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New York Times:
‘The Photo Does Not Look Good’: Georgia School's Crowded Halls Go Viral  —  A student was suspended for five days for posting images of packed hallways at North Paulding High School, her mother said.  —  The widely circulated photo from North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
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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 …
Randall Lane / Forbes:
Exclusive: Kanye West Indicates That His Spoiler Campaign Is Indeed Designed To Hurt Biden  —  In an exclusive interview, the billionaire rapper says he's “walking for president” as GOP operatives work to get him on state ballots.  —  Amid various reports that Republican …
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jsonline:
Bice: Did Kanye West file his nomination papers too late to get on the Wisconsin ballot? Maybe.
Discussion: The Hill
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Elliott Abrams, convicted of lying about Iran-Contra, named special representative for Iran  —  Brian Hook, the administration's special representative for Iran, is leaving and will be replaced by Elliott Abrams, convicted of misleading Congress about the Iran-Contra affair.
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Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Iranians get SMS barrage offering millions for info on U.S. election hacking  —  When Mohamad first got the text message offering him up to $10 million for information about attempts to interfere with the U.S. election, he thought it was “some kind of cyber attack.”
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
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
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: The Hill, The Daily Caller and Axios
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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 …
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Trump advisers hesitated to give military options and warned adversaries over fears he might start a war  —  Washington (CNN)Amid escalating tensions with both North Korea and Iran, President Donald Trump's advisers hesitated to give him military options fearing the President might accidentally …
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.
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Detroit Free Press:
Biden campaign ad spills beans on GM's secret Corvette plans  —  In the course of “vetting” a vice presidential running mate, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden might have accidentally spilled General Motors' future product plans.  —  In an 80-second campaignspot posted …
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
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden draws distinction on Black, Latino political diversity  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden faces new scrutiny over how he discusses race and ethnicity after drawing distinctions between Black and Hispanic populations in the United States.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and NBC News
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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 …
Discussion: Toronto Star and Washington Post
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
McConnell and Pelosi expect a coronavirus relief deal — but huge differences remain  — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNBC he believes Democrats and Republicans will strike a coronavirus relief agreement “in the near future.”  — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also told CNBC …
Discussion: IJR, POLITICUSUSA and Twitchy
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BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Fired An Employee Who Collected Evidence Of Right-Wing Pages Getting Preferential Treatment  —  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 …
Washington Times:
‘Great gray lady’ tilts to reckless  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The New York Times used to set the agenda for the rest of America's news.  Its in-depth coverage of people and events was considered by the rest of the business to be the gold standard for good reportage and writing.
Discussion: Associated Press
James Arkin / Politico:
Trump-endorsed Hagerty wins Tennessee Senate primary  —  Bill Hagerty, President Donald Trump's former ambassador to Japan, won the contentious Tennessee primary Thursday, securing the party's nomination in the safe red state.  —  Hagerty had 52 percent of the vote, compared to 38 percent …
Sean Greene / Los Angeles Times:
California tops 10,000 coronavirus deaths  —  The death toll from the coronavirus in California surpassed 10,000 people on Thursday, a mark that underscores how a state that was once hailed as a pandemic success story is now struggling to slow outbreaks.  —  The surge of the coronavirus …
Discussion: The Hill
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: The Hill, Reuters and Breitbart
The Daily Beast:
Before Biden Backed Out of Speech, COVID Was Detected at Convention Site  —  Three individuals had positive test results this week, a convention aide confirmed.  They are now self-isolating.  —  The same week that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden formally canceled plans to give …
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Government Misconduct Frees Cliven Bundy  —  Politically charged prosecutions — even ones that are thoroughly justified — often end badly for the justice system.  So it appears with the federal prosecutions of Cliven Bundy and his sons.  The government blew its case against Bundy's sons …
HuffPost:
Cori Bush Is Set To Be The First Black Lives Matter Leader In Congress  —  The activist's primary win against Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri's 1st Congressional District is a milestone for the movement born in Ferguson.  —  When Cori Bush arrived at a demonstration against police brutality …
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 …
Nikki Carvajal / CNN:
Trump issues executive order banning TikTok from operating in 45 days if it's not sold by Chinese parent company  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that would ban the social media app TikTok from operating in the US in 45 days if it is not sold by its Chinese parent company ByteDance.
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
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.
Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
More sensitive virus test determines Gov. Mike DeWine does not have COVID-19  —  A more sensitive coronavirus test has determined that Gov. Mike DeWine does not have COVID-19, his office announced Thursday night.  —  A rapid-test before DeWine was scheduled to greet President Donald Trump determined he was positive for the virus.
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 …
Mercedes Schlapp / Real Clear Politics:
CNN's Dishonesty on Universal Vote-by-Mail  —  Most of the mainstream media say the same thing when it comes to voter fraud — it's too rare to be consequential.  In endlessly repeating this line, the media is now doing more than just slinging mud at President Trump.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Judge dismisses House GOP lawsuit against Pelosi's proxy voting system  —  A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by House Republicans against Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sought to invalidate a resolution that allows members to vote via proxy during the coronavirus pandemic.
HuffPost:
Trump Finds A Big-Dollar Underwriter For His Campaign: The American Taxpayer  —  The president is openly using ‘official’ events, Air Force 1 and federal employees to attack Democrats and spread his reelection message.  —  MIDLAND, Texas - Air Force cargo jets hauled in armored SUVs …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
One tweet tried to identify a cop — then five people were charged with felony harassment … A New Jersey police department is pursuing cyber harassment charges against five people in connection with a protest photo uploaded to Twitter in June.  Complaints were served against the original tweeter …
 
 
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Ryan Morrison / Daily Mail:
Some children find spending time in nature ‘distressing’ because it can trigger feelings of anxiety and despair linked to climate change
Discussion: Twitchy
CNN:
Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Black man's life sentence for stealing hedge clippers more than 20 years ago
Emily Bobrow / New York Times:
She Was Pregnant With Twins During Covid. Why Did Only One Survive?
Richard Sisk / Military.com:
Army V Corps Headquarters Will Be First Unit to Move to Poland
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Top GOP lawmaker calls on Falwell to resign as Liberty University president
Discussion: The Hill, TheBlaze and POLITICUSUSA
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump-appointed tech fund chief linked to multilevel marketing companies
Discussion: Raw Story
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
With Old Allies Turning Against Her, Birx Presses On Against the Coronavirus
 Earlier Items: 
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Mail-in ballot applications in Virginia tap into worries about fraud with faulty instructions
Discussion: WAVY-TV
Matt Blitz / DCist:
In DC, An ‘Increasing Number’ Of Infectious People Ate In Restaurants
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump tells Geraldo Rivera that Biden and Dems are ‘against the Bible’
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and Breitbart
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Let's not ignore the serial foreign policy failures of this administration
Jesse Newman / Wall Street Journal:
More Farmers Declare Bankruptcy Despite Record Levels of Federal Aid
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat adds in-app voter registration targeted at young people