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8:40 PM ET, August 4, 2020


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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 …
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: Raw Story and The Bulwark
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Mainstream media: Stop admiring good interviews and reform your approach
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Beast and The Hill
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
With bad coronavirus news at home, Trump points misleadingly to rising cases abroad
Discussion: Raw Story and
David Nather / Axios:
Watch the full “Axios on HBO” interview with President Trump
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 …
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%.
Endangered Republicans to McConnell: Don't leave town  —  Vulnerable Republicans have a clear message for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: no deal, no recess.  —  With talks between the White House and Democratic leadership at an impasse, Senate Republicans up in November are pressing …
Discussion: The Hill
USA Today:   Poll shows Mitch McConnell with large lead over Democratic Senate rival Amy McGrath
Ginger Gibson / NBC News:
McConnell says he will likely rely on Democratic votes for coronavirus aid package
Discussion: Politico, MSNBC and New York Times
Washington Post:
White House, Democrats agree to try for coronavirus relief deal on evictions, unemployment by week's end
Howard Koplowitz /   Poll: Tommy Tuberville leads Doug Jones by 17 points in Alabama Senate race
Mike Cason /   Tommy Tuberville says $600 unemployment boost ‘way too much’
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: Politico, Reuters, CNN, Mediaite and OutKick
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.
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
At Least 25 Killed as Powerful Explosion Rocks Beirut: Live Updates
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
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
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Trump campaign mum after aide confirms he'll debate Biden 3 times  —  A Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman said Tuesday that the president has agreed to participate in three scheduled debates against Joe Biden organized by an independent commission.  —  Trump spokeswoman Erin Perrine appeared …
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Gryboski / The Christian Post:   Biden campaign faith director talks Christian beliefs, outreach to evangelicals and systemic racism
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Biden campaign accuses Trump of an ‘assault on Latino dignity’
Discussion: Joe Biden and Breitbart
Gabby Orr / Politico:
‘Never Trump’ Republicans team with progressives to convert the president's religious base
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: Raw Story
The fascinating mystery of Trump's approach to Putin
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey's husband charged with assault in gun-waving incident
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:   NYT Quietly Scrubs Chinese Propaganda
NBC News:
U.S. has two weeks to get mail voting right to avoid a mess on Election Day, expert says … On June 23, Suraj Patel challenged incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney in New York's Democratic primary.  Six weeks after Election Day, Patel is still a candidate — because there are so many absentee ballots uncounted …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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 …
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
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USA Today:
Bernie Sanders: Coronavirus pandemic is raging out of control. Our solution: Masks for All
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
Meet the Official Accused of Helping Trump Politicize Homeland Security
Discussion: Slate
Mississippi coronavirus: Gov. Tate Reeves orders statewide mask mandate
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Des Moines Register:
Iowa governor says students won't receive credit if school districts defy 50% mandate on in-person classes
Rachel Rosenthal / Bloomberg:
Tech Companies Want You to Believe America Has a Skills Gap
Discussion: Breitbart
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Self-Destruction of Donald J. Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
A New Hamilton Book Looks to Reclaim His Vision for the Left
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump is registering more new voters than Democrats in key states
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
John Caniglia / Plain Dealer:
FBI raids offices at downtown One Cleveland Center building tied to Ukrainian oligarch
Discussion: Bloomberg and Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Loan Disclosure and Stock Surge Under SEC Investigation
Discussion: WHDH-TV and Common Dreams
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Trump's base starting to erode, new poll shows
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn't Go Well.