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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: NBC News, LiveScience and Fox News
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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 …
Faysal Itani / New York Times:
Lebanon's Mushroom Cloud of Incompetence
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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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay loses Democratic primary in Missouri
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Biden Will Not Travel to Milwaukee for Democratic Convention
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressive Challenger Cori Bush Unseats Rep. Lacy Clay In Missouri
Discussion: Mother Jones and Jewish Insider
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: CNBC, Political Wire and Raw Story
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 zero.  —  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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Axios:
Biden confidants see VP choices narrowing to Harris and Rice
Discussion: NBC News
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Majority of registered voters oppose U.S. election delay: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
New York Post:   25 percent of ballots in Brooklyn June primaries invalid
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Poll: Majority support voting by mail, bucking Trump
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Senate: Ranking the Top Dozen Best Targets  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — National Republicans breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday night, as Rep. Roger Marshall (R, KS-1) beat 2018 gubernatorial nominee Kris Kobach (R) in the Kansas Senate primary.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Raw Story
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CNN:
Biden clarifies he has not taken cognitive test  —  (CNN)The presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden clarified that he has not taken a cognitive test, arguing against his need for one as President Donald Trump continues to attack his mental capabilities.  —  “No, I haven't taken a test.
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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: Redstate, Axios, POLITICUSUSA and Contemptor
David Eggert / Associated Press:
‘Squad’ member Rashida Tlaib wins primary in Michigan  —  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib won a challenge for her House seat in Michigan's primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago.  —  Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress …
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Tlaib leading establishment primary challenger as votes trickle in
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell, the Turtle, Is Losing the Race Now  —  The majority leader dedicated himself to Republican of convenience Donald Trump, and it's looking like he may not be the majority leader for much longer.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  It's been a bad, bad, bad summer for Mitch McConnell.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Missouri voters approve Medicaid expansion, making it 38th state to do so  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. — Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.  —  Support for the constitutional amendment means …
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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.
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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Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
It's Not Just You.  We've All Got a Case of the Covid-19 Blues.  —  New data show that Americans are suffering from record levels of mental distress.  —  I am trying to think of when I first realized we'd all run smack into a wall.  —  Was it two weeks ago, when a friend …
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: Florida Politics and Raw Story
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans — 61% — want the police presence to remain the same.
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: JONATHAN TURLEY and Vox
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Mark Meadows isn't saving Trump. He's sabotaging the country.
Discussion: National Review
Jena McGregor / Washington Post:
Remote work really does mean longer days — and more meetings  —  Those who sense that this grand experiment in working from home comes with plenty of downsides — longer days, more meetings and more emails to answer — are now backed up by data  —  The massive global shift to remote work since …
Associated Press:
Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarized America  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarized America.  —  The New York-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media announced …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
CNN:
Trump still not grasping the severity of the pandemic, source tells CNN  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump was still struggling to fully grasp the severity of the coronavirus pandemic during a task force meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday, a source familiar with the meeting told CNN.
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump sneered at the Civil Rights Act. We know why.
Sacha Pfeiffer / NPR:
Foreign Workers Living Overseas Mistakenly Received $1,200 U.S. Stimulus Checks
Discussion: The Hill
Kendall Baker / Axios:
WNBA players escalate political protest against Sen. Kelly Loeffler
Discussion: Breitbart
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Inside McCarthy's new GOP messaging platform
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Will Bill Barr Try to Help Trump Win the Election?
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Digital Revenue Exceeds Print for 1st Time for New York Times Company
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Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump After Portland  —  Win or lose in November, Donald Trump is waging a “law and order” …
Travis Andrews / Washington Post:
Many thought Trump's Axios interview felt like ‘Veep.’ The showrunner says, 'We're being outdone regularly.'
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Another poll shows Trump's base in Georgia is eroding
Nicholas Chrastil / The Lens:
Louisiana Supreme Court won't review life sentence for man convicted of attempting to steal hedge clippers
Washington Post:
Republicans consider South Lawn of the White House for Donald Trump's convention speech
Monica Torres / HuffPost:
Instead Of Saying ‘Hey, Guys!’ At Work, Try These Gender-Neutral Alternatives
Discussion: Althouse