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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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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 …
CNN:
GOP convention in Charlotte closed to press, portions will be livestreamed
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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
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.
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.
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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. …
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12news.com:   Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva tests positive for coronavirus
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona tests positive for coronavirus
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
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.
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.
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.
Politico:
Barr Makes It Official—He's Trump's New “Fixer”
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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!”
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.
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 …
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USA Today:   Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman retires, cites ‘bullying’ by Trump after impeachment testimony
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Jason Owens / Yahoo Sports:
Thunder players all kneel during anthem after threat from Oklahoma lawmaker
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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
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Biden calls on Congress to pass emergency housing package
Discussion: Reuters
Associated Press:
Biden eyes major foreign policy shifts if he wins
CNN:
Trump campaign fighting to make it harder for Democrats to vote by mail
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Democrats demand answers from U.S. ambassador after reports he asked Brazil for favor to help Trump in 2020
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Washington Post:
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Top Running-Mate Contenders Emerge as He Enters Key Week
Discussion: The Hill
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
‘Nobody likes me,’ Trump complains, as even his allies fade
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
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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