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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.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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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 …
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.
John Garvey / Washington Post:   I taught and worked with Amy Coney Barrett. Here's what people get wrong about her faith.
New York Times:
The Judicial Wars Started on Biden's Watch. Can He End Them?
Nick Morrow / HRC:
The Human Rights Campaign Opposes Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court
CAP Action:
Amy Coney Barrett is a Targeted Missile at the Affordable Care Act and Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions
Discussion: Axios
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Judge Amy Coney Barrett: 5 things to know
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
The Boston Globe:
Barr dishonors Justice Department  —  Many former federal prosecutors have spoken out against Attorney General William Barr, while current federal prosecutors have understandably remained silent.  The attorney general's comments at Hillsdale College, however, compel me to speak out as well.
Discussion: Slate, The Hill and The Guardian
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Katie Benner / New York Times:   Barr's Approach Closes Gap Between Justice Dept. and White House
New York Times:   Justice Dept. Aids Trump's False Narrative on Voting
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
Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully  —  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback …
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CNN:   Federal judge removes acting Bureau of Land Management director after finding he has served unlawfully for 424 days
Kirk Siegler / NPR:
Federal Judge Ousts Trump's Top Public Lands Chief
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Dan Diamond / Politico:
'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: Mediaite and Raw Story
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
10 Disturbing Revelations from FBI Special Agent William Barnett on the FBI's Michael Flynn Probe  —  The Justice Department on Thursday released a summary of its interview of a former FBI special agent who revealed damaging information on the initial FBI counterintelligence …
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Ben Guarino / Washington Post:
Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans show signs of past coronavirus infection, large national study finds  —  This suggests millions may still be vulnerable to infection, authors say  —  Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans showed signs of past infection with the novel coronavirus as of late July …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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The Lancet:
Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in a large nationwide sample of patients on dialysis in the USA: a cross-sectional study
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
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 …
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 …
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
Elizabeth Beyer / madison.com:
State GOP leaders send cease-and-desist letter to Madison Clerk ahead of ballot collection event  —  The state's two most powerful Republican lawmakers sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Madison City Clerk's Office on Friday ahead of a ballot collection event to be held in city parks Saturday …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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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.
SpyTalk:
The Diplomat and the Cage Fighter  —  Trump appointee Richard Grenell helped an Arab German with a criminal past get into the U.S., sources tell SpyTalk  —  On August 17 last year, the German-Moroccan UFC fighter Abu Azaitar posted a photo on his Instagram page, showing himself with Richard Grenell …
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 …
Washington Post:
The Post's endorsements for D.C. elections  —  Starting the first week in October, ballots for the Nov. 3 general election will be mailed to all registered voters in D.C. The presidential election has dominated attention, but the ballots will also include contests for important local offices.
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Day 10 of Trump 50% or higher approval, first since Inauguration, key to reelection
Discussion: Breitbart
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
The pandemic has devastated downtown D.C. Some fear the damage is permanent.
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
American democracy needs Mitt Romney to reconsider
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
2020 is the Year Trump Was Worried About
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Andrew Neil launches 24-hour news channel to rival BBC and Sky
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'
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Wall Street Journal:
How South Korea Successfully Managed Coronavirus
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg should be obsessing over helping Pennsylvanians, not sticking it to Governor Wolf
Zak Cheney-Rice / New York Magazine:
Ron DeSantis Is Risking Floridians' Lives to Benefit Trump
Washington Post:
Trump, White House demand FDA justify tough standards for coronavirus vaccine, raising concerns of political interference
CNN:
As Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transition, Pentagon stresses it will play no role in the election
Brian Karem / The Bulwark:
The Question I Asked Trump That Blew Up the Week
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Accused of spoiling race, Lieberman faces pressure to quit Georgia U.S. Senate bid
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Kos and The Hill