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David Nather / Axios:
Watch the full “Axios on HBO” interview with President Trump  —  In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan.  The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.
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Inae Oh / Mother Jones:
The 3 Worst Moments From Trump's Newest Axios Interview  —  For the second time in less than a month, President Donald Trump sat down for a mildly tough interview, which aired Monday on HBO, during which he was confronted with facts and some of his most glaring falsehoods were appropriately challenged.
Discussion: Redstate, Politico and The Bulwark
Sam Baker / Axios:
Trump: Coronavirus is “under control”  —  President Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he thinks the coronavirus is as well-controlled in the U.S. as it can be, despite dramatic surges in new infections over the course of the summer and more than 150,000 American deaths.
David Nather / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump declines to praise John Lewis, citing inauguration snub  —  President Trump dismissed the legacy of the late Rep. John Lewis in an interview with “Axios on HBO,” saying only that Lewis made a “big mistake” by not coming to his inauguration.  —  The big picture …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Republicans Lead Senate Races in Alabama, Kentucky and Texas, With South Carolina Tied  —  Polling underscores roadblocks to a filibuster-proof majority for Democrats  — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leads Democrat Amy McGrath by 17 points, 53% to 36%.
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USA Today:
Poll shows Mitch McConnell with large lead over Democratic Senate rival Amy McGrath  —  A new survey by independent polling firm Morning Consult shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a commanding lead in his bid for a seventh term in Kentucky, leading 53% to 36% over his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Nothing is decided  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  HERE'S AN AMAZING FACTOID almost two weeks into the talks aimed at producing a Covid relief bill: The two sides have not resolved a single issue.  Let us say this another way: Speaker NANCY PELOSI and Senate Minority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER …
Ariana Pekary:
Personal news: why I'm now leaving MSNBC  —  “Just quit.”  —  That's the advice Alec gave a year and a half ago when I expressed concerns about my job.  —  “You just quit.  It's that simple.”  —  “Stay at MSNBC at least until the midterms,” Jeffrey said a couple years back.
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   MSNBC producer resigns from network with scathing letter: They block ‘diversity of thought’ and ‘amplify fringe voices’
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Colorado police apologize over viral video of officers handcuffing Black girls in a mistaken stop  —  Sunday morning was meant to be a girls outing for the Gilliams, as cousins, sisters, aunts and nieces piled into an SUV to go get their nails done together in suburban Denver.
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short By A Month  —  The Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month shorter than previously announced, the bureau's director confirmed Monday in a statement.  That includes critical door-knocking efforts …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Politico:
Trump's bag of tricks comes up empty against Biden  —  On a Saturday in late July, Rudy Giuliani was having lunch with Donald Trump at the president's golf course in Virginia.  Both men were in unusually good spirits.  Giuliani, the president's sometimes lawyer who is representing Trump …
Washington Post:
Michigan ballots tangled in mail delays in advance of Tuesday primary  —  Mail problems marred the delivery of absentee ballots in Michigan in the run-up to Tuesday's primary in the state, testing election administrators and ramping up fears of political pressure on the U.S. Postal Service just three months before Nov. 3.
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Judge orders New York State to count previously invalidated mail-in ballots
Discussion: Townhall and New York Times
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Trump or Biden? Voters in North Carolina could pick as soon as next month
Discussion: Reuters, ncsl.org and The Daily Caller
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Health Commissioner Resigns After Clashes With Mayor Over Virus  —  The resignation of Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the commissioner since 2018, came after Mayor Bill de Blasio stripped her agency of a key virus tracing program.  —  New York City's health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and Gothamist
Nicholas Grossman / Arc Digital:
Who, in 2020, is a “Good Republican”?  —  In  —  July 2018, conservative writer David French argued in National Review that NeverTrump conservatives should support “Good Republicans” — candidates who are competent and ethical (i.e. not Trumpy) — in the midterm elections.
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:   Whither Trumpism? With the president's reelection uncertain, Republicans battle over their future
Knight Foundation:
American Views 2020: Trust, Media and Democracy  —  OVERVIEW  —  There is a widening gulf between American aspirations for and assessments of the news media.  With each passing benchmark study, the American people render deeper and increasingly polarized judgments about the news media …
New York Times:
When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools.  It Didn't Go Well.  —  As countries consider back-to-school strategies for the fall, a coronavirus outbreak at a Jerusalem high school offers a cautionary tale.  —  JERUSALEM — As the United States and other countries anxiously consider …
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Two People Linked to Kanye West's Campaign Are Active in GOP Politics  —  At least two people with links to Kanye West's nascent presidential campaign are also active in Republican Party politics.  —  One of West's electors in the state of Vermont will also be a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Karen Bass Denies Links To Nation Of Islam, Despite Photos And Event Appearances, But Doesn't Disavow Radical Group  — California Rep. Karen Bass, a top contender to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's 2020 running mate, denied having ties to the Nation of Islam …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Under Increasing Pressure to Blow Up His China Deal Before Election Day  —  The president's China hawks are telling him this is the bold move he needs to change his election fate.  —  President Donald Trump bet the house that getting a sweetheart trade deal with the Chinese government …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:   Trump views China's Communist Party as a threat. Young Chinese see it as a ticket to a better future.
