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4:55 PM ET, September 24, 2020

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U.S. Department of Justice:
Statement Of U.S. Attorney Freed On Inquiry Into Reports Of Potential Issues With Mail-In Ballots  —  at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office …
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Seven military ballots cast for Trump found discarded in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Reuters, The Daily Caller and Fox News
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Republicans condemn Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power  —  A number of prominent Republican lawmakers have condemned President Trump's refusal on Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November's presidential election.
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Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Republican MA Gov. Charlie Baker GOES OFF on Trump's Refusal to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power: ‘Appalling and Outrageous!’  —  Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker condemned President Donald Trump's “appalling and outrageous” refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the 2020 presidential election.
Discussion: CBS Boston
New York Times:
Trump Faces Challenges Even in Red States, Poll Shows, as Women Favor Biden  —  Close races in Georgia, Iowa and Texas show President Trump's vulnerability and suggest that Joseph Biden has assembled a formidable coalition, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll.
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Jamie Smith / HuffPost:
The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pushed Me To Join The Satanic Temple  —  “I am a 40-something attorney and mother who lives in a quiet neighborhood with a yard and a garage full of scooters and soccer balls.  I am not the type of person who would normally consider becoming a Satanist, but these are not normal times.”
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
No Signs of a Shift in Polls After the Death of Justice Ginsburg
Discussion: CNBC, Bangor Daily News and Bloomberg
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
Michael Caputo receives ‘metastatic head and neck cancer’ diagnosis  —  Michael R. Caputo, the East Aurora political consultant at the center of controversy over the Trump administration's Covid-19 messaging, has been diagnosed with cancer.  —  Assemblyman David J. DiPietro, R-East Aurora …
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Mary Trump Sues President and Family, Claiming Fraud of Millions  —  Two months after she claimed in a tell-all book that her family cheated her out of her inheritance, Ms. Trump made similar allegations in a civil suit in Manhattan.  —  In her best-selling memoir, Mary L. Trump …
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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions
Discussion: Fox News, CNBC and IJR
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Durham assumed parts of John Huber's Clinton Foundation review: source
Discussion: Townhall and New York Post
David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
McCabe Suit Moves Ahead After Judge Denies Dismissal Request  — Refusal to pledge loyalty to Trump led to firing, McCabe says  —  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe can move forward with a lawsuit challenging his firing, a federal judge ruled.  —  McCabe claims he was unlawfully demoted …
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Politico:
Judge rejects DOJ attempt to scrap McCabe lawsuit, orders discovery
Discussion: The Hill
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Christopher Wray: FBI has not seen evidence of national voter fraud effort by mail  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray responded to a question on the security of mail-in voting to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday by saying that the agency has “not seen, historically …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Jordan demands answers on whether FBI is investigating Hunter Biden allegations, in wake of Senate report
Axios:
Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states  —  The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week.  —  The big picture: There isn't one big event or sudden occurrence that explains this increase.  We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus …
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Ally: Kelly Loeffler Offered Trump $50 Million to Help Get Her Opponent Out of the Race  —  SHOW.  ME.  THE.  MONEY.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Doug Collins supporter, made the incendiary claim at a recent rally.  A source says it was more nuanced than that.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jenna Grande / CREW:
New Report: President Trump has 3,400 conflicts of interest  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington — Averaging more than two conflicts of interest per day, President Trump continues to be the most corrupt president in history, engaging in more than 3,400 conflicts of interest since taking office …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Kamala Harris Has A Vibrant Online Fan Club.  But It Also Has A Toxic Side.  —  The KHive aims to amplify and support the Democratic vice presidential nominee, but some of its members have crossed the line from ardent fandom to overt harassment.  —  Luverta Jeffrey's son used to be on Twitter all the time.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
For a brief moment, Trump comes face-to-face with political reality  —  The night after President Trump won the 2016 election, he was at home in Trump Tower — and probably not too eager to head outside.  He probably couldn't see the surrounding streets from his penthouse windows …
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
'Something's in the water': Florida Republicans see surge in voter registration  —  MIAMI — Republicans have closed the traditional voter registration gap with Democrats to an historically small margin in Florida, triggering a wave of Democratic apprehension in the nation's biggest swing state.
Axios:
Democrats are pivoting to embrace in-person voting  —  Democrats spent the early months of the coronavirus pandemic urging their base to vote absentee.  But as threats of U.S. Postal Service delays, Team Trump litigation and higher ballot rejection rates become clearer, many are pivoting to promote more in-person voting as well.
