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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
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Lauren Strapagiel / BuzzFeed News:
A Georgia High School Suspended Two Students For Posting Photos Of Crowded Hallways
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.
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Trump Blew Up More Than Just TikTok and WeChat  —  The latest executive orders targeting China could be deep and damaging.  Brace for impact.  —  U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to ban dealings with ByteDance Ltd., owner of video-sharing sensation TikTok, appears to codify what his administration has already been warning.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Trump issues order banning TikTok if not sold within 45 days
Evan Semones / Politico:
Trump issues executive orders against TikTok and WeChat
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: Amazon.com, Raw Story and The Hill
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 …
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National Review:   New York's Lawless NRA Lawsuit
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
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump's foreign policy team is hedging against a Biden win
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 …
Politico:
Who made the cut — or got axed — for coveted Democratic convention speaking slots  —  Bernie Sanders and John Kasich will share a night in the spotlight, and both Clintons are slated to have prominent speaking roles at the all-virtual Democratic National Convention in less than two weeks …
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The Daily Beast:   Before Biden Backed Out of Speech, COVID Was Detected at Convention Site
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?”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:   Joe Biden would be wise to pick Kamala Harris
Washington Post:
Trump re-imposes tariffs on Canadian aluminum, prompting Trudeau to vow retaliation  —  Industry groups panned the U.S. decision and disputed the idea of a Canadian deluge  —  President Trump said Thursday he has re-imposed a tariff of 10 percent on some aluminum products imported from Canada …
Discussion: Politico
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Wall Street Journal:   So Much for Trump's Trade Promise
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, NBC News, Fox News, The Hill and Breitbart
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?  —  The party looks brain-dead at every spot Trump touches.  But off in the corners, there's a lot of intellectual ferment.  —  Jonathan V. Last thinks President Trump is here forever.  Last, an editor at The Bulwark, a conservative site that's been hostile to Trump …
CNN:
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.
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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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Mr. President, What Are Your Priorities?”  Is Not a Tough Question  —  Trump is running for reëlection, but, unlike four years ago, he can't even say why.  —  It was not supposed to be a trick question, or even all that tricky.  For any other candidate, it would have been the softest of softballs, the slowest of pitches.
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The case against American truck bloat  —  When I was growing up in rural Colorado, my family had a classic work truck: a 1980 F-150 with the famous 300 cubic inch inline six-cylinder engine.  It was often my task to fetch a load of sand for mixing concrete, or landscaping soil, or lumber for some project.
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Right-wing media defanged by dissolving anti-Biden storylines  —  The three biggest anti-Joe Biden storylines in right-wing media over the last year have either fizzled or are getting less online traction than they used to, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
The Great Escape: Donald John Trump's Exit Strategy  —  Where does the President go from here?  —  1 hr  —  THAT SOUND YOU HEAR is the death rattle of a presidency.  —  A thousand Americans are dying of the novel coronavirus every day.  Volume Five of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report is due for release any day now.
Mychal Denzel Smith / The Atlantic:
Incremental Change Is a Moral Failure  —  Mere reform won't fix policing.  —  Author of Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream  —  I know that where I live is the hood, and not only because I am in a part of Brooklyn where a substantial number of Black people still live.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Released from jail at height of pandemic, Alexandria rape suspect allegedly killed his accuser  —  Ibrahim Bouaichi then shot himself as police closed in Wednesday, leaving him in critical condition  —  The incident in Karla Dominguez's apartment last October was violent, and it was not consensual …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump long has relied on nondisclosure deals to prevent criticism.  That strategy may be unraveling.  —  For decades, Donald Trump has relied on broadly worded nondisclosure agreements as a powerful weapon against anyone who would say something critical of him.
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 …
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 …
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: UPI and TheBlaze
Reuters:
Forecast: 300,000 U.S. COVID-19 Deaths By December 1  —  Health experts at the University of Washington said 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from COVID-19 by Dec. 1 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Judge dismisses House GOP lawsuit against Pelosi's proxy voting system
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
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New York Times:
Former Saudi Official Accuses the Crown Prince of Trying to Kill Him
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National Review:
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