund Promoted By Kamala Harris Helped Free Serial Domestic Abusers
Discussion: Townhall
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Mike Pompeo Hits Campaign Trail for Trump in Shift for Top Diplomat
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Dyer / San Diego Union-Tribune:
More voters picked Jacobs than Gómez in 53rd Congressional District, poll shows
Ryan P. Williams / The American Mind:
Dear Berggruen Institute: Renounce Death Threats Now
Discussion: The National Pulse
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
It's not just Roe v Wade. Trump's Supreme Court pick could challenge Brown v Board of Education
Discussion: NBC News
Wall Street Journal:
Reopening Colleges Likely Fueled Covid-19 Significantly, Study Finds
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. is actively helping his father corrupt the election
Michael Sallah / ICIJ:
With Deutsche Bank's help, an oligarch's buying spree trails ruin across the US heartland
New York Times:
Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Trump's ex-Russia adviser Fiona Hill: US increasingly seen as ‘object of pity’
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story