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2:15 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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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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats intent on making fight over Trump's Supreme Court pick about threat to Obamacare  —  Democrats have declared they want to avoid the “process” trap in the coming Supreme Court nomination battle to replace the court's most liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with a staunch conservative jurist.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘An easy selection’: Trump settled quickly on Barrett  —  Days before President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick leaked out, he had already made up his mind.  —  Even as White House aides and allies tried to draw out the process for days to divert attention away from other stories …
The Daily Poster:
Likely Trump SCOTUS Pick Worked To Overturn 2000 Election
Discussion: CBS Boston and Washington Post
CAP Action:
Amy Coney Barrett is a Targeted Missile at the Affordable Care Act and Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions
Discussion: Politico, Axios and The Hill
Nick Morrow / HRC:
The Human Rights Campaign Opposes Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court
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 …
Associated Press:
Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds.  —  The president will travel to the state …
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New York Times:
The Judicial Wars Started on Biden's Watch.  Can He End Them?  —  He reveres Senate custom and recognizes the courts' essential role in shaping a policy agenda.  Those dual instincts have perhaps never been in greater conflict.  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. was trying to demonstrate the lasting power of the federal judiciary.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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 …
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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
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.
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Katie Benner / New York Times:   Barr's Approach Closes Gap Between Justice Dept. and White House
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Day 10 of Trump 50% or higher approval, first since Inauguration, key to reelection  —  For the first time since immediately after his 2017 Inauguration, President Trump has strung together 10 consecutive days of approval ratings of 50% or higher, a level pollsters consider key to winning reelection.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
UK PM Boris Johnson pledges to boost WHO funding, undercutting US  —  Johnson announces 30 percent funding increase over four years.  — Flipboard  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 26  —  U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged full support Saturday …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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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