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11:00 AM ET, August 6, 2020


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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 …
Roy Neel / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Last Gasp Could Be a Supreme Court Justice in January  —  The potential for a last-minute conservative SCOTUS appointment by a defeated Trump and a defanged McConnell is real and frightening.  —  Close your eyes and picture Jan. 3, 2021: The Capitol is teeming with 35 newly sworn-in Senators …
‘I want to get an outcome’: McConnell defends strategy as he faces GOP grumbling  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows where he needs to take his fellow Republicans on coronavirus relief — but he's not sure how many will follow him there.  —  Facing a deeply divided Senate GOP conference …
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Pence calls Chief Justice John Roberts a ‘disappointment to conservatives’
New York Times:
Trump's Bank Was Subpoenaed by N.Y. Prosecutors in Criminal Inquiry  —  The subpoena, sent to Deutsche Bank, suggests that the inquiry into President Trump's business practices is more wide-ranging than previously known.  —  The New York prosecutors who are seeking President Trump's tax records …
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 …
Dmitri Mehlhorn / The Bulwark:
How to Steal an Election  —  Four ways Trump can still win, 89 days out.  —  If you want the bad news all at once, the TL/DR is this:  —  (1) Trump can use normal tactics to win outright or make the race closer.  —  (2) COVID problems with election administration can take up to 6 percent off of Biden's margin.
Discussion: Raw Story and Brookings
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's mental ability is a campaign issue that can't be ignored
Discussion: Fox News
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
Heather Kelly / Washington Post:
For the first time, Facebook removes post by Trump containing coronavirus misinformation  —  The company is has faced pressure to better moderate its site amid a massive advertiser boycott.  —  Facebook on Wednesday said it removed President Trump's post of a video clip from a Fox News interview …
Tyler O'Neil /
Twitter Staffer Who Announced Trump Censorship Used to Work for Kamala Harris...  On Wednesday, Twitter deleted a Trump campaign video showing President Donald Trump saying that children are “almost immune” from COVID-19, claiming that the president's claim was “misinformation,” …
Trump Says He's Being Unfairly Censored by Facebook, Twitter
Twitter temporarily restricted Trump campaign's ability to tweet over false Covid-19 claims
Discussion: TechCrunch
BBC:   Facebook and Twitter restrict Trump accounts over ‘harmful’ virus claim
Trump singles out Texas and Florida for help with coronavirus response  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump agreed to continue paying for the full cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with the coronavirus response in just two states — Texas and Florida — after their Republican governors appealed directly to him.
Discussion: Politico and WISC-TV
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How inequality is changing the Republican Party — and breaking American politics  —  President Donald Trump shakes hands in 2017 with then-House Speaker Paul Ryan, as Vice President Mike Pence beams.  Bill Clark-Pool/Getty Images  —  A new book tries to untangle the relationship between …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ella Torres / ABC News:
Students at school touted by Pence for reopening must quarantine due to COVID-19
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Blame for Beirut Explosion Begins With a Leaky, Troubled Ship  —  The bleak tale of chronic negligence started over six years ago, when an indebted vessel and its volatile cargo pulled into port.  It ended on Tuesday in a giant explosion.  —  CAIRO — The countdown to catastrophe …
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
After Twin Explosions, an “Apocalypse” in Lebanon
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Member of Conservative Think Tank Takes On Reporter Duties on Air Force Two  —  Instead of a member of the White House press corps, the role of pool reporter was filled by Robert B. Bluey, a vice president at the Heritage Foundation.  —  WASHINGTON — When Vice President Mike Pence traveled …
Washington Post:   Democrats and Republicans push back on Trump's desire to deliver convention speech from White House
Kat Stafford / Associated Press:
Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans  —  DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to “violent racists of a generation ago.”
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
Gary Sheffield, Jr / OutKick:
Joe Rogan Expresses Discomfort Surrounding Joe Biden Campaign
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Our nation is in a free fall.  But sure, let's talk about Hillary's emails again.  —  Nearly 5 million covid-19 cases in the United States.  One-hundred fifty-seven thousand dead.  Thirty-two million out of work.  Tens of millions facing eviction, foreclosure and hunger.  —  What do we do now?
