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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 …
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
‘She is absolutely our No. 1 draft pick’: GOP pines for Rice as Biden VP
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Thompson / Politico:   Trump's campaign knocks on a million doors a week. Biden's knocks on 0.
NBC News:   Biden campaign makes $280 million in ad reservations for fall stretch
Axios:   Biden confidants see VP choices narrowing to Harris and Rice
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:   Biden's new campaign website drives unity theme by incorporating ideas from former rivals
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.
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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 …
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressive Challenger Cori Bush Unseats Rep. Lacy Clay In Missouri  —  The “Squad” is about to get bigger.  —  Progressive challenger Cori Bush defeated Rep. William Lacy Clay in the Democratic primary for Missouri's 1st Congressional District on Tuesday, adding to the activist left's winning streak.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Jewish Insider
CNN:
US defense officials contradict Trump: No indication yet of attack in Beirut  —  (CNN)Three US Defense Department officials told CNN that as of Tuesday night there was no indication that the massive explosions that rocked Beirut on Tuesday were an “attack,” contradicting an earlier claim from President Donald Trump.
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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Elena Moore / NPR:
Conservative Kris Kobach Loses Kansas GOP Senate Primary
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Kris Kobach Loses Kansas Senate Primary, Easing Republican Worries
Discussion: Washington Post
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  —  Most voters approve of voting by mail ahead of a presidential election plagued by coronavirus concerns, and an overwhelming majority agree the contest should proceed as scheduled on Nov. 3, according to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Discussion: Reuters and Political Wire
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:   Trump encourages mail voting in Florida, but sues in Nevada
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:   How US Postal Service changes could complicate mail-in voting
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: The Hill, Raw Story 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
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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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.
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
Associated Press:
Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands  —  BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.  More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN, Politico, Mediaite, KRON4 and OutKick
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Associated Press:   Lebanese confront devastation after massive Beirut explosion
Washington Post:   Nearly 50 people killed and more than 2,750 injured in Beirut explosions, health minister says
Politico:
White House eyes executive orders to upend virus negotiations  —  The White House is considering a trio of executive orders aimed at shaking up coronavirus relief negotiations with Democrats, a sign of frustration within the Trump administration at the sluggish pace of the talks …
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Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
McSally, Kelly secure party nods in Arizona Senate race
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Mark Meadows isn't saving Trump. He's sabotaging the country.
Discussion: National Review
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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Brutal Assessment of Cable News  —  On the menu today: An MSNBC producer resigns, and metaphorically nails 95 theses to the doors of cable news, spotlighting how the industry has failed in its duties to inform the public; the president has another pyrotechnic explosion of a television interview …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Vox
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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 …
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 …
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
US coronavirus mortality rate not lowest in world, despite Trump claim: FACT CHECK  —  The president has made false statements about the virus's mortality rate.  —  President Donald Trump and his White House have repeatedly claimed this week, falsely, that the United States has the lowest novel coronavirus mortality rate in the world.
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Associated Press:   Chasm grows between Trump and government coronavirus experts
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 …
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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Brittany Shepherd / Yahoo News:
Biden pushes back on cognitive test question: ‘Why the hell would I take a test?’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Contemptor
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.
Travis Andrews / Washington Post:
Many thought Trump's Axios interview felt like ‘Veep.’ The showrunner says, 'We're being outdone regularly.'
New York Times:
After 6 Weeks, Victors Are Declared in 2 N.Y. Congressional Primaries
Discussion: The Hill and Reason
Rachel Roubein / Politico:
Missouri voters latest to approve Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Chrastil / The Lens:
Louisiana Supreme Court won't review life sentence for man convicted of attempting to steal hedge clippers
Lionel Laurent / Bloomberg:
Good Covid-19 News From Italy...and Sweden
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia, With China's Help, Expands Its Nuclear Program