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7:40 AM ET, August 6, 2020


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‘I want to get an outcome’: McConnell defends strategy as he faces GOP grumbling  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows where he needs to take his fellow Republicans on coronavirus relief — but he's not sure how many will follow him there.  —  Facing a deeply divided Senate GOP conference …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
In Stimulus Talks, McConnell Is Outside the Room and in a Tight Spot  —  With Republicans divided and President Trump undercutting negotiations on a pandemic relief package, the majority leader is in a difficult bind, partly of his own making.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: Denver Post, WTOP and Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Politico:   Emboldened Pelosi takes hard line as relief talks drag on
NBC News:
Contours of coronavirus aid deal between Democrats, White House take shape
Roy Neel / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Last Gasp Could Be a Supreme Court Justice in January
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 …
Shannon Bond / NPR:
Twitter, Facebook Remove Trump Post Over False Claim About Children And COVID-19
Discussion: Breitbart, TechCrunch and Bloomberg
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Twitchy
Washington Post:
Democrats and Republicans push back on Trump's desire to deliver convention speech from White House  —  Local and national leaders pushed back Wednesday against President Trump's desire to deliver his convention acceptance speech from the White House, warning that the event could bring protests …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Our nation is in a free fall.  But sure, let's talk about Hillary's emails again.  —  Nearly 5 million covid-19 cases in the United States.  One-hundred fifty-seven thousand dead.  Thirty-two million out of work.  Tens of millions facing eviction, foreclosure and hunger.  —  What do we do now?
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Sally Yates, Defending DOJ, Says Michael Flynn Talks Neutered U.S. Russia Policy
Discussion: New York Times, Townhall and Bloomberg
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Trump hangs on to financial edge in race against Biden  —  (Reuters) - President Donald Trump thwarted efforts to cripple his re-election campaign's financial advantage, as Republican donors forked over record cash in July, campaign disclosures showed on Wednesday.
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:
Caroline Kelly / CNN:   Illinois Republican congressman tests positive for coronavirus
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
BuzzFeed News:   The Truth Behind A Viral Picture Of A Reopening School Is Worse Than It Looked
New York Post:
Over 80,000 mail-in ballots disqualified in NYC primary mess  —  The mail-in ballots of more than 84,000 New York City Democrats who sought to vote in the presidential primary were disqualified, according to new figures released by the Board of Elections.  —  The city BOE received 403,213 mail …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Senate Democrat launches inquiry into Postal Service delays
Discussion: Common Dreams
Kanye West's bizarre ‘campaign’ is designed to help Trump  —  Kanye West announces he's running for president  —  John Avlon is a senior political analyst at CNN.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.  Read more opinion on CNN.  —  (CNN)We need to talk about Kanye.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Breitbart and The Hill
Rob Stein / NPR:
Fauci Reveals He Has Received Death Threats And His Daughters Have Been Harassed  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci says that he has received death threats and his daughters have been harassed as a result of his high-profile statements about the coronavirus pandemic.  —  “Getting death threats …
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'
Discussion: NBC Chicago, NBC Boston and The Nation
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.
Gary Sheffield, Jr / OutKick:
Joe Rogan Expresses Discomfort Surrounding Joe Biden Campaign  —  Joe Biden hasn't spent much time in front of cameras the past few months and his absence led Joe Rogan to conclusions on how Americans feel on a potential Biden presidency. … The pandemic led most Americans out of work …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Anti-Defamation League:
Michelle Malkin is Attempting to Normalize White Supremacy  —  Conservative pundit and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has a long history of divisive rhetoric around a range of issues - particularly immigration.  In the past year, however, she has publicly and explicitly allied herself …
Discussion: Big League Politics
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
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Why Boris Johnson's Brexit trade deal is not so different to no deal  —  LONDON — As the days tick away to the end of the post-Brexit transition period in December it's all starting to feel very 2019.  —  The U.K. government is preparing for the possibility of miles-long lorry queues …
New York Times:
Blame for Beirut Explosion Begins With a Leaky, Troubled Ship  —  The bleak tale of chronic negligence started over six years ago, when an indebted vessel and its volatile cargo pulled into port.  It ended on Tuesday in a giant explosion.  —  CAIRO — The countdown to catastrophe …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
The summer of spread is here  —  TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey went from being one of the country's worst Covid-19 hot spots to a model of how to flatten the curve.  —  Now, two months into the first summer of the pandemic, it's backsliding.  New cases are way up and the state's rate …
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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Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
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Discussion: Politico
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Pelosi: There's No “In Between” For Unemployment Benefits, It's $600
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Defund the Government  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
More Evidence of the Racism of Leftists
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Iowa Gov ends state's place as only remaining state to deny voting rights to felons
Discussion: The Hill and Law & Crime
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
State Dept. Traces Russian Disinformation Links
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Flynn / The Western Journal:
Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Lawmakers demand explanation for cutting federal funding to states for National Guard deployments
Discussion: Raw Story
Liz Essley Whyte / Center for Public Integrity:
White House warns 10 local areas about coronavirus numbers in private call
Discussion: Washington Post
CIA steers clear of Senate Republican probe into Bidens
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Apparent firearms seized after FBI serves search warrant at Calabasas home of YouTube star Jake Paul
Miles Klee / MEL Magazine:
Why Your Boomer Parents Are Obsessed With Sarah Cooper
Discussion: Spectator USA