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8:20 AM ET, September 25, 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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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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Discloses Pa. Ballot Inquiry, Prompting Fears of Politicization
Discussion: Politico, Townhall and Slate
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Memo Laying Out Supreme Court Delay Tactics Circulates Among Senate Democrats  —  As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer faces increasing pressure from Democrats around the country to use every tool at his disposal to oppose the Republican effort to push through a Supreme Court nominee before the election …
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
White House starts outreach to key senators on Supreme Court pick  —  The White House has started its outreach to key senators who will play influential roles in the confirmation fight for President Trump's yet-to-be-named nominee to the Supreme Court, a sign that the administration is preparing …
Discussion: Reuters, Political Wire and The Hill
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 …
Axios:
Who Biden might put on the Supreme Court
Discussion: Reuters, Breitbart and The Week
Axios:
The apocalypse scenario  —  Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures.  One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.
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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
New York Daily News:
Say it plainly: The president is a psychopath
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Republican Senator Proposes Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Count Votes  —  Last week, President Donald Trump said he was “counting on the federal court system to make it so” that whatever preliminary tally is complete on Election Day will be validated as the final vote count …
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Wall Street Journal:
Actually, We Will Know a Lot on Election Night
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 …
Politico:
‘Everyone sees the train wreck coming’: Trump reveals his November endgame  —  Following his defeat in the 2016 Iowa caucus, Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz of cheating and said the results should be nullified.  —  After winning the presidency that fall, Trump insisted, without evidence …
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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 …
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue for another month through the end of October …
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Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:   Court Orders Census Counting To Continue Through Oct. 31; Appeal Expected
WLEX:
Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott among protesters arrested near church in downtown Louisville  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott, author of legislation known as “Breonna's Law,” was arrested with others Thursday evening during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.
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New York Times:
At Pentagon, Fears Grow That Trump Will Pull Military Into Election Unrest  —  Defense Department officials said top generals could resign if Mr. Trump ordered the active-duty military into the streets to quell election protests.  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon leaders have a lot to worry about …
Discussion: Raw Story
Aurelien Breeden / New York Times:
4 Wounded in Paris Knife Attack Near Charlie Hebdo's Former Office  —  Jean Castex, the prime minister, said two people were in critical condition.  The attack came as a trial is underway over the January 2015 attacks that targeted the satirical newspaper.  —  PARIS — Four people were wounded …
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
Oma Seddiq / Business Insider:
Trump said Jews are ‘only in it for themselves’ and ‘stick together,’ according to a new report … - President Donald Trump reportedly said Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” after a call with Jewish lawmakers.  — The president privately made the comments …
Texas Attorney General:
AG Pax­ton Announces Joint Pros­e­cu­tion of Gregg Coun­ty Orga­nized Elec­tion Fraud in Mail-In Bal­lot­ing Scheme  —  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that authorities arrested Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, Marlena Jackson …
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Longview News-Journal:
Gregg County Pct. 4 commissioner, others arrested in vote-harvesting scheme
Discussion: Townhall
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Kremlin confirmed on Thursday.  —  The nomination from a group of Russian public figures was spearheaded by writer Sergey Komkov, according to Russian news agency TASS
Discussion: CBS News and New York Post
Victoria Albert / CBS News:
Seattle cop placed on leave after video appears to show him walking bike over protester's head  —  A police officer in Seattle has been placed on leave after a video appeared to show him walking his bicycle over the head of a person lying in the street, the Seattle Police Department announced Thursday.
Reuters:
Special Report: Will your mail ballot count in the U.S. presidential election?  It may depend on who's counting and where  —  (Reuters) - Two elderly women in small towns in Wisconsin voted by mail during April's presidential nominating contests.  Both were sheltering in place as coronavirus surged across their state.
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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