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7:25 AM ET, August 5, 2020

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Politico:
Republicans dodge Kansas nightmare as Marshall defeats Kobach  —  Rep. Roger Marshall won the GOP primary for an open Senate seat in Kansas on Tuesday, turning aside the controversial Kris Kobach — to the relief of Republicans concerned that Kobach could put not just the state but the party's Senate majority at risk this fall.
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
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New York Times:
Kris Kobach Loses Kansas Senate Primary, Easing Republican Worries
Discussion: Washington Post
Elena Moore / NPR:
Conservative Kris Kobach Loses Kansas GOP Senate Primary
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Power Line
Ginger Gibson / NBC News:
McConnell says he will likely rely on Democratic votes for coronavirus aid package
Discussion: MSNBC, Breitbart and New York Times
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:   Roger Marshall Defeats Kris Kobach in Kansas GOP Senate Primary
CNN:
US defense officials contradict Trump: No indication yet of attack in Beirut  —  (CNN)Three US Defense Department officials told CNN that as of Tuesday night there was no indication that the massive explosions that rocked Beirut on Tuesday were an “attack,” contradicting an earlier claim from President Donald Trump.
Politico:
White House eyes executive orders to upend virus negotiations  —  The White House is considering a trio of executive orders aimed at shaking up coronavirus relief negotiations with Democrats, a sign of frustration within the Trump administration at the sluggish pace of the talks …
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Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
McSally, Kelly secure party nods in Arizona Senate race
Discussion: Reuters
Politico:
Endangered Republicans to McConnell: Don't leave town
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
No Relief Bill, No Vacation
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Republicans Aid Kanye West's Bid to Get on the 2020 Ballot  —  At least three people involved in the effort to get Kanye West's name before voters in several states have G.O.P. connections, renewing questions about the aim of his campaign.  —  At least three people who have been active …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and The US Sun
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jsonline:
Bice: Wisconsin Republicans help Kanye West in his attempt to get on state presidential ballot  —  Who knew Wisconsin Republicans were such big fans of Kanye West?  —  The rapper's campaign turned in a number of signatures on Tuesday in a bid to get on the November presidential ballot in Wisconsin.
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
A Well-Connected GOP Strategist Is Helping Kanye West Get on the Ballot in Wisconsin
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Progressive challenger Cori Bush beats Rep. Lacy Clay in primary  —  Liberal challenger Cori Bush defeated Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) in a primary for his St. Louis-based House seat on Tuesday — a huge win for the left and a seismic loss for the Congressional Black Caucus, which has tried to snuff out challenges from younger candidates.
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Cori Bush Defeats William Lacy Clay in a Show of Progressive Might  —  The upset of the veteran congressman from St. Louis sent tremors though the Democratic establishment in Missouri and Washington, D.C.  —  ST. LOUIS — Cori Bush, a progressive activist and a leader of the swelling protest movement …
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Axios
Jim DeFede / CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Gov. Ron DeSantis Acknowledges State's Unemployment System Was Built With ‘Pointless Roadblocks’ To Pay Out ‘Least Number Of Claims’  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Gov. Ron DeSantis is acknowledging or the first time that the state unemployment system was deliberately designed to frustrate people …
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
I Was Bloodied and Dazed.  Beirut Strangers Treated Me Like a Friend.  —  In a land conditioned by calamity, people knew what to do, including helping wounded people they didn't know.  —  BEIRUT — I was just about to look at a video a friend had sent me on Tuesday afternoon …
Discussion: Breitbart
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Poll: Majority support voting by mail, bucking Trump  —  Most voters approve of voting by mail ahead of a presidential election plagued by coronavirus concerns, and an overwhelming majority agree the contest should proceed as scheduled on Nov. 3, according to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Discussion: Reuters
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NBC News:
Biden campaign makes $280 million in ad reservations for fall stretch  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden's presidential campaign is leveraging its growing war chest to go big on the airwaves and online this fall, announcing that it has reserved $280 million for advertising nationally and across more than a dozen battleground states.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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Associated Press:
Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands  —  BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.  More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN, Politico, Mediaite, KRON4 and OutKick
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Washington Post:   Nearly 50 people killed and more than 2,750 injured in Beirut explosions, health minister says
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
US coronavirus mortality rate not lowest in world, despite Trump claim: FACT CHECK  —  The president has made false statements about the virus's mortality rate.  —  President Donald Trump and his White House have repeatedly claimed this week, falsely, that the United States has the lowest novel coronavirus mortality rate in the world.
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Washington Post:
Republicans consider South Lawn of the White House for Donald Trump's convention speech  —  Republican National Convention planners are considering the White House South Lawn as the site of President Trump's nationally televised nomination acceptance speech later this month, according to a Republican familiar with the discussions.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The 9 Wildest Answers in Trump's Interview With Jonathan Swan  —  President Trump's campaign spent the past several weeks trying to center the presidential campaign on cogency.  His message has combined spreading baseless claims that Joe Biden is trying to get out of debating him and offering …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How to interview a serial liar and narcissist who is unfit to be president
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
Monica Torres / HuffPost:
Instead Of Saying ‘Hey, Guys!’  At Work, Try These Gender-Neutral Alternatives … “Hey, guys!”  It's the greeting that launched a thousand meetings and Zoom calls.  —  Etymologists trace the term “guys” to the historical figure Guy Fawkes.  It's evolved from the name of one man who attempted …
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia, With China's Help, Expands Its Nuclear Program  —  Kingdom harbors hopes for a civilian nuclear power program, but U.S. critics worry about its ambitions for nuclear weapons  —  WASHINGTON—Saudi Arabia has constructed with Chinese help a facility for extracting uranium yellowcake …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Karen Bass eulogized Communist Party USA leader  —  When Rep. Karen Bass' “friend and mentor” died three years ago, she eulogized the community organizer's passing in remarks she inserted into the Congressional Record.  —  The California Democrat described Oneil Marion Cannon as a one-man force …
CNN:
German ambassador pick disparaged immigrants and refugees, called for martial law at US-Mexico border  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's nominee to become the US ambassador to Germany has a history of making xenophobic and racist comments about immigrants and refugees in both Germany and the US.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Coloradoan Online:
CSU athletes, staff say athletic administration covering up COVID-19 health threat  —  CSU football players and university athletic department staff say coaches have told players not to report COVID-19 symptoms, threatened players with reduced playing time if they quarantine and claim CSU …
Michael Gryboski / The Christian Post:
Biden campaign faith director talks Christian beliefs, outreach to evangelicals and systemic racism  —  The newly appointed head of faith outreach for former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign is working on getting evangelicals to support the Democratic nominee.
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
‘Never Trump’ Republicans team with progressives to convert the president's religious base
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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