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Politico:
Emboldened Pelosi takes hard line as relief talks drag on  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stood up before a room full of Senate Republicans noshing on lunch Tuesday, compelled to make a declaration about Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  —  “There were press reports that Mark is indecisive and I'm owned by Nancy …
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Roy Neel / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Last Gasp Could Be a Supreme Court Justice in January  —  The potential for a last-minute conservative SCOTUS appointment by a defeated Trump and a defanged McConnell is real and frightening.  —  Close your eyes and picture Jan. 3, 2021: The Capitol is teeming with 35 newly sworn-in Senators …
Politico:
‘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 …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Rand Paul: Republicans should apologize to Obama for complaining about spending
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Politico:
CIA steers clear of Senate Republican probe into Bidens
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Pelosi: There's No “In Between” For Unemployment Benefits, It's $600
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
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 …
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BBC:   Facebook and Twitter restrict Trump accounts over ‘harmful’ virus claim
CNN:
Trump singles out Texas and Florida for help with coronavirus response  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump agreed to continue paying for the full cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with the coronavirus response in just two states — Texas and Florida — after their Republican governors appealed directly to him.
Discussion: Politico and WISC-TV
New York Times:
The Unique U.S. Failure to Control the Virus  —  Slowing the coronavirus has been especially difficult for the United States because of its tradition of prioritizing individualism and missteps by the Trump administration.  —  By David LeonhardtGraphics by Lauren Leatherby
Molly Duffy / The Gazette:
Trump campaign uses unauthorized and altered Gazette photo to criticize Biden  —  New ad manipulates photo from Coralville to depict Biden hiding in Delaware basement  —  A new ad from President Donald Trump's re-election campaign uses a manipulated version of a news photo taken in Coralville …
Discussion: The Hill, Althouse, POLITICUSUSA and IJR
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Gary Sheffield, Jr / OutKick:
Joe Rogan Expresses Discomfort Surrounding Joe Biden Campaign
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
Fact check: Trump ad edits out microphone and trees from Biden photo to make him seem alone in basement
Discussion: Raw Story
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Trump hangs on to financial edge in race against Biden
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
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Robin Wright / New Yorker:
After Twin Explosions, an “Apocalypse” in Lebanon
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Sally Yates, Defending DOJ, Says Michael Flynn Talks Neutered U.S. Russia Policy  —  Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates defended a sensitive Justice Department investigation into onetime Trump aide Michael Flynn on Wednesday, telling lawmakers Flynn was essentially “neutering” …
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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Twitchy
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Washington Post:   Democrats and Republicans push back on Trump's desire to deliver convention speech from White House
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The Trump campaign's latest contest is a scam.  Here's proof.  —  This week, the Trump campaign has been heavily promoting a contest to win a “VIP Dinner” with Trump in Southhampton, New York, on August 8th.  Advertisements on Facebook touted the dinner as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to share a meal with Trump.
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:   Illinois Republican congressman tests positive for coronavirus
CNN:
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.
Sarah Dadouch / Washington Post:
'I have no idea how I'm not dead': A Post correspondent recalls doomful night in Beirut  —  Sarah Dadouch, a Beirut-based correspondent for The Washington Post, shared her experience of Tuesday's explosions with The Post's Siobhán O'Grady.  The account was condensed and edited for clarity.
Washington Post:
Fearing covid and missed classes, many parents prefer mixing online and in-person school, poll finds  —  Most American parents think it's unsafe to send their children back to school given the risks of the novel coronavirus, and more than 80 percent favor holding school at least partly online …
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's mental ability is a campaign issue that can't be ignored  —  He might be riding high in the polls, but Joe Biden's mental acuity increasingly is an issue in the election campaign, and growling at reporters who ask about it is no way to alleviate voter concerns.
Discussion: Fox News
Dmitri Mehlhorn / The Bulwark:
How to Steal an Election  —  Four ways Trump can still win, 89 days out.  —  If you want the bad news all at once, the TL/DR is this:  —  (1) Trump can use normal tactics to win outright or make the race closer.  —  (2) COVID problems with election administration can take up to 6 percent off of Biden's margin.
Discussion: Brookings
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: BuzzFeed News, Raw Story and Eschaton
Natalie Jackson / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Poll-Based Election Forecasts Will Always Struggle With Uncertainty  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — We have no idea how much uncertainty exists in pre-election polls.  That leads to very complex poll-based forecast models.  — The general public lacks the expertise necessary …
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Virus ‘Checkpoints’ in N.Y.C. to Enforce Travel Rules?  Well, Not Exactly  —  The mayor is sending the sheriff to city bridges and tunnels to try to ward off a second wave of the coronavirus.  —  The announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday seemed to signal a new crackdown …
Discussion: Townhall, TheBlaze and IJR
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 …
Molly Ball / TIME:
How COVID-19 Changed Everything About the 2020 Election  —  In the 2020 that might have been, nobody is sick and politics is the center of the universe.  —  The Democratic Party has just nominated Joe Biden and his running mate at its mid-July convention in Milwaukee, while Republicans …
NBC News:
Biden dominates the electoral map, but here's how the race could tighten  —  WASHINGTON — When you're leading a presidential race nationally by double digits, you're set to exceed 300 electoral votes.  —  And that's where we have Joe Biden in our first battleground map of 2020 …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Won't Commit to Voting Biden Over Trump  —  “I'm not saying who I'm voting for, but I'm not voting for Trump,” “The View” host said nonsensically on “Watch What Happens Live” Wednesday night.  —  Meghan McCain officially signed off of The View for the summer last week.
Discussion: Raw Story
Seph Rodney / New York Times:
New York's Sidewalk Prophets Are Heirs of the Lascaux Cave Artisans  —  What street art adorning boarded-up storefronts tells us about our shared political realities and the ways our stories are connected.  A critic's tour deciphers the signs and symbols.  —  About 17,000 years ago …
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Dave McMenamin / ESPN:
LeBron James says NBA won't miss President Donald Trump as a viewer
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Developed countries ‘ban’ mail-in voting, US would be ‘laughing stock’: Report
Discussion: Townhall
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Fifth District endorsement: Melton-Meaux, for integrity and progress
Discussion: Power Line
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Seeking refuge in US, children fleeing danger are expelled
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
In These Neighborhoods, the Jobless Rate May Top 30 Percent
Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability
Discussion: Politico and Asia Times
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
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Why Boris Johnson's Brexit trade deal is not so different to no deal
Anti-Defamation League:
Michelle Malkin is Attempting to Normalize White Supremacy
Discussion: Big League Politics
New York Post:
Over 80,000 mail-in ballots disqualified in NYC primary mess
Politico:
The summer of spread is here  —  TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey went from being one of the …
Ella Torres / ABC News:
Students at school touted by Pence for reopening must quarantine due to COVID-19
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former clients of acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf received millions in department contracts