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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Infected Hundreds at a Georgia Summer Camp  —  The camp took precautions but did not require campers to wear masks, the C.D.C. reported.  Singing and cheering may have helped spread the virus.  —  As schools and universities plan for the new academic year …
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WSB-TV:
Hundreds of Georgia campers infected with coronavirus at YMCA camp in just days, CDC report finds  —  RABUN COUNTY, Ga — A CDC report released Friday reveals that hundreds of campers at a north Georgia YMCA camp were infected with coronavirus in just days before the camp was shut down.
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 …
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an Overnight Camp — Georgia, June 2020
Discussion: LiveScience
Alexander S. VIndman / Washington Post:
Alexander Vindman: Coming forward ended my career.  I still believe doing what's right matters.  —  Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (Ret.), a career U.S. Army officer, served on the National Security Council as the director for Eastern European, Caucasus and Russian affairs …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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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 and Raw Story
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.
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New York Times:
Lobbying Intensifies Among V.P. Candidates as Biden's Search Nears an End
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why would Biden pick a human lightning rod as VP?
Discussion: National Review
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:
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.
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Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
James Murdoch Resigns From News Corp. Board, Citing “Disagreements” Over Editorial Content
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won't Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says  —  In a televised speech, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said that negotiating with Washington over his country's nuclear program would only help President Trump get re-elected.
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.
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.
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
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The new anti-Biden attack, same as the old anti-Biden attack  —  On Thursday, news organizations reported that the Trump campaign was temporarily suspending its ads to review messaging and strategy.  This was widely treated as a reboot, one rooted in a recognition that …
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New York Times:   Trump Halts TV Advertising as He Struggles in Polls Against Biden
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 …
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.
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Wall Street Journal:   Kodak's Stock Surge Turned Insiders' Options Into Potential Windfall
Associated Press:
Trump says he'll act to ban TikTok in US as soon as Saturday  —  ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.  —  Trump made the announcement to reporters Friday on Air Force One as he returned from Florida.
Politico:
Barr Makes It Official—He's Trump's New “Fixer”  —  Of President Donald Trump's many career skills, perhaps the least appreciated is his lifelong and uncanny ability to sniff out lawyers who will serve his will.  —  In slightly more than 500 days in office, Attorney General William Barr …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Slate
Washington Post:
On a call with SEC leaders, worried football players pushed back: 'It's not good enough'  —  College football's most powerful conference, the SEC, announced Thursday that it plans to forge ahead with a season this fall.  But a day earlier, in a private meeting with conference leaders and medical advisers …
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: Reuters and Raw Story
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 …
Radio Farda / Radio Free Europe:
Iranians Invent Hashtags To Mock State TV For Calling Obama ‘Seemingly Black’  —  Iranian social media users have created a host of hashtags with “seemingly” and similar words to criticize a state-run television (IRIB) anchor who called the former U.S. President Barack Obama …
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal agents  —  Thursday night's protest passed off without major incident or intervention by the police in the absence of federal officers  — Join us for a live digital event with former attorney general Eric Holder …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration's Russia Probe  —  Assertions that the focus was ‘the Trump campaign’ are now known to be ludicrous  —  Long-sought documents finally pried from U.S. intelligence agencies prove that the Obama administration used …
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.
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
Isabel Wilkerson's ‘Caste’ Is an ‘Instant American Classic’ About Our Abiding Sin  —  A critic shouldn't often deal in superlatives.  He or she is here to explicate, to expand context and to make fine distinctions.  But sometimes a reviewer will shout as if into a mountaintop megaphone.
detroitnews:
Oakland Co. girl jailed for not doing homework gets released  —  Pontiac — A 15-year-old Oakland County girl whose monthslong detainment drew national condemnation because it was punishment for missed homework amid the pandemic was released Friday evening to the custody of her mother.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Marc Levy / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Hill
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Pelosi Funnels $14,000 to Ilhan Omar Campaign Amid Expensive Primary Fight
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chase Woodruff / Colorado Newsline:
Medicaid funding increase sought by Colorado advocates as enrollment surges
CNN:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from the hospital after latest medical procedure
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
The Risk That Students Could Arrive at School With the Coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story and Blue Virginia
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh / Oregonian:
Burns, bloody wounds, broken bones: Injuries mount at Portland protests
Yahoo News:
Exclusive: CDC projects U.S. coronavirus death toll could top 180,000 by Aug. 22
Discussion: New York Post
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Most Trump voters say they will not accept the 2020 results …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ryan Hughes / WFLA-TV:
Tampa teen accused of being ‘mastermind’ behind Twitter hack that targeted high-profile accounts