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4:40 PM ET, September 25, 2020

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Washington Post:
Majority says winner of presidential election should nominate next Supreme Court justice, Post-ABC poll finds  —  A majority of Americans oppose efforts by President Trump and the Republican-led Senate to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before the presidential election, with most supporters …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump dumbfounds GOP with latest unforced error  —  Senate Republicans were left dumbfounded Thursday by President Trump's latest self-engineered controversy, a suggestion there might not be a peaceful transition of power after Election Day, which left his GOP allies on Capitol Hill scrambling for political cover.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Most say wait on Ginsburg seat, while opposing packing the court  —  Fifty-seven percent favor delaying action to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.  —  News headlines today: Sept. 23, 2020  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Supreme Court Of The United Stat/Fred Schilling/U.S. Supreme Court
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Stokes the Transition Panic  —  His election remarks feed the left's fantasy of a post-election coup.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  President Trump's insistence on saying the opposite of whatever the press demands is a source of more than a little of his political success as well as many self-defeating blunders.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans prep lightning-quick Supreme Court confirmation
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Threats of Bloodshed Are Off Message, Republicans Worry
Discussion: Washington Post
Axios:
The apocalypse scenario  —  Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures.  One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.
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Politico:
‘Everyone sees the train wreck coming’: Trump reveals his November endgame  —  Following his defeat in the 2016 Iowa caucus, Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz of cheating and said the results should be nullified.  —  After winning the presidency that fall, Trump insisted, without evidence …
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Ignore the strongman fantasies. If Trump loses the election, he'll lose his job. Period.
Discussion: The Hill
Philippe Reines / Washington Post:
I played Trump in Clinton's debate prep. Here's what Biden can expect.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mediaite
CNN:
Sources: Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett to be the new Supreme Court justice, according to multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process.  —  In conversations with some senior …
Discussion: Political Wire
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CNN:
Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has lost patience with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, as well as with the other public health experts on his coronavirus team …
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:   Trump's Housing Secretary Is Unhappy With Trump's Hiring Manager
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Scenes from a Supreme Court Focus Group
Discussion: Fox News and Press Watch
Gray Rohrer / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida reopens: DeSantis lifts remaining coronavirus restrictions  —  TALLAHASSEE - Bars and restaurants are no longer required to operate at less than full capacity, as Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday removing all remaining restrictions on businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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MSNBC:
Biden criticizes Trump for ‘irresponsible, outrageous attacks on voting’  —  In an exclusive interview with Stephanie Ruhle, Joe Biden criticized President Trump for “irresponsible, outrageous attacks on voting” and called his comments on the peaceful transfer of power a “typical Trump distraction.”
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New York Daily News:
Say it plainly: The president is a psychopath
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Trump Got a ‘Kick Out of’ the Election Fears He's Stoked.  Inside the DOJ, There's Some Panic.  —  Justice Department prosecutors expect ABill Barr to join election lawsuits benefitting Trump, who thinks it's funny not to promise a peaceful transition of power.
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Washington Post:   Mueller prosecutor's testimony about Roger Stone disputed by supervisors
Robert Cardillo / Denver Post:
Guest Commentary: I served under six presidents — four Republicans, two Democrats — only one has failed to serve U.S. national security interests  —  As a Commander in Chief, President Trump comes up tragically short  —  I spent over 300 mornings in the Oval Office briefing the president and his senior staff.
Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Spencer Neale / Washington Examiner:
Ron Paul hospitalized for ‘precautionary’ reasons after appearing to suffer medical episode on livestream  —  Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul has been hospitalized for “precautionary” reasons after he appeared to suffer a stroke during a live episode of his political show Liberty Report.
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Fox News:
Ron Paul hospitalized for ‘precautionary’ reasons in Texas, Fox News has learned
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
Correcting the misinformation about Breonna Taylor  —  Wednesday's announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron about criminal charges in the Breonna Taylor case set off a frenzy of misinformation on social media.  Based on what we do know — which I've culled from my own reporting …
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Roberto Ferdman / VICE:   Initial Police Report Didn't Conclude Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend Shot a Cop in the Leg
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Kentucky's only Black female legislator arrested on felony rioting charge at Breonna Taylor protest
New York Times:
At Pentagon, Fears Grow That Trump Will Pull Military Into Election Unrest  —  Defense Department officials said top generals could resign if Mr. Trump ordered the active-duty military into the streets to quell election protests.  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon leaders have a lot to worry about …
Lee Brown / Page Six:
Meghan Markle reportedly has serious ambitions to run for president  —  Meghan Markle harbors serious ambitions to run for president of the United States, according to a report.  —  After the Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry dumped royal duties with their historic Megxit this year …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Appeals Court signals it's out of patience with fight over President Trump's taxes, calling his claims ‘highly contrived’  —  President Trump's relentless fight to keep his taxes from Manhattan District Cy Vance may soon reach an end.  —  The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ran out of patience Friday …
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Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Barr briefed Trump on investigation into discarded Pennsylvania ballots  —  The president then revealed the investigation in an interview with Fox News.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  A Justice Department official told ABC News Friday …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Revised Statement Of U.S. Attorney Freed On Inquiry Into Reports Of Potential Issues With Mail-In Ballots
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Trump administration rescinded ‘Courage Award’ for woman who criticized Trump, then gave false explanation for its decision, watchdog finds  —  The Trump administration rescinded an award recognizing the work of a journalist from Finland last year after discovering she had criticized President Trump …
Washington Post:
Trump readies a debate onslaught — and Biden allies worry  —  President Trump is gearing up to launch blistering personal attacks on Joe Biden and his family in the first presidential debate on Tuesday, while Biden is bracing for an onslaught and worried allies are warning the Democratic nominee …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Google to block election ads after Election Day  —  Google informed its advertisers Friday that it will broadly block election ads after polls close Nov. 3, according to an email obtained by Axios.  —  Why it matters: Big Tech platforms have been under pressure to address …
 
 
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Matt Egan / CNN:
Wall Street is shunning Trump. Campaign donations to Biden are five times larger
Discussion: Raw Story
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Kimberly Dozier / TIME:
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