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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: ABC News and Raw Story
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Trump's campaign knocks on a million doors a week.  Biden's knocks on 0.  —  Donald Trump's campaign says it knocked on over 1 million doors in the past week alone.  —  Joe Biden's campaign says it knocked on zero.  —  The Republican and Democratic parties — from the presidential candidates on down …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's campaign plans a $280 million ad campaign for the final three months of the presidential race  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign is planning a robust $280 million advertising effort for the final three months before Election Day, expanding its television presence as he attempts …
Axios:   Biden confidants see VP choices narrowing to Harris and Rice
NBC News:   Biden campaign makes $280 million in ad reservations for fall stretch
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:   Biden's new campaign website drives unity theme by incorporating ideas from former rivals
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Hezbollah stockpiled chemical behind Beirut blast in London and Germany  —  The Beirut explosion took place at a warehouse that held 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been confiscated from a ship.  —  Hezbollah kept three metric tons of ammonium nitrate, the explosive thought to be behind …
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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 …
Discussion: LiveScience
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Cori Bush Defeats William Lacy Clay in a Show of Progressive Might  —  The upset of the veteran congressman from St. Louis sent tremors though the Democratic establishment in Missouri and Washington, D.C.  —  ST. LOUIS — Cori Bush, a progressive activist and a leader of the swelling protest movement …
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Progressive challenger Cori Bush beats Rep. Lacy Clay in primary  —  Liberal challenger Cori Bush defeated Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) in a primary for his St. Louis-based House seat on Tuesday — a huge win for the left and a seismic loss for the Congressional Black Caucus, which has tried to snuff out challenges from younger candidates.
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressive Challenger Cori Bush Unseats Rep. Lacy Clay In Missouri
Discussion: Mother Jones and Jewish Insider
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Tlaib leading establishment primary challenger as votes trickle in
Discussion: The Hill
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay loses Democratic primary in Missouri
Discussion: NBC News, Slate and New York Times
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Trump campaign sues Nevada over bill expanding mail-in voting for general election  —  President Donald Trump's campaign has sued Nevada over a contentious bill recently approved in the ongoing special session of the Nevada Legislature that expands mail-in voting for the 2020 general election …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Poll: Majority support voting by mail, bucking Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Trump encourages mail voting in Florida, but sues in Nevada
Discussion: ABC News
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Majority of registered voters oppose U.S. election delay: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Republicans Aid Kanye West's Bid to Get on the 2020 Ballot  —  At least three people involved in the effort to get Kanye West's name before voters in several states have G.O.P. connections, renewing questions about the aim of his campaign.  —  At least three people who have been active …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and The US Sun
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jsonline:   Bice: Wisconsin Republicans help Kanye West in his attempt to get on state presidential ballot
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
A Well-Connected GOP Strategist Is Helping Kanye West Get on the Ballot in Wisconsin
Politico:
Republicans dodge Kansas nightmare as Marshall defeats Kobach  —  Rep. Roger Marshall won the GOP primary for an open Senate seat in Kansas on Tuesday, turning aside the controversial Kris Kobach — to the relief of Republicans concerned that Kobach could put not just the state but the party's Senate majority at risk this fall.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Mark Meadows isn't saving Trump.  He's sabotaging the country.  —  This is what happens when you put a saboteur in charge of governing.  —  On Capitol Hill, talks for a new pandemic relief package are going nowhere fast, even though enhanced unemployment benefits have already lapsed …
Discussion: National Review
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Brutal Assessment of Cable News
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Vox
Jim DeFede / CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Gov. Ron DeSantis Acknowledges State's Unemployment System Was Built With ‘Pointless Roadblocks’ To Pay Out ‘Least Number Of Claims’  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Gov. Ron DeSantis is acknowledging or the first time that the state unemployment system was deliberately designed to frustrate people …
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
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
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
I Was Bloodied and Dazed.  Beirut Strangers Treated Me Like a Friend.  —  In a land conditioned by calamity, people knew what to do, including helping wounded people they didn't know.  —  BEIRUT — I was just about to look at a video a friend had sent me on Tuesday afternoon …
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Republicans consider South Lawn of the White House for Donald Trump's convention speech  —  Republican National Convention planners are considering the White House South Lawn as the site of President Trump's nationally televised nomination acceptance speech later this month, according to a Republican familiar with the discussions.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Husband of Los Angeles district attorney charged with pointing a gun at BLM protesters  —  On March 2, David Lacey, the husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, emerged from their home to point a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters on his front porch, telling them …
Discussion: Politico, TheBlaze, Breitbart and Althouse
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Bass corrects explanation for appearing at Scientology event
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Hill and Fox News
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 …
Monica Torres / HuffPost:
Instead Of Saying ‘Hey, Guys!’  At Work, Try These Gender-Neutral Alternatives … “Hey, guys!”  It's the greeting that launched a thousand meetings and Zoom calls.  —  Etymologists trace the term “guys” to the historical figure Guy Fawkes.  It's evolved from the name of one man who attempted …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Travis Andrews / Washington Post:
Many thought Trump's Axios interview felt like ‘Veep.’ The showrunner says, 'We're being outdone regularly.'  —  Almost as soon as President Trump's tense interview with Axios's Jonathan Swan aired, Twitter accounts started comparing it to HBO's political satire “Veep.”
Brittany Shepherd / Yahoo News:
Biden pushes back on cognitive test question: ‘Why the hell would I take a test?’  —  WASHINGTON — Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden shrugged off a question Tuesday about taking a cognitive assessment test, which President Trump has challenged him to do — while misrepresenting what the test measures.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Contemptor
 
 
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Inside McCarthy's new GOP messaging platform
Discussion: Raw Story
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell, the Turtle, Is Losing the Race Now
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump After Portland  —  The president's aggressive tactics against protesters have already damaged …
Joe Cunningham / Redstate:
Our So-Called “Media Correspondents” Are Simply Not Serious
Discussion: Fox News
Liena Zagare / BKLYNER:
Data Check: Recent COVID-19 Infection Rates Vary Widely By Neighborhood
Lisa Miller / New York Magazine:
The Making of a Molotov Cocktail Two lawyers, a summer of unrest, and a bottle of Bud Light.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Another poll shows Trump's base in Georgia is eroding
New York Times:
After 6 Weeks, Victors Are Declared in 2 N.Y. Congressional Primaries
Discussion: The Hill and Reason
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Chrastil / The Lens:
Louisiana Supreme Court won't review life sentence for man convicted of attempting to steal hedge clippers
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Good Covid-19 News From Italy...and Sweden
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia, With China's Help, Expands Its Nuclear Program