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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.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘An easy selection’: Trump settled quickly on Barrett  —  Even as Trump world tried to draw out the process and float other names, the Supreme Court decision was mostly made.  —  President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on September 24, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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
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
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
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.
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
It's ‘now or never’ for ex-Trump aides weighing speaking out  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Neumann wrestled with the decision for weeks.  She worried about the backlash, the impact it would have on her career, potential threats to her family.  —  But the former Department of Homeland Security official …
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
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.
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 …
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
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
2020 is the Year Trump Was Worried About  —  If presidential elections really turn on how the country is doing, there's a good reason for the incumbent to sweat.  —  President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Bemidji Regional Airport on September 18, 2020 in Bemidji, Minn. |
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
Trump, White House demand FDA justify tough standards for coronavirus vaccine, raising concerns of political interference  —  Some worry the move is an attempt to speed a vaccine before Election Day, which the president has tied to his reelection prospects.  —  On the same day President Trump blasted …
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 …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Andrew Neil launches 24-hour news channel to rival BBC and Sky  —  GB News aimed at those who feel ‘underserved and unheard’, says veteran broadcaster  —  Andrew Neil has quit the BBC to launch a new right-leaning opinionated rolling news channel which aims to start broadcasting early next year …
Scott Glover / CNN:
Lawyer says cop shot Jacob Blake after hearing a mother's desperate plea: 'He's got my kid.  He's got my keys'  —  (CNN)Police Officer Rusten Sheskey has told investigators that it wasn't just his life he was defending when he fired his weapon seven times at Jacob Blake last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Discussion: TheBlaze
 
 
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The Boston Globe:
Barr dishonors Justice Department
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
CNN:
As Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transition, Pentagon stresses it will play no role in the election
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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