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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 …
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Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Amy Coney Barrett Is an Extremist—Just Not the Kind You Think  —  The problem with Trump's Supreme Court nominee has nothing to do with her strongly held religious beliefs and everything to do with her right-wing Republican ones.  —  For three years, I have dreaded writing this piece.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Selects Amy Coney Barrett to Fill Ginsburg's Seat on the Supreme Court  —  The president's nomination of Judge Barrett, a favorite of conservatives, to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will kick off a furious and unprecedented scramble to confirm her in the Senate before Election Day.
Politico:
Trump poised to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg's seat  —  President Donald Trump plans to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, according to five people familiar with the matter, setting off a contentious Senate fight just over five weeks before the November presidential election.
New York Times:
The Quiet 2013 Lunch That Could Have Altered Supreme Court History  —  President Obama met with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hinting at retirement, but the art of nudging justices off the court is politically delicate and psychologically complicated.  —  When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Nick Morrow / HRC:
The Human Rights Campaign Opposes Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court
CAP Action:   Amy Coney Barrett is a Targeted Missile at the Affordable Care Act and Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Judge Amy Coney Barrett: 5 things to know
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and The Daily Beast
Dan Diamond / Politico:
'It's like every red flag': Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms  —  The health department is moving quickly on a highly unusual advertising campaign to “defeat despair” about the coronavirus, a $300 million-plus effort that was shaped by a political appointee close to President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully  —  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback …
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CNN:
Federal judge removes acting Bureau of Land Management director after finding he has served unlawfully for 424 days  —  Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Friday ordered acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley to step aside, blocking him from exercising any more authority …
Kirk Siegler / NPR:
Federal Judge Ousts Trump's Top Public Lands Chief
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Aids Trump's False Narrative on Voting  —  In a series of unusual moves, the Justice Department has helped stoke skepticism about mail-in voting.  —  In the effort led by President Trump to create a misleading impression of widespread voter fraud, administration and campaign officials …
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Richard L. Hasen / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Don't fall for claims of voter fraud. Political operatives want to turn errors into a way to throw the election
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Philippe Reines / Washington Post:   I played Trump in Clinton's debate prep. Here's what Biden can expect.
The Lancet:
Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in a large nationwide sample of patients on dialysis in the USA: a cross-sectional study  —  Shuchi Anand  —  Correspondence to: Shuchi Anand, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Ben Guarino / Washington Post:
Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans show signs of past coronavirus infection, large national study finds
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Hannah Beech / New York Times:
‘I Feel Sorry for Americans’: A Baffled World Watches the U.S.  —  From Myanmar to Canada, people are asking: How did a superpower allow itself to be felled by a virus?  And why won't the president commit to a peaceful transition of power?  —  BANGKOK — Myanmar is a poor country struggling …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Steven Shepard / Politico:
‘Help me’: Graham begs for cash in tighter-than-expected race  —  Lindsey Graham started the summer with more cash in the bank than any Republican senator other than Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  But now he's begging for money.  —  Twice on Thursday, Graham, the chairman …
Elizabeth Beyer / madison.com:
State GOP leaders send cease-and-desist letter to Madison Clerk ahead of ballot collection event  —  The state's two most powerful Republican lawmakers sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Madison City Clerk's Office on Friday ahead of a ballot collection event to be held in city parks Saturday …
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Karem / The Bulwark:
The Question I Asked Trump That Blew Up the Week  —  I was surprised by his answer about a peaceful transfer of power.  I shouldn't have been.  —  It was not supposed to be a difficult question.  —  In fact, it shouldn't have to be a question at all.  —  The transitions between presidential terms …
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Roll Call:
Why these two former GOP congressmen are supporting Joe Biden
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce talks peace with Senate Dems as McConnell's majority teeters  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce helped bankroll the Republican takeover of the Senate in 2014.  Now, it's preparing to expand outreach to Senate Democrats as they challenge for the majority in 2020.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
This is not a drill.  The Reichstag is burning.  —  America, this is not a drill.  The Reichstag is burning.  —  For five years, my colleagues and I have taken pains to avoid Nazi comparisons.  It is usually hyperbolic, and counterproductive, to label the right “fascists” …
Discussion: The Mahablog
SpyTalk:
The Diplomat and the Cage Fighter  —  Trump appointee Richard Grenell helped an Arab German with a criminal past get into the U.S., sources tell SpyTalk  —  On August 17 last year, the German-Moroccan UFC fighter Abu Azaitar posted a photo on his Instagram page, showing himself with Richard Grenell …
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: NPR, POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite, IJR and The Hill
Politico:
When Biden calls a ‘lid,’ Democrats wet the bed — and Trump starts mocking  —  If calling a “lid” enters the mainstream American lexicon, this will be the week it all started.  —  Joe Biden called a lid — the arcane term reporters use when a politician is done traveling for the day …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed  —  When a majority of City Council members promised to “end policing as we know it” after George Floyd's killing, they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Over three months ago …
 
 
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