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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.”
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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.
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, The Hill and The Daily Caller
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Commission rejects Trump campaign request for 4th debate  —  The Commission on Presidential Debates on Thursday denied the Trump campaign's request to add a fourth debate in the first week of September or move up one of the existing debates in order to get ahead of an expected surge in early voting.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Commission rejects Trump push for add debate against Biden
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Let's not ignore the serial foreign policy failures of this administration
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump's foreign policy team is hedging against a Biden win
Discussion: Reuters
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?”
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Joe Biden would be wise to pick Kamala Harris
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Won't Commit to Voting Biden Over Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:   Facebook Removes Troll Farm Pretending to Be African-Americans in Support of Trump
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 …
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Douglas Quan / Toronto Star:   Saudi hit squad was sent to Toronto to try to kill former intel official, lawsuit alleges
Washington Post:   Former Saudi intelligence officer accuses crown prince of ordering his assassination in Canada
Robert Fifeottawa / Globe and Mail:   Saudi Crown Prince sent hit squad to Canada, exiled spy chief alleges
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 …
Harry Enten / CNN:
New polls suggest Trump's position has stabilized  —  (CNN)There's little doubt that former Vice President Joe Biden has the upperhand against President Donald Trump at this point.  Biden has led in poll after poll nationally and in almost every poll in the core six battleground states …
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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.
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
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Trump visit  —  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested positive for COVID-19 and plans to quarantine at his home for the next 14 days, his office announced Thursday.  He currently has no symptoms.  —  Why it matters: The 73-year-old DeWine …
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Ohio Gov. DeWine tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Trump's visit
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive ahead of Trump visit
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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, TheBlaze, Breitbart and Twitchy
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Kanye West qualifies to appear on Colorado presidential ballot  —  West met the 3 p.m. deadline Wednesday to file and paid the $1,000 fee  —  Kanye West has filed paperwork and qualified to be on the presidential ballot in Colorado for the upcoming election.
Discussion: Associated Press
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jsonline:   Bice: Did Kanye West file his nomination papers too late to get on the Wisconsin ballot? Maybe.
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
Washington Post:
Ukrainian who made appearance in Trump impeachment saga accused by U.S. of stealing, laundering billions  —  The Justice Department on Thursday accused a Ukrainian oligarch who has been considered an ally of that country's president of stealing billions of dollars from a bank he once owned …
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.
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 …
Politico:
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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Even Asymptomatic People Carry the Coronavirus in High Amounts  —  Researchers in South Korea found that roughly 30 percent of those infected never develop symptoms yet probably spread the virus.  —  Of all the coronavirus's qualities, perhaps the most surprising has been that seemingly healthy people can spread it to others.
Discussion: The Week
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump tells Geraldo Rivera that Biden and Dems are ‘against the Bible’  —  ‘That may be a little harsh, him being against the Bible,’ Rivera responded  —  President Trump told Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Thursday that Joe Biden and Democrats are “against the Bible.”
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and Breitbart
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 …
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Trump will slap tariffs on Canada's aluminum again  —  President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will reimpose tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada, a move reignites trade tensions just a month after his signature North American trade deal took effect.
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 …
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
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.
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Senator launches investigation into Postal Service delays  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
 
 
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Mercedes Schlapp / Real Clear Politics:
CNN's Dishonesty on Universal Vote-by-Mail
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
One tweet tried to identify a cop — then five people were charged with felony harassment
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Bezos sells more than $3 billion in Amazon shares
Discussion: The US Sun
Sara Atske / Pew Research Center:
2. Views of COVID-19 response by Trump, hospitals, CDC and other officials
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
Trump says coronavirus vaccine possible before Nov. 3
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia sued over long voting lines
 Earlier Items: 
FIRE:
University of North Texas investigates music theory journal for defending 19th century composer from racism charges
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat adds in-app voter registration targeted at young people
David Crary / Associated Press:
‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How inequality is changing the Republican Party — and breaking American politics
NBC News:
Biden dominates the electoral map, but here's how the race could tighten
CNN:
Trump singles out Texas and Florida for help with coronavirus response
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dmitri Mehlhorn / The Bulwark:
How to Steal an Election  —  Four ways Trump can still win, 89 days out.
Discussion: Raw Story