Rainier Harris / New York Times:
This Is the Casual Racism That I Face at My Elite High School  —  Unexpectedly, the school did something about it.  —  Starting senior year in the middle of a pandemic has brought on more challenges than ever: Navigating college applications and maintaining my G.P.A. while dealing …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
DeJoy Tells Judge Mail-Sorting Machines Can't Be Reassembled  — USPS asks that order undoing service changes be modified  — States allege DeJoy is trying to interfere with mail-in voting  —  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told a judge the U.S. Postal Service can't reassemble …
Dianne Gallagher / CNN:
The two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections abruptly resign  —  Washington (CNN)The two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections abruptly resigned Wednesday, saying in separate letters that they felt misled by the state attorney general's office …
Ben Makuch / VICE:
Neo-Nazi Terror Leader Said to Have Worked With U.S. Special Forces  —  The leader of The Base, Rinaldo Nazzaro, worked as a private military contractor for the Pentagon in 2014, which included briefing special forces.  —  The leader of one of the most violent neo-Nazi terror groups in decades …
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
‘This is an illegitimate nomination’: Some Democrats snub Trump's pick  —  President Donald Trump hasn't announced a Supreme Court nominee yet, but some Democrats have already decided there's no point in meeting with her, no matter who it is.  —  These Senate Democrats say it's a no-brainer …
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Exclusive: GOP Sen. Thom Tillis embraced QAnon conspiracy about COVID-19 death count in town hall  —  “When the final accounting is done,” the actual death COVID-19 count will be lower, Tillis claims  —  Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., on Thursday told a virtual town hall audience that he believed …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Bench Memos  —  Nothing in Judge Amy Coney Barrett's record provides any support for the charge that she would indulge her Catholic faith and her putative pro-life convictions in deciding cases, and one of her votes cuts directly against such a charge.  —  During her three years on the Seventh Circuit …
Discussion: Power Line
Jayme Deerwester / USA Today:
United Airlines to make COVID-19 rapid tests available to passengers, starting on Hawaii route … United Airlines says it will roll out a new COVID-19 testing program for passengers beginning Oct. 15, the Chicago-based carrier announced Thursday.  —  At first, testing will only be available …
ABC:
Thailand's young protesters say they'll risk arrest as they try to reform the country's powerful monarchy  —  With tens of thousands of protesters cheering her on, Panusaya Sithijirawattankul stepped on to a stage near Bangkok's ceremonial Grand Palace and confidently did what most Thais would not dare to do.
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Dianne Feinstein's husband named in UC admissions scandal: Richard Blum admits to helping ‘friends’ for years  —  The state auditor's office has confirmed that Richard Blum was the University of California regent who wrote “an inappropriate letter of support” that helped admit a student …
Discussion: National Review
The Federalist:
‘Trump Was Right’: Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation  —  Newly disclosed internal FBI notes and text messages detail the extent of the FBI's desire to take down Trump and his associates at any cost.
Bloomberg:
Fed's Brainard Seen at Top of Biden's Treasury Secretary List  — Wall Street Worries About Warren's progressive views  — Mnuchin seen staying for at least start of a second Trump term  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's search for a Treasury secretary is widely seen …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Nicole Via y Rada / NBC News:
Judge orders White House to provide sign language interpreters at Covid briefings
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Minnesota candidate's sudden death forces February special election for competitive House seat
Discussion: Politico and Star Tribune
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Cuomo: New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine
Discussion: New York Times and New York Times
SENATOR RICK SCOTT:
Sen. Rick Scott Introduces VOTER Act to Prevent Election Fraud
Taylor Locke / CNBC:
Mark Cuban: Every household in America should receive a $1,000 stimulus check every 2 weeks for the next 2 months
Discussion: WKBN-TV
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump Features Steel Plant That Laid Off Hundreds in New Ad About ‘the Best’ Economy
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Ari Berman / Washington Post:
A 5-4 Supreme Court threatened voting rights. A 6-3 court could finish them off.
Discussion: Vox
BuzzFeed News:
A Russian Billionaire With Close Ties To Putin Made Suspicious Payments To Nobu
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Software vendor Tyler Technologies tells U.S. local government clients it was hacked
Donald Ayer / The Atlantic:
The Fanatic  —  Over the past 19 months, we have all heard a lot about Bill Barr's misuse …
Discussion: Raw Story