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9:35 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  —  A handful of ballots cast by members of the military for President Trump were found discarded in Pennsylvania, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.  —  Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis asked …
Shelby Watchilla / U.S. Department of Justice:
Letter to Luzerne County Bureau of Elections  —  Dear Ms. Watchilla:  —  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 Agency, began an inquiry into reports …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. statement on mail-in ballot investigation appalls election law experts
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
U.S. Attorney: Military Ballots, Cast for Trump, Found Discarded in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Townhall, Fox News and The Daily Caller
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Tight race in Ohio, Biden tops Trump in Nevada and Pennsylvania  —  There are few undecided voters, and Biden's support is 50 percent or better in each state  —  Trump and Biden keep focus on battleground states  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump …
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Trump's former Coast Guard chief endorses Biden, cites ‘insurgency’ on the Constitution  —  Retired admiral joins nearly 200 other retired senior leaders who are endorsing Biden.  —  Trump's policies have hurt America's standing in the world, Zukunft said, citing the president's decision …
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CNN:
Debate coach: The best debate advice Joe Biden will ever get  —  Biden on Covid-19 response: Talk about a know-nothing president  —  Todd Graham is the director of debate at Southern Illinois University.  His debate teams have won five national championships, and he has been recognized three times …
Michela Tindera / Forbes:
Billionaire Jennifer Pritzker, A Former Trump Donor, Makes Her First Contribution To Joe Biden
Discussion: The Hill
The White House:
Executive Order on An America-First Healthcare Plan  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Purpose.  Since January 20, 2017, my Administration has been committed …
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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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New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Republicans Insist There Will Be a Peaceful Transfer of Power, but Stop Short of Rebuking Trump
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
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden campaigns to win, as Trump maneuvers to hold power … WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden's campaign is trying to win at the ballot box.  President Donald Trump is maneuvering to hold power.  —  In other words, Trump may try to keep the republic even if he loses the 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!’
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Trump's planned Virginia rally poses coronavirus risk, health officials say  —  RICHMOND — State and local health officials are raising alarms about President Trump's plans for a “gargantuan” rally at a Virginia airport Friday night, saying it could pose a “severe public health threat” …
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Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
Health officials seek to block Trump rally in Virginia
Discussion: The Hill
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Competitive congressional election delayed after death of third-party candidate  —  The death of a third-party candidate running against freshman Democratic Rep. Angie Craig has triggered the postponement of this year's vote and scheduled a special election next year in her Twin Cities-area district.
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Minnesota candidate's sudden death forces February special election for competitive House seat
Discussion: Washington Post and Star Tribune
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 …
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.”
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
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Democrats prepare bill limiting U.S. Supreme Court justice terms to 18 years  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrats in of the House of Representatives will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments …
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Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Mark Meadows says this is what Donald Trump is looking for in a Supreme Court pick
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's team plots his departure — even if he won't  —  President Donald Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses.  But his team is carefully developing plans for that very outcome.  —  One of the most organized and functional parts of the Trump White House …
Longview News-Journal:
Gregg County Pct. 4 commissioner, others arrested in vote-harvesting scheme  —  Gregg County Pct. 4 Commissioner Shannon Brown and three others have been arrested in connection to an organized vote-harvesting scheme during the 2018 Democratic primary election, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Discussion: Townhall
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Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines  —  NEW YORK (AP) — As the decision in Kentucky to bring charges against only one of three police officers involved in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor sparks renewed protests nationwide, a new survey finds support has fallen for demonstrations against systemic racism.
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Ben White / Politico:
Trump stokes a new threat to Wall Street: Election chaos  —  Wall Street can deal with whoever wins the presidential election this fall.  What investors can't stomach — and are increasingly nervous about — is a rapid descent into banana republic-style chaos, in which the result is either unclear …
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
WLTX-TV:
Judge reinstates SC witness signature requirement for absentee ballots  —  In a reversal of a previous judge's order, South Carolina will now require a witness signature for absentee ballots.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolinians who vote absentee in the November election …
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
What Is To Be Done?  —  As Trump drags us closer to crisis, three suggestions for how we should act now—and prepare for what's to come.  —  The election is approaching.  The president is spreading disinformation about the vote; he's trying to suppress some votes; he's exploring ways …
Discussion: Bulwark+
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: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
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.
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 …
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 …
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 Deseret News
 
 
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Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
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MSNBC:
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Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:
Gretchen Whitmer, Andrew Cuomo call for congressional inquiry into Trump COVID response
Discussion: Fox News
Bernadette Hogan / New York Post:
Chris Christie once threatened to sit on Mike Bloomberg, memoir claims
Matt Welch / Reason:
Unlock the Damned Playgrounds, Already
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Josh Blackman / Reason:
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Jo Jorgensen Releases “Liberty-Minded” SCOTUS Short List
Discussion: Washington Times
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Internal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives
Discussion: Forbes and Daily Kos
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Politico:
Judge rejects DOJ attempt to scrap McCabe lawsuit, orders discovery
Discussion: The Hill
Rainier Harris / New York Times:
This Is the Casual Racism That I Face at My Elite High School
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
DeJoy Tells Judge Mail-Sorting Machines Can't Be Reassembled
Discussion: The Hill
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Ally: Kelly Loeffler Offered Trump $50 Million to Help Get Her Opponent Out of the Race
Discussion: Roll Call and Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Faces Challenges Even in Red States, Poll Shows, as Women Favor Biden