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Schumer: Ruth Bader Ginsburg seat should be filled by next president

(The Hill) Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday night that the Senate should wait until next year to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," Schumer said in a tweet.


Sen. Ed Markey goes there

"Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court."


Biden Calls On Trump To 'Step Down' Over Botched Response To Pandemic

(TPM) During a town hall hosted by CNN, Biden asserted that “what presidents say matter.” If elected, “I will make it clear what is needed to be done,” the Democratic candidate said. Biden said Trump’s response to the pandemic is “all about his re-election.” “It should be about the American people, and they’re in trouble,” he told the town hall audience.

The Democrat pointed to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield’s assertion during a Senate testimony on Wednesday that masks are “more guaranteed” to protect against the virus than a vaccine, a comment that flew in the face of Trump’s heavy emphasis on cranking out a vaccine while downplaying the importance of masks.

“You’ve got to level with the American people, shoot from the shoulder,” Biden said on Thursday. “There’s never been a time they have not been able to step up. This president should step down.”


Brand New A+ Rated Marist Likely Voter National Poll

Biden: 52%
Klansman: 43%

(Marist was closest to the mark in 2016)


Signs of bottom falling out of Drumpf campaign

(Boston Globe) Since 2000, presidential elections have been won in the margins. Some wins were bigger than others. But compared to the previous century, this two-decade period of competitive elections is a testament to how polarized the country has become. But there is one exception to the recent rule: Barack Obama’s landslide victory in 2008. In November, Obama stomped all over Republican John McCain. Obama took 68 percent of Electoral College votes by winning states like Indiana and Virginia that no Democrat had won since 1964.

For most of that year, the 2008 presidential campaign didn’t feel like a landslide at all. Indeed, in early September national polling from reputable outlets like the Associated Press, CBS News, and ABC News all had McCain ahead of Obama. A USA Today/Gallup poll had McCain up 10 points on Labor Day weekend. But shortly after, the bottom fell out on McCain.


'Vast majority' of funding promised by Trump for Kenosha can't be used for recovery

(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Tens of millions in new federal funding promised by President Donald Trump for Kenosha, Wisconsin, can't be used to rebuild the city, Gov. Tony Evers and Sen. Tammy Baldwin wrote Thursday in a letter to the president. Of the $41 million announced by Trump and Barr on Sept. 1 for law enforcement, nearly all of it was already on its way to the state before the Kenosha unrest, according to the Democratic officials. "In fact, it seems the only new funding you announced in Kenosha is $1 million for Kenosha law enforcement," Baldwin and Evers wrote. "Kenosha and Wisconsin will need a more robust federal response than you have already announced."


CDC Coronavirus Testing Guidance Was Posted Against Scientists' Objections

(NYT) A heavily criticized recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections, according to several people familiar with the matter as well as internal documents obtained by The New York Times. The guidance said it was not necessary to test people without symptoms of Covid-19 even if they had been exposed to the virus. It came at a time when public health experts were pushing for more testing rather than less, and administration officials told The Times that the document was a C.D.C. product and had been revised with input from the agency’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield. But officials told The Times this week that the health department did the rewriting itself and then “dropped” it into the C.D.C.’s public website, flouting the agency’s strict scientific review process.


Trump Attacks FBI Director Christopher Wray for Warning on Russian Election Meddling

(Daily Beast) President Donald Trump attacked his own FBI director Thursday in a series of vitriolic tweets. Christopher Wray had testified Thursday morning before the House Committee on Homeland Security about “very active efforts” by Russia to influence the 2020 U.S. election and “to both sow divisiveness and discord and...to denigrate Vice President Biden.” Trump, who has long contested his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions about Russian election meddling, wrote in response, “But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia. They will both, plus others, be able to interfere in our 2020 Election with our totally vulnerable Unsolicited (Counterfeit?) Ballot Scam.” He cited no evidence for his claims about China or voting by mail. In another tweet, he wrote of the FBI’s investigation of domestic terrorism, “The Comey/Mueller inspired FBI is simply unable, or unwilling, to find their funding source, and allows them to get away with ‘murder.’”

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