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2:45 PM ET, August 2, 2020


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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 …
Harry Enten / CNN:   Biden is eating into Trump's Rust Belt base
Associated Press:
Clock is ticking on Trump comeback as early voting nears
Discussion: Raw Story
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
'I'm sorry, but it's a fantasy' … This is my choice, but I'm starting to wish that it wasn't.  I don't feel qualified.  I've been a superintendent for 20 years, so I guess I should be used to making decisions, but I keep getting lost in my head.  I'll be in my office looking at a blank computer screen …
CBS News:
Biden has edge in North Carolina and race is tight in Georgia - CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  It's another two states and another two competitive contests, as concern about President Trump's handling of coronavirus continues to take a political toll on him.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Birx warns US is ‘in a new phase’ of coronavirus pandemic with more widespread cases  —  (CNN)Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday said the US is in a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold in the US earlier this year.
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.
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP dread over possible Kobach nomination in Kansas  —  On Thursday, the top operative for Senate Republicans' campaign arm appeared on a private Zoom call organized by GOP operatives to discuss the party's efforts to stave off a Democratic takeover.  —  During the presentation …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog and Raw Story
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  —  Outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, Kayleigh McEnany raised a microphone to a mega-fan and asked what it felt like to be acknowledged by President Trump at his February rally in Sin City.
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Is the Subway Risky?  It May Be Safer Than You Think  —  New studies in Europe and Asia suggest that riding public transportation is not a major source of transmission for the coronavirus.  —  Five months after the coronavirus outbreak engulfed New York City, riders are still staying away …
Discussion: Gothamist
USA Today:
Trump's Republican Party is defined by racism and those who tolerate it: GOP strategist  —  About a year ago, I finished writing a book in which I posited that race was the original sin of the Republican Party and that the rise of President Donald Trump is based more on white grievance than any other factor.
Discussion: Raw Story
Pelosi says she has no confidence in White House coronavirus adviser Birx  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she does not have confidence in White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, linking her to disinformation about the virus spread by President Donald Trump.
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Karen Bass renounces her praise for Fidel Castro  —  Rep. Karen Bass on Sunday walked back 2016 comments praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro, as scrutiny of her views toward the Communist government threatened her potential selection as former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.
Wilford Brimley Dead /
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.
Washington Post:
Trump keeps promising an overhaul of the nation's health-care system that never arrives  —  It was a bold claim when President Trump said that he was about to produce an overhaul of the nation's health-care system, at last doing away with the Affordable Care Act, which he has long promised to abolish.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Why Is the Right So Obsessed With Hydroxychloroquine?  —  The unproven drug touted by Trump and his allies is a miracle remedy for more than just COVID-19. … This week:  —  The Political Point of Hydroxychloroquine  —  The Trump administration's quest for the supposed hydroxychloroquine …
Debra J. Saunders / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Trump meets with John Yoo at White House  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met with UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo at the White House on Thursday, the Review-Journal has learned — the first face-to-face meeting between the president and his new legal guru and author of a piece …
Discussion: Political Wire
The Players' Tribune:
WeAreUnited  —  PHOTO BYJOE MURPHY/GETTY IMAGES; ILLUSTRATION BY REBECCA ESTRELLA/THE PLAYERS' TRIBUNE  —  To ensure future generations of college athletes will be treated fairly, #WeAreUnited.  —  Because NCAA sports exploit college athletes physically, economically and academically …
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: Mother Jones and Axios
Emily Davies / Washington Post:
Two protesters arrested while chalking ‘Black Pre-Born Lives Matter’ on sidewalk  —  Two protesters outside a Planned Parenthood facility were arrested and charged with defacing public or private property early Saturday, according to D.C. police and video footage.
Courier-Journal:   Cuban community plans rally at NuLu restaurant in response to Black Lives Matter demands
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Nation's testing czar: It's “time to move on” from talk about hydroxychloroquine  —  WASHINGTON — Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health who coordinates the administration's coronavirus testing, said Sunday that there is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine is an “effective” …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Journey on Race Is a Preview of Her Party's  —  Going from an all-white sorority member in college to among the most racially progressive white politicians on the national stage, she could help the Biden campaign understand where many voters are today.
Lance Morrow / Wall Street Journal:
Dawn of the Woke  —  Joe McCarthy was a B-movie monster.  Today's cancel culture is more like a zombie apocalypse.  —  I was a Senate page boy for a couple of summers in the early Eisenhower years.  Joe McCarthy was in full cry.  I would ride in the Senate elevator with him sometimes …
Ellie Rushing / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Mail delays are frustrating Philly residents, and a short-staffed Postal Service is struggling to keep up  —  Neighborhoods across the Philadelphia region are experiencing significant delays in receiving their mail, with some residents going upwards of three weeks without packages and letters …
POLITICO Playbook: What you need to know about Covid talks  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  HAPPY SUNDAY MORNING.  Treasury Secretary STEVEN MNUCHIN said on ABC's “THIS WEEK” he and W.H. chief of staff MARK MEADOWS would be on Capitol Hill every day until they find a deal on Covid-19 relief.
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
In Michigan schools, fall restart anxiety reaching a ‘fever pitch’  —  During a Grosse Pointe Public School System board meeting Monday night that lasted nearly five hours, a board member asked whether classrooms will be cleaned between each period to prevent spread of the coronavirus.
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Portland protesters have almost no interaction with state police as thousands gather downtown  —  For the second consecutive evening after federal law enforcement officers retreated from the front lines in this city, protesters had almost no interaction with state police as thousands gathered downtown until early Saturday morning.
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pompeo warns TikTok users' personal info could be going ‘directly to the Chinese Communist Party’
Discussion: Breitbart, Twitchy and Fox Business
New York Times:
Biden Faces Pressure From Left Over Influence Industry Ties
Eastman Kodak's top executive reportedly got Trump deal windfall on an ‘understanding’
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
White House says not optimistic on near-term deal for coronavirus relief bill
Discussion: The Hill
Louisa Lim / The Guardian:
Books pulled from library shelves, songs's the new normal in Hong Kong
Jack Brewster / Forbes:
Twitter Cracked Down On QAnon—But Candidates Touting The Conspiracy Still Thrive There
Discussion: The Guardian
Richard Wolffe / The Guardian:
Could this anti-Trump Republican group take down the president?
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Voting by Mail Is Crucial for Democracy
Discussion: CNN
USA Today:
Trump meets with Florida sheriffs who had attended conference with COVID-positive colleague
Aaron Keller / Law & Crime:
Ghislaine Maxwell Bashes the Miami Herald as Appeals Court Delays Upcoming Document Dump
Jason Owens / Yahoo Sports:
Thunder players all kneel during anthem after threat from Oklahoma lawmaker
Discussion: INSIDER
I'm ready to call our sister in the movement for justice Madam Vice President Kamala Harris
Discussion: The Hill