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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 …
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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.
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Ignore the strongman fantasies.  If Trump loses the election, he'll lose his job.  Period.  —  Trump's not-so-veiled threats to overstay his Oval Office welcome are signs of weakness, not strength.  The presidency is his shield against prosecution.  —  | USA TODAY
Discussion: The Hill
New York Daily News:
Say it plainly: The president is a psychopath
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Majority says winner of presidential election should nominate next Supreme Court justice, Post-ABC poll finds  —  A majority of Americans oppose efforts by President Trump and the Republican-led Senate to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before the presidential election, with most supporters …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Most say wait on Ginsburg seat, while opposing packing the court  —  Fifty-seven percent favor delaying action to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.  —  News headlines today: Sept. 23, 2020  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Supreme Court Of The United Stat/Fred Schilling/U.S. 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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans prep lightning-quick Supreme Court confirmation
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Scenes from a Supreme Court Focus Group
Discussion: Fox News and Press Watch
The Daily Beast:
Trump Got a ‘Kick Out of’ the Election Fears He's Stoked.  Inside the DOJ, There's Some Panic.  —  Justice Department prosecutors expect ABill Barr to join election lawsuits benefitting Trump, who thinks it's funny not to promise a peaceful transition of power.
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Washington Post:   Mueller prosecutor's testimony about Roger Stone disputed by supervisors
Josh Solomon / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis lifts statewide restrictions on bars and restaurants as Florida moves to phase 3  —  The governor said local governments will have to justify any restrictions on capacity.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday said bars and restaurants in Florida can open at full capacity …
Discussion: The Week, The Daily Beast and Townhall
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Florida fully lifts coronavirus restrictions on restaurants
Gray Rohrer / Orlando Sentinel:   Florida reopens: DeSantis lifts remaining coronavirus restrictions
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: IJR and The Hill
Spencer Neale / Washington Examiner:
Ron Paul hospitalized for ‘precautionary’ reasons after appearing to suffer medical episode on livestream  —  Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul has been hospitalized for “precautionary” reasons after he appeared to suffer a stroke during a live episode of his political show Liberty Report.
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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 …
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Barr briefed Trump on investigation into discarded Pennsylvania ballots  —  The president then revealed the investigation in an interview with Fox News.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  A Justice Department official told ABC News Friday …
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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
Lee Brown / Page Six:
Meghan Markle reportedly has serious ambitions to run for president  —  Meghan Markle harbors serious ambitions to run for president of the United States, according to a report.  —  After the Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry dumped royal duties with their historic Megxit this year …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
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 …
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Matt Troutman / New York City, NY Patch:   NYC Outdoor Dining Will Be Permanent, Year-Round: De Blasio
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.
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Appeals Court signals it's out of patience with fight over President Trump's taxes, calling his claims ‘highly contrived’  —  President Trump's relentless fight to keep his taxes from Manhattan District Cy Vance may soon reach an end.  —  The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ran out of patience Friday …
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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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Roberto Ferdman / VICE:   Initial Police Report Didn't Conclude Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend Shot a Cop in the Leg
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Google to block election ads after Election Day  —  Google informed its advertisers Friday that it will broadly block election ads after polls close Nov. 3, according to an email obtained by Axios.  —  Why it matters: Big Tech platforms have been under pressure to address …
CNN:
Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has lost patience with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, as well as with the other public health experts on his coronavirus team …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Federal judge wants to see more evidence on Justice Department's handling of Strzok, Page texts  —  Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Friday questioned the Justice Department's decision to release text messages between former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok and signaled that she wants …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Law & Crime
New York Times:
N.Y.C. Threatens Orthodox Jewish Areas on Virus, but Trump's Impact Is Seen  —  Facing a worrying spike in cases, city officials carried out emergency inspections and warned of an extraordinary lockdown.  —  Facing a worrying spike in coronavirus cases in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods …
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 …
Stefan Sykes / NBC News:
Paper-bag ban passed by New Jersey legislature would be first in nation  —  The New Jersey Legislature on Thursday passed a sweeping bill that would make the state the first in the country to ban single-use paper bags at supermarkets.  —  The bill, which would also prohibit single-use plastic bags …
Discussion: abc7NY
 
 
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Roll Call:
Why these two former GOP congressmen are supporting Joe Biden
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
Trump's Housing Secretary Is Unhappy With Trump's Hiring Manager
Mary Papenfuss / Yahoo News:
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Bloomberg unveils $40M Florida TV ad buy
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump $500B Black America plan designates KKK, Antifa as ‘terrorist organizations’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Florida Drops Prostitution Case Against Robert Kraft, Still Pursues Charges Against the Women He Paid
Matt Egan / CNN:
Wall Street is shunning Trump. Campaign donations to Biden are five times larger
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Carson Kessler / THE CITY:
New York City Anarchists Too Busy Readying for Book Fair to Make Trouble
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
Bruce Vielmetti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
BRUCE VIELMETTI  —  A conservative group has asked a federal judge to block Wisconsin's five …
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Terror Investigation Launched After Knife Attack at Charlie Hebdo's Old Offices Injures Two
Samantha Power / New York Times:
The Incredible Influence of James A. Baker III