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1:20 PM ET, August 3, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Popular Information
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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: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Detroit Free Press:   Here's how Michigan ensures your absentee ballot is secure
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
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 …
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?
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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 and Althouse
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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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:   Revolutionary Communist Party leader backs Biden
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
White House mandates randomized coronavirus testing for staff
Discussion: Axios, CNBC and Politico
NBC News:
Three months out, the presidential election is still being overshadowed
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to clinch TikTok deal  —  NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
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Justin Wise / The Hill:
Trump putting TikTok ban on hold for 45 days: report
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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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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House committee subpoenas 4 top Pompeo aides  —  The subpoenas accuse the aides of resisting interviews in an investigation of President Donald Trump's firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.  —  Rep. Eliot Engel.  Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Discussion: Townhall and Reuters
Daniel McGraw / The Bulwark:
‘The Craziness Is Exhausting People’  —  How Trump could lose the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.  —  With just over 90 days left until the election, it's worth taking a close look at the political trends in one of the regions most important to the outcome of the 2016 election and potentially …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, Ballotpedia, Althouse and Twitchy
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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
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: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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 …
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.
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver Unloads on ‘Idiot’ Trump for Endorsing ‘Demon Sperm’ Doctor  —  The “Last Week Tonight” host was beside himself that the president of the United States has repeatedly defended a wacky doctor who believes ailments are caused by demon sperm.  —  On Sunday night, John Oliver took …
Discussion: Contemptor
 
 
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Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Journalist tests positive for coronavirus after covering President Trump's visit to Tampa Bay
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Pressed on possible foreign sources, Republicans remain mum
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Democrats warn GOP: Don't fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 or we'll retaliate
Discussion: Associated Press and Althouse
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump promised a health-care plan in two weeks. It's been two weeks.
Discussion: Politico and The Mahablog
ABC News:
Tropical Storm Isaias expected to strengthen to hurricane, heads to Carolinas
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
North Dakota GOP's Platform Is So Anti-LGBTQ Nobody Will Say Who Wrote It
Matthew Phelan / New Republic:
Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Kansas, of all places, is shaping up to be an important 2020 battleground
Discussion: The Atlantic and Roll Call
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Trump's New Adviser Steve Cortes Thinks He Hasn't Been ‘Fascist’ Enough
Discussion: Raw Story
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans prep for leadership battle if Trump goes down
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
Kansas Should Go F— Itself
Discussion: Instapundit
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi's Hard Line
Wall Street Journal:
Want Schools to Open? Get Serious About Outbreaks
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Another fake Pelosi video goes viral on Facebook
Discussion: The Daily Caller