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Associated Press:
Lebanese confront devastation after massive Beirut explosion  —  BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands …
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ABC News:
Search and rescue continues as Beirut wakes up to effects of devastating explosion
Discussion: NBC News, New York Post and Mediaite
Faysal Itani / New York Times:
Lebanon's Mushroom Cloud of Incompetence
France 24:
France's Macron to visit Beirut as world pledges help for stricken Lebanese capital
Discussion: Al Arabiya and Breitbart
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Rand Paul: Republicans should apologize to Obama for complaining about spending  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tore into his fellow Republicans on Fox News Wednesday for considering a coronavirus relief package that could cost more than $1 trillion, calling on them to apologize to President Obama …
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Megan Henney / Fox News:
Pelosi blasts Trump for saying he may deliver convention speech from White House: 'He can't do that'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Trump Puts Aides on Tightrope With White House Acceptance Speech
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Associated Press
New York Times:
Trump's Bank Was Subpoenaed by N.Y. Prosecutors in Criminal Inquiry  —  The subpoena, sent to Deutsche Bank, suggests that the inquiry into President Trump's business practices is more wide-ranging than previously known.  —  The New York prosecutors who are seeking President Trump's tax records …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Allan Lichtman / New York Times:
He Predicted Trump's Win in 2016.  Now He's Ready to Call 2020.  —  Most historians just study the past.  But Allan Lichtman has successfully predicted the future.  —  This is professor Allan Lichtman.  He's taught history at American University for almost 50 years.  He's a former steeplechase champion.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump and his spinners are suddenly freaking out about Florida.  Here's why.  —  After spreading endless lies about vote-by-mail's supposed susceptibility to fraud, President Trump and his family members — who often double as his propagandists — are suddenly scrambling to reassure voters …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos, TheBlaze and CNN
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John Hudson / Washington Post:
State Department watchdog resigns in another shake-up at IG's office  —  The internal State Department watchdog, whom President Trump installed after the previous inspector general was abruptly fired, has resigned, the department said in a statement, marking another significant shake …
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BuzzFeed News:
The Truth Behind A Viral Picture Of A Reopening School Is Worse Than It Looked  —  An alarming photo of a hallway crowded by mostly maskless students in a Georgia high school raises issues with reopening schools all around the country.  —  Copy … Behind a viral photo of a crowded hallway …
Discussion: CBS News
Larry McShane / New York Daily News:
Legendary journalist and writer Pete Hamill dead at 85 after fall  —  Pete Hamill, the Brooklyn-born bard of the five boroughs and eloquent voice of his beloved hometown as both newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died Wednesday morning.  He was 85.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: RIP, conventions
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Yates says Obama, Biden didn't influence Flynn investigation  —  Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told lawmakers Wednesday that neither President Barack Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden attempted to influence the FBI's investigation of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn during …
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
‘She is absolutely our No. 1 draft pick’: GOP pines for Rice as Biden VP
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Joe Biden's basement strategy will backfire
Discussion: Instapundit
CNN:
Trump still not grasping the severity of the pandemic, source tells CNN  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump was still struggling to fully grasp the severity of the coronavirus pandemic during a task force meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday, a source familiar with the meeting told CNN.
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Liz Essley Whyte / Center for Public Integrity:
White House warns 10 local areas about coronavirus numbers in private call
Discussion: Washington Post, New Yorker and CNN
Jessie Balmert / Associated Press:
Kanye West submits paperwork to make the Ohio ballot in U.S. president race  —  COLUMBUS - Rapper Kanye West filed an independent bid for U.S. president in Ohio on Wednesday, aided by GOP operatives in the state.  —  To qualify as an independent candidate for president, West will need 5,000 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters.
Discussion: The Federalist, The Hill and WISC-TV
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former clients of acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf received millions in department contracts  — Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars' worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department.
Craig Chamberlain / News Bureau:
Journalists' Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubbles  —  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Journalists in Washington, D.C., have long been accused of living in a “Beltway bubble,” isolated from the broader public, talking too much to each other.  —  Their interactions on Twitter, however …
Samantha Masunaga / Los Angeles Times:
If you're in love with Trader Joe's, its stances can also break your heart  —  Grocery chain Trader Joe's has built a devoted following that other brands might only dream of.  —  It has a podcast.  It prints an old-timey newsletter called the Fearless Flyer that makes readers laugh out loud.
Des Moines Register:
Gov. Kim Reynolds signs executive order restoring felon voting rights, removing Iowa's last-in-the-nation status  —  Thousands of Iowans with felony convictions who have served their sentences will be allowed to vote in November's presidential election after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed …
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Member of Conservative Think Tank Takes On Reporter Duties on Air Force Two  —  Instead of a member of the White House press corps, the role of pool reporter was filled by Robert B. Bluey, a vice president at the Heritage Foundation.  —  WASHINGTON — When Vice President Mike Pence traveled …
Max Cohen / Politico:
Biden hits back at reporter asking if he took a cognitive test: ‘Are you a junkie?’  —  Joe Biden rebuked a reporter who asked if the former vice president had taken a cognitive test, claiming that asking the question was similar to asking the interviewer if he was using cocaine.
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Axios:
Exclusive: Trump campaign seeks early September presidential debate  —  The Trump campaign is asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September to get ahead of an expected surge in early voting.
Miles Klee / MEL Magazine:
Why Your Boomer Parents Are Obsessed With Sarah Cooper  —  More than anything, older Democrats and #Resistance types want to ‘trigger’ the president  —  Sarah Cooper has an outstanding résumé.  Apart from her background as a standup comedian, she's worked at Google …
Politico:
CIA steers clear of Senate Republican probe into Bidens  —  The Central Intelligence Agency has ignored requests to brief senators as part of a Republican-led investigation that targets presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter, according to sources familiar …
Discussion: Raw Story
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
Asked if the U.S. has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Dr. Fauci says: 'The numbers don't lie'  — White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci agreed on Wednesday that the United States has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world.  — “Yeah, it is quantitatively if you look at it, it is.
Discussion: The Nation and ABC News
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion  —  WASHINGTON — The investigation ordered by Attorney General William Barr into how the CIA and the FBI looked into the Trump campaign's connections to Russia's 2016 election interference operation may be nearing …
 
 
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Sahil Singhvi / Brennan Center for Justice:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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