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Alexander S. Vindman / Washington Post:
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, as the Russia political-military affairs officer …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
DHS official whose office compiled ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists and protesters has been removed from his job  —  A senior Department of Homeland Security official whose office compiled “intelligence reports” about journalists and protesters in Portland, Ore., has been removed from his job …
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Politico:
DHS removes official who oversaw intelligence reports on journalists  —  The Department of Homeland Security is removing its top intelligence official from his post amid criticism of his office's role in the civil unrest in Portland, Oregon.  Brian Murphy, who has been the acting chief …
Shane Harris / Washington Post:   DHS analyzed protester communications, raising questions about previous statements by senior department official
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
Discussion: Gothamist
Stuart Emmrich / Vogue:
Is Sarah Cooper the Reason Donald Trump Wants to Ban TikTok?  —  Donald Trump abruptly announced on Friday that he plans to ban TikTok from the United States, telling reporters traveling with him on Air Force One that he could issue an executive order as early as Saturday to shut down the Chinese-owned video app.
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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
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
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Trump Is the One Who Wants to Burn It All Down  —  Maybe stop worrying about the Never Trumpers and start worrying about the guy actually blowing up the GOP?  —  1. Incentives  —  In 1996, everyone knew Bob Dole was going to lose.  You knew it.  I knew it.  The American people knew it.
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.
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
The case for Trump will come down to his record.  It's a strong one.  —  President Trump's record of accomplishments is easy to compile.  —  Most significantly, he has brought the existential threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party into the sunlight.  No more nice words.
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
A School Reopens, and the Coronavirus Creeps In  —  As more schools abandon plans for in-person classes, one that opened in Indiana this week had to quarantine students within hours.  —  One of the first school districts in the country to reopen its doors during the coronavirus pandemic …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court declines to halt Trump border wall  —  The Supreme Court on Friday declined to block the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in reallocated Pentagon funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.  —  In a 5-4 ruling that broke along ideological lines …
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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.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Tammy Duckworth Is Nothing and Everything Like Joe Biden  —  Despite their disparate backgrounds, the Illinois Democrat has carved out a public life most evocative of the man she could join on the presidential ticket.  —  Senator Tammy Duckworth, like the man she might serve as vice president …
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
St. Damien ministered to Native Hawaiians in a leper colony.  Now, AOC calls him a ‘colonizer’  —  Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed to a Catholic martyr who gave his life to minister to the least fortunate Hawaiian natives.  Probably knowing little or nothing about his life's story …
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 …
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.
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 …
Kate Chappell / Washington Post:
Jamaica's high court rules school can ban dreadlocks  —  KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's high court ruled Friday that a school was within its rights to demand that a girl cut her dreadlocks to attend classes, a surprise decision that touched on issues of identity and one the most recognizable symbols of the island's Rastafarian culture.
Discussion: jamaica-gleaner.com and The Root
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
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: Associated Press, Reuters and 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 …
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden likely to name his running mate in second week of August  —  Joe Biden will most likely announce his running mate in the second week of August, again breaking a self-imposed deadline for unveiling the choice, according to two people familiar with his plans.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why would Biden pick a human lightning rod as VP?
Discussion: JustOneMinute and National Review
Karina Brown / courthousenews.com:
Who's a Journalist in Portland?  Judge Says ACLU Might Decide  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) — The American Civil Liberties Union may soon be the arbiter of who is and isn't a journalist at Portland protests, with a federal judge floating the idea of requiring journalists to be identified …
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Susan Collins' ads seem to feature ordinary people — but don't reveal their ties to Maine GOP  —  Collins has failed to disclose testimonials from state legislators, party officials and even her own staffers  —  Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican facing a tough re-election race …
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 …
 
 
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Atlantic
Benjamin A. Kleinerman / The Bulwark:
The Show Must Go On  —  Why didn't Lincoln try to postpone the 1864 election?
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
President Trump visits Tampa Bay Friday, attends COVID-19 roundtable
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal agents
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The new anti-Biden attack, same as the old anti-Biden attack
New York Times:
James Murdoch Resigns From News Corp, Ending Role in Family Empire
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Persuasion:
Americans Are Self-Censoring at Record Rates
Discussion: Slate
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
The Daily Caller is receiving money from Trump and GOP groups while its subsidiary participates …
Dallas Morning News:
The deadly journey to El Paso
detroitnews:
Oakland Co. girl jailed for not doing homework gets released
Discussion: TheGrio and The Hill