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1:30 PM ET, August 5, 2020

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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 …
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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.
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  —  Yesterday's explosion, which destroyed Beirut's port, much of the city and countless lives, was the result of business as usual.  —  Mr. Itani is a political analyst.  —  My first summer job was at the port of Beirut.  It was the late '90s and I was just a teenager.
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
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Washington Post:
Republicans consider South Lawn of the White House for Donald Trump's convention speech
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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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Tlaib leading establishment primary challenger as votes trickle in
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
David Eggert / Associated Press:   ‘Squad’ member Rashida Tlaib wins primary in Michigan
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Biden Will Not Travel to Milwaukee for Democratic Convention
Discussion: Politico
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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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
CNN:
Biden clarifies he has not taken cognitive test
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
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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Axios:
Biden confidants see VP choices narrowing to Harris and Rice
Discussion: Townhall and NBC News
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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CNN:
Acting State Department watchdog resigns months after previous inspector general was fired  —  Pompeo defends Trump in firing of inspector general  —  Washington (CNN)The acting State Department watchdog Stephen Akard has resigned after serving in the role for less than 3 months following …
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
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Megan Henney / Fox News:
McConnell open to extending $600 unemployment boost in coronavirus stimulus deal
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Majority of registered voters oppose U.S. election delay: Reuters/Ipsos poll
New York Post:   25 percent of ballots in Brooklyn June primaries invalid
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: The Hill and Political Wire
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.
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 …
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 …
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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: 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
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.
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Facebook's fact checkers have ruled claims in Trump ads are false — but no one is telling Facebook's users  —  Fact checkers were unanimous in their assessments when President Trump began claiming in June that Democrat Joe Biden wanted to “defund” police forces.  Politifact called the allegations “false,” as did CheckYourFact.
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Monthly
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump sneered at the Civil Rights Act.  We know why.  —  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is widely viewed as one of the most consequential laws in the history of the republic.  After overcoming filibuster attempts by white supremacists (I highly recommend Clay Risen's magnificent telling …
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 …
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Interior secretary calls Confederate statue protesters ‘bad-doers,’ confirms feds are monitoring their social media feeds  —  WASHINGTON — 1130 WISN is a conservative talk radio station in southeastern Wisconsin and, by dint of its reach, is not a regular stop for high-level White House officials.
 
 
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Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Poll: 31 percent trust Trump on coronavirus
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
This May Be The Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Amy Dockser Marcus / Wall Street Journal:
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Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:
Light traffic at the polls, as 1.6M cast absentee ballots during pandemic
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden scraps plans to travel to Milwaukee for nomination acceptance, citing coronavirus concerns
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
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 Earlier Items: 
Sacha Pfeiffer / NPR:
Foreign Workers Living Overseas Mistakenly Received $1,200 U.S. Stimulus Checks
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarized America
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Kendall Baker / Axios:
WNBA players escalate political protest against Sen. Kelly Loeffler
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Inside McCarthy's new GOP messaging platform
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Brutal Assessment of Cable News
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Vox
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Digital Revenue Exceeds Print for 1st Time for New York Times Company
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump After Portland  —  Win or lose in November, Donald Trump is waging a “law and order” …