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
WATCH: Biden Says He Wouldn't Stand In The Way Of A Trump Prosecution  —  Joe Biden says that he believes prosecuting a former president would be a “very unusual thing and probably not very ... good for democracy,” but he would not stand in the way of a future Justice Department pursuing criminal charges …
NBC News:
Biden dominates the electoral map, but here's how the race could tighten  —  WASHINGTON — When you're leading a presidential race nationally by double digits, you're set to exceed 300 electoral votes.  —  And that's where we have Joe Biden in our first battleground map of 2020 …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Won't Commit to Voting Biden Over Trump  —  “I'm not saying who I'm voting for, but I'm not voting for Trump,” “The View” host said nonsensically on “Watch What Happens Live” Wednesday night.  —  Meghan McCain officially signed off of The View for the summer last week.
Discussion: Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The Trump campaign's latest contest is a scam.  Here's proof.  —  This week, the Trump campaign has been heavily promoting a contest to win a “VIP Dinner” with Trump in Southhampton, New York, on August 8th.  Advertisements on Facebook touted the dinner as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to share a meal with Trump.
Kanye West's bizarre ‘campaign’ is designed to help Trump  —  Kanye West announces he's running for president  —  John Avlon is a senior political analyst at CNN.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.  Read more opinion on CNN.  —  (CNN)We need to talk about Kanye.
New York Times:
Biden's Milwaukee Trip Is Canceled, and So Is a Normal Presidential Campaign  —  The Democrats bowed to the realities of the pandemic and canceled the major in-person speeches that were still planned for their convention this month.  —  WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. acknowledged …
Sarah Dadouch / Washington Post:
'I have no idea how I'm not dead': A Post correspondent recalls doomful night in Beirut  —  Sarah Dadouch, a Beirut-based correspondent for The Washington Post, shared her experience of Tuesday's explosions with The Post's Siobhán O'Grady.  The account was condensed and edited for clarity.
C. Ryan Barber /
Trump Impeachment Lawyer Eric Herschmann Leaves Kasowitz Benson for White House  —  Eric Herschmann, who'd joined Kasowitz Benson Torres in 1996, argued for Trump at his impeachment trial.  Herschmann revealed his new role as a White House senior adviser in court filings in New York.
David Crary / Associated Press:
‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The day after Donald Trump's election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.”  —  As president, Trump hasn't personally squared off …
Rob Stein / NPR:
Fauci Reveals He Has Received Death Threats And His Daughters Have Been Harassed  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci says that he has received death threats and his daughters have been harassed as a result of his high-profile statements about the coronavirus pandemic.  —  “Getting death threats …
Natalie Jackson / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Poll-Based Election Forecasts Will Always Struggle With Uncertainty  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — We have no idea how much uncertainty exists in pre-election polls.  That leads to very complex poll-based forecast models.  — The general public lacks the expertise necessary …
Molly Ball / TIME:
How COVID-19 Changed Everything About the 2020 Election  —  In the 2020 that might have been, nobody is sick and politics is the center of the universe.  —  The Democratic Party has just nominated Joe Biden and his running mate at its mid-July convention in Milwaukee, while Republicans …
Michael Gold / New York Times:
Virus ‘Checkpoints’ in N.Y.C. to Enforce Travel Rules?  Well, Not Exactly  —  The mayor is sending the sheriff to city bridges and tunnels to try to ward off a second wave of the coronavirus.  —  The announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday seemed to signal a new crackdown …
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall, TheBlaze, IJR and Politico
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United States Department of State:
Rewards for Justice - Reward Offer for Information on Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections
Discussion: The Verge
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Economics professor barred from teaching class critical of Marxism to student body
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
If Biden wins, the post-Trump corruption purge will have to be epic
Zach Goldberg / Tablet Magazine:
How the Media Led the Great Racial Awakening
Washington Post:
Fearing covid and missed classes, many parents prefer mixing online and in-person school, poll finds
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Developed countries ‘ban’ mail-in voting, US would be ‘laughing stock’: Report
Discussion: Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Fifth District endorsement: Melton-Meaux, for integrity and progress
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
In These Neighborhoods, the Jobless Rate May Top 30 Percent
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
More Evidence of the Racism of Leftists
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Why Boris Johnson's Brexit trade deal is not so different to no deal
Anti-Defamation League:
Michelle Malkin is Attempting to Normalize White Supremacy
Discussion: Big League Politics