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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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NBC News:
Trump is challenging a peaceful transition of power.  We should take him at his word  —  WASHINGTON — We're back to the old 2016 question about Donald Trump: Just how seriously and literally should you take him?  —  Our advice now — after witnessing his Muslim/travel ban, the wall and that vote-fraud commission (remember that?):
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Althouse, NPR and The Hill
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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
NSL4Biden:
National Security Leaders for Biden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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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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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Battleground polls show Trump up in Texas, Biden ahead in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump attempts a fall turnaround: Reclaiming his Catholic base
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
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Rich Edson / Fox News:
US sanctions Iran's court system over execution of wrestler, other alleged abuses  —  Wrestler was arrested for participating in protests, was tortured and executed Sept. 12  —  Iranian activist speaks to mother of wrestler jailed after allegedly confessing to murder under torture
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo urges other countries to join alternative U.S. view on human rights  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought his campaign to redefine and prioritize human rights to the United Nations on Wednesday, declaring that such protections around the world are in “crisis.”
Discussion: Mother Jones and Just Security
Kate Day / Politico:
UK preparing sanctions over Belarus human rights violations  —  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.  —  Addressing the House of Commons, Raab said: “The U.K. …
 
 
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NBC News:
Swing the Election … Start with the results of the previous election, adjusted for demographic change since 2016.
Discussion: Deadline
Libby Emmons / The Federalist:
Ignore AOC. Go Ahead And Brunch Like Your Life Depends On It
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
Donald Ayer / The Atlantic:
The Fanatic  —  Over the past 19 months, we have all heard a lot about Bill Barr's misuse …
Discussion: Raw Story
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Ex-US diplomat James Baker will vote for Trump ‘to get conservative judges’, book reveals
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Lawler / Axios:
U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP's Hunter Biden Probe Digs Up Dirt on Rick Perry's Ties to Ukrainian Gas Deals
Adedayo Akala / NPR:
Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim DeFede / CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Former South Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Under Federal Investigation
Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Parson, his wife both test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Israel's Netanyahu brings his dirty laundry to Washington. Literally.