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12:00 PM ET, September 24, 2020

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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.
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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.
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 …
Politico:
Republicans brush aside Trump's dismissal of a peaceful transfer of power  —  Congressional Republicans gently pushed back Thursday against President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election.  —  Hill Republicans suggested …
Discussion: Reuters, abc7NY and Bangor Daily News
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Capital Engulfed by Sadness and Rage
NBC News:
Trump is challenging a peaceful transition of power. We should take him at his word
Axios:
Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses
New York Times:
Trump Faces Challenges Even in Red States, Poll Shows, as Women Favor Biden  —  Close races in Georgia, Iowa and Texas show President Trump's vulnerability and suggest that Joseph Biden has assembled a formidable coalition, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll.
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
No Signs of a Shift in Polls After the Death of Justice Ginsburg  —  Opinions about the Supreme Court vacancy and the coming fight over filling it seem poised to split along partisan lines.  —  The most recent New York Times/Siena College polls of Texas, Iowa and Georgia found no serious evidence …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
NSL4Biden:
National Security Leaders for Biden  —  We are 489 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Civilian National Security Officials supporting Joe Biden for President.  —  AN OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA  —  To Our Fellow Citizens:  —  ​
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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: Axios, Reuters and NBC4 Washington
Lara Seligman / Politico:
2 retired 4-star officers who served under Trump endorse Biden
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Political Wire
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Nearly 500 former senior military, civilian leaders signal support for Biden
Discussion: NPR, Althouse, Daily Kos and The Hill
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Mary Trump Sues President and Family, Claiming Fraud of Millions  —  Two months after she claimed in a tell-all book that her family cheated her out of her inheritance, Ms. Trump made similar allegations in a civil suit in Manhattan.  —  In her best-selling memoir, Mary L. Trump …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and The Hill
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Erica Orden / CNN:
Mary Trump sues President and his siblings for fraud, calling it the family ‘way of life’  —  New York (CNN)Mary Trump, President Donald Trump's niece, filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the President and his siblings of committing fraud in order to deprive her of her interests in the family real-estate empire built by Fred Trump Sr.
Discussion: The Hill
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
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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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 …
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
Discussion: Reason
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: Vanity Fair and The Hill
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Axios:
New interactive tool shows Biden's mail voting danger
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.
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Secret Report: How CIA's Brennan Overruled Dissenting Analysts Who Concluded Russia Favored Hillary  —  Above, ex-CIA officer Julia Gurganus with former deputy Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Brennan allies who worked on the Trump-Russia intelligence community assessment.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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:
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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
Brandon Morse / Redstate:
LeBron James Sinks to New Low in the Wake of the Shooting of Two LA Deputies  —  LeBron James is quickly becoming more known for his left-leaning activism than he is for being a basketball player.  The man who defended China as they attacked citizens of Hong Kong in the street is now suddenly …
Discussion: San Bernardino Sun
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Kenosha shooter's defense portrays him as ‘American patriot’  —  The way lawyers for Kyle Rittenhouse tell it, he wasn't just a scared teenager acting in self-defense when he shot to death two Kenosha, Wisconsin, protesters.  He was a courageous defender of liberty, a patriot exercising …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Laura Bassett / ELLE:
Nancy Pelosi Is Trump's Nightmare.  She Couldn't Care Less.  —  The Speaker of the House was supposed to retire in 2016.  Then, well [  —  waves arms wildly  —  ], all of this happened.  —  It's a sweltering and stormy Thursday afternoon in June, but the marble halls of the U.S. Capitol are eerily cold and quiet.
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
 
 
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Ex-Radio Free Europe official: Trump-appointed agency chief brought ‘chaos and uncertainty’
Discussion: Reuters
Rich Edson / Fox News:
US sanctions Iran's court system over execution of wrestler, other alleged abuses
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
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
China is building vast new detention centers for Muslims in Xinjiang
GOV.UK:
7-year disqualification for Cambridge Analytica boss
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Beast
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Republican grandee James Baker will vote for Trump ‘to get conservative judges’, book reveals
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo urges other countries to join alternative U.S. view on human rights
Discussion: Mother Jones and Just Security
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
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics