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3:45 PM ET, September 23, 2020

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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.
Discussion: Breitbart, Law & Crime and The Hill
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Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
Colorado Senate Moves From Toss Up to Lean Democrat
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
With Nothing Else Working, Trump Races to Make a New Supreme Court Justice the Issue
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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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republican Inquiry Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by Biden
Washington Post:
The GOP's own star witness just blew up Trump's ‘Hunterghazi’ smear
Discussion: Washington Times
CNN:
Ex-officer Brett Hankison indicted in connection with Breonna Taylor's death  —  (CNN)A former Louisville police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in connection with the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
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Courier-Journal:
Louisville grand jury indicts 1 of 3 officers in fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted one of three Louisville officers in the March 13 fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.  —  It was announced Wednesday:
Politico:
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: The Hill, Raw Story and Common Dreams
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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.
Discussion: Reuters, Axios, Daily Kos and The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Cindy McCain Endorses Biden, Citing Trump's Disparagement of Troops
ABC News:
Democrat Mark Kelly says winner of Arizona special Senate election should be ‘promptly seated’
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
House Democrats unveil reforms to ‘prevent future presidential abuses’  —  House Democrats unveiled a sweeping package of reforms Wednesday morning designed to strengthen Congress's ability to check the executive branch and prevent abuses of power, especially by the president.
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Kate Nocera / Axios:
House Democrats unveil sweeping reforms package to curtail presidential abuses
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 …
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.
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 …
Michael S. Schmidt / NBC News:
The story of how Trump chose children over country — and the men who tried to stop him  —  This piece has been adapted from “Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President” by Michael S. Schmidt.  —  Counterintelligence officials had concerns about the attempts …
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 …
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 …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
The Metropolitan Opera Won't Reopen for Another Year  —  The nation's largest performing arts organization, shut by the coronavirus pandemic, sends a chilling signal that American cultural life is still far from resuming.  —  The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday that the still-untamed …
Erica Chayes Wida / TODAY.com:
Costco pulls Palmetto Cheese from 120 stores after owner calls BLM ‘terror organization’  —  Costco recently removed a popular pimento cheese brand from 120 of its stores after the owner called the Black Lives Matter movement a “terror organization” on his public Facebook.
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Feared coronavirus outbreaks in schools yet to arrive, early data show  —  Thousands of students and teachers have become sick with the coronavirus since schools began opening last month, but public health experts have found little evidence that the virus is spreading inside buildings …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
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