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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 …
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CNN:
Joe Biden narrows down his VP list, with Karen Bass emerging as one of several key contenders  —  Bass on VP talk: ‘willing to serve’ however I can  —  (CNN)Joe Biden heads into the weekend weighing the biggest decision of his presidential campaign so far, and people close to the process tell CNN …
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
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: Washington Post and Mediaite
Sandy Banks / Politico:
The Karen Bass Los Angeles Knows
Discussion: The Atlantic and 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.
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.
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New York Times:
James Murdoch Resigns From News Corp, Ending Role in Family Empire  —  While his elder brother, Lachlan Murdoch, rises in the family business, James Murdoch has grown more distant from his father's companies.  —  James Murdoch wants the world to know he is out of the family business.
Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner earned at least $36 million in outside income last year, new disclosures show  —  Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner earned at least $36.2 million as they served in the White House last year, reporting a boost in income from some companies they own that hold residential …
Discussion: Raw Story
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William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Jared Kushner Got Up to $3 Million From Companies That Benefited From Trump Admin Programs, Documents Show
Discussion: 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.
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 …
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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David Abel / The Boston Globe:
Federal appeals court tosses Tsarnaev death sentence, ordering new trial to decide bomber's fate  —  Forcing open a painful chapter of Boston's history, a federal appeals court on Friday overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted five years ago of collaborating …
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Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence
Discussion: WHDH-TV and Twitchy
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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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
References … Limited data are available about transmission …
Discussion: LiveScience
Persuasion:
Americans Are Self-Censoring at Record Rates  —  The percentage of Americans afraid to share their political views has tripled.  —  2 hr  —  Dictators around the world muzzle debate.  Autocratic governments label dissent as treasonous.  The voice of the people is rarely heard.
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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Fox News:
Supreme Court denies request to halt construction of the border wall
Discussion: ABC News and TheBlaze
Wall Street Journal:
Kodak's Stock Surge Turned Insiders' Options Into Potential Windfall  —  Executive Chairman Jim Continenza stands to make more than $95 million from stock options granted as recently as Monday  —  A sudden surge in Eastman Kodak Co. KODK -26.75% 's stock this week has turned a bunch …
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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: Axios, Reuters, Politico and The Hill
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Sky Palma / Raw Story:   Pompeo hit with subpoena after he's caught assisting Senate GOP's political smear of Biden
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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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
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
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 …
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 …
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
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Lincoln Project Gets Personal In New Ad, Mocking ‘Impotus Americanus’ Trump's Weight and ‘Ruddy Orange’ Color  —  The anti-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project has been open about their goal to not just communicate with voters, but to pester President Donald Trump and distract him from attacking his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
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.
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:
Lawmakers ‘Alarmed’ by Reports U.S. Envoy Told Brazil It Could Help Re-elect Trump  —  The House Foreign Affairs Committee has begun an inquiry into multiple reports in the Brazilian media that the U.S. ambassador was framing negotiations over ethanol tariffs in partisan terms.
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 …
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 …
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
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: Fox News, CNN, Raw Story and The Week
CNN:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from the hospital after latest medical procedure  —  Ruth Bader Ginsburg says her cancer has returned  —  (CNN)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from a New York City hospital on Friday after her latest medical procedure, the court said.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
Chase Woodruff / Colorado Newsline:
Medicaid funding increase sought by Colorado advocates as enrollment surges  —  Deep cuts to services loom as Congress weighs new COVID-19 relief measures  —  Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, it was hard enough for Joaquín Garcia, a student and father of two who lives in Alamosa …
 
 
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