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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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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.
Inae Oh / Mother Jones:
The 3 Worst Moments From Trump's Newest Axios Interview
Discussion: Redstate, Politico and The Bulwark
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’  —  Ariana Pekary said important facts and studies about the coronavirus would ‘get buried’  —  A former MSNBC producer wrote a scathing open letter explaining why she recently left the cable news network.
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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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 …
USA Today:   Poll shows Mitch McConnell with large lead over Democratic Senate rival Amy McGrath
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 …
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Washington Post:
Trump is resurrecting the census's horrific history
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
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 …
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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.
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
'I'm not a communist': Potential Biden running mate Rep. Bass reassures Cuban American voters  —  Rep. Karen Bass, the five-term California congresswoman and potential Joe Biden running mate, urged Cuban American voters Monday to “not believe the lies” of Republicans.  —  “I'm not a socialist.
Discussion: Just The News and The Hill
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New York Times:
From Outsider to Insider: Karen Bass's Unexpected Journey to Power
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.
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 …
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.
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Trump views China's Communist Party as a threat.  Young Chinese see it as a ticket to a better future.  —  CHANGSHA, China — The overwhelming humidity of the Chinese summer was not enough to stifle the ardor of the crowds of 20-somethings honoring Mao Zedong, the founding father of Communist China.
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
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
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.
James Arkin / Politico:
Senate Democrats wade into pricey Texas race  —  The DSCC is making a coordinated investment with the party's nominee, MJ Hegar.  —  Voters cast their ballots in Houston, Texas.  Loren Elliott/Getty Images  —  Senate Democrats' official campaign committee is making its first big investment …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP plans “nightly surprise” for revamped convention  —  The reworked Republican National Convention will be a four-night spectacle including still-under-wraps venues, a 10 p.m. “nightly surprise” and guests and themes playing to “the forgotten men and women of America,” two senior Trump campaign officials involved tell Axios.
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — Kelyn Yanez used to clean homes during the day and wait tables at night in the Houston area before the coronavirus.  But the mother of three lost both jobs in March because of the pandemic and now is facing eviction.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Disputed Ballots Must Be Counted in N.Y. Congressional Race, U.S. Judge Rules  —  Delays continue in a race that remains undecided six weeks after a Democratic primary in which Representative Carolyn B. Maloney faced off against a challenger.  —  A federal judge in Manhattan ruled late Monday …
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Wins in Portland  —  The way to restore order to cities is to get mayors and governors to do their jobs.  —  Something big has changed in Portland, Ore. After weeks of chaos and flames outside the city's federal courthouse, the past few days have seen the violence subside dramatically.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
A Line-by-Line Analysis of the Hilarious ‘Case for Trump’  —  Hugh Hewitt occupies a rare place in the media ecosystem.  The white haired, genial talk radio host who used to host a show on MSNBC, was the subject of a somewhat flattering 2005 New Yorker profile, and still writes a column …
Discussion: New Republic
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
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Discussion: KETK.com
Tampa Bay Times:
Five who attended same sheriffs meeting as Ron DeSantis test positive for coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill and The Wrap
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.
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
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Trump Vaccine Adviser Warns That Scrutiny Of Him Will Delay Arrival Of Coronavirus Vaccine
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The White House:
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
The Mask Slackers of 1918  —  As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919 …
Discussion: The Big Picture
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
Allison Kaplan Sommer / Haaretz:
In a Pickle, Seth Rogen Tells Haaretz What He Really Thinks About Israel and ‘White Supremacist’ Trump
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Gettysburg? The Liberty Bell? Trump Weighs R.N.C. Speech Options