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3:35 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.
Discussion: CNN
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.
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?
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
Associated Press:
Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Times
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.
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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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 …
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
 
 
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