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9:51 PM ET, September 25, 2020

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CNN:
Sources: Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett to be the new Supreme Court justice, according to multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process.  —  In conversations with some senior …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Selects Amy Coney Barrett to Fill Ginsburg's Seat on the Supreme Court  —  The president's nomination of Judge Barrett, a favorite of conservatives, to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will kick off a furious and unprecedented scramble to confirm her in the Senate before Election Day.
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Amy Coney Barrett Is an Extremist—Just Not the Kind You Think  —  The problem with Trump's Supreme Court nominee has nothing to do with her strongly held religious beliefs and everything to do with her right-wing Republican ones.  —  For three years, I have dreaded writing this piece.
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans prep lightning-quick Supreme Court confirmation  —  The Senate is taking America for one last turbulent ride before the election.  —  President Donald Trump's Saturday announcement of his Supreme Court pick will spark a lightning-quick confirmation attempt by Senate Republicans …
Adrienne Cobb / Forensic News:
The Trumpification of the Federal Judiciary: Part One
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Raw Story
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Judge Amy Coney Barrett: 5 things to know
Discussion: Reuters
CBS News:
Trump is expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court
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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Richard L. Hasen / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: Don't fall for claims of voter fraud. Political operatives want to turn errors into a way to throw the election
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The Quiet 2013 Lunch That Could Have Altered Supreme Court History  —  President Obama met with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hinting at retirement, but the art of nudging justices off the court is politically delicate and psychologically complicated.  —  When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reason
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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 …
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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: POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite, NPR, IJR and The Hill
Dan Diamond / Associated Press:
'It's like every red flag': Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms  —  The health department is moving quickly on a highly unusual advertising campaign to “defeat despair” about the coronavirus, a $300 million-plus effort that was shaped by a political appointee close to President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Hannah Beech / New York Times:
‘I Feel Sorry for Americans’: A Baffled World Watches the U.S.  —  From Myanmar to Canada, people are asking: How did a superpower allow itself to be felled by a virus?  And why won't the president commit to a peaceful transition of power?  —  BANGKOK — Myanmar is a poor country struggling …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Brian Karem / The Bulwark:
The Question I Asked Trump That Blew Up the Week  —  I was surprised by his answer about a peaceful transfer of power.  I shouldn't have been.  —  It was not supposed to be a difficult question.  —  In fact, it shouldn't have to be a question at all.  —  The transitions between presidential terms …
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Roll Call:
Why these two former GOP congressmen are supporting Joe Biden
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Ignore the strongman fantasies. If Trump loses the election, he'll lose his job. Period.
Discussion: The Hill
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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Threats of Bloodshed Are Off Message, Republicans Worry
The Lancet:
Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in a large nationwide sample of patients on dialysis in the USA: a cross-sectional study  —  Shuchi Anand  —  Correspondence to: Shuchi Anand, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Ben Guarino / Washington Post:
Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans show signs of past coronavirus infection, large national study finds
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Chamber of Commerce talks peace with Senate Dems as McConnell's majority teeters  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce helped bankroll the Republican takeover of the Senate in 2014.  Now, it's preparing to expand outreach to Senate Democrats as they challenge for the majority in 2020.
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 …
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Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
State Department Misled Public, Congress About Revoking Journalist's Award for Criticizing Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
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
Steven Shepard / Politico:
‘Help me’: Graham begs for cash in tighter-than-expected race  —  Lindsey Graham started the summer with more cash in the bank than any Republican senator other than Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  But now he's begging for money.  —  Twice on Thursday, Graham, the chairman …
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 …
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Florida fully lifts coronavirus restrictions on restaurants
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
This is not a drill.  The Reichstag is burning.  —  America, this is not a drill.  The Reichstag is burning.  —  For five years, my colleagues and I have taken pains to avoid Nazi comparisons.  It is usually hyperbolic, and counterproductive, to label the right “fascists” …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Politico:
When Biden calls a ‘lid,’ Democrats wet the bed — and Trump starts mocking  —  If calling a “lid” enters the mainstream American lexicon, this will be the week it all started.  —  Joe Biden called a lid — the arcane term reporters use when a politician is done traveling for the day …
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 …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Accused of spoiling race, Lieberman faces pressure to quit Georgia U.S. Senate bid  —  He's being accused of ignoring lessons that cost his father a VP victory  —  U.S. Senate candidate Matt Lieberman is under intense pressure to drop out of the race by fellow Democrats using a deeply personal argument …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
 
 
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