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5:20 PM ET, July 31, 2020


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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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
When Karen Bass Went to Work in Castro's Cuba  —  Karen Bass, the congresswoman from California, is in contention to become Joe Biden's running mate.  There are good reasons for this.  She is reliably liberal, she chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, and she shares a history of family loss with Biden.
Sandy Banks / Politico:
The Karen Bass Los Angeles Knows  —  LOS ANGELES—On Election Day in the spring of 1968, 14-year-old Karen Bass was going door to door, trying to persuade her Los Angeles neighbors to vote for Robert F. Kennedy in the Democratic presidential primary.  The charismatic candidate …
Discussion: Washington Post
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Karen Bass, A Potential Biden VP Pick, Praised Scientology At Church Opening In 2010
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Newspaper editorial board run by former Harris aide endorses Bass for VP
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Three people just got charged for Twitter's huge hack, and a Florida teen is in jail  —  Update: Not just the Tampa teen, two others just got charged in Orlando and the UK  —  Early this morning, the FBI, IRS, US Secret Service, and Florida law enforcement placed a 17-year-old in Tampa …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Office Of The State Attorney 13th Judicial Circuit …:
Hillsborough State Attorney's Office tapped to prosecute worldwide “Bit-Con” hack of prominent Twitter users
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: Breitbart
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just told us how mail delays could help him corrupt the election
Discussion: VICE, Axios and TheGrio
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 …
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
Ursula Perano / Axios:
House committee subpoenas Pompeo for records on Biden investigations
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and Politico
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.
New York Times:
Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App  —  The discussions come as TikTok's ownership by a Chinese company is under scrutiny by the White House and lawmakers.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app …
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Sign Order Demanding China's ByteDance to Divest TikTok
Discussion: Bloomberg and Variety
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.
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
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Trump in trouble as nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of his handling of COVID-19, protests, Russia: POLL  —  Trump is underwater on his handling of the coronavirus, protests and Russia.  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's handling …
Discussion: Reuters and Breitbart
Trump turns into a pussycat on all things Putin
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 …
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: New Yorker and Raw Story
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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Twenty Things You Probably Didn't Know about Susan Rice
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 …
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 …
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.
Ryan Glasspiegel / OutKick:
Only One ESPN TV Show Discussed ESPN's Bombshell NBA China Story Thursday  —  On Wednesday, ESPN reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada dropped a bombshell investigative story about the NBA academies in China, which are seeking to find the next Yao Ming.
Wall Street Journal:
Adobe Plans to Ban Political Ads on Its Online Ad-Sales Platform  —  The software giant is a large player in facilitating online ad buying  —  Software giant Adobe Inc. ADBE 1.24% plans to ban political ads from its digital advertising sales platform, people familiar with the matter said …
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
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 …
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.
Kathryn Varn / Tampa Bay Times:
Pinellas sheriff to Rays: Breonna Taylor tweet was ‘just wrong’ and ‘reckless’  —  Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said he'll reevaluate whether his agency will work with the baseball team in the future.  —  Pinellas County's top cop condemned the Tampa Bay Rays for posting a tweet calling for the arrests …
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 …
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.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic Is Damaging the GOP Brand Everywhere  —  Although hardly any of the governors grappling with the fiercest coronavirus outbreaks are on the ballot this fall, voters' verdicts about their performance loom heavily over another electoral battle with enormous implications for the balance …
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Pennsylvania Pressroom:
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Discussion: The Hill
Samantha Harris / National Review:
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Discussion: Instapundit
Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Actor Bryan Callen accused of sexual assault, misconduct
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and Variety
Zoe Fenson / The Week:
You don't have to be excited about Joe Biden to vote for him
Foreign Policy:
Inside the Massive Foreign-Policy Team Advising Biden's Campaign
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Germany's economy fared worse than the US economy, but Trump-hating journalists are mangling numbers …
Discussion: National Review, Redstate and Breitbart
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
House clears $1.3T spending bill with $210B in emergency cash
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Skoneki / Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis' popularity plummets in another Florida poll
Discussion: The Hill
Max Cohen / Politico:
Acting ICE chief announces retirement following clashes with Trump officials
Discussion: Washington Examiner, The Hill and IJR
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
John Cleese Sounds Off on ‘Complete Asshole’ Trump and His ‘Very Stupid’ Voters
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Barack Obama's Ugly Filibuster Hypocrisy
Discussion: Reason and The Daily Caller