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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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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How to interview a serial liar and narcissist who is unfit to be president  —  President Trump's peculiar brew of relentless dishonesty and utter shamelessness often acts as a shield against his interviewers.  The lies tumble out at such a furious pace, and the display of corrupt motives is so blatant …
Discussion: The Bulwark and Raw Story
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.
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
Howard Koplowitz / al.com:   Poll: Tommy Tuberville leads Doug Jones by 17 points in Alabama Senate race
Mike Cason / al.com:   Tommy Tuberville says $600 unemployment boost ‘way too much’
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: Daily Kos
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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Washington Post:
White House, Democrats agree to try and reach coronavirus relief deal on evictions, unemployment aid by end of this week  —  The White House and Democratic leaders agreed to try and finalize a deal to address lapsed unemployment benefits and eviction restrictions by the end of this week …
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and Reuters
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Nearly 50 people killed and more than 2,750 injured in Beirut explosions, health minister says  —  BEIRUT — At least two massive explosions shook Beirut on Tuesday, injuring and killing hundreds of people, strewing devastation across multiple neighborhoods and shattering windows for miles around.
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Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
At Least 25 Killed as Powerful Explosion Rocks Beirut: Live Updates
Discussion: Reuters, Townhall and NPR
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 LaPorta / Associated Press:
Navy SEALs cut ties with museum over Colin Kaepernick video  —  DELRAY BEACH — The commander of the Navy SEALs said the unit will suspend its support of the National Navy SEAL Museum, a nonprofit organization not overseen by the military after videos surfaced online of dogs attacking …
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Becerra charges Los Angeles DA's husband for pulling gun on Black Lives Matter protesters  —  OAKLAND — Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed charges against the husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey in connection with the March incident in which he allegedly pulled …
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James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey's husband charged with assault in gun-waving incident
Discussion: The Hill
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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Robert S. Taylor / Lawfare:
Contingency Planning for Presidential Interference with the Election  —  One of the great strengths of the U.S. military is its planning, encompassing contingencies big and small.  With sadness, I urge my former colleagues in the military services and at the Department of Defense level to plan …
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 …
John Caniglia / Plain Dealer:
FBI raids offices at downtown One Cleveland Center building tied to Ukrainian oligarch  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — The FBI on Tuesday raided the Cleveland offices of a real estate company tied to a Ukrainian oligarch that owns several downtown buildings.  —  FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Talking Points Memo
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Karen Bass eulogized Communist Party USA leader  —  The VP finalist described Oneil Marion Cannon as a “friend and mentor,” without mentioning his communist past.  —  A spokesperson for Rep. Karen Bass downplayed her affiliation with Cannon, comparing her friendship with him to her relationship with the House Republican leader.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump is registering more new voters than Democrats in key states  —  The Trump campaign and RNC have now registered 100,000 new voters in the 2020 cycle, more than doubling their numbers from 2016 and shrinking Democrats' registration advantage in key swing states, according to new Trump Victory data provided exclusively to Axios.
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Loan Disclosure and Stock Surge Under SEC Investigation  —  Probe focuses on company's announcement of $765 million government loan to make drugs at its U.S. factories  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the circumstances around Eastman Kodak Co. KODK 1.44% 's announcement …
Discussion: Common Dreams
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Self-Destruction of Donald J. Trump  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.  —  If the current numbers hold, sometime in mid- to late-September, the United States will likely reach the horrific marker of 200,000 people dead due to the coronavirus crisis.
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
Associated Press:
Trump's national security adviser recovers from COVID-19  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser, who tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to work Tuesday after recovering from a mild case of COVID-19, the White House said.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, Fox News and IJR
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
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Kindergarten Cop Is Canceled, Likened to Birth of a Nation  —  It's come to this: Kindergarten Cop, a banal 1990 comedy-action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a police detective who masquerades as a teacher, has been canceled and likened to the explicitly racist silent film Birth of a Nation.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
A New Hamilton Book Looks to Reclaim His Vision for the Left … We have arrived at a place where we all, by now, have an opinion of the musical “Hamilton,” whether we've seen it or not, or, at least, we have a strong opinion about people who have opinions of the musical “Hamilton,” whether we or they have seen it or not.
Jeffrey Toobin / Penguin Random House:
True Crimes and Misdemeanors  —  Buy the Audiobook Download:  — Apple- Audible- downpour- eMusic- audiobooks.com  —  ABOUT TRUE CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS  —  From CNN chief legal analyst and bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin, a real-life legal thriller about the prosecutors …
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 …
 
 
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Bernie Sanders: Coronavirus pandemic is raging out of control. Our solution: Masks for All
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New York Times:
Meet the Official Accused of Helping Trump Politicize Homeland Security
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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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Mississippi coronavirus: Gov. Tate Reeves orders statewide mask mandate
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Des Moines Register:
Iowa governor says students won't receive credit if school districts defy 50% mandate on in-person classes
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Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
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Rachel Rosenthal / Bloomberg:
Tech Companies Want You to Believe America Has a Skills Gap
Discussion: Breitbart
Charles Davis / Business Insider:
US police used excessive force at least 125 times in the 10 days after the police killing of George Floyd, according to a new report
Discussion: The Root
Nicholas Grossman / Arc Digital:
Who, in 2020, is a “Good Republican”?  —  In  —  July 2018, conservative writer David French argued …
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Trump's base starting to erode, new poll shows
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Hugh Hewitt Has Always Been a Hack
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Trump views China's Communist Party as a threat. Young Chinese see it as a ticket to a better future.
Discussion: Fox News, Twitchy and Townhall