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12:40 PM ET, September 24, 2020

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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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Are we a banana republic?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WITH 40 DAYS LEFT until Election Day, it seems as though the United States is well on its way to becoming a banana republic.  — THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT COMMIT TO A PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER ... WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Capital Engulfed by Sadness and Rage  —  While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was alive, the prospect of an epic political and cultural battle was averted.  But her death has brought a particular whiplash of sorrow and anger to Washington.  —  WASHINGTON — As 20,000 tiny flags waved …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
NBC News:
Trump is challenging a peaceful transition of power. We should take him at his word
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Republicans Insist There Will Be a Peaceful Transfer of Power, but Stop Short of Rebuking Trump
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
No Signs of a Shift in Polls After the Death of Justice Ginsburg  —  Opinions about the Supreme Court vacancy and the coming fight over filling it seem poised to split along partisan lines.  —  The most recent New York Times/Siena College polls of Texas, Iowa and Georgia found no serious evidence …
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.”
Discussion: Fox News
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump attempts a fall turnaround: Reclaiming his Catholic base
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
NSL4Biden:
National Security Leaders for Biden  —  We are 489 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Civilian National Security Officials supporting Joe Biden for President.  —  AN OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA  —  To Our Fellow Citizens:  —  ​
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NBC News:
More than 200 retired generals, admirals endorse Biden, including some who served under Trump  —  WASHINGTON — More than 200 retired generals and admirals endorsed Joe Biden for president in a letter published Thursday, saying he had the character and judgment to serve as commander …
Discussion: Axios, Reuters and NBC4 Washington
Lara Seligman / Politico:
2 retired 4-star officers who served under Trump endorse Biden
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Political Wire
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Nearly 500 former senior military, civilian leaders signal support for Biden
Discussion: NPR, Althouse, Daily Kos and The Hill
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Erica Orden / CNN:
Mary Trump sues President and his siblings for fraud, calling it the family ‘way of life’  —  New York (CNN)Mary Trump, President Donald Trump's niece, filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the President and his siblings of committing fraud in order to deprive her of her interests in the family real-estate empire built by Fred Trump Sr.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
A list of the times Trump has said he won't accept the election results or leave office if he loses  —  (CNN)His opponents have long warned President Donald Trump may try clinging to power if he loses this November's election.  —  Some Republicans scoff at the nightmare scenario and say there is little to support such a claim.
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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: Political Wire and Raw Story
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Trump Maintains Small Lead; Slight Gain for Dem in Senate  —  Dems ahead in statewide House ballot  —  West Long Branch, NJ - There have been small shifts in the presidential and U.S. Senate races in Iowa according to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Battleground polls show Trump up in Texas, Biden ahead in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill
Courier-Journal:
FACT CHECK: Debunking 8 widely shared rumors in the Breonna Taylor police shooting  —  Editor's note: This fact check has been updated to reflect new evidence and theories presented in the case.  As a result, some of our findings have changed to reflect that new information.
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New York Times:
In Politically Charged Inquiry, Durham Sought Details About Scrutiny of Clintons  —  John Durham's team has sought information about the F.B.I.'s handling of the Clinton Foundation investigation, raising questions about the scope of the prosecutor's review.  —  WASHINGTON — From the beginning …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Politico and 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
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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judges propose making disclosure of their personal details a crime
Discussion: Reason
Axios:
Democrats' mail voting pivot  —  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.
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Corey Johnson Drops Out of 2021 Race for N.Y.C. Mayor  —  Mr. Johnson, the City Council speaker, was one of the front-runners to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, but the recent rigors of his job had worn on him.  —  Corey Johnson, the New York City Council speaker and a presumed front-runner …
Discussion: Political Wire
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Weekly jobless claims rise unexpectedly, total 870,000  — The Labor Department reported Thursday that initial jobless claims for the week ending Sept. 19 came in at 870,000.  — Economists polled by Dow Jones expected first-time claims to come in at 850,000, down slightly from the 860,000 claims reported for the previous week.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Only Joe Biden can win the election in a popular and electoral vote landslide  —  Joe Biden or President Trump could win the election narrowly — but only one in a popular and electoral vote blowout.  —  Why it matters: A Biden blowout would mean a Democratic Senate, a bigger Democratic House …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Republican grandee James Baker will vote for Trump ‘to get conservative judges’, book reveals … Former secretary of state James Baker considered voting for Joe Biden in November but will instead keep backing Donald Trump, a new biography reveals, in the process outlining a key reason …
Brandon Morse / Redstate:
LeBron James Sinks to New Low in the Wake of the Shooting of Two LA Deputies  —  LeBron James is quickly becoming more known for his left-leaning activism than he is for being a basketball player.  The man who defended China as they attacked citizens of Hong Kong in the street is now suddenly …
Discussion: San Bernardino Sun
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Secret Report: How CIA's Brennan Overruled Dissenting Analysts Who Concluded Russia Favored Hillary  —  Above, ex-CIA officer Julia Gurganus with former deputy Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Brennan allies who worked on the Trump-Russia intelligence community assessment.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Donald Ayer / The Atlantic:
The Fanatic  —  Over the past 19 months, we have all heard a lot about Bill Barr's misuse of the office of attorney general and the resources of the Justice Department to do the personal bidding of President Donald Trump, to undermine the evenhanded rule of law, and to work in countless …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Hendel / Politico:
Senate panel preparing to subpoena Google, Facebook and Twitter for CEO testimony  —  The hearing is set to address a 1996 law that has protected tech platforms from lawsuits over content their users post.  —  Sen. Roger Wicker speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science …
 
 
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Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Kenosha shooter's defense portrays him as ‘American patriot’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Laura Bassett / ELLE:
Nancy Pelosi Is Trump's Nightmare. She Couldn't Care Less.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Ex-Radio Free Europe official: Trump-appointed agency chief brought ‘chaos and uncertainty’
Discussion: Reuters
NBC News:
Swing the Election … Start with the results of the previous election, adjusted for demographic change since 2016.
Discussion: Deadline
Libby Emmons / The Federalist:
Ignore AOC. Go Ahead And Brunch Like Your Life Depends On It
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Harold Evans, Crusading Newspaperman With a Second Act, Dies at 92
 Earlier Items: 
Axios:
New interactive tool shows Biden's mail voting danger
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo urges other countries to join alternative U.S. view on human rights
Discussion: Mother Jones and Just Security
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP's Hunter Biden Probe Digs Up Dirt on Rick Perry's Ties to Ukrainian Gas Deals
Adedayo Akala / NPR:
Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says
Discussion: Raw Story