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7:00 PM ET, August 1, 2020


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Arizona Republic:
Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19, is symptom-free  —  Rep. Raúl Grijalva has tested positive for COVID-19 after a week in Washington, D.C., that included a hearing with Rep. Louie Gohmert, who also tested positive in recent days.  —  Grijalva, D-Ariz. …
RELATED:   Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva tests positive for coronavirus
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft and Bytedance Put TikTok Talks on Hold After Trump Signals Opposition  —  Talks aren't believed to be dead, but the companies are trying to get clarity on White House's stance  —  Microsoft Corp. MSFT .54% has paused negotiations to buy the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app TikTok …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump has TikTok deal “on his desk”
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Black Lives Matter co-founder says Biden should pick a Black woman as VP
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 …
USA Today:   Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman retires, cites ‘bullying’ by Trump after impeachment testimony
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.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kelly Loeffler takes BLM criticism to host with white supremacist ties  —  U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler granted an interview to a TV pundit associated with white supremacy and Nazism.The interview aired on One America News Network on Thursday and Loeffler promoted it heavily on her Facebook …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
DHS removes official who oversaw intelligence reports on journalists
Discussion: Axios
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
‘Nobody likes me,’ Trump complains, as even his allies fade  —  (CNN)Lamenting his plunging popularity this week, a self-pitying President Donald Trump wondered how it all went wrong.  —  “Nobody likes me,” he said, confounded at how his administration's health experts could be receiving accolades …
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
Evan Semones / Politico:
‘Wrong!’:  Trump slams Fauci over testimony on Covid-19 surge  —  President Donald Trump publicly rebuked Dr. Anthony Fauci on Saturday, forcefully rejecting the nation's top infectious disease expert's testimony on why the U.S. has experienced a renewed surge in coronavirus cases.  —  “Wrong!”
New York Times:
Alienated by Trump, Suburban Voters Sour on G.O.P. in Battle for the House  —  House Republicans are on the defensive in suburban strongholds as voters reject President Trump's handling of the coronavirus and calls for racial justice.  —  BALLWIN, Mo. — For Heather Vaughn …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Barr may try to spin his ‘investigation’ before the election.  Don't believe him.  —  The attorney general has previously mischaracterized a government report ahead of time  —  One of William P. Barr's weaknesses is a godsend for the rule of law: The attorney general is not completely effective at lying.
Barr Makes It Official—He's Trump's New “Fixer”
Discussion: Raw Story
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Biden calls on Congress to pass emergency housing package  —  Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Saturday urged Congress to pass an emergency housing package after boosted federal unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions both expired.  —  The former vice president …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Congressional Democrats, White House set for talks on coronavirus bill
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Top Running-Mate Contenders Emerge as He Enters Key Week  —  Candidates and allies have been making final pitches; an announcement is likely to come week of Aug. 10.  —  Joe Biden is entering his most crucial week since becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee …
Discussion: The Hill
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
The Lincoln Project's plan for preserving the union: Drive Trump out of office by driving him nuts  —  Your house is on fire.  Do you care who the firemen are?  —  That is a central question of the 2020 election.  Donald Trump has managed to do one thing no other president has done …
Discussion: The Guardian and Mediaite
Jacob Stolworthy / The Independent:
You've Been Trumped Too: Documentary that Trump 'doesn't want you to see' to be released worldwide  —  Trump has tried to block the film from being seen for the past four years  —  A damning documentary about Donald Trump that the US president “doesn't want you to see” is getting released worldwide.
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Protesters burn Bible, American flag as tensions rise in Portland  —  Protesters burned an American flag and a Bible in Portland, Oregon, sparking outrage just as weeks of violent demonstrations seemed to be coming to a close.  —  For more than 60 days, Black Lives Matters demonstrators …
Discussion: KOIN-TV
Washington Post:
Coronavirus threat rises across U.S.: ‘We just have to assume the monster is everywhere’  —  The coronavirus is spreading at dangerous levels across much of the United States, and public health experts are demanding a dramatic reset in the national response, one that recognizes that the crisis …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Body Bags and Enemy Lists: How Far-Right Police Officers and Ex-Soldiers Planned for ‘Day X’  —  Germany has woken up to a problem of far-right extremism in its elite special forces.  But the threat of neo-Nazi infiltration of state institutions is much broader.
Associated Press:
Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump's most significant and boldest actions.
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Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
Reporters won't see Trump nomination
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump's campaign in crisis as aides attempt August reset before time runs out
Discussion: New York Times
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Democrats demand answers from U.S. ambassador after reports he asked Brazil for favor to help Trump in 2020
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
Steve Kerr says he regrets past China comments, should have backed Daryl Morey
Discussion: TheBlaze
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Trump taps Kodak (yes, that Kodak) to bring stability to the drug market
John Walcott / TIME:
How Maine's Lobster Industry Got Trapped in Trump's Trade Wars
Jason Beaubien / NPR:
What 6 Of The 7 Countries With The Most COVID-19 Cases Have In Common
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
St. Damien ministered to Native Hawaiians in a leper colony. Now, AOC calls him a ‘colonizer’
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Trump Is the One Who Wants to Burn It All Down
Discussion: Raw Story
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Susan Collins' ads seem to feature ordinary people — but don't reveal their ties to Maine GOP
Radio Farda / Radio Free Europe:
Iranians Invent Hashtags To Mock State TV For Calling Obama ‘Seemingly Black’
Farnaz Fassihi / New York Times:
Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won't Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
On a call with SEC leaders, worried football players pushed back: 'It's not good enough'
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Tammy Duckworth Is Nothing and Everything Like Joe Biden
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
Isabel Wilkerson's ‘Caste’ Is an ‘Instant American Classic’ About Our Abiding Sin