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6:30 AM ET, September 25, 2020

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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.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. statement on mail-in ballot investigation appalls election law experts  —  The Justice Department alarmed voting-law experts Thursday by announcing an investigation into nine discarded ballots found in northeastern Pennsylvania, a case immediately seized upon by the Trump campaign …
Washington Post:
Trump's escalating attacks on election prompt fears of a constitutional crisis  —  President Trump reiterated Thursday that he may not honor the results should he lose reelection, reaffirming his extraordinary refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power and prompting election …
Shelby Watchilla / U.S. Department of Justice:
Letter to Luzerne County Bureau of Elections  —  Dear Ms. Watchilla:  —  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 Agency, began an inquiry into reports …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Discloses Pa. Ballot Inquiry, Prompting Fears of Politicization
Discussion: Politico, Townhall and Slate
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Democrats prepare bill limiting U.S. Supreme Court justice terms to 18 years  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrats in of the House of Representatives will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments …
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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
Axios:
Who Biden might put on the Supreme Court  —  In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, Democrats are compiling lists of Black women they want Joe Biden to consider for the bench if he's elected — with an eye toward people from outside the traditional legal establishment.
Discussion: Reuters and Breitbart
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.
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The White House:
Executive Order on An America-First Healthcare Plan  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Purpose.  Since January 20, 2017, my Administration has been committed …
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Steele dossier sub-source was suspected of spying for Russia, DOJ reveals  —  The primary sub-source that former British spy Christopher Steele used to compile his anti-Trump dossier in 2016 was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation a decade ago, according to details authorized …
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Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Senate Judiciary chair Lindsey Graham releases new details about source of Steele dossier
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Steele dossier's main source was investigated by FBI as ‘threat to national security’
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 …
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
White House starts outreach to key senators on Supreme Court pick
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
The alarms are ringing everywhere but in our top newsrooms  —  People who know and care about elections and democracy frantically sounded the alarm on Wednesday as Donald Trump's intention to steal the election became undeniable.  —  But the leaders of our nation's top newsroom weren't listening.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump won't commit to a peaceful transition of power, so it's up to us to save democracy
Discussion: Bloomberg
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines  —  NEW YORK (AP) — As the decision in Kentucky to bring charges against only one of three police officers involved in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor sparks renewed protests nationwide, a new survey finds support has fallen for demonstrations against systemic racism.
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WLEX:
Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott among protesters arrested near church in downtown Louisville
Discussion: Raw Story, TheBlaze and New York Post
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 …
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 …
Michela Tindera / Forbes:
Billionaire Jennifer Pritzker, A Former Trump Donor, Makes Her First Contribution To Joe Biden  —  Billionaire Jennifer Pritzker gave $2,000 to Joe Biden's presidential campaign last month, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission this week.
Discussion: The Hill
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Trump's planned Virginia rally poses coronavirus risk, health officials say  —  RICHMOND — State and local health officials are raising alarms about President Trump's plans for a “gargantuan” rally at a Virginia airport Friday night, saying it could pose a “severe public health threat” …
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Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
Health officials seek to block Trump rally in Virginia
Discussion: The Hill
The Federalist:
‘Trump Was Right’: Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation  —  Newly disclosed internal FBI notes and text messages detail the extent of the FBI's desire to take down Trump and his associates at any cost.
Texas Attorney General:
AG Pax­ton Announces Joint Pros­e­cu­tion of Gregg Coun­ty Orga­nized Elec­tion Fraud in Mail-In Bal­lot­ing Scheme  —  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that authorities arrested Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, Marlena Jackson …
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Longview News-Journal:
Gregg County Pct. 4 commissioner, others arrested in vote-harvesting scheme
Discussion: Townhall
Oma Seddiq / Business Insider:
Trump said Jews are ‘only in it for themselves’ and ‘stick together,’ according to a new report … - President Donald Trump reportedly said Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” after a call with Jewish lawmakers.  — The president privately made the comments …
Victoria Albert / CBS News:
Seattle cop placed on leave after video appears to show him walking bike over protester's head  —  A police officer in Seattle has been placed on leave after a video appeared to show him walking his bicycle over the head of a person lying in the street, the Seattle Police Department announced Thursday.
Media Matters for America:
Steve Bannon launches “national tour” to spread incoherent election conspiracy theories  —  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has kicked off a national speaking tour about the upcoming election titled “The Plot to Steal 2020.”  It's a thinly veiled attempt to spread conspiracy theories …
Bill Mahoney / Politico:
In memoir, Paterson recalls shock of Spitzer scandal  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Former New York Gov. David Paterson found out that that he was about to become New York's top elected official via a phone call made from a bathroom, less than an hour before the New York Times reported that his soon-to-be predecessor …
Laura Wolk / First Things:
What I Learned From Amy Coney Barrett  —  Over the past week, scores of articles have been published on various aspects of Amy Coney Barrett's character—her fitness as a judicial nominee, her acumen as a scholar, and her unapologetic commitment to the Catholic faith.
New York Times:
Karen McDougal's defamation suit against Fox News is dismissed.  —  Fox News won a legal victory on Thursday after a federal judge dismissed a defamation suit brought against its host Tucker Carlson by a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump before he was president.
Eliana Dockterman / TIME:
The Best Politics Podcasts to Help You Make Sense of the 2020 Election  —  This is a strange and confusing election year—to put it mildly.  It seems impossible to fathom how the spread of COVID-19, protests for racial justice across the country and a vacant Supreme Court seat will factor into who wins on November 3.
WLTX-TV:
Judge reinstates SC witness signature requirement for absentee ballots  —  In a reversal of a previous judge's order, South Carolina will now require a witness signature for absentee ballots.  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolinians who vote absentee in the November election …
 
 
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CNN:
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William Kristol / The Bulwark:
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
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