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11:35 AM 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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
A list of the times Trump has said he won't accept the election results or leave office if he loses  —  (CNN)His opponents have long warned President Donald Trump may try clinging to power if he loses this November's election.  —  Some Republicans scoff at the nightmare scenario and say there is little to support such a claim.
Discussion: TMZ.com, Raw Story and Roll Call
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Capital Engulfed by Sadness and Rage  —  While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was alive, the prospect of an epic political and cultural battle was averted.  But her death has brought a particular whiplash of sorrow and anger to Washington.  —  WASHINGTON — As 20,000 tiny flags waved …
NBC News:
Trump is challenging a peaceful transition of power. We should take him at his word
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump: 'Get Rid of the Ballots ... There Won't Be a Transfer' of Power
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Slate, Bloomberg and Raw Story
Axios:
Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses
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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  —  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
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Nearly 500 former senior military, civilian leaders signal support for Biden
Discussion: NPR, Althouse and The Hill
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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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
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
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.
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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
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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
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 …
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
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
 
 
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GOV.UK:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Washington Post
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Discussion: Raw Story
Jim DeFede / CBS Miami:
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Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Israel's Netanyahu brings his dirty laundry to Washington. Literally.