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David Siders / Politico:
Trump campaign nears point of no return  —  Time is running out on Donald Trump.  —  While there are still 92 days until Election Day, the president has as little as half as much time to begin closing the gap with Joe Biden, according to interviews with nearly two dozen Republican and Democratic Party officials and strategists.
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
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Detroit Free Press:
Here's how Michigan ensures your absentee ballot is secure  —  Millions of residents requested absentee ballots ahead of Tuesday's primary election, and millions more are expected to do the same in November as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.  —  But President Donald Trump …
Washington Post:
As Trump leans into attacks on mail voting, GOP officials confront signs of Republican turnout crisis
Discussion: Popular Information
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump threatens lawsuit to block mail-in voting in Nevada
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
detroitnews:
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
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Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:   Pol Who Opposed Michigan Gov. Whitmer's Lockdown Has Coronavirus
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 …
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
CBS News:
Biden increases Texas staff and resources in bid to win Lone Star state  —  Everything's bigger in Texas — including, as of Monday, Joe Biden's campaign staff.  —  On Monday the Biden campaign announced a slate of staff hires aimed at flipping the historically conservative Lone Star state …
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 …
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Washington Post:   Congress flails as coronavirus ravages the nation and the economy stalls
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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Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to clinch TikTok deal
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans prep for leadership battle if Trump goes down  —  The maneuvering for power in a possible post-Trump world has already broken out among House Republicans — a worrisome preview for the GOP of potentially chaotic leadership fights this fall.  —  The party's long-simmering divides …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
These Conservatives Have a Laser Focus: ‘Owning the Libs’  —  On The Federalist and in Fox News appearances, some of President Trump's supporters don't really defend him.  They attack the critics.  —  When President Trump ran for office four years ago, a conservative writer …
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 …
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
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
How the Pandemic Defeated America  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Image above: A masked worker cleans a New York City subway entrance.  —  How did it come to this?
Liz Peek / Fox News:
Biden's VP choice - this is why he's dithering  —  The contenders on Biden's short list all have impressive bios - and serious shortcomings  —  Joe Biden is dithering.  He was supposed to tap his running mate the first week of August, but has now postponed the announcement to Aug. 10.
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Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
Kansas Should Go F— Itself  —  Author Thomas Frank predicted the modern culture war, and he was right about Donald Trump, but don't expect political leaders to pay attention to his new book about populism  —  The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism
Houston Chronicle:
Thousands of Texans are getting rapid-result COVID tests.  The state isn't counting them.  —  The government's official data on the coronavirus outbreak is startling: More than 4.6 million cases in the U.S. More than 440,000 in Texas.  More than 70,000 in Harris County.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
‘This Push to Open Schools Is Guaranteed to Fail’
Discussion: Washington Post
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
One-Third of New York's Small Businesses May Be Gone Forever  —  Small-business owners said they have exhausted federal and local assistance and see no end in sight after months of sharp revenue drops.  Now, many are closing their shops and restaurants for good.
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Homicide Spike Hits Most Large U.S. Cities  —  Journal analysis shows double-digit increases in 36 of 50 biggest cities amid pandemic, though other types of violent crime fell  —  A sharp rise in homicides this year is hitting large U.S. cities across the country, signaling …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Elizabeth Drew / New York Times:
Let's Scrap the Presidential Debates  —  They've become unrevealing quip contests.  —  Ms. Drew is a journalist based in Washington.  —  Nervous managers of the scheduled 2020 presidential debates are shuffling the logistics and locations to deal with the threat of the coronavirus.
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
2020 Electoral Map Ratings: Trump Slides, Biden Advantage Expands Over 270 Votes  —  Loading...  It's hard to believe that the hole President Trump dug for himself could get deeper, but it has.  —  A record and widening majority of Americans disapprove of the job he's doing when it comes …
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:   Poll: Trump Takes Lead over Biden
 
 
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Matthew Phelan / New Republic:
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
Kansas, of all places, is shaping up to be an important 2020 battleground
Discussion: The Atlantic and Roll Call
Kyle Daly / Axios:
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MSNBC:
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Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Althouse
Alicia A. Caldwell / Wall Street Journal:
With No Federal Agents on Streets, Portland Protests Turn Largely Peaceful
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Kayleigh McEnany Heckles the Press. Is That All?
New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Opens Review Into Personal Banker to Trump and Kushner
Discussion: Financial Times and The Hill