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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump erupts at campaign manager as reelection stress overflows  —  (CNN)As he huddled with advisers on Friday evening, President Donald Trump was still fuming over his sliding poll numbers and the onslaught of criticism he was facing for suggesting a day earlier that ingesting disinfectant might prove effective against coronavirus.
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump says he does not believe polls that show Biden ahead in presidential race  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Reuters on Wednesday he does not believe opinion polls that show his likely Democratic presidential opponent, Joe Biden, leading in the 2020 race for the White House.
New York Times:
Polls Had Trump Stewing, and Lashing Out at His Own Campaign  —  The president erupted recently at his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, after seeing polling data that showed Mr. Trump trailing Joe Biden in several states.  —  Frustrated by a faltering economy that is out of his control …
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Associated Press:
Trump erupts at campaign team as his poll numbers slide  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump erupted at his top political advisers last week when they presented him with worrisome polling data that showed his support eroding in a series of battleground states as his response to the coronavirus comes under criticism.
Discussion: Axios
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Trump to launch first 2020 ad blitz after erupting over reelection woes
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:   Poll shows Trump, Biden in tight race in Texas
Alyssa Milano / Deadline:
Alyssa Milano On Why She Still Supports Joe Biden & How She Would Advise Him About Tara Reade Allegations - Guest Column  —  Editors' Note: Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has been a leader of the #MeToo movement, as her 2017 tweet calling on women to share their stories of sexual harassment …
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Michael J. Stern / USA Today:
Why I'm skeptical about Reade's sexual assault claim against Biden: Ex-prosecutor  —  If we must blindly accept every allegation of sexual assault, the #MeToo movement is just a hit squad.  And it's too important to be no more than that.  —  During 28 years as a state and federal prosecutor …
Washington Post:
Biden himself should address the Tara Reade allegations and release relevant records
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden announces VP search committee
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and The Hill
CNN:
Kirsten Gillibrand on Tara Reade allegation: ‘I support Vice President Biden’
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
Democratic Frustration Mounts as Biden Remains Silent on Sexual Assault Allegation
Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
South Carolina Senate Moves to Likely Republican  —  It's hard to think of a politician who has undergone a bigger evolution over the past four years than South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.  But could that very political makeover hurt him at the ballot box in 2020, even in a reliably red state?
Discussion: The Hill
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Senate: Looking Beyond the “Core Four”  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — The focus on the evenly-matched battle for the Senate has in some ways narrowed to four GOP-held seats: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina.  — Practically speaking, Democrats probably have to win all four …
CNN:
GOP senator gives activists grim 2020 assessment amid fears over holding Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
BuzzFeed News:
After One Tweet To President Trump, This Man Got $69 Million From New York For Ventilators  —  We may all be at home, but that hasn't stopped our reporters from breaking exclusive stories like this one.  To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million, topping 30 million over the last 6 weeks  — Weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million last week, higher than economist expectations of 3.5 million.  — The total brings the rolling six-week figure to 30.3 million.
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Washington Post:   3.8 million Americans sought jobless benefits last week, extending pandemic's grip on the national workforce
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Coronavirus-driven unemployment claims surpass 30 million
Discussion: Breitbart
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:   Another 3.8 Million Americans File for Jobless Benefits
Gregg Re / Fox News:
FBI discussed interviewing Michael Flynn ‘to get him to lie’ and ‘get him fired,’ handwritten notes show  —  Explosive new internal FBI documents unsealed Wednesday show that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing then-national security adviser Michael Flynn …
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Politico:
Documents show FBI debated how to handle investigation of Michael Flynn
Discussion: Breitbart
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Explosive New Flynn Documents Show FBI Goal Was To ‘Get Him Fired’
Discussion: Power Line and Redstate
Gal Beckerman / New York Times:
What Do Famous People's Bookshelves Reveal?  —  In quarantine, people are inadvertently exposing their reading habits — embarrassing, surprising and impressive.  —  Bibliophiles do not approach bookshelves lightly.  A stranger's collection is to us a window to their soul.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China's handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November.
Discussion: CNN, VICE, Fox News, The Hill and The Week
John F. Harris / Politico:
Admit It: You Are Willing to Let People Die to End the Shutdown  —  CNN's Jake Tapper was brutally direct in his question to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who recently lifted his state's stay-at-home order, in favor of a gradual reopening of business.  Are you worried, Tapper asked …
