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3:15 AM ET, September 24, 2020

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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump exits news briefing for ‘emergency phone call’  —  President Trump abruptly exited his news conference Wednesday at the White House, saying he had an “emergency” phone call as reporters continued to press him with questions on the Breonna Taylor case.  —  “I have to leave …
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Brenna Parker / Joe Biden for President:
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on the Events in Louisville, Kentucky  —  Breonna Taylor was a beloved daughter, member of her community, and an essential worker who served as an E.M.T. as COVID-19 began to spread.  But she died, shot in her own home by the police.
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests
Axios:
Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses  —  President Trump repeatedly refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Joe Biden, saying at a press briefing: “We're going to have to see what happens.”
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Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
How democracy dies  —  What would happen if Americans voted on different days?  Suppose Republicans voted on Tuesday and Democrats voted on Wednesday.  Would this be better than everyone voting on the same day?  Would it be more fair and less confusing?  —  Like hell it would!
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump on peaceful transition if he loses: ‘Get rid of the ballots’ and 'there won't be a transfer' … President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday whether he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose this fall to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.  The president declined to do so.
Discussion: NBC Chicago, Reuters and Balloon Juice
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Trump Talks Up Need for Full Court as He Casts Doubt on Election  — Trump says mail voting could lead to legal fight over election  — Trump says Senate doesn't need to hold hearings but will  —  President Donald Trump predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the outcome …
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP's Hunter Biden Probe Digs Up Dirt on Rick Perry's Ties to Ukrainian Gas Deals  —  THREE AMIGOS  —  Instead of surfacing dirt on Hunter Biden's allegedly sketchy business ties in Ukraine, a just finished GOP-led Senate probe ended up producing new revelations about former Energy Secretary …
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Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Wyden: RonJohn Stumbled Upon Evidence Of Trump Corruption In Ukraine Probe  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) accidentally revealed more evidence of corruption in the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine in the course of his investigation into Hunter Biden, according to a letter from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Discussion: Breitbart, Redstate, abc7NY and Fox News
Washington Post:
The GOP's own star witness just blew up Trump's ‘Hunterghazi’ smear
Discussion: American Greatness and Forbes
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Hunter Biden received $3.5M wire transfer from Russian billionaire: Senate report
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Tim Darnell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mitch McConnell's campaign flagged by FEC for alleged accounting errors  —  The Federal Election Commission is asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign to answer a number of questions about suspected accounting errors.  —  The letter, sent to the McConnell Senate Committee …
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:
Republicans hope Supreme Court fight boosts Trump's reelection bid, helps GOP hold Senate majority
Mike Lee / Fox News:
Supreme Court justice confirmations in election years are common — despite Dem complaints
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
Democrats worry Feinstein can't handle Supreme Court battle  —  As the Senate prepares for yet another brutal Supreme Court nomination fight, one particularly sensitive issue is creating apprehension among Democrats: what to do with 87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.
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Politico:
‘The hits just keep coming’: Congress stumbles from crisis to crisis  —  Ancient Egypt had only 10 plagues.  The 116th Congress says, “Hold my staff.”  —  The House and Senate have spent the past two years staring down some of the most consequential political events of recent decades …
Discussion: Roll Call
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
I've Never Been More Worried About American Democracy Than I Am Right Now  —  With less than six weeks to go before Election Day, and with over 250 COVID-related election lawsuits filed across 45 states, the litigation strategy of the Trump campaign and their allies has become clear …
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  September 23, 2020 - Biden Keeps Above 50 Percent Mark With Steady Lead Over Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 63% Don't Expect To Know Winner Of 2020 Race On Election Night  —  In the race for the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President …
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Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Countervailing Shifts in a Stable Race
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Political Wire
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Strongman Cometh  —  A play in three acts.  —  People seem confused and confounded and disappointed by President Donald Trump tonight.  You know how he is.  He tweets.  He talks.  It's so unhelpful.  So irresponsible.  —  Allow me to present a play, in three acts.  —  PODCAST
Discussion: Raw Story
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Judge orders Eric Trump to meet with N.Y. attorney general's investigators by Oct. 7  —  NEW YORK — A state judge on Wednesday ordered Eric Trump to be deposed no later than Oct. 7 in the New York attorney general's examination of the Trump Organization's financial practices …
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John Hudson / Washington Post:
Israel's Netanyahu brings his dirty laundry to Washington.  Literally.  —  Most politicians go to great lengths to conceal their dirty laundry.  —  And then there's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  Over the years, the Israeli leader has developed a reputation among the staff …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Adam Schiff's warning: This is ‘how you see democracies come to an end’  —  House Democrats released an ambitious new package of legislative reforms on Wednesday.  It's a blueprint for how Democrats intend to prevent any future presidents — including ones from their own party — from corrupting the place as horribly as Trump has done.
Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Parson, his wife both test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate  —  JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson postponed an event in St. Louis Wednesday and a debate on Friday after First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19.  —  Later Wednesday, in a brief statement …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Mediaite
Adedayo Akala / NPR:
Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says  —  Nationwide protests have cast a spotlight on racism and inequality in the U.S. Now a major bank has put a price tag to how much the economy has lost as a result of discrimination against African Americans: $16 trillion.
Discussion: Raw Story
Courier-Journal:
LMPD: 2 officers shot in downtown Louisville protest Wednesday night  —  Two Louisville Metro Police officers were shot in downtown Louisville Wednesday night, just eight hours after an indictment was returned in the Breonna Taylor case.  —  Interim LMPD chief Robert Schroeder confirmed …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mediaite
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Trump Turns Attack on MSNBC Journalist Into Rally Fodder  —  At multiple campaign stops, the president has gotten laughs by inaccurately recounting Ali Velshi's being hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest.  —  Claims of “fake news” have long been a staple of President Trump's rally speeches.
Dave Lawler / Axios:
U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus  —  The U.S. no longer recognizes Aleksandr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus, the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.  —  Why it matters: Lukashenko has clung to power with the support …
The Guardian:
Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies  —  Patriots Coalition members suggested political assassinations and said ‘laws will be broken, people will get hurt’, leaked chats show  —  Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence …
Jim DeFede / CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Former South Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Under Federal Investigation  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is under federal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly spending campaign money on personal trips and vacations for her and her family, CBS Miami has learned.
Jefferson Cowie / Boston Review:
Is Freedom White?  —  In a political season of dog whistles, we must be attentive to how talk of American freedom has long been connected to the presumed right of whites to dominate everyone else.  —  “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”
Washington Post:
Trump looks for ways to win over voters on health care after failing to deliver on promises  —  President Trump is pushing advisers to deliver health-care “wins” in the final weeks of the campaign, leading to a frenzied rollout of proposals as polls show the president's handling …
ProPublica:
In North Carolina, Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots Much More Likely to Be Rejected Than Those From Any Other Race  —  Congress works for you.  Learn how to be a better boss with the User's Guide to Democracy, a series of personalized emails about what your representatives actually do.
Discussion: myfox8.com and Breitbart
 
 
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Brandon Moseley / Alabama Political Reporter:
Tuberville: Election is about Americanism against anti-Americanism
Carly Ortiz-Lytle / Washington Examiner:
Trays of mail, including absentee ballots, found in a ditch in Wisconsin
Discussion: WLUK, Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Steve Beynon / Stars & Stripes:
Sen. Duckworth introduces bill to ban federal law enforcement from wearing camouflage
Alex Ward / Vox:
Mike Pompeo and Robert O'Brien, top US officials, are campaigning for Trump in crucial states
Robby Soave / Reason:
Yes, the 1619 Project Actually Suggests That Year Was America's True Founding, and Nikole Hannah-Jones Admits It
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
Is State Department Lying to Congress on Sale of Ambassador's Residence in Israel?
John McCormack / National Review:
Jon Tester Opens the Door to Nuking the Senate's Legislative Filibuster
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Justice Department and Personal Lawyer Threatened Melania's BFF Over Tell-All, Documents Show
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and Daily Kos
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Fauci scolds Rand Paul during tense exchange at hearing