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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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Politico:
Harris allies granted call with Biden campaign after Dodd blowup  —  Allies of Kamala Harris sought and received a meeting with Joe Biden's campaign staff this week after a leader of his vice presidential vetting team was quoted doubting whether she'd be a loyal No. 2.
Discussion: Axios
Sandy Banks / Politico:
The Karen Bass Los Angeles Knows
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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
Ursula Perano / Axios:
House committee subpoenas Pompeo for records on Biden investigations
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and The Hill
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.
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 …
J. Scott Trubey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia camp outbreak shows rapid virus spread among children  —  COVID-19 spread quickly among unmasked youth at YMCA camp, CDC finds.  —  Some 260 cases of the coronavirus have been tied to attendees and staff at a North Georgia YMCA children's camp in June, according to a report released Friday …
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Cdcmmwr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
References … Limited data are available about transmission …
Discussion: LiveScience
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.
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 classified election security briefing Friday, accusing him of keeping Americans in the dark …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Obama's latest outrageous political games a reminder of how he opened door to Trump  —  At 8:46 a.m. on Thursday, President Trump issued his wildly irresponsible tweet suggesting the November election be delayed — yet another reminder that Trump is contributing to the breakdown …
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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Associated Press:
Supreme Court won't halt challenged border wall projects  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declined by a 5-4 vote Friday to halt the Trump administration's construction of portions of the border wall with Mexico following a recent lower court ruling that the administration improperly diverted money to the project.
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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:   Supreme Court allows continued construction of Trump's border wall
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.
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, Fox News, Raw Story and The Week
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just told us how mail delays could help him corrupt the election
Discussion: Politico, VICE, NPR and Daily Kos
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
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
The Daily Caller is receiving money from Trump and GOP groups while its subsidiary participates in Facebook's fact-checking program  —  The Daily Caller has been receiving money from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and other Republican candidates and organizations for email list rentals …
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 …
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
DHS analyzed protester communications, raising questions about previous statements by senior department official  —  A senior Department of Homeland Security official told a Senate committee earlier this month that the department had not collected, exploited or analyzed information …
Putnam / Checks and Balances:
Statement on Confidence in the November Election  —  Statement from co-founders and additional members of Checks & Balances:  —  This week, President Trump suggested that the election on November 3rd might be postponed.  To be clear, he has no power to do so.
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Jared Kushner Got Up to $3 Million From Companies That Benefited From Trump Admin Programs, Documents Show  —  The Kushner windfall includes revenues from a luxury development that benefited from a real estate tax break championed by First Daughter Ivanka Trump.  —  Talk about family values.
Discussion: Washington Post
detroitnews:
Oakland Co. girl jailed for not doing homework gets released  —  Pontiac — A 15-year-old girl detained in Oakland County after allegedly violating her probation because she failed to do her homework left the juvenile facility with her mother Friday evening shortly after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered her release.
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Trump Halts TV Advertising as He Struggles in Polls Against Biden  —  The six-day pause was ordered by the president's new campaign manager, Bill Stepien.  —  Since Joseph R. Biden Jr. became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in April, the Trump campaign has spent $72 million …
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 …
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
Jennifer Van Laar / Redstate:
Cash Crunch?  Gavin Newsom's 2020 Property Taxes Are Delinquent on BOTH of His Estates  —  Property taxes in California are insanely expensive, as we all know.  They sting everyone, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).  He personally owns more than $6 million in real estate in the Golden State …
Discussion: Townhall
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Dallas Morning News:
The deadly journey to El Paso  —  Early on the morning of Aug. 3, 2019, Patrick Crusius left his grandparent's home in Allen, Texas, on a nine-hour drive to El Paso.  Once there, Crusius would open fire at a Walmart, ultimately killing 23 people.  —  The Journey  —  It's a cloudy Friday night in August.
 
 
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