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12:50 PM ET, August 2, 2020

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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
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 …
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Associated Press:
Clock is ticking on Trump comeback as early voting nears
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard Wolffe / The Guardian:
Could this anti-Trump Republican group take down the president?
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Reuters:
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.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and The Daily Caller
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Nation's testing czar: It's “time to move on” from talk about hydroxychloroquine
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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
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
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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.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Political Wire
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.
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.
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.
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Courier-Journal:   Cuban community plans rally at NuLu restaurant in response to Black Lives Matter demands
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
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
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: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jason Owens / Yahoo Sports:
Thunder players all kneel during anthem after threat from Oklahoma lawmaker  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  Oklahoma City Thunder players did not heed a lawmaker's threat about kneeling during the national anthem.  —  All the Thunder players knelt on Saturday alongside
Discussion: INSIDER and KRON4
 
 
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Why Is the Right So Obsessed With Hydroxychloroquine?
New York Times:
Biden Faces Pressure From Left Over Influence Industry Ties
CNBC:
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 banned...it'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
New York Times:
Voting by Mail Is Crucial for Democracy
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
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
CNN:
I'm ready to call our sister in the movement for justice Madam Vice President Kamala Harris
Discussion: The Hill
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
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Kate Bennett / CNN:
Private school attended by Barron Trump prohibited from in-person learning until October as President pushes openings
Washington Post:
Trump's campaign in crisis as aides attempt August reset before time runs out
Discussion: Raw Story