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9:45 PM ET, August 2, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
How the Media Could Get the Election Story Wrong  —  We may not know the results for days, and maybe weeks.  So it's time to rethink “election night.”  —  Picture this Thanksgiving: Turkey, football (maybe), tenser-than-usual interactions with relatives.  And perhaps a new tradition …
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Controversial Pentagon nominee placed into position after nomination failed  —  (CNN)A controversial Trump administration pick for a top Pentagon post, retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, has been placed into a senior role days after his nomination hearing was canceled amid bipartisan opposition to his nomination.
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
Trump skirts Senate to install nominee under fire for Islamaphobic tweets in Pentagon post
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Discussion: Gothamist and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Opens Review Into Personal Banker to Trump and Kushner  —  The bank will examine a 2013 transaction between the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and a company part-owned by Jared Kushner.  —  Deutsche Bank has opened an internal investigation into the longtime personal banker …
Discussion: Financial Times and The Hill
David Maddox / Daily Express:
Donald Trump in US election polls surge as voters trust him to revive COVID-19 hit economy  —  A BELIEF that Donald Trump can revive the US economy after the coronavirus crisis could see him returned to the White House, a shock new poll has revealed.  —  Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
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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: Vox, The Hill and Politico
Harry Enten / CNN:   Biden is eating into Trump's Rust Belt base
The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to continue discussions on potential TikTok purchase in the United States  —  Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States.
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies  —  Millions of dollars of Paycheck Protection Program loans went to China-backed businesses in critical sectors, a study found.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Biden's pick for a vice president matters to Trump's re-election  —  After pausing their multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to review their strategy, the Trump campaign plans to launch new ads on Monday depicting Joe Biden as a puppet “controlled by the radical left,” according to two senior campaign officials.
Discussion: The Hill
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Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden's delay in choosing a running mate intensifies jockeying between potential picks  —  Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has extended his vice-presidential search by as much as two weeks, intensifying the jockeying and lobbying between allies of the women who hope to join his White House.
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New York Times:
Kayleigh McEnany Heckles the Press.  Is That All?  —  President Trump does not always watch her briefings, and even his allies say she risks being known more for “hitting the press with a two-by-four” than advancing his priorities.  —  WASHINGTON — For the first half of his term …
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: The Hill and Political Wire
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
REVEALED: Trump wasted half a billion on 10,000 ventilators that won't arrive until September 2022  —  A new report from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform found that the Trump Administration repeatedly delayed an Obama-era order from the health-technology company Philips for 10,000 ventilators …
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.
Chabeli Carrazana / The 19th:
America's first female recession  —  It was weighing on her — the prospect of starting a dream job in the middle of a pandemic, alone, her husband away 100 hours of the week helping fight COVID-19 inside a hospital infected by it.  Her two boys were at home, without a teacher, with assignments …
Wall Street Journal:
How Trump Can Deliver Tax Relief Without Congress  —  Suspend collection of the payroll levy using the same authority that extended the filing deadline to July.  —  President Trump needs to reset the debate on the latest coronavirus relief bill.  Senate Republicans have scuttled their best pro-growth idea …
Alicia A. Caldwell / Wall Street Journal:
With No Federal Agents on Streets, Portland Protests Turn Largely Peaceful  —  Marchers say they are turning focus away from anger at Trump administration and back to racial justice  —  PORTLAND, Ore.—A band of Portland moms chanting, “No justice, no peace” led hundreds of marchers …
Discussion: Breitbart
Rosanna Xia / Los Angeles Times:
Manhattan Beach was once home to Black beachgoers, but the city ran them out.  Now it faces a reckoning  —  Anthony Bruce could barely talk about the beach that bears his family's name without feeling a sharp pain, a tug at the heart.  —  More than a century ago, his ancestors had turned …
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.
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Washington Post:
Portland protests calmer after federal agents stand down, but distrust of local police remains  —  The protests against racism and police violence show no sign of stopping.  —  PORTLAND, ORE. — The protests that have stretched on for 66 straight nights in downtown Portland may be reaching a turning point …
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:   Portland protesters have almost no interaction with state police as thousands gather downtown
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.
Discussion: Forbes
Joseph Marks / Washington Post:
White House steps back from Trump suggestion about delaying the election  —  The election will take place Nov. 3 as planned, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says.  —  The White House has no plans to try to delay the Nov. 3 election, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Republican National Committee disputes GOP convention spokesperson's claim that Trump's renomination will be closed to media
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.
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Journey on Race Is a Preview of Her Party's
Discussion: Twitchy
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
In Michigan schools, fall restart anxiety reaching a ‘fever pitch’
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What you need to know about Covid talks
Discussion: Axios
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Nation's testing czar: It's “time to move on” from talk about hydroxychloroquine
Discussion: Twitchy and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Why Is the Right So Obsessed With Hydroxychloroquine?
Ellie Rushing / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Mail delays are frustrating Philly residents, and a short-staffed Postal Service is struggling to keep up
Discussion: Mother Jones
USA Today:
Trump's Republican Party is defined by racism and those who tolerate it: GOP strategist
Discussion: Raw Story
Louisa Lim / The Guardian:
Books pulled from library shelves, songs banned...it's the new normal in Hong Kong
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP dread over possible Kobach nomination in Kansas
Discussion: Raw Story and ImmigrationProf Blog
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Is the Subway Risky? It May Be Safer Than You Think
Discussion: Gothamist
Washington Post:
Trump keeps promising an overhaul of the nation's health-care system that never arrives
Discussion: The Mahablog
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Trump's Germany troops pullout may be his last gift to Putin before the election
Discussion: Raw Story