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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 …
Marc Fortier / NBC Boston:
‘Appalling and Outrageous’: Baker Responds to Trump's Dismissal of Peaceful Transfer of Power  —  Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker launched into a passionate defense of mail-in voting Thursday that included fiery criticism of President Donald Trump's recent refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Elections Aren't the Only Things Trump Thinks Are Rigged  —  It's always somebody else's fault when things turn against him.  —  About two weeks before Election Day in 2016, Donald Trump was campaigning in his signature way.  He accused Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Republican …
New York Daily News:
Say it plainly: The president is a psychopath
Discussion: Raw Story
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Ignore the strongman fantasies. If Trump loses the election, he'll lose his job. Period.
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The Road to Trump Is Paved With Smears of Decent Republicans
Dan Froomkin / Salon:
Alarms are ringing everywhere about Trump's election plot — except in our top newsrooms
Discussion: New York Times, Press Watch and Axios
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Democrats prepare bill limiting U.S. Supreme Court justice terms to 18 years
Axios:
Who Biden might put on the Supreme Court
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.
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Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Leftist SCOTUS plotter: “I manipulate the media better than anyone else on this phone call”
Phillip M. Bailey / USA Today:
Poll: GOP Sen. Susan Collins lags in Maine, where voters overwhelmingly prefer a delay in filling RBG's seat
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and The Hill
Virginia Governor / Virginia Governor Ralph Northam:
Governor and First Lady Northam Test Positive for COVID-19  —  RICHMOND—On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor's official residence staff, who works closely within the couple's living quarters …
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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  —  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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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
DOJ announcement on Pennsylvania ballot investigation baffles election experts
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Feds, In Unusual Statement, Announce They're Investigating A Few Discarded Ballots
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Republican Senator Proposes Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Count Votes  —  Last week, President Donald Trump said he was “counting on the federal court system to make it so” that whatever preliminary tally is complete on Election Day will be validated as the final vote count …
Discussion: Raw Story
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USA Today:
Counting absentee ballots shouldn't wait until Election Day
Discussion: New York Times and Vox
Wall Street Journal:
Actually, We Will Know a Lot on Election Night
Matt Troutman / New York City, NY Patch:
NYC Outdoor Dining Will Be Permanent, Year-Round: De Blasio  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday the Open Restaurants program will be a lasting part of dining in the city.  —  NEW YORK CITY — Outdoor dining will be a permanent, yearlong of New York City's restaurant scene.
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Alex Yablon / Slate:
COVID Didn't Destroy New York.  Austerity Just Might.  —  New Yorkers are perennially putting up with cheap '70s nostalgia: In the public eye, our city is forever associated with the music, movies, fashion, drugs, and other hallmarks of that gritty decade.  But even now, when no one is going …
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.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: “He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI”  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Friday.
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Politico:
Feds air FBI agent's gripes about Flynn probe  —  An FBI agent formerly assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller's office told Justice Department investigators last week that he believed Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn lied to the bureau to save his job as President Donald Trump's national security adviser …
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Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Sean Davis: It's A Complete Disgrace It's Taken So Long To Get Any Real Answers On The Russia Hoax
Discussion: American Greatness and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Mueller prosecutor's testimony about Roger Stone disputed by supervisors  —  Three career supervisors in the D.C. U.S. attorney's office have disputed the sworn congressional testimony given by a former prosecutor on Robert S. Mueller III's team, telling Justice Department officials they believe …
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue for another month through the end of October …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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.
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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Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Kentucky's only Black female legislator arrested on felony rioting charge at Breonna Taylor protest
Bruce Vielmetti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
BRUCE VIELMETTI  —  A conservative group has asked a federal judge to block Wisconsin's five largest cities from accepting $6.3 million in grants to help stage November's elections, calling the money bribes to increase turnout in Democratic strongholds.  —  The nonprofit Center for Tech …
Discussion: The Hill
NBC News:
Trump is navigating competing demands from evangelicals over Supreme Court pick  —  WASHINGTON — The sudden vacancy on the Supreme Court has both energized and divided some of President Donald Trump's most loyal supporters — white evangelicals — who have been making different cases …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Terror Investigation Launched After Knife Attack at Charlie Hebdo's Old Offices Injures Two  —  A major trial over the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in 2015 is being held in Paris—but it's not known if Friday morning's violence is linked.  —  Two people have been hurt in a knife attack close …
 
 
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Carson Kessler / THE CITY:
New York City Anarchists Too Busy Readying for Book Fair to Make Trouble
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Ultra-Rich Sen. Kelly Loeffler's Family Has Taken In $3 Million in Farm Subsidies
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Beast
Kimberly Dozier / TIME:
'You Bet Your Ass I've Got Regrets.' As Election Day Nears, More of Trump's Former Officials Are Speaking Out Against Him
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama backs Ossoff, Warnock U.S. Senate bids in Georgia
The Federalist:
Is The Wuhan Coronavirus Really A Chinese Bioweapon?
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Samantha Power / New York Times:
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: CBS News and New York Post
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Tight race in Ohio, Biden tops Trump in Nevada and Pennsylvania