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1:35 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.
NBC News:
Trump is challenging a peaceful transition of power. We should take him at his word
CNN:
Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transition of power after Election Day
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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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: ABC News, abc7NY, Law & Crime and The Hill
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions  —  President Donald Trump's niece has followed up her best selling tell-all book with a lawsuit alleging that Trump and two of his siblings cheated her out of tens of millions of dollars  —  Trump under fire for peaceful transfer of power comments
Discussion: Fox News and CNBC
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
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Battleground polls show Trump up in Texas, Biden ahead in Iowa
Discussion: The Hill
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
Lara Seligman / Politico:
2 retired 4-star officers who served under Trump endorse Biden
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Political Wire
NBC News:
More than 200 retired generals, admirals endorse Biden, including some who served under Trump
Discussion: Axios, Reuters and NBC4 Washington
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: NBC News, Politico and The Hill
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Capital Engulfed by Sadness and Rage
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: Political Wire and Raw Story
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judges propose making disclosure of their personal details a crime  —  Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a top contender on President Donald Trump's short list for the Supreme Court, has drawn widespread media attention for her reported membership in People of Praise, a largely Catholic, charismatic religious group.
Discussion: Reason
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Politico:
‘This is an illegitimate nomination’: Some Democrats snub Trump's pick
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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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 …
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GOV.UK:
7-year disqualification for Cambridge Analytica boss
Discussion: CNBC
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
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
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
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 …
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.
John Hendel / Politico:
Senate panel preparing to subpoena Google, Facebook and Twitter for CEO testimony  —  The Senate Commerce Committee plans to subpoena the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing about the tech industry's prized liability protections if the three do not agree …
Discussion: Reuters and The Verge
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
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
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 …
BuzzFeed News:
A Russian Billionaire With Close Ties To Putin Made Suspicious Payments To Nobu  —  Exquisite sushi, a celebrity chef, and glamorous clientele have made Nobu, a restaurant and hotel empire with more than 40 outlets in 20 countries, one of the world's most famous luxury brands.
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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Claudia Rankine / Vogue:
Lizzo on Hope, Justice, and the Election
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Washington Post:
As Trump exudes pandemic optimism, Democrats still see worry — and an advantage
Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Software vendor Tyler Technologies tells U.S. local government clients it was hacked
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Kenosha shooter's defense portrays him as ‘American patriot’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Laura Bassett / ELLE:
Nancy Pelosi Is Trump's Nightmare. She Couldn't Care Less.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Secret Report: How CIA's Brennan Overruled Dissenting Analysts Who Concluded Russia Favored Hillary
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 Earlier Items: 
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
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Weekly jobless claims rise unexpectedly, total 870,000
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Only Joe Biden can win the election in a popular and electoral vote landslide