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4:05 PM ET, September 26, 2020

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Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Amy Coney Barrett Deserves to Be on the Supreme Court  —  I disagree with Trump's judicial nominee on almost everything.  But I still think she's brilliant.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  4:58  —  Share  —  Tweet  —  Email  —  Like many other liberals, I'm devastated …
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The Daily Poster:
Likely Trump SCOTUS Pick Worked To Overturn 2000 Election  —  Trump says he expects the high court to decide the 2020 election — and if Barrett is appointed, the court will have 3 justices who worked directly on Bush v. Gore  —  President Donald Trump this week said he wants to immediately fill …
Discussion: CBS Boston
John Garvey / Washington Post:
I taught and worked with Amy Coney Barrett.  Here's what people get wrong about her faith.  —  John Garvey is president of the Catholic University of America.  He is a former dean of the Boston College Law School and a former president of the Association of American Law Schools.
Ed Morrissey / Hotair:
NYT: Maybe A Little Anti-Catholicism Is A Good Thing When It Comes To Barrett  —  Just hours before Donald Trump will presumably announce his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the New York Times pushed out this attempt to rehab attacks on Barrett over her Catholic faith.
Discussion: New York Times
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump to meet with evangelicals ahead of Supreme Court announcement
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and The Daily Beast
New York Times:
The Judicial Wars Started on Biden's Watch. Can He End Them?
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘An easy selection’: Trump settled quickly on Barrett
Associated Press:
How Trump, Biden are preparing for first presidential debate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of the first debate-stage matchup between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, each campaign is promising a stark contrast in policy, personality and preparation.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
No handshakes, limited audience: Covid shapes final Trump-Biden debate talks  —  Representatives for President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have hammered out the final details for Tuesday's debate, a showdown that will be heavily shaped by the coronavirus pandemic.
Associated Press:
Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
It's ‘now or never’ for ex-Trump aides weighing speaking out  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Neumann wrestled with the decision for weeks.  She worried about the backlash, the impact it would have on her career, potential threats to her family.  —  But the former Department of Homeland Security official …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Why the right-wing has a massive advantage on Facebook  —  Throughout 2020, Democrats have denounced Facebook with growing ferocity as a “right-wing echo chamber” with a “conservative bias” that's giving an edge to Donald Trump in November.  —  But Facebook says there's a reason why right-wing figures are driving more engagement.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Sealed Docs: FBI Investigating Jacob Wohl Over Roger Stone Trial Leaks  —  The hapless operative and his sidekick are being probed for potential witness harassment, criminal contempt, and obstruction of justice, according to a sealed filing. … The FBI is investigating blundering conservative …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Inside eBay's Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal  —  “People are basically good” was eBay's founding principle.  But in the deranged summer of 2019, prosecutors say, a campaign to terrorize a blogger crawled out of a dark place in the corporate soul.  —  1. Dad stabs a chair
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Liberal Groups Fear O'Keefe Election Sting  —  This summer, a mystery man named James Fortune began approaching voting rights groups in North Carolina. … The election is less than 40 days away.  Donald Trump is refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.
Discussion: Raw Story
Reuters:
Proud Boys rally has Portland in state of emergency  —  (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of the right-wing Proud Boys group were expected in Portland, Oregon on Saturday as police prepared for clashes in a city that has become the epicenter of sometimes deadly political violence in the run up to the Nov. 3 election.
Discussion: Fox News and WTOP
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed  —  When a majority of City Council members promised to “end policing as we know it” after George Floyd's killing, they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Over three months ago …
Discussion: Twitchy
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
Pompeo to keynote Florida conservative Christian event, raising ethical and legal questions  —  (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to keynote a gala event for a conservative Christian organization in Florida — an appearance that comes a month before Election Day and may violate legal and ethical guidelines.
CNN:
White supremacist killed in shootout with California deputies  —  (CNN)A white supremacist was killed in a shootout with deputies in Templeton, California, according to a San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office news release Friday.  —  The shooting took place Thursday morning when deputies …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Barr's Approach Closes Gap Between Justice Dept. and White House  —  The attorney general has brought the department closer to the White House than it has been in a half-century, historians said.  —  WASHINGTON — When the top federal prosecutor in Washington recently accused the local police …
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Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Federal judge blocks Texas' elimination of straight-ticket voting  —  Democrats sued the state in March to overturn the Texas Legislature's removal of straight-ticket voting.  —  Copy link  —  Less than three weeks before early voting begins in Texas, a U.S. district judge has blocked …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Off the Kuff
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Man gets 1 year in jail for holding large parties against COVID-19 rules  —  Shawn Myers, 42, held two large parties within one week, prosecutors say.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Charles County Sheriff's Office  —  A Maryland man has been sentenced …
Discussion: CCSAO and The Hill
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Facing possible defeat, Trump threatens the integrity of the election  —  Each week has brought evidence of the damage President Trump has done during his nearly four years in office.  According to his own words, he is not finished.  This past week brought a renewed warning of a harm he could yet inflict on the integrity of elections.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Biden would likely have a Democratic Senate if he wins  —  (CNN)The pending Senate battle over the next Supreme Court nominee shows us how important winning Congress' upper chamber is this fall.  A president who doesn't have the Senate backing him cannot fully use the power of the presidency to influence the government's direction.
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
The Mendacity of Mitch McConnell  —  Democrat Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, has raised $46,921,518 for her Kentucky Senate race.  In August alone she raised $8.7 million, with the average donation said to be $48.  Conventional wisdom states this seat is a long shot for Dems …
Hank Stephenson / New York Times:
Arizona: A Donald Trump Jr. event is full of people and conspiracy theories.  —  CHANDLER, Ariz. — More than 800 people lined up early on Tuesday morning to see Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and Charlie Kirk, the 26-year-old founder of Turning Point USA, speak at a hotel here.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ian Richardson / Des Moines Register:
IAN RICHARDSON  —  County election officials will have more time to begin opening absentee ballot envelopes ahead of Election Day this year under an emergency election directive approved Friday by Iowa legislators.  —  The directive comes as Iowa election officials anticipate they will need …
Scott Glover / CNN:
Lawyer says cop shot Jacob Blake after hearing a mother's desperate plea: 'He's got my kid.  He's got my keys'  —  (CNN)Police Officer Rusten Sheskey has told investigators that it wasn't just his life he was defending when he fired his weapon seven times at Jacob Blake last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Discussion: Redstate and TheBlaze
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
2020 is the Year Trump Was Worried About  —  Awesome news: The stock market is rocking!  —  Also: It's no longer so hard to buy toilet paper or hand sanitizer!  —  And ... um ... well ... sports are back, mostly!  As a diehard Miami Heat fan, I can't remember the last time I saw something this awesome.
 
 
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Richard Grenell / The Hill:
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Associated Press:
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Trump Is Escalating His Coronavirus Lies
Fox News:
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Jeremy Olson / Star Tribune:
COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation
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Washington Post:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
The pandemic has devastated downtown D.C. Some fear the damage is permanent.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Andrew Neil launches 24-hour news channel to rival BBC and Sky
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Elizabeth Beyer / madison.com:
State GOP leaders send cease-and-desist letter to Madison Clerk ahead of ballot collection event
Discussion: Political Wire
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
This is not a drill. The Reichstag is burning.
Discussion: The Mahablog