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7:10 AM ET, August 7, 2020


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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 BuzzFeed News
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 …
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.
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: Washington Free Beacon and Reuters
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 …
Bice: Did Kanye West file his nomination papers too late to get on the Wisconsin ballot? Maybe.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion:, The Hill and Raw Story
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.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Trump issues order banning TikTok if not sold within 45 days  —  Americans and U.S. companies will be banned from making transactions with ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, in 45 days, according to a new executive order President Trump issued Thursday evening.
Evan Semones / Politico:
Trump issues executive orders against TikTok and WeChat
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?”
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Joe Biden would be wise to pick Kamala Harris
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: Axios, Fox News, NBC News, 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 …
Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Black man's life sentence for stealing hedge clippers more than 20 years ago  —  (CNN)A Black Louisiana man will spend the rest of his life in prison for stealing hedge clippers, after the Louisiana Supreme Court denied his request to have his sentence overturned last week.
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 …
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Top GOP lawmaker calls on Falwell to resign as Liberty University president  —  A top House Republican with ties to Liberty University is calling on Jerry Falwell Jr. to step down as president of the large Christian school in the wake of a viral photo that showed him vacationing on a yacht …
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 …
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 …
Who made the cut — or got axed — for coveted Democratic convention speaking slots  —  Both Clintons are in, but it's unclear whether Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-Cortez will have a speaking role.  —  The question of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's role has set off a debate among Democrats.
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.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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 White House:
Remarks by President Trump at Whirlpool Corporation Manufacturing Plant  —  Whirlpool Corporation Manufacturing Plant  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody.  Please.  Thank you very much.  It's a great honor to be here.  And thank you, Dan.  I'm thrilled to be in the great state of Ohio.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joe Biden:
My Statement on Faith  —  Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life: it's provided me comfort in moments of loss and tragedy, it's kept me grounded and humbled in times of triumph and joy.  And in this moment of darkness for our country — of pain, of division …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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: Washington Post and Toronto Star
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.
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 …
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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
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
One tweet tried to identify a cop — then five people were charged with felony harassment
Washington Post:
Ukrainian who made appearance in Trump impeachment saga accused by U.S. of stealing, laundering billions
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump tells Geraldo Rivera that Biden and Dems are ‘against the Bible’
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and Breitbart
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Even Asymptomatic People Carry the Coronavirus in High Amounts
National Review:
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Tim Mak / NPR:
New York Attorney General Moves To Dissolve The NRA After Fraud Investigation