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4:12 PM ET, August 6, 2020


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Tim Mak / NPR:
New York Attorney General Moves To Dissolve The NRA After Fraud Investigation  —  The Attorney General of New York took action today to dissolve the National Rifle Association, following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is “fraught with fraud and abuse.”
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA in suit accusing gun rights group of wide-ranging fraud and self-dealing  —  The chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Attorney General Sues N.R.A. and Seeks Its Closure  —  The New York attorney general, Letitia James, filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association, alleging that years of corruption and misspending had irreparably undermined its ability to operate as a nonprofit.
Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:   New York Attorney General Seeks to Dissolve National Rifle Association
National Review:
Why Trump's Losing  —  How COVID magnifies his flaws  —  President Trump pulled an inside straight to win in 2016, and now he needs another one.  —  The good news for Trump is that his approval rating has stopped falling recently.  The bad news is that it has stabilized in the low 40s.
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's mental ability is a campaign issue that can't be ignored
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
The Unique U.S. Failure to Control the Virus  —  Slowing the coronavirus has been especially difficult for the United States because of its tradition of prioritizing individualism and missteps by the Trump administration.  —  By David LeonhardtGraphics by Lauren Leatherby
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Lauren Strapagiel / BuzzFeed News:
A Georgia High School Suspended Two Students For Posting Photos Of Crowded Hallways  —  At least two students have been suspended at North Paulding High School in Georgia for posting photos of crowded hallways that went viral on Twitter.  —  The photos show students packed into hallways between classes …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Biden raises eyebrows with remark contrasting African American, Latino diversity  —  He made the comments during an interview that aired at the NAHJ and NABJ convention  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden raised eyebrows Thursday with comments comparing the African American and Latino communities.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
NBC News:
Facebook removes troll farm posing as African-American support for Donald Trump  —  Facebook removed hundreds of accounts on Thursday from a foreign troll farm posing as African-Americans in support of Donald Trump and QAnon supporters.  It also removed thousands of fake accounts linked …
Hon. Rudolph W. Giuliani / Commission …:
CPD Statement  —  Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. 1300 N. 17th Street  —  Dear Mayor Giuliani:  —  Thank you for your letter dated August 5.  We are pleased that President Trump and Vice President Biden both have agreed to participate in the debates the Commission on Presidential Debates …
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
S.E. Cupp / New York Daily News:
My vote for Biden hinges on his veep pick  —  The job of the vice president hasn't gotten much respect over the years.  —  Benjamin Franklin is rumored to have suggested that the title be renamed “His Superfluous Excellency.”  Vice President John Nance Garner — aka, “who?”
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Won't Commit to Voting Biden Over Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Joe Biden would be wise to pick Kamala Harris
New York Times:
Iran Envoy Brian Hook, a ‘Survivor’ on Trump's Team, to Quit  —  The exit of Brian Hook, the State Department's special envoy for Iran, most likely rules out nuclear diplomacy with Tehran before November.  —  Brian Hook, the State Department's special envoy for Iran and one of the few …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Ohio Gov. DeWine tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Trump's visit … WASHINGTON — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday before he was supposed to meet President Donald Trump for his arrival in Cleveland.  —  “Ohio Governor Mike DeWine took a test …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Trump visit
Associated Press:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive ahead of Trump visit
Discussion: Politico and The Week
New York Times:
Former Saudi Official Accuses the Crown Prince of Trying to Kill Him  —  Saad Aljabri, a former top intelligence official, filed suit in Washington alleging that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a team of agents to Canada to kill him.  —  BEIRUT — A former top Saudi intelligence …
Robert Fifeottawa / Globe and Mail:   Saudi Crown Prince sent hit squad to Canada, exiled spy chief alleges
Emboldened Pelosi takes hard line as relief talks drag on  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stood up before a room full of Senate Republicans noshing on lunch Tuesday, compelled to make a declaration about Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  —  “There were press reports that Mark is indecisive and I'm owned by Nancy …
The Hill:
Republicans fear disaster in November  —  Republicans are privately fearing the worst possible outcome in November, one that could leave them without the White House or a majority in either chamber of Congress next year.  —  House Republicans face numerous, almost insurmountable obstacles …
Discussion: National Review and The US Sun
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Employees Wonder What Would Happen If Trump Used Their Platform To Dispute Election Results  —  Facebook employees collected evidence showing the company is giving right-wing pages preferential treatment when it comes to misinformation.  And they're worried about how the company …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Pence blasts Chief Justice John Roberts as ‘disappointment to conservatives’  —  Vice President Mike Pence described Chief Justice John Roberts as a “disappointment” to conservative voters, explicitly seeking to cast the Supreme Court as a campaign issue ahead of the November election.
