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2:30 PM ET, September 24, 2020

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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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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Trump Maintains Small Lead; Slight Gain for Dem in Senate  —  Dems ahead in statewide House ballot  —  West Long Branch, NJ - There have been small shifts in the presidential and U.S. Senate races in Iowa according to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
No Signs of a Shift in Polls After the Death of Justice Ginsburg
Discussion: Bloomberg
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Capital Engulfed by Sadness and Rage
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Are we a banana republic?
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Battleground polls show Trump up in Texas, Biden ahead in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill
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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Politico:
Republicans break with Trump over peaceful transition of power  —  Congressional Republicans say that if President Donald Trump loses the election there will be a peaceful transition.  But they're not explaining how, even as the president threatens to upend the constitutional order.
NBC News:
Trump is challenging a peaceful transition of power. We should take him at his word
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 …
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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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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Nearly 500 former senior military, civilian leaders signal support for Biden
Discussion: NPR, Althouse, The Hill and Daily Kos
NBC News:
More than 200 retired generals, admirals endorse Biden, including some who served under Trump
Discussion: Axios, Reuters and NBC4 Washington
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
Michael Caputo receives ‘metastatic head and neck cancer’ diagnosis  —  Michael R. Caputo, the East Aurora political consultant at the center of controversy over the Trump administration's Covid-19 messaging, has been diagnosed with cancer.  —  Assemblyman David J. DiPietro, R-East Aurora …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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: 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
Discussion: Reason
Jenna Grande / CREW:
New Report: President Trump has 3,400 conflicts of interest  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington — Averaging more than two conflicts of interest per day, President Trump continues to be the most corrupt president in history, engaging in more than 3,400 conflicts of interest since taking office …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Axios:
Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states  —  The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week.  —  The big picture: There isn't one big event or sudden occurrence that explains this increase.  We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus …
Discussion: ABC News
Jamie Smith / HuffPost:
The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pushed Me To Join The Satanic Temple  —  “I am a 40-something attorney and mother who lives in a quiet neighborhood with a yard and a garage full of scooters and soccer balls.  I am not the type of person who would normally consider becoming a Satanist, but these are not normal times.”
Discussion: Twitchy and Fox News
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.
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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Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Breonna Taylor protests: Suspect accused of shooting cops ID'd as Louisville sees nearly 100 arrests after grand jury decision  —  One officer was released from the hospital.  The second is out of surgery and is expected to recover.  — Flipboard  —  Louisville police shooting suspect identified
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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.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Christopher Wray: FBI has not seen evidence of national voter fraud effort by mail  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray responded to a question on the security of mail-in voting to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday by saying that the agency has “not seen, historically …
Jayme Deerwester / USA Today:
United Airlines to make COVID-19 rapid tests available to passengers, starting on Hawaii route … United Airlines says it will roll out a new COVID-19 testing program for passengers beginning Oct. 15, the Chicago-based carrier announced Thursday.  —  At first, testing will only be available …
Discussion: ABC News, New York Post, abc7NY and The Week
Dianne Gallagher / CNN:
The two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections abruptly resign  —  Washington (CNN)The two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections abruptly resigned Wednesday, saying in separate letters that they felt misled by the state attorney general's office …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Ari Berman / Washington Post:
A 5-4 Supreme Court threatened voting rights.  A 6-3 court could finish them off.  —  It's a strong enough majority to nullify voters' voices, particularly voters of color.  —  In 2013, the Supreme Court's five-member conservative majority gutted the Voting Rights Act by ruling that states …
Discussion: Vox
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump Features Steel Plant That Laid Off Hundreds in New Ad About ‘the Best’ Economy  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  President Trump's campaign is running a television ad claiming that he built “the best” economy in history, and will do so again.
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Data Guru Officially Disqualified Over ‘Shady’ Campaign Tactics  —  It's the final humiliation for the former Cambridge Analytica boss whose fall from grace began when he was caught bragging that his company was to thank for President Trump.  —  LONDON—Alexander Nix …
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
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Software vendor Tyler Technologies tells U.S. local government clients it was hacked  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tyler Technologies TYL.N, whose products are used by U.S. states and counties to share election data, said on Wednesday that an unknown party had hacked its internal systems.
 
 
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
DeJoy Tells Judge Mail-Sorting Machines Can't Be Reassembled
BuzzFeed News:
A Russian Billionaire With Close Ties To Putin Made Suspicious Payments To Nobu
Washington Post:
As Trump exudes pandemic optimism, Democrats still see worry — and an advantage
Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
U.S. Department of Justice:
Over 300 People Facing Federal Charges For Crimes Committed During Nationwide Demonstrations
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
What the Supreme Court Fight Means for the Senate Majority
Discussion: ABC News, The Nation and Daily Kos
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Corey Johnson Drops Out of 2021 Race for N.Y.C. Mayor
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Kenosha shooter's defense portrays him as ‘American patriot’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Secret Report: How CIA's Brennan Overruled Dissenting Analysts Who Concluded Russia Favored Hillary
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Brandon Morse / Redstate:
LeBron James Sinks to New Low in the Wake of the Shooting of Two LA Deputies
Discussion: San Bernardino Sun
Libby Emmons / The Federalist:
Ignore AOC. Go Ahead And Brunch Like Your Life Depends On It
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Only Joe Biden can win the election in a popular and electoral vote landslide