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10:20 AM ET, September 24, 2020

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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's comments send a signal to his supporters about how to react if Biden prevails  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's refusal on Wednesday to guarantee a peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden in November is leading America towards a dark place during a year of incendiary political tensions.
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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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump: 'Get Rid of the Ballots ... There Won't Be a Transfer' of Power
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, Slate and Raw Story
Axios:
Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Battleground polls show Trump up in Texas, Biden ahead in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Coronavirus fuels historic legal battle over voting as 2020 U.S. election looms
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Nearly 500 former senior military, civilian leaders signal support for Biden  —  Nearly 500 retired senior military officers, as well as former Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other officials, have signed an open letter in support of former vice president Joe Biden …
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
2 retired 4-star officers who served under Trump endorse Biden  —  Two recently retired four-star officers who served under President Donald Trump have joined a group of nearly 500 national security leaders in endorsing Joe Biden and condemning the commander in chief they served.
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Political Wire
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: Reuters, Axios and NBC4 Washington
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.
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Associated Press:
2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests
New York Times:
Trump Refuses to Commit to ‘A Peaceful Transfer of All Power’ After Election
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.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Voter registration surges after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, groups say
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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
Washington Post:
Republicans hope Supreme Court fight boosts Trump's reelection bid, helps GOP hold Senate majority
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Axios:
New interactive tool shows Biden's mail voting danger
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Harold Evans, Crusading Newspaperman With a Second Act, Dies at 92  —  In Britain, he helped redefine high-quality newspapers and challenged legal restrictions on the press.  In America, he brought new scope and glitz to book publishing as the head of Random House.
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Bill Trott / Reuters:
Sir Harold Evans
Discussion: The Guardian and The Daily Beast
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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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 …
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
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
GOV.UK:
7-year disqualification for Cambridge Analytica boss  —  Alexander Nix banned from running limited companies for seven years after permitting companies to offer potentially unethical services to prospective clients.  —  From:  —  Alexander James Ashburner Nix (45), from Holland Park …
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
Kate Day / Politico:
UK preparing sanctions over Belarus human rights violations  —  Foreign secretary says sanctions to be coordinated with US and Canada.  —  LONDON — The U.K. is preparing sanctions against individuals in Belarus in coordination with the U.S. and Canada, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Thursday.
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 …
Carly Ortiz-Lytle / Washington Examiner:
Trays of mail, including absentee ballots, found in a ditch in Wisconsin  —  Police in Greenville, Wisconsin, found three trays of mail, including absentee ballots, in a ditch.  —  The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office discovered the trays in a ditch on Tuesday morning, near Appleton International Airport, according to WLUK.
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 …
consilium.europa.eu:
Belarus: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the so-called ‘inauguration’ of Aleksandr Lukashenko  —  This document is available in non-EU languages:  —  Recalling the Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union of 11 September …
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Dave Lawler / Axios:   U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus
 
 
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Brian Fung / CNN:
Facebook allowed hundreds of misleading super PAC ads, activist group finds
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
With Proposal to Curb Presidential Power, Democrats Eye an Era After Trump
Discussion: Just Security, Politico and Raw Story
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
China is building vast new detention centers for Muslims in Xinjiang
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Ex-US diplomat James Baker will vote for Trump ‘to get conservative judges’, book reveals
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo urges other countries to join alternative U.S. view on human rights
Discussion: Mother Jones and Just Security
KFF:
Sun Belt Voices Project
Discussion: Washington Post
Brandon Moseley / Alabama Political Reporter:
Tuberville: Election is about Americanism against anti-Americanism
 Earlier Items: 
Adedayo Akala / NPR:
Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says
Discussion: Raw Story
ProPublica:
In North Carolina, Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots Much More Likely to Be Rejected Than Those From Any Other Race
Discussion: myfox8.com
Tim Darnell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mitch McConnell's campaign flagged by FEC for alleged accounting errors
Discussion: The Hill
Jim DeFede / CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Former South Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Under Federal Investigation
ABC News:
Vice President Mike Pence defends Trump holding rallies amid coronavirus
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Parson, his wife both test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite