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11:35 AM 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 …
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
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
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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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressive Challenger Cori Bush Unseats Rep. Lacy Clay In Missouri
Discussion: Mother Jones and Jewish Insider
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay loses Democratic primary in Missouri
Discussion: NBC News, New York Times and Slate
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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Politico:
Republicans dodge Kansas nightmare as Marshall defeats Kobach
Discussion: Reuters, Associated Press and The Hill
Ginger Gibson / NBC News:
McConnell says he will likely rely on Democratic votes for coronavirus aid package
Discussion: Breitbart, MSNBC 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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New York Post:   25 percent of ballots in Brooklyn June primaries invalid
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Majority of registered voters oppose U.S. election delay: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Poll: Majority support voting by mail, bucking Trump
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
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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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
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 …
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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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 and Raw Story
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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: The Hill and Axios
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 …
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.
 
 
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CNN:
Trump still not grasping the severity of the pandemic, source tells CNN
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
Sacha Pfeiffer / NPR:
Foreign Workers Living Overseas Mistakenly Received $1,200 U.S. Stimulus Checks
Discussion: The Hill
Ryan Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Young Latino Voters Say They're Excited To Vote. But They're Nervous Trump Supporters Will Cheat.
Kendall Baker / Axios:
WNBA players escalate political protest against Sen. Kelly Loeffler
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Inside McCarthy's new GOP messaging platform
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New York Times:
Will Bill Barr Try to Help Trump Win the Election?
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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
Monica Torres / HuffPost:
Instead Of Saying ‘Hey, Guys!’ At Work, Try These Gender-Neutral Alternatives
Discussion: Althouse