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10:50 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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Washington Post:
Trump's escalating attacks on election prompt fears of a constitutional crisis  —  President Trump reiterated Thursday that he may not honor the results should he lose reelection, reaffirming his extraordinary refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power and prompting election …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. statement on mail-in ballot investigation appalls election law experts  —  The Justice Department alarmed voting-law experts Thursday by announcing an investigation into nine discarded ballots found in northeastern Pennsylvania, a case immediately seized upon by the Trump campaign …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
DOJ announcement on Pennsylvania ballot investigation baffles election experts  —  Election experts and lawyers are bewildered by a press release from the Department of Justice, in which the department said it had begun an inquiry into a handful of military ballots in a northeastern Pennsylvania county.
Discussion: New York Times
Shelby Watchilla / U.S. Department of Justice:   Letter to Luzerne County Bureau of Elections
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 …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump won't commit to a peaceful transition of power, so it's up to us to save democracy  —  One of the ongoing challenges of the Donald Trump presidency is that there are so many alarms set off by his troubling tweets, dubious claims, and unfounded statements that it is hard to know which alarms should be taken seriously.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Republicans condemn Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Republicans Insist There Will Be a Peaceful Transfer of Power, but Stop Short of Rebuking Trump
STAT:
Trump promises seniors $200 prescription drug gift certificates, but questions abound  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday pledged to send $200 prescription drug coupons to 33 million Medicare beneficiaries “in the coming weeks,” a nakedly political ploy to curry favor with seniors who view drug prices as a priority.
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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 …
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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Michela Tindera / Forbes:
Billionaire Jennifer Pritzker, A Former Trump Donor, Makes Her First Contribution To Joe Biden  —  Billionaire Jennifer Pritzker gave $2,000 to Joe Biden's presidential campaign last month, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission this week.
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
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
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 …
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: Star Tribune and Washington Post
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 …
Politico:
Steele dossier sub-source was suspected of spying for Russia, DOJ reveals  —  The primary sub-source that former British spy Christopher Steele used to compile his anti-Trump dossier in 2016 was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation a decade ago, according to details authorized …
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New York Times:
In Politically Charged Inquiry, Durham Sought Details About Scrutiny of Clintons
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.
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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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.”
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
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
New York Times:
Karen McDougal's defamation suit against Fox News is dismissed.  —  Fox News won a legal victory on Thursday after a federal judge dismissed a defamation suit brought against its host Tucker Carlson by a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump before he was president.
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 …
Patricia Murphy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Abrams, Jewish activists push Lieberman to cede to Warnock in Senate bid  —  Also, Eric Holder endorses Warnock's bid  —  Grassroots activists and high-level Democrats called for Matt Lieberman to abandon his U.S. Senate bid Thursday and clear the way for Raphael Warnock as polls show a tight race in the free-for-all contest.
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
CNN:
Fact Check: RNC and Trump campaign robocalls urge Republicans to vote absentee by falsely claiming Democrats oppose it  —  (CNN)Robocalls sent by Trump surrogates Kimberly Guilfoyle and the President's daughter-in-law Lara Trump are encouraging Republican voters to use absentee ballots to vote in November …
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
‘Ready to Deliver:’ Read the Post Office's Mandatory Pep Talk About Election Mail  —  According to the leaked speech, the USPS says it will undo nearly all of Louis DeJoy's most controversial policies and make election mail its “number one priority.”  —  Aaron Gordon
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
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 …
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.
Fraser Nelson / Spectator:
The Spectator, the Co-op and cancel culture - a cautionary tale  —  Earlier this month, there was a bit of a fuss when the Co-op's Twitter account said it would not be advertising in The Spectator due to our coverage of transgender issues.  This is a pernicious trend in the media and The Spectator …
Matt Welch / Reason:
Unlock the Damned Playgrounds, Already  —  “While much else” in California “has been allowed to gradually reopen—bars, restaurants, gyms, the zoo, even museums,” KPBS San Diego reported earlier this month, “playgrounds appear to be closed indefinitely.”  —  Young kids contract, suffer from …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Media Matters for America:
Steve Bannon launches “national tour” to spread incoherent election conspiracy theories  —  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has kicked off a national speaking tour about the upcoming election titled “The Plot to Steal 2020.”  It's a thinly veiled attempt to spread conspiracy theories …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Internal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives  —  Newly obtained records appear in conflict with months of Postal Service assertions that blamed lower-level managers for strategies tied to delivery delays  —  A senior executive at the U.S. Postal Service delivered …
Discussion: Forbes and Daily Kos
 
 
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Julian Borger / The Guardian:
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Longview News-Journal:
Gregg County Pct. 4 commissioner, others arrested in vote-harvesting scheme
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
After years of promising his own health care plan, Trump settles for rebranding rather than repealing Obamacare
MSNBC:
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Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:
Gretchen Whitmer, Andrew Cuomo call for congressional inquiry into Trump COVID response
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What Is To Be Done?  —  As Trump drags us closer to crisis, three suggestions for how we should act now …
Discussion: Bulwark+
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Axios:
Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states
Discussion: Fox News and Deseret News
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Roll Call and Raw Story