BuzzFeed News:
New Emails Detail The Behind-The-Scenes Drama After The Justice Department Recommended A Lesser Sentence For Roger Stone  —  WASHINGTON — At 2:59 p.m. on Feb. 11, Aaron Zelinsky, one of the lead prosecutors in the criminal case against Trump ally Roger Stone, sent an email notifying …
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BuzzFeed News:   New FBI Documents From Mueller's Russia Investigation Reveal What Witnesses Said About Trump
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Mary Trump has a stark warning about the political ambitions of Ivanka and Don Jr - and the possibility of a Trump dynasty  —  In an interview with The Independent, the president's niece says that she expects Donald Jr to try for office, but Ivanka could end up as vice president
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Satisfaction at 13%, Lowest in Nine Years  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. continues to tumble since it started trending downward at the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic.  Currently, 13% of U.S. adults are satisfied …
Discussion: Axios
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
All the COVID safety rules are little more than theater  —  If you go to a restaurant in Gotham right now, you might be subjected to a temperature check.  It's no big deal, it takes a second — but it's pointless; plenty of COVID-positive people don't have a fever.  So why do we do it?
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
‘Shame on all of you’: Viral obit blames Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for man's covid-19 death  —  Much of David W. Nagy's obituary, which ran in his local paper in Jefferson, Tex., on July 30, recounted his painful death from the novel coronavirus at age 79 and named his surviving family members.
Politico:
Kansas set to decide Kobach's fate — and possibly the Senate's  —  Republicans are about to learn if they have a serious problem in Kansas — and another major threat to their teetering Senate majority.  —  In Tuesday's primary, GOP voters will decide between hard-line conservative Kris Kobach …
Discussion: Reuters, National Review, NPR and Raw Story
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Two Black moms took their kids to the Mall.  Secret Service officers confronted them with guns, they said.  —  It was a hot Thursday afternoon, so India Johnson, 26, and Yasmeen Winston, 25, decided to take their babies to splash in the fountains at the World War II Memorial.
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Hugh Hewitt Has Always Been a Hack  —  Over the last four years, the conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt has gone to extraordinary lengths to pretend that Donald Trump does not exist.  Hewitt does acknowledge the existence of some version of Trump.  This Trump is a serious and sober-minded fellow …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
House Democrats target Midwestern GOP seats  —  The House Democrats' main campaign arm has reserved almost $1.5 million worth of television air time meant to target three Midwestern Republicans whose seats are suddenly up for grabs in a tumultuous political climate.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The White, European Jesus of Western imagination is fiction  —  Evangelical writer and radio host Eric Metaxas is one of those figures on the right who has been miniaturized by his association with President Trump.  The author of a flawed but serious biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
The Princeton Faculty's Anti-Free-Speech Demands  —  Princeton University is consumed from top to bottom with what seems to be the question of the moment: How should it reorder itself to fight racism?  —  The school's president, Christopher L. Eisgruber, ordered 23 of the institution's …
Washington Post:
After months of favor, Birx raises Trump's ire with grim coronavirus assessment  —  President Trump further disparaged his senior health advisers on Monday even as the pandemic deepened its hold on the nation, as the White House's top coronavirus coordinator, Deborah Birx …
Keith Sargeant / New Jersey Online:
Massive coronavirus outbreak envelops Rutgers football team  —  The number of COVID-19 cases connected with the Rutgers University football team nearly has doubled from 15 to 28 players, plus multiple staff members, three people with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media on Monday night.
 
 
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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Trump's base starting to erode, new poll shows
Discussion: The Hill
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Wins in Portland
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors
Discussion: The Hill and KETK.com
James Arkin / Politico:
Senate Democrats wade into pricey Texas race
Discussion: The Hill
Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
The Elites Fiddle While America Burns
Noah Rothman / The Bulwark:
Caesar on the Hudson  —  No, Andrew Cuomo didn't handle COVID-19 well.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP plans “nightly surprise” for revamped convention
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Q&A: What would Sean Hannity's Fox News show look like under a Biden presidency?
Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
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Discussion: Just The News and The Hill
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Vaccine Adviser Warns That Scrutiny Of Him Will Delay Arrival Of Coronavirus Vaccine
U.S. Department of Justice:
Statement of Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers on the Public Release of the Department's Findings with Respect …
Discussion: Raw Story
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Gettysburg? The Liberty Bell? Trump Weighs R.N.C. Speech Options