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New York Times:
Lobbying Intensifies Among V.P. Candidates as Biden's Search Nears an End  —  Two women, Representative Karen Bass and Susan Rice, the former national security adviser, are among the most formidable contenders on Joe Biden's list.  —  WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has entered the final stage …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Karen Bass, A Potential Biden VP Pick, Praised Scientology At Church Opening In 2010  — A top contender for Joe Biden's vice presidential pick appeared at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Scientology church in 2010, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.
Sandy Banks / Politico:
The Karen Bass Los Angeles Knows
Discussion: Washington Post
Ryan Hughes / WFLA-TV:
Tampa teen accused of being ‘mastermind’ behind Twitter hack that targeted high-profile accounts  —  TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A Tampa teenager is in jail, accused of being the “mastermind” behind a hack on the social media website Twitter that caused limited access to the site and high-profile accounts …
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House Foreign Affairs Committee:
Engel Subpoenas Records from Pompeo-Senate GOP Smear Campaign against Bidens  —  Engel Demands All Documents Produced to Republican-Led Senate Committees  —  Washington—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today issued a subpoena to Secretary …
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
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Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Pompeo hit with subpoena after he's caught assisting Senate GOP's political smear of Biden  —  According to a press release from the House's Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) “issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as part of the committee's investigation …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
House committee subpoenas Pompeo for records on Biden investigations
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and The Hill
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US hits China anew for rights abuses in western Xinjiang
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB commissioner warns of shutdown if coronavirus isn't better managed  —  Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn't do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Trump ordered federal forces to quell Portland protests.  But the chaos ended as soon as they left.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — After President Trump ordered federal law enforcement officers into Portland, Ore., earlier this month, the protests largely ended the same way for days: with tear gas, rubber bullets and arrests.
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Stephanie Pagones / Fox News:
Trump doubles down, warns November will bring ‘greatest election disaster in history’  —  ‘People oughta get smart,’ Trump said  —  President Trump doubled down Friday on his warnings surrounding expanded mail-in ballots, declaring November will bring the “greatest election disaster in history” …
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just told us how mail delays could help him corrupt the election
Discussion: VICE, Axios, Vanity Fair and Common Dreams
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
James Murdoch Resigns From News Corp. Board, Citing “Disagreements” Over Editorial Content  —  The mogul sent a letter of resignation on Friday afternoon.  —  Former 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch has resigned from the board of News Corp., the parent company of the Wall Street Journal.
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Most Trump voters say they will not accept the 2020 results if Biden wins because of mail-in ballots  —  Most Americans now believe that President Trump will not accept the results of November's election if he loses to Joe Biden, according to a
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is in Talks to Buy TikTok in U.S.  — TikTok's ownership by China-based ByteDance sparked concerns  — Trump says he may ban TikTok, but mulling other options  —  Microsoft Corp. is exploring an acquisition of TikTok's operations in the U.S., according to a people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Variety and CBS Los Angeles
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why would Biden pick a human lightning rod as VP?  —  Last October, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, now being mentioned as a possible running mate for Joe Biden, was on the popular podcast “Pod Save America,” when another former Obama administration official, Tommy Vietor …
Discussion: HuffPost and Task & Purpose
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Twenty Things You Probably Didn't Know about Susan Rice
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Countering G.O.P. on Courts, Democrats Will Call for ‘Structural’ Change  —  Progressives pushed for the platform language after President Trump's drive put 200 conservative judges on the federal bench and Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's nominees.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Senate leaves without coronavirus deal  —  OVER THE CLIFF — It happened.  The Senate left town knowing that failed negotiations would ensure the expiration of enhanced jobless benefits for millions of Americans laid off and furloughed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
Burns, bloody wounds, broken bones: Injuries mount at Portland protests  —  Bloody wounds.  Seared skin.  Broken bones.  —  Weeks of restive demonstrations in Portland are leaving an indelible mark on protesters as the nightly cries against police violence and racism have often ended …
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence  —  FILE - This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted and sentenced to death for carrying out the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured more than 260.
Cdcmmwr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
References … Limited data are available about transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), among youths.  During June 17-20, an overnight camp in Georgia (camp A) held orientation for 138 trainees and 120 staff members; staff members remained …
Discussion: LiveScience
Associated Press:
Twitter permanently bans former KKK leader David Duke  —  Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been banned from Twitter for breaking the social media platform's site's rules forbidding hate speech.  —  The company said Friday that Duke's account “has been permanently suspended …
CNN:
McConnell signal to Republican Senate candidates: Distance from Trump if necessary  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Mitch McConnell is allowing Republican Senate candidates to do whatever it takes to salvage their campaigns ahead of what Republicans increasingly fear could be a devastating election for their party.
Politico:
Pelosi upbraids counterintel chief in private briefing over Russian meddling  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top House Democrats admonished the country's top counterintelligence official during a closed-door election security briefing Friday, accusing him of keeping Americans in the dark …
New York Times:
Mail Delays Fuel Concern Trump Is Undercutting Postal System Ahead of Voting  —  The president's long campaign against the Postal Service is intersecting with his assault on mail-in voting amid concerns that he has politicized oversight of the agency.  —  WASHINGTON — Welcome to the next election battleground: the post office.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, Fox News and The Week
Andrea Morris / Forbes:
Please Don't Objectify Sex Robots  —  “She understands COVID-19,” says sex robot beta tester, Brick Dollbanger.  “That just came out in the build.”  Dollbanger sometimes refers to the robots as “dolls” based on the removable, animatronic head affixed to the inanimate, life-sized, Barbie-like doll with special parts.
New York Times:
Kodak C.E.O. Got Stock Options Day Before News of Loan Sent Stock Soaring  —  The stock options suddenly were worth about $50 million — the latest instance of extraordinary good timing by corporate executives.  —  At the beginning of this week, the Eastman Kodak Company handed its chief executive 1.75 million stock options.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Burn the Republican Party Down?  —  It would damage the country, and those who say yes bear some blame for the president's rise.  —  Where did Donald Trump come from?  Where is the GOP going?  Should the whole thing be burned down?  A lot had to go wrong before we got a President Trump.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
More Than Just a Tweet: Trump's Campaign to Undercut Democracy  —  Floating the idea of delaying the election was the latest step in the president's running effort to discredit the election, risking long-term damage to public trust in the system.  —  Nothing in the Constitution gives President Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and New Yorker
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump scores win over Stormy Daniels' libel suit  —  President Donald Trump scored a legal victory Friday as a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling tossing out a libel lawsuit filed against him by adult film star Stormy Daniels over a tweet Trump fired off about her in 2018.
Discussion: The Hill
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
Dozens Of Former “Ellen Show” Employees Say Executive Producers Engaged In Rampant Sexual Misconduct And Harassment  —  Being asked to join the control room inside The Ellen DeGeneres Show is a coveted spot in Hollywood, but according to dozens of men and women who work behind the scenes …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Stephen Miller  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington—Senior Policy Advisor to the President Stephen Miller appears to have violated the Hatch Act during an interview this morning on Fox and Friends, according to a complaint sent today to the Office …
New York Times:
The Risk That Students Could Arrive at School With the Coronavirus  —  Estimated infected people arriving in the first week … Source: Lauren Ancel Meyers and Spencer Fox, the University of Texas at Austin; Michael Lachmann, Santa Fe Institute  —  Millions of families face an excruciating choice …
Discussion: Raw Story and Blue Virginia
 
 
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