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8:20 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 …
Shelby Watchilla / U.S. Department of Justice:   Letter to Luzerne County Bureau of Elections
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
U.S. Attorney: Military Ballots, Cast for Trump, Found Discarded in Pennsylvania
Eric Mark / Citizen's Voice:
DA: Feds investigating issues with Luzerne County ballots
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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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New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Republicans Insist There Will Be a Peaceful Transfer of Power, but Stop Short of Rebuking Trump
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:   Republican MA Gov. Charlie Baker GOES OFF on Trump's Refusal to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power: ‘Appalling and Outrageous!’
Politico:
Republicans break with Trump over peaceful transition of power
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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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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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Joe Biden endorsed, Trump excoriated by nearly 500 retired top military, national security officials
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 …
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Democrats prepare bill limiting U.S. Supreme Court justice terms to 18 years  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrats in of the House of Representatives will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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: The Hill
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
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.”
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Competitive congressional election delayed after death of third-party candidate  —  The death of a third-party candidate running against freshman Democratic Rep. Angie Craig has triggered the postponement of this year's vote and scheduled a special election next year in her Twin Cities-area district.
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Minnesota candidate's sudden death forces February special election for competitive House seat
Discussion: Washington Post and Star Tribune
David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
McCabe Suit Moves Ahead After Judge Denies Dismissal Request  — Refusal to pledge loyalty to Trump led to firing, McCabe says  —  Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe can move forward with a lawsuit challenging his firing, a federal judge ruled.  —  McCabe claims he was unlawfully demoted …
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Politico:
Judge rejects DOJ attempt to scrap McCabe lawsuit, orders discovery
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 and Fox News
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.
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
What Is To Be Done?  —  As Trump drags us closer to crisis, three suggestions for how we should act now—and prepare for what's to come.  —  The election is approaching.  The president is spreading disinformation about the vote; he's trying to suppress some votes; he's exploring ways …
Discussion: Bulwark+
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
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Internal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives  —  Newly obtained records appear in conflict with months of Postal Service assertions that blamed lower-level managers for strategies tied to delivery delays  —  A senior executive at the U.S. Postal Service delivered …
Discussion: Forbes and Daily Kos
STAT:
Trump promises seniors $200 prescription drug gift certificates, but questions abound  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday pledged to send $200 prescription drug coupons to 33 million Medicare beneficiaries “in the coming weeks,” a nakedly political ploy to curry favor with seniors who view drug prices as a priority.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Josh Blackman / Reason:
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Jo Jorgensen Releases “Liberty-Minded” SCOTUS Short List  —  Dr. Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party candidate for the presidency, has released a SCOTUS list of “liberty-minded jurists.”  You will see many familiar names on the list:
Discussion: Washington Times
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
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
Health officials seek to block Trump rally in Virginia  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump goes forward Friday evening.  —  Dr. Natasha Dwamena, a Department …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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