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10:00 AM ET, September 25, 2020

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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 …
New York Daily News:
Say it plainly: The president is a psychopath  —  “Get rid of the ballots” and “there won't be a transfer,” said Donald Trump on Wednesday.  This comment is a direct and dangerous expression of his anti-democratic intention.  If unstopped, Trump may well destroy our 244-year-old democracy.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump won't commit to a peaceful transition of power, so it's up to us to save democracy
Discussion: Bloomberg
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
White House starts outreach to key senators on Supreme Court pick
Discussion: Political Wire, Reuters and The Hill
Axios:
Who Biden might put on the Supreme Court
Discussion: Reuters, Breitbart and The Week
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The Road to Trump Is Paved With Smears of Decent Republicans
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
DOJ announcement on Pennsylvania ballot investigation baffles election experts  —  Election experts and lawyers are bewildered by a press release from the Department of Justice, in which the department said it had begun an inquiry into a handful of military ballots in a northeastern Pennsylvania county.
Washington Post:
Trump's escalating attacks on election prompt fears of a constitutional crisis
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Discloses Pa. Ballot Inquiry, Prompting Fears of Politicization
Discussion: Politico, Townhall and Slate
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
FBI official on Mueller team said Flynn prosecution had ‘get Trump’ attitude, collusion probe was ‘not there’  —  FBI official William Barnett was assigned to lead the bureau's original investigation into Michael Flynn  —  Court denies Justice Department effort to end Michael Flynn case
Discussion: National Review
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Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
Trump Announces Phony New Health Care ‘Plan’  —  Slogans and toothless executive orders don't pay anyone's doctor bills.  —  President Donald Trump really, really wants to fool voters into thinking he has a plan to make the health care system great again.  But he really, really doesn't.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and New York Times
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Wall Street Journal:
Actually, We Will Know a Lot on Election Night  —  Most states begin processing their presidential ballots before Nov. 3, and local officials have been preparing all summer for a surge in mail ballots  —  Pundits are warning that election night in November may turn into election week or even election month.
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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:   Republican Senator Proposes Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Count Votes
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Memo Laying Out Supreme Court Delay Tactics Circulates Among Senate Democrats  —  As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer faces increasing pressure from Democrats around the country to use every tool at his disposal to oppose the Republican effort to push through a Supreme Court nominee before the election …
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.
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Media Matters for America:   Steve Bannon launches “national tour” to spread incoherent election conspiracy theories
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 …
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 …
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Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:   Court Orders Census Counting To Continue Through Oct. 31; Appeal Expected
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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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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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FBI Investigated Steele Dossier Source As A Possible Russian Spy Years Before Trump Probe  — A bombshell FBI memo released Thursday says that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele.
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Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Obama to join Kamala Harris for 2 Democratic fundraisers  —  Former President Barack Obama will join Kamala Harris for a pair of fundraisers next week in support of the Democratic ticket  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former President Barack Obama will join Kamala Harris for a pair …
Discussion: The Hill
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Eliana Dockterman / TIME:   The Best Politics Podcasts to Help You Make Sense of the 2020 Election
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 …
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.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's team plots his departure — even if he won't  —  President Donald Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses.  But his team is carefully developing plans for that very outcome.  —  One of the most organized and functional parts of the Trump White House …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Special Report: Will your mail ballot count in the U.S. presidential election? It may depend on who's counting and where
NBC News:
Trump is navigating competing demands from evangelicals over Supreme Court pick
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and Fox News
Bill Mahoney / Politico:
In memoir, Paterson recalls shock of Spitzer scandal
Oma Seddiq / Business Insider:
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Michela Tindera / Forbes:
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