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Food Lines a Mile Long in America's Second-Wealthiest State  —  “We've never had to rely on anyone else,” said one food bank visitor.  But now, pushed to the edge of hunger, many unemployed New Jersey residents are asking for help for the first time.  —  EGG HARBOR, N.J. — Jean Wickham's two sons are in college.
New York Times:
Dozens of Decomposing Bodies Found in Trucks at Brooklyn Funeral Home  —  Neighbors complained of a foul odor coming from trucks parked outside the home, which had a broken freezer, a law enforcement official said.  —  2,500 Mourners Jam a Hasidic Funeral, Creating a Flash Point for de Blasio
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs  —  Some analysts are worried that the pressure from senior officials could distort assessments about the coronavirus and be used as a weapon in an escalating battle with China.  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Trump administration officials …
Discussion: Raw Story, Just The News and ABC News
Reuters:
Special Report: Trump told Saudis: Cut oil supply or lose U.S. military support - sources  —  WASHINGTON/LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - As the United States pressed Saudi Arabia to end its oil price war with Russia, President Donald Trump gave Saudi leaders an ultimatum.
Joe Lowndes / New Republic:
The Morbid Ideology Behind the Drive to Reopen America  —  Photos of the small “reopen America” protests, which have made the rounds on social media over the past week, have revealed a spectacle as cartoonish as it is macabre: a rogue's gallery of right-wing groups coming together to share …
Discussion: Raw Story
FA RSS:
In Defense of the Blob  —  America's Foreign Policy Establishment Is the Solution, Not the Problem  —  The foreign policy establishment has seen better days.  During the Obama administration, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes derided it as “the Blob,” mocking its stodgy hawkishness.
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Many field hospitals went largely unused, will be shut down  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient.  Convention centers that were turned into temporary hospitals in other cities went mostly unused.
Agence France-Presse:
Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques  —  Odd ANDERSEN with Michelle FITZPATRICK in Frankfurt  —  A police officer walks out of Al-Irschad Mosque during a raid in Berlin, as dozens of police and special forces stormed mosques and associations linked to Hezbollah in Bremen, Berlin, Dortmund and Muenster early Thursday
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Should Support America's Oil Industry  —  The alternative is giving more power to Putin and a deeper U.S. entanglement in the Middle East.  —  As the turmoil in world energy markets continues, U.S. politicians of both parties need to remember that oil is not just another commodity.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Bill de Blasio's new low: blaming the Jews  —  Well, Bill de Blasio, you certainly showed us Jews, didn't you, on Tuesday night?  Yep, you called us out, all 1.2 million of us New York City Jews, and I really hope you enjoyed it.  Because I know it's not fun being mayor right now.
Gavin Evans / Complex:
Georgia Drops Driving Test Requirement for License Due to Pandemic  —  Under a new executive order given by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, teenagers within the Peach State will no longer need to pass a formal driving test in order to secure a driver's license.  Instead they'll just have to get the ‘A-okay’ from their parents.
Adela Suliman / NBC News:
China says it ‘expelled’ U.S. Navy vessel from South China Sea  —  “The provocative actions of the United States seriously violated relevant international law norms,” a spokesman for China's military said.  —  China's military has said it “expelled” a U.S. navy vessel from the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea this week.
Discussion: USNI News
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
No, We Don't Need To Foster A Culture Of Snitching To Stay Safe  —  Some public officials seem to think it's okay to encourage neighbors to rat each other out over stay-at-home orders.  It's not.  —  One of the unsettling trends to emerge from these lockdowns is the penchant for some public officials …
Discussion: Denver Post
 
 
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Lawmakers made hundreds of stock transactions during pandemic, watchdog finds
Nicholas Fondacaro / NB Blog:
Keep America Miserable: CBS Scoffs at Thought of Economy Improving
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
House says it wants to keep investigating Trump for possible impeachable offenses
Discussion: American Greatness
New York Times:
Trump's Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites' Vows Against Misinformation
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Republicans Are Absolutely Deluded if They Think Only Blue States Need a Bailout
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Israel nears a point of no return
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Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
‘So what?’: Bolsonaro shrugs off Brazil's rising coronavirus death toll
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Over 70% of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19
Inquirer News:
Tests in recovered patients in S. Korea found false positives, not reinfections, experts say
Discussion: Redstate
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Stories Dan Crenshaw Tells Himself
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast and Twitchy
New York Times:
Trump Appointees Manipulated Agency's Payday Lending Research, Ex-Staffer Claims
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, and a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023; paying subs were up 38% YoY to 33M but down from 33.5M in Q1

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

 
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