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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
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 …
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
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressive Challenger Cori Bush Unseats Rep. Lacy Clay In Missouri
Discussion: Mother Jones and Jewish Insider
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: NBC News and The Daily Caller
Axios:   Biden confidants see VP choices narrowing to Harris and Rice
Matt Viser / Washington Post:   Joe Biden's campaign plans a $280 million ad campaign for the final three months of the presidential race
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 and Raw Story
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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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Majority of registered voters oppose U.S. election delay: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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?’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Contemptor
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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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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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
A Well-Connected GOP Strategist Is Helping Kanye West Get on the Ballot in Wisconsin
jsonline:   Bice: Wisconsin Republicans help Kanye West in his attempt to get on state presidential ballot
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
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 POLITICUSUSA
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Mark Meadows isn't saving Trump. He's sabotaging the country.
Discussion: National Review
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
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.
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Bass corrects explanation for appearing at Scientology event  —  Karen Bass on Wednesday corrected her explanation for why she appeared and spoke effusively at the opening of the Church of Scientology's headquarters in Los Angeles a decade ago.  —  Bass had noted in a written statement …
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 …
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.
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: Raw Story
New York Post:
25 percent of ballots in Brooklyn June primaries invalid  —  A staggering 25 percent of mail-in ballots cast in Brooklyn for June's primary elections were declared invalid, it was revealed on Tuesday, as Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the Board of Elections to shape up by November.
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: TheBlaze, Politico, Breitbart and Althouse
 
 
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Sean Hannity / Fox News:
Biden's Ukraine dealings example of ‘swamp’ corruption Trump was elected to stop
Ryan Brooks / BuzzFeed News:
Young Latino Voters Say They're Excited To Vote. But They're Nervous Trump Supporters Will Cheat.
Lomi Kriel / The Texas Tribune:
Federal agents are expelling asylum seekers as young as 8 months from the border, citing COVID-19 risks
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
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” …
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Joe Cunningham / Redstate:
Our So-Called “Media Correspondents” Are Simply Not Serious
Discussion: Fox News
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.'
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
Nicholas Chrastil / The Lens:
Louisiana Supreme Court won't review life sentence for man convicted of attempting to steal hedge clippers