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9:55 PM ET, August 6, 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. …
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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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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump's foreign policy team is hedging against a Biden win
Discussion: Reuters
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Iranians get SMS barrage offering millions for info on U.S. election hacking
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
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
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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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
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 Breitbart
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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
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:
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
 
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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
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Government Misconduct Frees Cliven Bundy
James Arkin / Politico:
Trump-endorsed Hagerty wins Tennessee Senate primary
Discussion: Washington Post, The Bulwark and Vox
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump-appointed tech fund chief linked to multilevel marketing companies
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
With Old Allies Turning Against Her, Birx Presses On Against the Coronavirus
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
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
Focus on Rural America:
Heartland Poll Release: Biden Leads in Midwest
CNN:
Trump singles out Texas and Florida for help with coronavirus response
Discussion: Daily Kos