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USA Today:
Amy Coney Barrett was our professor.  She'll serve America as well as she served her students.  —  While we vary about how to best interpret statutes and the Constitution, we agree on this: The nation could not ask for a more qualified candidate. … President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett …
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
NBC News:
Trump Court pick Amy Coney Barrett's past critiques on Obamacare face scrutiny
Associated Press:   How it happened: From law professor to high court in 4 years
Washington Post:
Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett is his pick for the Supreme Court
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  —  A year before President Donald Trump alarmed Americans with talk of disputing elections last week, his team started building a massive legal network to do just that.  —  Dozens of lawyers from three major law firms have been hired.
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:   Former GOP governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge endorses Joe Biden
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
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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 …
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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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Majorities in Michigan, Wisconsin say 2020 winner should get to fill Supreme Court seat  —  WASHINGTON — Majorities of likely voters in Michigan and Wisconsin say the winner of the 2020 presidential election should get to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant after the death …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Between the economy and coronavirus pandemic, Biden keeps his advantage nationally: POLL
Discussion: The Hill
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
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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ABC News:   Trump targets Biden's mental health in debate lead-up, despite aides' efforts to raise expectations
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.
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 …
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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
Roberto Ferdman / VICE:   New Body-Cam Footage Raises Questions About Breonna Taylor Death Investigation
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 …
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  —  ‘I would expect it pretty shortly, like within days, perhaps early next week,’ Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on July 9.
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 …
 
 
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Washington Post:
U.S. tells Iraq it's planning to pull out of Baghdad embassy
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
Mark Zdechlik / MPR News:
Minnesota Poll: Biden holds on to lead over Trump
Discussion: The Hill
Henry Farrell / Washington Post:
Trump won't commit to respecting the vote: ‘No one knows what will happen in the next few months.’
 Earlier Items: 
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
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Proud Boys rally in Portland draws only about 200 after city braced for thousands
Bruce Vielmetti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
BRUCE VIELMETTI  —  Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with fatally shooting two people …