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4:20 PM ET, August 3, 2020

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New York Times:
D.A. Is Investigating Trump and His Company Over Fraud, Filing Suggests  —  The office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., made the disclosure in a new court filing arguing Mr. Trump should turn over his tax returns.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office suggested on Monday …
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Tom Winter / NBC News:
Trump Org under investigation for ‘insurance and bank fraud,’ filing suggests  —  Attorneys for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance argued Monday that President Donald Trump should be forced to comply with a subpoena for his tax documents - and suggested that his company was under investigation for alleged insurance and bank fraud.
Discussion: Politico
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Prosecutor seeking Trump's taxes cites probe of his business
Discussion: The US Sun
Washington Post:
As Trump leans into attacks on mail voting, GOP officials confront signs of Republican turnout crisis  —  President Trump's unfounded attacks on mail balloting are discouraging his own supporters from embracing the practice, according to polls and Republican leaders across the country …
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Why the Botched N.Y.C. Primary Has Become the November Nightmare  —  Nearly six weeks later, two congressional races remain undecided, and officials are trading blame over the mishandling of tens of thousands of mail-in ballots.  —  Election officials in New York City widely distributed mail …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump threatens lawsuit to block mail-in voting in Nevada  —  President Donald Trump threatened legal action Monday after Nevada's Legislature passed a bill to mail ballots to all active voters, suggesting the measure would make it impossible for Republicans to win there in November's general election.
David Siders / Politico:
Trump campaign nears point of no return
Discussion: Raw Story
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Watchdog Calls For Probe Amid Fears Of ‘Voter Suppression Tactics’ Through Postal Service
Discussion: New York Times and IJR
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Trump goes postal
Discussion: Mother Jones
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?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
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Reuters:
White House, Congress resume talks on COVID-19 bill
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
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: Althouse
Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says U.S. Should Get Slice of TikTok Sale Price  —  President says he told Microsoft's Nadella that U.S. should get a cut 'because we're making it possible for this deal to happen'  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump confirmed Monday he is open to a deal in which Microsoft Corp. MSFT 5.62% …
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to clinch TikTok deal
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.
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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
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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 …
The Boston Globe:
Amid rise in COVID-19 cases, experts urge rollback of reopening in Mass.  —  A Northeastern University epidemiologist is advocating for a return to Phase 2 of the state's plan.  —  Daily counts of new COVID-19 cases continued to tick upward in Massachusetts over the weekend …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How white supremacy infected Christianity and the Republican Party  —  Robert P. Jones, chief executive and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), is fast becoming the leading expert in the values, votes and mind-set of White Christians.  His work has explained how loss …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Why Stuart Stevens Wants to Defeat Donald Trump  —  Many Republicans have joined the Never Trump camp, but few have previously been more important to the Party than Stuart Stevens.  After working on George W. Bush's two Presidential campaigns and serving as a consultant for several major …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
USAID appointee unloads as rocky tenure ends  —  Merritt Corrigan, the deputy White House liaison at the U.S. Agency for International Development, is leaving the agency after a short and tumultuous tenure marred by calls for her removal over controversial comments she had made on LGBT rights …
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
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The Blind Oracle of Noonan  —  The wistful, naïve pronouncements of the speechwriter-turned-columnist.  —  Good news!  All of us who are worried about President Trump and the future of the Republican party can pack it up.  Peggy Noonan, our cherished Reaganic oracle …
Discussion: Twitchy
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Chuck Todd Expands to Streaming as MSNBC Overhauls Afternoons (EXCLUSIVE) … If it's good wi-fi, it's “Meet The Press.”  —  Chuck Todd, who has moderated NBC News' Sunday-morning public affairs program since the fall of 2014, and worked a weekday version of the show on MSNBC since 2015, will now expand the series to streaming video.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Pressed on possible foreign sources, Republicans remain mum … At a House Intelligence Committee meeting last week, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) pressed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on whether the Republican had received anti-Biden information from a Kremlin-linked Ukrainian source.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Democrats warn GOP: Don't fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 or we'll retaliate  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are warning Republicans not to fill a possible Supreme Court vacancy this year after denying President Barack Obama the chance in 2016, saying it would embolden a push on the left …
Matthew Phelan / New Republic:
Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election  —  James O'Keefe had big plans for 2020.  The founder of Project Veritas, the conspiratorial right-wing group that specializes in Fox News-friendly “stings” intended to expose supposed liberal bias and corruption in American society …
Nikki Haley:
A Day Of Reckoning Is Coming With The National Debt  —  I'm often asked about America's biggest challenges.  —  On the world stage, communist China tops the list.  Closer to home, the coronavirus pandemic is the most urgent issue.  But there's also a massive fiscal challenge that we face …
Wall Street Journal:
In Kansas, Key Senate GOP Primary Goes Down to Wire  —  More than $17 million spent on ads in contest that could help determine Senate control  —  As Kansas Republicans prepare to vote Tuesday in a bitterly contested primary, some in the GOP are warning that a victory by the state's former …
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Don't blame “Congress” for GOP ending $600 unemployment benefit  —  Stop the Both Sides nonsense … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  Purposefully allowing emergency, $600-a-week unemployment payments to expire on July 31, Trump and Republicans are creating chaos and looming poverty for tens …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Trump's corruption may doom any attempt at an ‘October surprise’  —  When the full story of Donald Trump's presidency is written, one Machiavellian lesson to be drawn will surely run as follows: If you spend much of your tenure openly subverting the nation's interests to your own …
 
 
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Des Moines Register:
Theresa Greenfield's campaign gets $132,000 fundraising boost after dog, Ringo, goes viral
Discussion: The Hill
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
New Jersey Gov. Murphy requires face coverings for students ‘at all times’ inside school buildings
Discussion: Politico
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Jerry Falwell Jr. Posted — Then Deleted — a Bizarre ‘Vacation Photo’ From Instagram
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Trump takes disciplinary action against Tennessee Valley Authority over outsourcing
Discussion: National Review
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
North Carolina Bear Spotted With ‘Trump 2020’ Sticker on Collar - Reward Offered to Find Culprit (Seriously)
Discussion: Instapundit and WLOS-TV
Simon D. Schuster / mcfn.org:
Campaign To Recall Whitmer Is In Flames Amid Allegations Of Embezzlement
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump makes another end run around GOP-controlled Senate by stretching delegation authority
 Earlier Items: 
Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Journalist tests positive for coronavirus after covering President Trump's visit to Tampa Bay
Discussion: The Wrap and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House committee subpoenas 4 top Pompeo aides
Discussion: Associated Press, Townhall and Reuters
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver Unloads on ‘Idiot’ Trump for Endorsing ‘Demon Sperm’ Doctor
Discussion: Contemptor
Daniel McGraw / The Bulwark:
‘The Craziness Is Exhausting People’
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
North Dakota GOP's Platform Is So Anti-LGBTQ Nobody Will Say Who Wrote It
Liz Peek / Fox News:
Biden's VP choice - this is why he's dithering
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
One-Third of New York's Small Businesses May Be Gone Forever
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans prep for leadership battle if Trump goes down
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story