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5:35 PM ET, September 23, 2020

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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 …
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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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lies in Repose: Highlights From the First Day of Ceremonies
Discussion: Twitchy
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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 …
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James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Hunter Biden, Andrew Cuomo and the Russian Billionaire  —  A Senate report finds another big flow of questionable cash.  —  How many millions of dollars did Hunter Biden collect from foreign tycoons while his father was vice president?  A new Senate report makes some headway toward answering this question.
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
The GOP's own star witness just blew up Trump's ‘Hunterghazi’ smear
Discussion: Washington Times
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republican Inquiry Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Biden
Politico:
GOP senators' anti-Biden report repackages old claims
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  —  Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart on Wednesday refuted an allegation by one of President Donald Trump's sons that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden relied on a teleprompter in a recent interview.
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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Courier-Journal:
Louisville grand jury indicts 1 of 3 officers in fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Facebook will let Trump run ads on election night prematurely claiming victory  —  Facebook banned political ads a week before the election, but it's the period after the election that it should be worried about.  Here's why.  —  At 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on election night …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Republicans sue to stop Gov. Greg Abbott's extension of early voting period during the pandemic  —  State party chairman Allen West, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and members of the Texas Legislature were among those who filed the suit against Abbott.  —  Copy link
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Journalists Are Leaving the Noisy Internet for Your Email Inbox  —  Casey Newton, who has covered tech for The Verge, joins a growing number of reporters who have started subscription newsletters at Substack, a three-year-old platform.  —  Casey Newton recently announced that he was leaving The Verge …
CNN:
Fact check: Trump Jr. touts baseless rigged-election claims to recruit ‘army’ for his dad  —  (CNN)Donald Trump Jr. is touting baseless election-rigging claims in videos posted to Facebook and Twitter asking “able-bodied” people to join an election security “army” for his father.
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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Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Parson, his wife both test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate
Discussion: The Hill
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Fed up Reporters Blow Lid off Kamala's Limited Availability, One Says It ‘Has a Foul Stench of Insecurity’
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Progressives Defeat Brooklyn Project That Promised 20,000 Jobs
Discussion: Gothamist
Washington Post:
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Discussion: Reason, Gothamist and The Daily Caller
Luke Mayville / Commonweal Magazine:
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House Democrats unveil reforms to ‘prevent future presidential abuses’
New York Times:
White House Accused of Improperly Politicizing Review of John Bolton's Book
The Economist:
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Post-ABC polls: Trump and Biden in tight races in Florida, Arizona