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Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
How democracy dies  —  What would happen if Americans voted on different days?  Suppose Republicans voted on Tuesday and Democrats voted on Wednesday.  Would this be better than everyone voting on the same day?  Would it be more fair and less confusing?  —  Like hell it would!
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump on peaceful transition if he loses: ‘Get rid of the ballots’ and 'there won't be a transfer' … President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday whether he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose this fall to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.  The president declined to do so.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump attempts a fall turnaround: Reclaiming his Catholic base  —  Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a Catholic, has been drawing swaths of white Catholic voters who picked Trump in 2016.  Now, Trump allies see an opening in the battle over a Court seat.  —  President Donald Trump participates …
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:   Trump Talks Up Need for Full Court as He Casts Doubt on Election
Politico:
‘This is an illegitimate nomination’: Some Democrats snub Trump's pick  —  Several Democratic senators say they have no intention of holding a traditional meeting with Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.  —  Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono said of President Donald Trump's pending nominee …
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Tim Darnell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mitch McConnell's campaign flagged by FEC for alleged accounting errors
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Democratic Senate hopefuls spurn Supreme Court expansion
Washington Post:
Republicans hope Supreme Court fight boosts Trump's reelection bid, helps GOP hold Senate majority
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump exits news briefing for ‘emergency phone call’  —  President Trump abruptly exited his news conference Wednesday at the White House, saying he had an “emergency” phone call as reporters continued to press him with questions on the Breonna Taylor case.  —  “I have to leave …
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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.
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Discussion: Axios, WKBN-TV and Political Wire
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP's Hunter Biden Probe Digs Up Dirt on Rick Perry's Ties to Ukrainian Gas Deals  —  THREE AMIGOS  —  Instead of surfacing dirt on Hunter Biden's allegedly sketchy business ties in Ukraine, a just finished GOP-led Senate probe ended up producing new revelations about former Energy Secretary …
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Strongman Cometh  —  A play in three acts.  —  People seem confused and confounded and disappointed by President Donald Trump tonight.  You know how he is.  He tweets.  He talks.  It's so unhelpful.  So irresponsible.  —  Allow me to present a play, in three acts.  —  PODCAST
Discussion: Raw Story
Courier-Journal:
LMPD: 2 officers shot in downtown Louisville protest Wednesday night  —  Two Louisville Metro Police officers were shot in downtown Louisville Wednesday night, just eight hours after an indictment was returned in the Breonna Taylor case.  —  Interim LMPD chief Robert Schroeder confirmed …
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Matt Mencarini / Courier-Journal:
MATT MENCARINI  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A grand jury decision to indict one officer involved …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
I've Never Been More Worried About American Democracy Than I Am Right Now  —  With less than six weeks to go before Election Day, and with over 250 COVID-related election lawsuits filed across 45 states, the litigation strategy of the Trump campaign and their allies has become clear …
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, NPR and NBC4 Washington
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Israel's Netanyahu brings his dirty laundry to Washington.  Literally.  —  Most politicians go to great lengths to conceal their dirty laundry.  —  And then there's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  Over the years, the Israeli leader has developed a reputation among the staff …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Adam Schiff's warning: This is ‘how you see democracies come to an end’  —  House Democrats released an ambitious new package of legislative reforms on Wednesday.  It's a blueprint for how Democrats intend to prevent any future presidents — including ones from their own party — from corrupting the place as horribly as Trump has done.
Politico:
'Something's in the water': Florida Republicans see surge in voter registration  —  Democrats say they feel pressure from Joe Biden's campaign to refrain from door-to-door canvassing, which is hindering their efforts.  —  A poll worker wearing personal protective equipment deposits a Vote …
Discussion: The Guardian and Political Wire
Adedayo Akala / NPR:
Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says  —  Nationwide protests have cast a spotlight on racism and inequality in the U.S. Now a major bank has put a price tag to how much the economy has lost as a result of discrimination against African Americans: $16 trillion.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kurt Erickson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Parson, his wife both test positive for COVID-19; governor postpones travel, debate  —  JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson postponed an event in St. Louis Wednesday and a debate on Friday after First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19.  —  Later Wednesday, in a brief statement …
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
Jim DeFede / CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Former South Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Under Federal Investigation  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is under federal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly spending campaign money on personal trips and vacations for her and her family, CBS Miami has learned.
Politico:
‘The hits just keep coming’: Congress stumbles from crisis to crisis  —  Ancient Egypt had only 10 plagues.  The 116th Congress says, “Hold my staff.”  —  The House and Senate have spent the past two years staring down some of the most consequential political events of recent decades …
Bill Trott / Reuters:
Sir Harold Evans  —  1928-2020  —  Norman Parkinson/Iconic Images via REUTERS  —  none  —  He set the world's gold standard for journalism in the public interest, exposing deadly corporate secrets and the spy scandal of the century.  His peers reveal his formula: tenacity, cunning …
Steve Beynon / Stars & Stripes:
Sen. Duckworth introduces bill to ban federal law enforcement from wearing camouflage  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban the use of camouflage uniforms by federal law enforcement following criticism during the summer that federal agents assigned …
Dave Lawler / Axios:
U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus  —  The U.S. no longer recognizes Aleksandr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus, the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.  —  Why it matters: Lukashenko has clung to power with the support …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Trump Turns Attack on MSNBC Journalist Into Rally Fodder  —  At multiple campaign stops, the president has gotten laughs by inaccurately recounting Ali Velshi's being hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest.  —  Claims of “fake news” have long been a staple of President Trump's rally speeches.
Brandon Moseley / Alabama Political Reporter:
Tuberville: Election is about Americanism against anti-Americanism … NEWSLETTER  —  Your daily email briefing on all things Alabama politics.  —  By clicking subscribe, you agree to our privacy policy.  You can unsubscribe at any time. … PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
 
 
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ProPublica:
In North Carolina, Black Voters' Mail-In Ballots Much More Likely to Be Rejected Than Those From Any Other Race
Discussion: myfox8.com and Breitbart
Jefferson Cowie / Boston Review:
Is Freedom White?  —  In a political season of dog whistles, we must be attentive to how talk …
Robby Soave / Reason:
Yes, the 1619 Project Actually Suggests That Year Was America's True Founding, and Nikole Hannah-Jones Admits It
Discussion: Instapundit
Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
Is State Department Lying to Congress on Sale of Ambassador's Residence in Israel?
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John McCormack / National Review:
Jon Tester Opens the Door to Nuking the Senate's Legislative Filibuster
The Guardian:
Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Justice Department and Personal Lawyer Threatened Melania's BFF Over Tell-All, Documents Show
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Fauci scolds Rand Paul during tense exchange at hearing