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Don’t Study Court Reform To Death Prime Badge

Kicking an issue to a fancy commission is a notorious method for taking it off the table and putting it out of play with little political cost. That can be handy! But if you want the issue in play, Joe Biden’s plan for a blue ribbon commission on reforming the federal courts is a bad sign of where he’s headed.

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What’s It Mean?

Tierney Sneed on the Supreme Court’s alarming handling of a key Pennsylvania voting law case last night

Are You Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?

Two weeks out from the election, the CDC announced today that excess deaths in the U.S. during the pandemic are bumping up against 300,000:

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How Sick Is The President?

All of our ongoing coverage of Trump’s deeply ironic positive test here. Ironic, but still a legitimate crisis.

This Should Focus The Mind

I missed this post-debate assessment yesterday from David Sanger of the New York Times:

But what worried American intelligence and homeland security officials, who have been assuring the public for months now that an accurate, secure vote could happen, was that Mr. Trump’s rant about a fraudulent vote may have been intended for more than just a domestic audience.

They have been worried for some time that his warnings are a signal to outside powers — chiefly the Russians — for their disinformation campaigns, which have seized on his baseless theme that the mail-in ballots are ridden with fraud. But what concerns them the most is that over the next 34 days, the country may begin to see disruptive cyberoperations, especially ransomware, intended to create just enough chaos to prove the president’s point.

5-Alarm Fire!

The big hearing in the Flynn case just took a dramatic turn when the judge demanded to know whether Flynn’s lawyer had discussed the case with President Trump.

Buckle Up. It’s Getting Wild Already

Nothing at all reassuring here about the role Barr’s DOJ will play in the election. You gotta see this.

Overlooked News Of The Day

California will outlaw the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035.


GOP is now claiming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made it too easy to vote.

In McConnell’s Grasp

Lindsey Graham is exactly who we knew him to be. Susan Collins? She’s not as she usually is, notoriously concerned. But let’s wait and see.

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