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11:50 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 …
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.
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 …
New York Daily News:
Say it plainly: The president is a psychopath
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Democrats prepare bill limiting U.S. Supreme Court justice terms to 18 years
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Leftist SCOTUS plotter: “I manipulate the media better than anyone else on this phone call”
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The Road to Trump Is Paved With Smears of Decent Republicans
Axios:
Who Biden might put on the Supreme Court
Discussion: Reuters, Breitbart and The Week
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump won't commit to a peaceful transition of power, so it's up to us to save democracy
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
White House starts outreach to key senators on Supreme Court pick
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 …
Discussion: WTOP, Axios, The Daily Caller and The Hill
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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
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 …
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:
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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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
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Roll Call, Slate and Politico
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
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Politico:   Feds air FBI agent's gripes about Flynn probe
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama backs Ossoff, Warnock U.S. Senate bids in Georgia  —  Former President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed Raphael Warnock's U.S. Senate campaign, becoming the latest Democrat to rally behind the pastor's challenge to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler as pressure mounts on his rivals to drop out of the free-for-all race.
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 …
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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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.
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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