Focus on Rural America:
Heartland Poll Release: Biden Leads in Midwest  —  With 90 days until the election the latest Focus on Rural America poll shows Biden has the momentum to beat Trump in the rural Heartland.  —  The Focus on Rural America poll was conducted by David Binder Research in Iowa, Michigan …
Discussion: Political Wire
Robby Soave / Reason:
Tulane Canceled a Talk by the Author of an Acclaimed Anti-Racism Book After Students Said the Event Was ‘Violent’  —  Life of a Klansman: A Family History of White Supremacy is the latest book by Edward Ball, whose award-winning 1998 book Slaves in the Family traces the histories of people enslaved by Ball's own ancestors.
Bice: Did Kanye West file his nomination papers too late to get on the Wisconsin ballot?  Maybe.  —  For all the attention given rapper Kanye West's bid to get on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin this November, there is one technical question hanging over his candidacy:
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Terrorism Experts Say QAnon Conspiracy Theory a Threat to National Security  —  A new report from West Point's Combating Terrorism Center details violence related to the group and warns how dangerous and complicated fighting it will be.  —  Matthew Gault  —  Qanon is going mainstream and that's bad.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Let's not ignore the serial foreign policy failures of this administration  —  In the midst of President Trump's appalling failure to confront the novel coronavirus, the ensuing collapse of the economy and loss of respect and influence around the world, we should not lose track …
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Trump's DC Hotel Jacked Up Its Prices as Trump Began Plotting a DC-Based Convention  —  The president hasn't committed to giving his acceptance speech at the White House.  But his nearby hotel has conspicuously begun charging way more for the weekend it's scheduled.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Jesse Newman / Wall Street Journal:
More Farmers Declare Bankruptcy Despite Record Levels of Federal Aid  —  Coronavirus pandemic adds strain to agricultural economy already reeling from trade fights, commodity glut  —  More U.S. farmers are filing for bankruptcy, as federal payments projected to reach record levels …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How inequality is changing the Republican Party — and breaking American politics  —  President Donald Trump shakes hands in 2017 with then-House Speaker Paul Ryan, as Vice President Mike Pence beams.  Bill Clark-Pool/Getty Images  —  A new book tries to untangle the relationship between …
David Crary / Associated Press:
‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The day after Donald Trump's election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.”  —  As president, Trump hasn't personally squared off …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
NBC News:
Biden dominates the electoral map, but here's how the race could tighten  —  WASHINGTON — When you're leading a presidential race nationally by double digits, you're set to exceed 300 electoral votes.  —  And that's where we have Joe Biden in our first battleground map of 2020 …
Trump singles out Texas and Florida for help with coronavirus response  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump agreed to continue paying for the full cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with the coronavirus response in just two states — Texas and Florida — after their Republican governors appealed directly to him.
Discussion: Daily Kos
University of North Texas investigates music theory journal for defending 19th century composer from racism charges  —  Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is defending a Schenkerian music theory journal at the University of North Texas, and its editors, from an unwarranted investigation into alleged racism.
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Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
Trump says coronavirus vaccine possible before Nov. 3
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Senator launches investigation into Postal Service delays
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia sued over long voting lines
Tom Cotton / National Review:
Joe Biden Is China's Choice for President
Susan Katz Keating / Just The News:
Democrats planted false stories in effort to derail Biden investigations, Grassley says
Tyler Estep / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
DeKalb absentee ballot plan would ‘open election to fraud,’ state says
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
CD2 Most Competitive of Four House Races
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Inside the Trump campaign's effort — and struggle — to win over Black voters in Texas
Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
Early Coronavirus Vaccine Supplies Likely Won't Be Enough for Everyone at High Risk
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat adds in-app voter registration targeted at young people
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The Trump campaign's latest contest is a scam. Here's proof.
Dmitri Mehlhorn / The Bulwark:
How to Steal an Election  —  Four ways Trump can still win, 89 days out.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Dadouch / Washington Post:
'I have no idea how I'm not dead': A Post correspondent recalls doomful night in Beirut