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8:25 PM ET, August 5, 2020

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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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: NBC News, New York Post and Mediaite
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Faysal Itani / New York Times:
Lebanon's Mushroom Cloud of Incompetence
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.
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New York Times:   2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Campaign Raises $165 Million With Party, Outpacing Biden
Axios:
Trump campaign out-raises Biden's by $20 million in July
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
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 …
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CBS News:
Georgia second grader tests positive for coronavirus after first day of school, forcing class to quarantine  —  Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.
Discussion: Raw Story and Eschaton
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, Raw Story, TheBlaze and Mediaite
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Washington Post:
Democrats demand Postal Service reverse new rules that have slowed the delivery of absentee ballots
Liz Essley Whyte / Center for Public Integrity:
White House warns 10 local areas about coronavirus numbers in private call  —  Family gatherings could cause “superspreader events,” Dr. Deborah Birx tells officials.  —  The White House Coronavirus Task Force sees troubling coronavirus numbers in 10 local areas across the country …
Discussion: Washington Post, New Yorker and CNN
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Heather Kelly / Washington Post:
For the first time, Facebook removes post by Trump containing coronavirus misinformation  —  The company is has faced pressure to better moderate its site amid a massive advertiser boycott.  —  Facebook on Wednesday said it removed President Trump's post of a video clip from a Fox News interview …
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.
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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Jessie Balmert / Associated Press:
Kanye West submits paperwork to make the Ohio ballot in U.S. president race
Discussion: The Federalist, The Hill and WISC-TV
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
Cuomo begs wealthy New Yorkers to come back to save the city and pleads 'I'll buy you a drink!' as he fights off calls to raise their taxes - which he fears may scare them away forever  — Cuomo said on Tuesday that he speaks to the city's wealthiest residents ‘every day’, begging them to come back
Ella Torres / ABC News:
Students at school touted by Pence for reopening must quarantine due to COVID-19  —  Vice President Mike Pence said the school was ‘in the forefront’ for reopening.  —  Fourth graders at a school in North Carolina have been asked to quarantine for 14 days after a student there tested positive for COVID-19.
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
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 …
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Progressives Score New Wins in Prosecutor Elections, Adding to the Movement's Breadth  —  Meet the civil rights attorney, the former public defender, and the Bernie Sanders-endorsed lawyer who are set to become prosecutors in Michigan, Arizona, and Colorado.
US Congressman Rodney Davis:
Davis Statement on His Positive COVID-19 Test  —  f t # e  —  U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) released the following statement on his positive COVID-19 test:
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.
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans — 61% — want the police presence to remain the same.
 
 
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Alex Kaplan / Media Matters for America:
A TikTok video told Democrats to vote after Election Day, violating the platform's rules
Michael Flynn / The Western Journal:
Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America
NBC News:
One death every 80 seconds: The grim new toll of COVID-19 in America
Discussion: Townhall, NPR and Politico
Sahil Singhvi / Brennan Center for Justice:
Police Infiltration of Protests Undermines the First Amendment
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Weissmann / The Atlantic:
America's Prosecutors Know What Bill Barr Did Was Wrong
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
Progressive woman wins primary, ousting Democratic family that held seat for 50 years in St. Louis
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
This May Be the Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
It's Not Just You. We've All Got a Case of the Covid-19 Blues.
Discussion: Raw Story