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4:45 PM ET, August 5, 2020

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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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Faysal Itani / New York Times:
Lebanon's Mushroom Cloud of Incompetence  —  Yesterday's explosion, which destroyed Beirut's port, much of the city and countless lives, was the result of business as usual.  —  Mr. Itani is a political analyst.  —  My first summer job was at the port of Beirut.  It was the late '90s and I was just a teenager.
ABC News:
Search and rescue continues as Beirut wakes up to effects of devastating explosion  —  At least 100 people have been killed and 4000 injured by the blast.  —  LONDON and PARIS — Search and rescue efforts continued in the Lebanese capital of Beirut as the city woke up to the devastating effects …
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Hezbollah stockpiled chemical behind Beirut blast in London and Germany
Discussion: Townhall
Associated Press:
US officials dispute Trump's claim that Beirut was attacked
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
CNN:
US defense officials contradict Trump: No indication yet of attack in Beirut
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC4 Washington
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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Kira Lerner / The Appeal:   Iowa Governor Expands Voting Rights
Des Moines Register:   Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will sign felon voting rights executive order on Wednesday
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: Daily Kos, TheBlaze, Raw Story and CNN
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Joe Sutton / CNN:
Trump campaign sues Nevada over plan to mail ballots to all registered voters  —  Keilar pushes back on Trump campaign claims of voter fraud  —  (CNN)The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of Nevada over its plan to send absentee ballots to all active voters this November …
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
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CNN:
Biden clarifies he has not taken cognitive test
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Joe Biden's basement strategy will backfire
Discussion: Instapundit
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
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Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Trump Puts Aides on Tightrope With White House Acceptance Speech
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Associated Press
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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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
Anita Kumar / Politico:
‘She is absolutely our No. 1 draft pick’: GOP pines for Rice as Biden VP  —  Joe Biden still may be undecided about whom to pick for a running mate, but Donald Trump's team knows exactly whom it wants: Susan Rice.  —  Trump's aides and allies accuse Rice — without delving too deeply into the evidence …
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
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Axios:
Biden confidants see VP choices narrowing to Harris and Rice
Discussion: Fox News and The National Interest
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Joe Biden isn't inspiring confidence with his vice presidential search
Discussion: The Guardian and Politico
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 …
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.
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.
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Senate: Ranking the Top Dozen Best Targets  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — National Republicans breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday night, as Rep. Roger Marshall (R, KS-1) beat 2018 gubernatorial nominee Kris Kobach (R) in the Kansas Senate primary.
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Digital Revenue Exceeds Print for 1st Time for New York Times Company  —  The pandemic squeezed advertising for the web as well as print, but subscription growth was the best ever for a quarter.  —  Over a three-month period dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and a slowdown in advertising …
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Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Reports 2020 Second-Quarter Results
NBC News:
Republicans in at least four states are helping Kanye West gain ballot access  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans in at least four states, including a crucial swing state, appear to be helping music superstar Kanye West gain ballot access for November's election, actions that raise new questions about the hip-hop star's presidential bid.
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Kanye Has a Senior GOP Strategist Helping Him Get on the Ballot in Colorado
Discussion: Denver Post and New York Times
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 …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
This May Be The Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever  —  Accusations of stalking, prostitution, and racism are merely the appetizer.  The main course features Jacob Wohl and claims of falsified tweets and stolen phones.  —  The federal agency primarily responsible for the distribution …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Will Bill Barr Try to Help Trump Win the Election?  —  Two investigations appear to be potential fodder for pre-election political machinations.  —  Mr. Goodman, editor in chief of Just Security, and Mr. Weissmann, a senior prosecutor in the Mueller investigation, teach law at N.Y.U.
 
 
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Andrew Weissmann / The Atlantic:
America's Prosecutors Know What Bill Barr Did Was Wrong
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
Progressive woman wins primary, ousting Democratic family that held seat for 50 years in St. Louis
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Samantha Masunaga / Los Angeles Times:
If you're in love with Trader Joe's, its stances can also break your heart
Discussion: National Review and The Atlantic
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Trump's pick for Ukraine ambassador vows to report election interference: ‘Sounds reasonable to me’
Discussion: Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
NYC to Set Up Checkpoints to Enforce Quarantine Order
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Megan Henney / Fox News:
McConnell open to extending $600 unemployment boost in coronavirus stimulus deal
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Discussion: Raw Story
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell, the Turtle, Is Losing the Race Now
Discussion: Raw Story