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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.
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 …
Inae Oh / Mother Jones:
The 3 Worst Moments From Trump's Newest Axios Interview
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
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’
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
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Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
'I'm not a communist': Potential Biden running mate Rep. Bass reassures Cuban American voters
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
From Outsider to Insider: Karen Bass's Unexpected Journey to Power
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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Ari Fleischer / Fox News:   In 2020 election, if states can't prove they can handle voting by mail, don't try it now
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: 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.
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%.
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
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 …
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.
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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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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Noah Rothman / The Bulwark:
Caesar on the Hudson  —  No, Andrew Cuomo didn't handle COVID-19 well.  —  Did Andrew Cuomo and New York state really get the response to COVID-19 right?  —  To judge from the almost universal acclaim in which the governor basks, he must have.  —  Cuomo had emerged “America's governor …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Gettysburg?  The Liberty Bell?  Trump Weighs R.N.C. Speech Options  —  The president and his aides are holding out hope for ambitious convention programming, and have considered a return to Mount Rushmore or a speech by Melania Trump from Seneca Falls, N.Y.
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
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 …
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 to the 29 FISA Applications that Were the Subject of the March 2020 OIG Preliminary Report  —  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers stated:
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors
Discussion: KETK.com
Tampa Bay Times:
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Discussion: The Hill and The Wrap
Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
The Elites Fiddle While America Burns
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
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Biden assails Trump's ‘bald-faced lies’ about voting by mail
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Allison Kaplan Sommer / Haaretz:
In a Pickle, Seth Rogen Tells Haaretz What He Really Thinks About Israel and ‘White Supremacist’ Trump
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Jerry Falwell Jr. Posted — Then Deleted — a Bizarre ‘Vacation Photo’ From Instagram
Discussion: Raw Story and Blue Virginia
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Why Stuart Stevens Wants to Defeat Donald Trump
New York Times:
D.A. Is Investigating Trump and His Company Over Fraud, Filing Suggests