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6:45 AM ET, August 3, 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.
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Trump skirts Senate to install nominee under fire for Islamaphobic tweets in Pentagon post
Discussion: Reuters
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Pol Who Opposed Michigan Gov. Whitmer's Lockdown Has Coronavirus  —  ISOLATED  —  A state lawmaker who opposed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's extended lockdown has been diagnosed with COVID-19, leaving numerous legislators potentially exposed to the virus.
Republican Michigan senator critical of Gretchen Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19  —  Lansing — A Michigan senator who has been a vocal critic of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's handling of COVID-19 says he tested positive for the virus after going through a screening process because of his service in the Army National Guard.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Aims for a Deal to Buy TikTok's U.S. Business
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Another fake Pelosi video goes viral on Facebook  —  New York (CNN)Facebook's fact-checkers on Sunday labeled as “partly false” a video that it said was manipulated to make it appear as if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was drunk or drugged.  The video had been circulating on Facebook since Thursday …
Arlinda Smith Broady / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
COVID cases, exposure have 260 Gwinnett school employees not working  —  The largest school district in the state reported Sunday that 260 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus or are in quarantine because of possible exposure as they prepare for the new school year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump administration examining options for unilateral action if no coronavirus deal is reached with Congress  —  Negotiations continue on Capitol Hill, but the parties are far apart  —  The Trump administration is looking at options for unilateral actions it can take to try to address …
Wall Street Journal:   How Trump Can Deliver Tax Relief Without Congress
Joseph Marks / Washington Post:
White House steps back from Trump suggestion about delaying the election
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Scientists Worry About Political Influence Over Coronavirus Vaccine Project  —  Operation Warp Speed has moved along at a rapid clip.  But some people involved in the approval process fear pressure to deliver an October surprise for President Trump.  —  In April, with hospitals overwhelmed …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Harry Enten / CNN:   Biden is eating into Trump's Rust Belt base
CBS News:
Biden has edge in North Carolina and race is tight in Georgia - CBS News Battleground Tracker poll
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and Politico
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
Sam Metz / KRNV:
Nevada passes bill to mail all voters ballots amid pandemic  —  State lawmakers passed a bill Sunday that would add Nevada to a growing list of states that will mail all active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The bill now heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
A coronavirus vaccine won't change the world right away  —  Soaring hopes for a shot may spark resistance to simple strategies that can tamp down transmission  —  In the public imagination, the arrival of a coronavirus vaccine looms large: It's the neat Hollywood ending to the grim …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Want Schools to Open?  Get Serious About Outbreaks  —  The spring decision to open inessential businesses came at the expense of fall classrooms.  —  You can go to a tattoo parlor in Georgia, but in much of the state you can't send your children to school at the start of the fall semester.
Angelina Chapin / The Cut:
The Newsroom Where Politics Is Not About Men  —  When Errin Haines first heard about Breonna Taylor's death in mid-May, she knew the story deserved more attention.  At the time, there was only local media coverage on how Louisville policemen had broken into Taylor's home while she lay in bed, fired more than 20 bullets, and killed her.
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 …
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 …
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi's Hard Line  —  Chinese academics have been honing the Communist Party's authoritarian response in Hong Kong, rejecting the liberal ideas of their youth.  —  HONG KONG — When Tian Feilong first arrived in Hong Kong as demands for free elections …
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.
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Redstate and The Root
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.
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Ginsburg waited 4 months to say her cancer had returned
Discussion: NBC News and Althouse
Max Beaumont:
Dear President Trump: An Open Letter From The TikTok Creator Community
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
With their visas in limbo, journalists at Voice of America worry that they'll be thrown out of America
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
School leaders and parents outraged over Montgomery County's closure of nonpublic schools
Discussion: Twitchy
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
REVEALED: Trump wasted half a billion on 10,000 ventilators that won't arrive until September 2022
Washington Post:
Portland protests calmer after federal agents stand down, but distrust of local police remains
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Biden's pick for a vice president matters to Trump's re-election
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Kayleigh McEnany Heckles the Press. Is That All?
Chabeli Carrazana / The 19th:
America's first female recession
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 Evolution on Race Brought Her Here
Discussion: Twitchy
Debra J. Saunders / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Trump meets with John Yoo at White House
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Nation's testing czar: It's “time to move on” from talk about hydroxychloroquine
Discussion: Twitchy and Politico
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Is the Subway Risky? It May Be Safer Than You Think
Discussion: Gothamist