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3:45 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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Politico:
‘This is an illegitimate nomination’: Some Democrats snub Trump's pick
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Republican MA Gov. Charlie Baker GOES OFF on Trump's Refusal to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power: ‘Appalling and Outrageous!’
Discussion: CBS Boston
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Republicans Insist There Will Be a Peaceful Transfer of Power, but Stop Short of Rebuking Trump
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
Discussion: Bangor Daily News and Bloomberg
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate to push funding bill vote up against shutdown deadline
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
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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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions
Discussion: Fox News, IJR and CNBC
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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Durham assumed parts of John Huber's Clinton Foundation review: source
Discussion: Townhall
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.”
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A Capital Engulfed by Sadness and Rage
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Are we a banana republic?
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
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
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 …
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Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Only Joe Biden can win the election in a popular and electoral vote landslide
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
Seriously, Can We Talk about Joe Biden Now?
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: Raw Story
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: NPR, ABC News, New York Post, abc7NY and The Week
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump Features Steel Plant That Laid Off Hundreds in New Ad About ‘the Best’ Economy  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  President Trump's campaign is running a television ad claiming that he built “the best” economy in history, and will do so again.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
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: Political Wire
Laura Bassett / ELLE:
Nancy Pelosi Is Trump's Nightmare.  She Couldn't Care Less.  —  The Speaker of the House was supposed to retire in 2016.  Then, well [  —  waves arms wildly  —  ], all of this happened.  —  It's a sweltering and stormy Thursday afternoon in June, but the marble halls of the U.S. Capitol are eerily cold and quiet.
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 …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Software vendor Tyler Technologies tells U.S. local government clients it was hacked  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tyler Technologies TYL.N, whose products are used by U.S. states and counties to share election data, said on Wednesday that an unknown party had hacked its internal systems.
 
 
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Taylor Locke / CNBC:
Mark Cuban: Every household in America should receive a $1,000 stimulus check every 2 weeks for the next 2 months
Discussion: WKBN-TV
Wall Street Journal:
Centrist Democrats Push for Paycheck Protection Bill if No Broader Coronavirus Deal Reached
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Hypocrisy now a bipartisan argument in Supreme Court confirmation debate
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
For a brief moment, Trump comes face-to-face with political reality
Discussion: The Hill
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Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Kenosha shooter's defense portrays him as ‘American patriot’
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Brandon Morse / Redstate:
LeBron James Sinks to New Low in the Wake of the Shooting of Two LA Deputies
Discussion: San Bernardino Sun
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judges propose making disclosure of their personal details a crime
Discussion: Reason
Donald Ayer / The Atlantic:
The Fanatic  —  Over the past 19 months, we have all heard a lot about Bill Barr's misuse …
Discussion: Raw Story