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9:35 AM ET, August 2, 2020

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Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
GOP: Renomination of Trump to be held in private  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, citing the coronavirus.
Discussion: Axios
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CNN:
GOP convention in Charlotte closed to press, portions will be livestreamed  —  (CNN)The dramatically scaled-down Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be closed to the press, a convention spokesperson and Republican official familiar with the plans tell CNN.
Discussion: Raw Story
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
Reporters won't see Trump nomination  —  WASHINGTON — When Republicans renominate Donald Trump for president in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 24, journalists won't be on hand to witness it, a convention spokesperson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this week.  —  Reporters also will be kept …
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
Ten bucks left, no place to go: How the pandemic and a broken unemployment system are upending people's lives  —  He had five days to move out of the house in Brightwood Park, and now Daniel Vought stood looking at the plastic crates stacked in the living room holding his things.  T-shirts.
Wilford Brimley Dead / TMZ.com:
Wilford Brimley, Face of Quaker Oats & Diabetes Campaigns, Dead at 85  —  Wilford Brimley — an iconic actor who was the face of Quaker Oats for years, as well as a spokesperson for diabetes education — has died ... a rep tells TMZ.  —  We're told Brimley passed away Saturday morning at his home in Utah.
Jon Brown / The Daily Wire:
DC Mayor Exempts John Lewis Funeral Attendees From City's Quarantine Restrictions  —  Lawmakers who attended the funeral of late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in Atlanta earlier this week are exempt from Washington, D.C.'s, self-quarantine restrictions, according to District Mayor Muriel Bowser's office.
New York Times:
After Plummeting, the Virus Soars Back in the Midwest  —  States like Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin are riding a frustrating seesaw during the pandemic, with new coronavirus cases rising again after apparent progress.  —  CHICAGO — First, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
'Hating Joe Biden doesn't juice up their base': Key swing state slips away from Trump  —  PHILADELPHIA — Senior citizens and suburban voters are sinking President Donald Trump's campaign across the country.  —  But here in Pennsylvania — home to one of the largest populations of residents age 65 …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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Associated Press:   Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Biden calls on Congress to pass emergency housing package
Discussion: Reuters
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Trump's Germany troops pullout may be his last gift to Putin before the election  —  Biden adviser: Trump is trying to take digs at Merkel  —  London (CNN)Since he came to office, US President Donald Trump has obsessively picked at the ties that bind America to its allies.
CNN:
I'm ready to call our sister in the movement for justice Madam Vice President Kamala Harris  —  What Joe Biden says he's looking for in his VP pick  —  Ben Crump is a civil rights attorney and founder of the national law firm Ben Crump Law, based in Tallahassee, Florida.
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Keller / Law & Crime:
Ghislaine Maxwell Bashes the Miami Herald as Appeals Court Delays Upcoming Document Dump  —  Ghislaine Maxwell, who faces federal criminal charges of enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy, and perjury …
Courier-Journal:
Cuban community plans rally at NuLu restaurant in response to Black Lives Matter demands  —  Members of Louisville's Cuban community plan to gather Sunday in support of a NuLu restaurant owner who says he was threatened by Black Lives Matter protesters during a recent demonstration.
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Cuccinelli relaxed oversight of DHS intel office  —  Before the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence arm put together intelligence reports about journalists, its leaders advocated for less internal oversight of the office.  —  Several months ago, the leadership of the Office …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Private school attended by Barron Trump prohibited from in-person learning until October as President pushes openings  —  (CNN)As President Donald Trump continues to demand a return to in-person classes for schools around the country despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: WTOP
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12news.com:
Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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!”
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
As They Turn To Burning Bibles, Portland Rioters Show Their True Colors  —  While rioters previously attacked federal buildings, businesses, and even officers, this weekend, they found a new target: Bibles.  —  A video posted to Twitter on Saturday shows rioters holding Black Lives Matter signs tossing Bibles into a fire.
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Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Protesters burn Bible, American flag as tensions rise in Portland
Discussion: The Daily Caller and KOIN-TV
Washington Post:
Trump's campaign in crisis as aides attempt August reset before time runs out  —  Signs that President Trump's reelection bid is in crisis grew steadily this past week, one of the most tumultuous moments of a presidency increasingly operating with an air of desperation as it tries to avoid political disaster in November.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Daniel Goldman / Washington Post:
Barr would fire Barr if he were any other Justice Department lawyer  —  The attorney general avoids one thing central to all prosecution: Evidence.  He favors ‘common sense’ and what ‘I think’ to support the president's unfounded assertions.  —  When Attorney General William P. Barr testified …
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Washington Post:   Barr may try to spin his ‘investigation’ before the election. Don't believe him.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump has TikTok deal “on his desk”  —  President Trump “has a deal on his desk,” whereby Microsoft would lead an acquisition of 100% of the U.S. operations of TikTok, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.  —  Why it matters: Trump Friday night said he plans to ban TikTok …
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Black Lives Matter co-founder says Biden should pick a Black woman as VP
 
 
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
How the Trump campaign came to court QAnon, the online conspiracy movement identified by the FBI as a violent threat
Discussion: The Guardian
USA Today:
Trump meets with Florida sheriffs who had attended conference with COVID-positive colleague
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
The voice of the late Rep. John Lewis echoes in the Capitol during ceremony
Geir Moulson / Associated Press:
Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions
Discussion: DW.COM, Power Line and Axios
Jason Owens / Yahoo Sports:
Thunder players all kneel during anthem after threat from Oklahoma lawmaker
Discussion: INSIDER and KRON4
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
Court rejection of Boston bomber's death sentence seems based on hostility to death penalty
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
In Trumpworld, the Grown-Ups in the Room All Left, and Got Book Deals
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kanye West Is Still Trying to Get on the Ballot
 Earlier Items: 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kelly Loeffler takes BLM criticism to host with white supremacist ties
Discussion: Raw Story
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Democrats demand answers from U.S. ambassador after reports he asked Brazil for favor to help Trump in 2020
Washington Post:
Coronavirus threat rises across U.S.: ‘We just have to assume the monster is everywhere’
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
The Lincoln Project's plan for preserving the union: Drive Trump out of office by driving him nuts
Discussion: The Guardian and Mediaite
New York Times:
Alienated by Trump, Suburban Voters Sour on G.O.P. in Battle for the House
Discussion: Raw Story
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Body Bags and Enemy Lists: How Far-Right Police Officers and Ex-Soldiers Planned for ‘Day X’
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
The case for Trump will come down to his record. It's a strong one.