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4:35 PM ET, September 27, 2020

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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Senate Dems ready tactics to muck up Supreme Court confirmation  —  Senate Democrats can't stop Mitch McConnell from confirming a new Supreme Court justice, but they are already planning to make it as painful as possible.  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has his caucus on board …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Democrats feel boxed in on strategy for Barrett confirmation fight  —  Democrats privately fear that going too hard on Judge Amy Coney Barrett in her confirmation hearings could wind up backfiring, if senators are perceived as being nasty to an accomplished woman.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Thank God and Chuck Schumer for Amy Coney Barrett: The four Democratic overreaches that got us here
Discussion: The Daily Signal
USA Today:   Amy Coney Barrett was our professor. She'll serve America as well as she served her students.
Erika Bachiochi / Politico:
Amy Coney Barrett: A New Feminist Icon
Melinda Henneberger / USA Today:
Amy Barrett: If Democrats attack her over People of Praise membership, they'll regret it
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
NBC News:
Trump Court pick Amy Coney Barrett's past critiques on Obamacare face scrutiny
CBS News:
Tight races in Georgia and North Carolina, while Supreme Court is another factor — Battleground Tracker  —  Voters say the Supreme Court vacancy has added to the already high stakes of the presidential election.  —  In the battlegrounds of Georgia and North Carolina, most say it makes …
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New York Times:
Voters Believe Winner of Election Should Fill Court Vacancy, Poll Shows  —  A Times/Siena College poll showed that 56 percent said the next president should nominate a Supreme Court justice.  And Joe Biden retained a clear lead over President Trump, 49 to 41 percent.  —  THE NEW YORK TIMES / SIENA COLLEGE POLL
Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Biden maintains lead over Trump nationally in stable presidential race  —  After two political conventions, the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus, economic dislocation, more racial upheaval and a coming battle over a Supreme Court vacancy, the race for the White House remains stable …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Between the economy and coronavirus pandemic, Biden keeps his advantage nationally: POLL
Discussion: The Hill
Tom Ridge / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
I was a Republican governor of Pa. I'm voting for Joe Biden.  —  I will cast my vote for Joe Biden on Nov. 3.  It will be my first vote for a Democratic candidate for president of the United States.  But it is not the first time I have said “no” to Donald Trump.  I urge my fellow Pennsylvanians to join me.
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump readies thousands of attorneys for election fight
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, facing financial ruin, sought control of his elderly father's estate.  The family fight was epic. … Donald Trump was facing financial disaster in 1990 when he came up with an audacious plan to exert control of his father's estate.  —  His creditors threatened to force …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Ballistics don't support AG Cameron's claim Breonna Taylor's boyfriend shot officer  —  | Louisville Courier Journal Show Caption Hide Caption … LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky State Police ballistics report does not support Attorney General Daniel Cameron's assertion that Breonna Taylor's boyfriend …
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
By Lowering the Debate Bar for Biden, Has Trump Set a Trap for Himself?  —  President Trump has worked overtime to persuade followers that Joe Biden is addled and incoherent.  That could backfire if Mr. Biden doesn't fit the caricature.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has framed …
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Bloomberg:
Biden Has Upper Hand Over Trump in Debate Expectations Game  — Trump says he prepares by campaigning and being president  — Biden guarding against being baited by expected Trump insults  —  Democrat Joe Biden takes the stage at the first presidential debate of 2020 on Tuesday staring …
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
‘Classic Authoritarian’: How Historians Rate Trump's Danger to Democracy  —  President Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to the peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden, but his rhetoric escalated last week, only 40 days before the presidential election.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Washington Post:
U.S. tells Iraq it's planning to pull out of Baghdad embassy  —  BEIRUT — The United States has told the Iraqi government and its diplomatic partners that it's planning a full withdrawal from its sprawling embassy in Baghdad unless Iraq reins in attacks on personnel linked to the American presence there …
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Fighting Flares Between Azerbaijan and Armenia  —  The governments of both countries reported action with tanks, military helicopters and artillery in a rapid escalation of a long-simmering conflict.  —  MOSCOW — Fighting that was reported to be fierce broke out on Sunday between Azerbaijan …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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New Yorker:
The Private Trump Angst of a Republican Icon  —  James Baker thinks Trump is “nuts,” but he voted for him once—and may soon do so again.  —  Over lunch a few blocks from the White House on a bright, sunny day in the summer of 2019, one of the architects of the modern Republican Party admitted he was thinking the unthinkable.
Greg Braxton / Los Angeles Times:
A Black reporter recalls racism in the newsroom and finally gets his day of reckoning  —  An uneasy calm had settled over Los Angeles a few weeks after the 1992 riots sparked by the acquittal of four police officers in the brutal beating of motorist Rodney King, but the Los Angeles Times newsroom was still in full adrenaline mode.
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Los Angeles Times:   Our reckoning with racism  —  This year, across America, we've engaged in conversations …
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden preps for personal attacks from Trump ahead of Tuesday's debate  —  Biden has begun heavy debate preparations ahead of his matchup with Trump.  —  In Tuesday's debate, Biden has to reassure, Trump has to change minds: Rahm Emanuel  —  The Powerhouse Roundtable debates all the week's political news on “This Week.”
Discussion: Althouse
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Shepard Smith, Fox News Apostate, Is Starting Over at CNBC
Ty Tagami / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia withholds school COVID-19 counts from public
Roberto Ferdman / VICE:
The Only Witness Who Heard Police Announce Themselves at Breonna Taylor's Door Changed His Story
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Daily Beast
Erin Cox / Washington Post:
Maryland's Web-delivered ballots — more than 110,000 have been requested — must be hand-copied by poll workers to be counted
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
To Beat Trump, Mock Him
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
It's been 80 days since DoD leaders promised to release an investigation ‘within days’ into an Army helicopter buzzing protesters
Mark Zdechlik / MPR News:
Minnesota Poll: Biden holds on to lead over Trump
Discussion: The Hill
David Beth / USA Today:
Sheriff from Kenosha County: President Donald Trump was with us when we needed him
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Top Republican in Pennsylvania Senate shoots down ‘false’ theory that legislature would rig Electoral College for Trump
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
A Man Died After Eating a Bag of Black Licorice Every Day