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4:30 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 …
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
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.
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: KTLA and KRON4
Justice News:
Three Individuals Charged For Alleged Roles In Twitter Hack  —  SAN FRANCISCO- Three individuals have been charged today for their alleged roles in the Twitter hack that occurred on July 15, 2020.  —  The announcement was made by United States Attorney David L. Anderson …
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
Washington Post:
Postal Service backlog sparks worries that ballot delivery could be delayed in November
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just told us how mail delays could help him corrupt the election
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.
Associated Press:
Protests live updates: Calm returns to Portland protests as federal forces pull back  —  Sporadic protests continued across the United States this week, while Attorney General William P. Barr defended the federal response to unrest in Portland, Ore., and the federal agents there began to withdraw.
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: Daily Kos, Politico and The Hill
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Sign Order Demanding China's ByteDance to Divest TikTok  —  U.S. officials have deemed the popular video-sharing app a security risk  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump will require Beijing-based Bytedance Ltd. to sell its ownership in TikTok, the popular video-sharing app that U.S. officials …
Discussion: Variety
New York Times:
Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App
Alayna Treene / Axios:
White House, Democrats at coronavirus stimulus stalemate  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — speaking simultaneously at podiums on opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue Friday morning — painted a bleak picture of their stalled coronavirus stimulus talks …
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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Trump Is the Election Crisis He Is Warning About
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 …
Alison Durkee / Forbes:
Twitter Permanently Bans Former KKK Leader David Duke
Discussion: The Verge
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
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.
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
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.
New York Times:
Republicans and White House at Odds Over Kansas Senate Race  —  Some in the G.O.P. want President Trump to endorse the opponent of Kris Kobach, who they worry could cost them a traditionally safe Senate seat.  So far, the White House has declined to do so.  —  WASHINGTON — As the Kansas …
Discussion: Politico, National Review, NBC News and CNN
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Does Trump Want to Save His Economy?
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Post, Breitbart and The Hill
Foreign Policy:
Inside the Massive Foreign-Policy Team Advising Biden's Campaign  —  If Joe Biden wins, here are some of the top foreign-policy experts who could be tapped for senior and midlevel jobs in the administration.  —  Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's team of informal foreign-policy …
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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
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
Mark Hemingway / Real Clear Politics:
Peaceful Riots? Journalism Bows to the Woke Mob
Portland protests draw thousands Thursday, no state, federal police in sight
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mark Skoneki / Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis' popularity plummets in another Florida poll
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Twenty Things You Probably Didn't Know about Susan Rice
Discussion: Washington Post
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Barack Obama's Ugly Filibuster Hypocrisy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Census Door Knocking Cut A Month Short Amid Pressure To Finish Count
EXCLUSIVE: Fearing Trump interference, FBI agents hid copies of Russia investigation docs
Discussion: Talking Points Memo