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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.
NBC News:
Trump is challenging a peaceful transition of power. We should take him at his word
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Republicans Insist There Will Be a Peaceful Transfer of Power, but Stop Short of Rebuking Trump
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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 …
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: Fox News
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump attempts a fall turnaround: Reclaiming his Catholic base
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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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.
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
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.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Capital Engulfed by Sadness and Rage
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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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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: Raw Story
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.
wasoncenter:
September 24 Virginia General Election - Part 1 … Summary of Key Findings  — Democrat Joe Biden leads Republican Donald Trump by 5 points, 48%-43%, among likely Virginia voters.  Among the most enthusiastic likely voters, Biden's lead grows to 8 points, 51%-43%.
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Battleground polls show Trump up in Texas, Biden ahead in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill
John Hendel / Politico:
Senate panel preparing to subpoena Google, Facebook and Twitter for CEO testimony  —  The hearing is set to address a 1996 law that has protected tech platforms from lawsuits over content their users post.  —  Sen. Roger Wicker speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science …
Discussion: Reuters
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Corey Johnson Drops Out of 2021 Race for N.Y.C. Mayor  —  Mr. Johnson, the City Council speaker, was one of the front-runners to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, but the recent rigors of his job had worn on him.  —  Corey Johnson, the New York City Council speaker and a presumed front-runner …
Discussion: Political Wire
U.S. Department of Justice:
Over 300 People Facing Federal Charges For Crimes Committed During Nationwide Demonstrations  —  The Department of Justice announced today that more than 300 individuals in 29 states and Washington, D.C., have been charged for crimes committed adjacent to or under the guise of peaceful demonstrations since the end of May.
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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
What the Supreme Court Fight Means for the Senate Majority  —  Democrats could have an easier time taking back the chamber if they focus voters' attention on the Court's impact on health care.  —  The struggle over Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court could help propel Democrats …
Discussion: The Nation, The Guardian and Daily Kos
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 …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Republican grandee James Baker will vote for Trump ‘to get conservative judges’, book reveals … Former secretary of state James Baker considered voting for Joe Biden in November but will instead keep backing Donald Trump, a new biography reveals, in the process outlining a key reason …
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
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
 
 
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Laura Bassett / ELLE:
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Brandon Morse / Redstate:
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Libby Emmons / The Federalist:
Ignore AOC. Go Ahead And Brunch Like Your Life Depends On It
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 Earlier Items: 
Axios:
New interactive tool shows Biden's mail voting danger
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:
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Discussion: Raw Story