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6:47 PM ET, September 24, 2020

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U.S. Department of Justice:
Statement Of U.S. Attorney Freed On Inquiry Into Reports Of Potential Issues With Mail-In Ballots  —  at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office …
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Seven military ballots cast for Trump found discarded in Pennsylvania  —  A handful of ballots cast by members of the military for President Trump were found discarded in Pennsylvania, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.  —  Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis asked …
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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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden campaigns to win, as Trump maneuvers to hold power
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:   Republican MA Gov. Charlie Baker GOES OFF on Trump's Refusal to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power: ‘Appalling and Outrageous!’
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Republicans Insist There Will Be a Peaceful Transfer of Power, but Stop Short of Rebuking Trump
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
For a brief moment, Trump comes face-to-face with political reality  —  The night after President Trump won the 2016 election, he was at home in Trump Tower — and probably not too eager to head outside.  He probably couldn't see the surrounding streets from his penthouse windows …
Discussion: The Hill
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Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Mark Meadows says this is what Donald Trump is looking for in a Supreme Court pick
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
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 …
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Joe Biden endorsed, Trump excoriated by nearly 500 retired top military, national security officials
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 …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Durham assumed parts of John Huber's Clinton Foundation review: source
Discussion: Townhall and New York Post
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.”
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Tight race in Ohio, Biden tops Trump in Nevada and Pennsylvania  —  There are few undecided voters, and Biden's support is 50 percent or better in each state  —  Trump and Biden keep focus on battleground states  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump …
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 …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Jordan demands answers on whether FBI is investigating Hunter Biden allegations, in wake of Senate report
Politico:
Judge rejects DOJ attempt to scrap McCabe lawsuit, orders discovery  —  What happened: A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Justice Department's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe alleging that he was fired in 2018 as an act of political retribution …
Discussion: The Hill
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David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:   McCabe Suit Moves Ahead After Judge Denies Dismissal Request
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.
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 …
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: Deseret News, Fox News and ABC News
The Federalist:
‘Trump Was Right’: Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation  —  Newly disclosed internal FBI notes and text messages detail the extent of the FBI's desire to take down Trump and his associates at any cost.
Discussion: Breitbart and Redstate
CNN:
Debate coach: The best debate advice Joe Biden will ever get  —  Biden on Covid-19 response: Talk about a know-nothing president  —  Todd Graham is the director of debate at Southern Illinois University.  His debate teams have won five national championships, and he has been recognized three times …
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: Roll Call and Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines  —  NEW YORK (AP) — As the decision in Kentucky to bring charges against only one of three police officers involved in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor sparks renewed protests nationwide, a new survey finds support has fallen for demonstrations against systemic racism.
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
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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Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Hypocrisy now a bipartisan argument in Supreme Court confirmation debate
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Minnesota candidate's sudden death forces February special election for competitive House seat  —  The death of a minor party candidate running a long-shot bid for a competitive U.S. House seat in Minnesota will force a February special election, thanks to a bizarre quirk in state law.
Discussion: Politico and Star Tribune
Rainier Harris / New York Times:
This Is the Casual Racism That I Face at My Elite High School  —  Unexpectedly, the school did something about it.  —  Starting senior year in the middle of a pandemic has brought on more challenges than ever: Navigating college applications and maintaining my G.P.A. while dealing …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
DeJoy Tells Judge Mail-Sorting Machines Can't Be Reassembled  — USPS asks that order undoing service changes be modified  — States allege DeJoy is trying to interfere with mail-in voting  —  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told a judge the U.S. Postal Service can't reassemble …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Exclusive: GOP Sen. Thom Tillis embraced QAnon conspiracy about COVID-19 death count in town hall  —  “When the final accounting is done,” the actual death COVID-19 count will be lower, Tillis claims  —  Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., on Thursday told a virtual town hall audience that he believed …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Axios:
Democrats are pivoting to embrace in-person voting  —  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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Bloomberg:
Obama Plans First Joint Fundraisers With Kamala Harris Next Week
Discussion: Political Wire
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
What Is To Be Done?  —  As Trump drags us closer to crisis, three suggestions for how we should act now …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Trump's use of false content is often defended as humor. But his supporters aren't always in on the joke
Faimon A. Roberts III / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
A BB gun was seen in a Harvey fourth grader's bedroom during virtual class. Now, he's suspended.
Discussion: Breitbart
Ben Makuch / VICE:
Neo-Nazi Terror Leader Said to Have Worked With U.S. Special Forces
Discussion: Raw Story
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Dianne Feinstein's husband named in UC admissions scandal: Richard Blum admits to helping ‘friends’ for years
Discussion: National Review
Bloomberg:
Fed's Brainard Seen at Top of Biden's Treasury Secretary List
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Kamala Harris Has A Vibrant Online Fan Club. But It Also Has A Toxic Side.
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Bench Memos  —  Nothing in Judge Amy Coney Barrett's record provides any support for the charge …
Discussion: Power Line
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump Features Steel Plant That Laid Off Hundreds in New Ad About ‘the Best’ Economy
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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: Mother Jones, Raw Story and Bloomberg