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8:55 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 …
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.
Exclusive: Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to clinch TikTok deal
Discussion: The Hill, CNBC and New York Post
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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
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: Raw Story
David Maddox / Daily Express:
Donald Trump in US election polls surge as voters trust him to revive COVID-19 hit economy
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
Biden VP short-listers jockey as search enters final round in secrecy  —  The competition to be named Joe Biden's running mate has entered the final stretch with huge unknowns about how it will unfold — among even some of the candidates themselves.  —  At least some of the contenders …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Biden's pick for a vice president matters to Trump's re-election
Discussion: 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: Mediaite, Raw Story and CANNONFIRE
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 …
Discussion: KOIN-TV
Wall Street Journal:   How Trump Can Deliver Tax Relief Without Congress
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.
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
‘This Push to Open Schools Is Guaranteed to Fail’
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
Kyle Smith / National Review:
The Policing Crisis in New York City  —  The city is sinking into lawlessness, and the mayor blathers on about ‘sensitivity.’  —  n Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan, cops carried out a routine arrest of an 18-year-old New York activist who is suspected of disabling police cameras by spraying paint on them.
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
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 …
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
How the Pandemic Defeated America  —  Image above: A masked worker cleans a New York City subway entrance.  —  How did it come to this?  A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet's most powerful nation.  America has failed to protect its people …
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans prep for leadership battle if Trump goes down
Discussion: Raw Story
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Homicide Spike Hits Most Large U.S. Cities
Ben Lorber / Political Research Associates:
Speechwriter for U.S. Congressman Channels White Nationalism
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Ginsburg waited 4 months to say her cancer had returned
Discussion: Althouse
Max Beaumont:
Dear President Trump: An Open Letter From The TikTok Creator Community
Discussion: New York Times and Contemptor
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
With their visas in limbo, journalists at Voice of America worry that they'll be thrown out of America
Angelina Chapin / The Cut:
The Newsroom Where Politics Is Not About Men
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
School leaders and parents outraged over Montgomery County's closure of nonpublic schools
Discussion: Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Alicia A. Caldwell / Wall Street Journal:
With No Federal Agents on Streets, Portland Protests Turn Largely Peaceful
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Rosanna Xia / Los Angeles Times:
Manhattan Beach was once home to Black beachgoers, but the city ran them out. Now it faces a reckoning
New York Times:
Kayleigh McEnany Heckles the Press. Is That All?
Chabeli Carrazana / The 19th:
America's first female recession
Debra J. Saunders / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Trump meets with John Yoo at White House
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire