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10:10 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 …
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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Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Facebook removes Trump post over coronavirus misinformation  —  Facebook removed a video post from President Donald Trump's personal page Wednesday that included a segment from a Fox News interview in which he falsely said children are “almost immune” to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Axios:
Facebook, Twitter take down Trump post saying kids are immune to coronavirus
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
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: Twitchy
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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.
Washington Post:   Democrats and Republicans push back on Trump's desire to deliver convention speech from White House
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, New York Post, The Hill and CNN
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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 …
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and Fox News
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
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?
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Yates says Obama, Biden didn't influence Flynn investigation
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Sally Yates, Defending DOJ, Says Michael Flynn Talks Neutered U.S. Russia Policy
Discussion: Washington Times
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion
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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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:
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Illinois Republican congressman tests positive for coronavirus  —  (CNN)Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, his office said in a statement, making him the third congressman over the last week to report having the virus.
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
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
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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 …
CNN:
Republican operatives are helping Kanye West get on general election ballots  —  (CNN)Republican operatives, some with ties to President Donald Trump, are actively helping Kanye West get on presidential general election ballots in states ranging from Vermont to Arkansas to Wisconsin.
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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
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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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: CNN, Daily Kos, TheBlaze and Raw Story
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New York Post:
Over 80,000 mail-in ballots disqualified in NYC primary mess
Washington Post:
Democrats demand Postal Service reverse new rules that have slowed the delivery of absentee ballots
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.
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.
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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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: NBC Boston and The Nation
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.
Politico:
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 …
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
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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Nick Givas / Fox News:
Iowa Gov ends state's place as only remaining state to deny voting rights to felons
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
State Dept. Traces Russian Disinformation Links
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
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Michael Flynn / The Western Journal:
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NBC News:
One death every 80 seconds: The grim new toll of COVID-19 in America
Discussion: NPR and Politico
Andrew Weissmann / The Atlantic:
America's Prosecutors Know What Bill Barr Did Was Wrong
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Miles Klee / MEL Magazine:
Why Your Boomer Parents Are Obsessed With Sarah Cooper
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
This May Be the Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
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Discussion: The Hill