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10:20 AM ET, July 30, 2020


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John Lewis / New York Times:
Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation  —  Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.  —  Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump raises idea of delaying election  —  President Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the 2020 elections, something he does not have the power to do unilaterally, as he levied fresh attacks against mail-in voting.  —  Trump, who is badly trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden …
Associated Press:
Trump floats election ‘delay’ amid claims of voting fraud  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is for the first time floating a “delay” to November's presidential election, as he makes unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud.
Discussion: Reuters
Trump floats delaying election despite lack of authority to do so  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump explicitly floated delaying November's presidential election on Thursday, lending extraordinary voice to persistent concerns that he would seek to circumvent voting in a contest where he currently trails his opponent by double digits.
Washington Post:
U.S. economy contracted at fastest quarterly rate on record from April to June as coronavirus walloped workers, businesses  —  Data released by the Commerce Department on Thursday is another reminder of the pain felt this year as the nation went into an economic shutdown.
Reade Pickert / Bloomberg:   U.S. Economy Shrinks at Record 32.9% Pace in Second Quarter
Harriet Torry / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Economy Contracts to Record 32.9%, Jobless Claims Rise to 1.43 Million
Ben White / Politico:
U.S. suffered worst quarterly contraction on record as virus ravages economy
Discussion: CNN
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Colleagues feared U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert would catch COVID-19.  Sure enough, he did.  —  Gohmert's colleagues were afraid the mask-avoiding congressman from Northeast Texas might get infected with the coronavirus.  On Wednesday, their fears came true.  —  Copy link  —  WASHINGTON — It was a shock, but no surprise.
Washington Post:   Live updates: Emergency unemployment payments likely to end; U.S. records 1,400 coronavirus deaths in a day
Turning Point USA co-founder dies of coronavirus-related complications  —  The co-founder of conservative student group Turning Point USA, Bill Montgomery, has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to two friends of his.  —  Montgomery, who started it in 2012 …
Discussion: Maggionews
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:   Turning Point USA Co-Founder Dies of COVID-19
New York Times:
Trump Plays on Racist Fears of Terrorized Suburbs to Court White Voters  —  President Trump painted a false picture of suburbs under siege, saying he was protecting them from the perils of low-income housing, as he seeks to win over white voters who were key to his 2016 victory.
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:   Trump tells suburban voters they will ‘no longer be bothered’ by low-income housing
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
He held a BLM sign in what he called 'America's most racist town.' The result?  A viral video of abuse.  —  As a gray Buick SUV approached the man holding a Black Lives Matter sign on a street in Harrison, Ark., the driver slowed down.  —  “What about White lives?” the woman in the passenger's seat yelled out.
Tara John / CNN:
A baseless US conspiracy theory found a foothold in Europe.  New research shows how  —  London (CNN)A baseless claim about a child sex-trafficking ring, a Washington, DC pizzeria, and Hillary Clinton has been passed around among conspiracy theorists for more than three years.
Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
QAnon Has Gone Global
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and INSIDER
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Biden allies wage shadow campaign to stop Kamala Harris from becoming vice president  — A group of Biden allies, including a few of his top donors, initiated a campaign against Harris close to a month ago, just weeks before a decision is expected.  — The concerns focus on her attacks …
POLITICO Playbook: A peek inside the Playbook inbox: Boiling over with rage  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  PEOPLE IN THE CAPITOL ARE SICK AND TIRED.  —  QUITE LITERALLY.  —  SICK: THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS — the legislature for the most powerful country on Planet Earth …
Discussion: Washington Post and WTOP
Washington Post:
Senate hearing for controversial Pentagon nominee Anthony Tata canceled just before it was set to begin  —  The nomination of a retired Army general for a senior civilian position in the Trump administration was cast into doubt Thursday morning when his confirmation hearing was canceled …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Born-again fiscal conservatives are sign of Trump's weakening hand in Congress  —  A growing number of Senate conservatives have provided the latest sign of President Trump's weakening hand on Capitol Hill.  —  From the presidentially ambitious Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Barr says he won't wait until after election to reveal Durham's findings.  Democrats fear a campaign-altering surprise.  —  Attorney General William P. Barr reiterated this week that he will not wait until after November's election to release whatever U.S. Attorney John Durham finds …
New York Times:
Obama Unleashes on Trump Privately as He Raises $24 Million for Biden  —  Barack Obama has spoken candidly about President Trump to party donors, bringing up the sexual assault allegations against Mr. Trump and warning of his efforts to push “nativist, racist, sexist” fears.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Pelosi endorses Rep. Tlaib in primary fight, moves to help members of the ‘Squad’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is moving to help two members of the so-called “Squad” who suddenly find themselves facing difficult primaries.  —  Pelosi endorsed freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Wednesday …
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Dem Governor Donates to Ilhan Omar's Primary Opponent
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The voters who are still backing Trump  —  Moderator: Here's what swing voters are saying about Trump  —  Rich Thau is the president and co-founder of the research firm Engagious, which specializes in message testing and message refinement for trade associations and advocacy groups.
Discussion: Power Line
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Biden campaign launches first TV ads in Ohio  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign is expanding its paid media effort into Ohio with a message focused on his new economic agenda, a sign of the campaign's increasingly bullish view of the battleground map and a shot …
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Why the tech giants may suffer lasting pain from their Hill lashing  —  Wednesday's much-anticipated antitrust hearing subjected four of the tech industry's most powerful CEOs to hours of aggressive questioning by Republicans and Democrats alike.  —  But it also may have revealed something far …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Half-Century After Wallace, Trump Echoes the Politics of Division  —  Trump and George Wallace Share a Speaking Style  —  President Trump's statements about demonstrations across the country have much in common with George Wallace's infamously inflammatory rhetoric, echoing tones, themes and even specific phrases.
Discussion: Althouse
The Disinfomercial: How Larry King Got Duped Into Starring in Chinese Propaganda  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Jacobi Niv had paid Larry King a few thousand dollars apiece …
New York Times:
Teachers Are Wary of Returning to Class, and Online Instruction Too  —  Unions are threatening to strike if classrooms reopen, but are also pushing to limit live remote teaching.  Their demands will shape pandemic education.  —  As the nation heads toward a chaotic back-to-school season …
Discussion: Fox News
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John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Trump Might Quit
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Twitter defends blocking Trump tweets but not Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Fox News
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Trailing badly in polls, Trump points to ‘hidden’ voters and the ‘silent majority’ as path to victory
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Inside the Iraqi Kleptocracy
Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
The bewildering bombardment of Bill Barr
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Virginia's Riggleman Says He's Considering Bid for Governor
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Tommy Tuberville, Alabama U.S. Senate candidate, defies D.C. quarantine order on fundraising visit
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR:
Irregularities in COVID Reporting Contract Award Process Raises New Questions
New York Times:
As Trump Undercuts Aid Talks, White House Says Extra Jobless Benefits Will Lapse
Intelligence disputes fuel rare public acrimony among Gang of Eight
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Why Seth Rogen's Anti-Israel Rant Matters