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4:50 AM ET, August 6, 2020

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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 …
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 …
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Shannon Bond / NPR:
Twitter, Facebook Remove Trump Post Over False Claim About Children And COVID-19
Discussion: Breitbart, TechCrunch and Bloomberg
Axios:
Facebook, Twitter take down Trump post saying kids are immune to coronavirus
Politico:
‘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 …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
In Stimulus Talks, McConnell Is Outside the Room and in a Tight Spot  —  With Republicans divided and President Trump undercutting negotiations on a pandemic relief package, the majority leader is in a difficult bind, partly of his own making.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Rand Paul: Republicans should apologize to Obama for complaining about spending  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tore into his fellow Republicans on Fox News Wednesday for considering a coronavirus relief package that could cost more than $1 trillion, calling on them to apologize to President Obama …
Discussion: New York Post, Breitbart and CNN
NBC News:
Contours of coronavirus aid deal between Democrats, White House take shape  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders and White House negotiators were discussing a compromise framework on Wednesday for another round of coronavirus aid that could include a $400 weekly boosted unemployment payment …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Twitchy
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Washington Post:
Democrats and Republicans push back on Trump's desire to deliver convention speech from White House  —  Local and national leaders pushed back Wednesday against President Trump's desire to deliver his convention acceptance speech from the White House, warning that the event could bring protests …
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Pelosi blasts Trump for saying he may deliver convention speech from White House: 'He can't do that'
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?
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Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Sally Yates, Defending DOJ, Says Michael Flynn Talks Neutered U.S. Russia Policy
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and Bloomberg
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Trump administration's probe of the Russia investigation may be nearing conclusion
US Congressman Rodney Davis:
Davis Statement on His Positive COVID-19 Test  —  f t # e  —  U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) released the following statement on his positive COVID-19 test:
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Caroline Kelly / CNN:   Illinois Republican congressman tests positive for coronavirus
CBS News:
Georgia second grader tests positive for coronavirus after first day of school, forcing class to quarantine  —  Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.
Discussion: Raw Story and Eschaton
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BuzzFeed News:   The Truth Behind A Viral Picture Of A Reopening School Is Worse Than It Looked
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Trump hangs on to financial edge in race against Biden  —  (Reuters) - President Donald Trump thwarted efforts to cripple his re-election campaign's financial advantage, as Republican donors forked over record cash in July, campaign disclosures showed on Wednesday.
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press and The Hill
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New York Times:   2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Campaign Raises $165 Million With Party, Outpacing Biden
New York Post:
Over 80,000 mail-in ballots disqualified in NYC primary mess  —  The mail-in ballots of more than 84,000 New York City Democrats who sought to vote in the presidential primary were disqualified, according to new figures released by the Board of Elections.  —  The city BOE received 403,213 mail …
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Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:   Senate Democrat launches inquiry into Postal Service delays
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
Asked if the U.S. has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Dr. Fauci says: 'The numbers don't lie'  — White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci agreed on Wednesday that the United States has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world.  — “Yeah, it is quantitatively if you look at it, it is.
Discussion: NBC New York, NBC Boston and The Nation
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Rob Stein / NPR:   Fauci Reveals He Has Received Death Threats And His Daughters Have Been Harassed
Gary Sheffield, Jr / OutKick:
Joe Rogan Expresses Discomfort Surrounding Joe Biden Campaign  —  Joe Biden hasn't spent much time in front of cameras the past few months and his absence led Joe Rogan to conclusions on how Americans feel on a potential Biden presidency. … The pandemic led most Americans out of work …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former clients of acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf received millions in department contracts  — Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars' worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department.
Ella Torres / ABC News:
Students at school touted by Pence for reopening must quarantine due to COVID-19  —  Vice President Mike Pence said the school was ‘in the forefront’ for reopening.  —  Fourth graders at a school in North Carolina have been asked to quarantine for 14 days after a student there tested positive for COVID-19.
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
Cuomo begs wealthy New Yorkers to come back to save the city and pleads 'I'll buy you a drink!' as he fights off calls to raise their taxes - which he fears may scare them away forever  — Cuomo said on Tuesday that he speaks to the city's wealthiest residents ‘every day’, begging them to come back
Anti-Defamation League:
Michelle Malkin is Attempting to Normalize White Supremacy  —  Conservative pundit and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has a long history of divisive rhetoric around a range of issues - particularly immigration.  In the past year, however, she has publicly and explicitly allied herself …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Politico:
The summer of spread is here  —  TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey went from being one of the country's worst Covid-19 hot spots to a model of how to flatten the curve.  —  Now, two months into the first summer of the pandemic, it's backsliding.  New cases are way up and the state's rate …
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Why Boris Johnson's Brexit trade deal is not so different to no deal  —  LONDON — As the days tick away to the end of the post-Brexit transition period in December it's all starting to feel very 2019.  —  The U.K. government is preparing for the possibility of miles-long lorry queues …
Axios:
Exclusive: Trump campaign seeks early September presidential debate  —  The Trump campaign is asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September to get ahead of an expected surge in early voting.
Craig Chamberlain / News Bureau:
Journalists' Twitter use shows them talking within smaller bubbles  —  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Journalists in Washington, D.C., have long been accused of living in a “Beltway bubble,” isolated from the broader public, talking too much to each other.  —  Their interactions on Twitter, however …
Samantha Masunaga / Los Angeles Times:
If you're in love with Trader Joe's, its stances can also break your heart  —  Grocery chain Trader Joe's has built a devoted following that other brands might only dream of.  —  It has a podcast.  It prints an old-timey newsletter called the Fearless Flyer that makes readers laugh out loud.
Politico:
CIA steers clear of Senate Republican probe into Bidens  —  The Central Intelligence Agency has ignored requests to brief senators as part of a Republican-led investigation that targets presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter, according to sources familiar …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
CNN:
Republican operatives are helping Kanye West get on general election ballots  —  (CNN)Republican operatives, some with ties to President Donald Trump, are actively helping Kanye West get on presidential general election ballots in states ranging from Vermont to Arkansas to Wisconsin.
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic  —  Consumers are probably entitled to millions of dollars in rebates under Obamacare rules that cap companies' profits.  —  The nation's leading health insurers are experiencing an embarrassment of profits.
 
 
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
More Evidence of the Racism of Leftists
Nick Givas / Fox News:
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Discussion: The Hill and Law & Crime
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
State Dept. Traces Russian Disinformation Links
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
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Alex Kaplan / Media Matters for America:
A TikTok video told Democrats to vote after Election Day, violating the platform's rules
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Michael Flynn / The Western Journal:
Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: This Is My Letter to America
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Lawmakers demand explanation for cutting federal funding to states for National Guard deployments
Discussion: Raw Story
Liz Essley Whyte / Center for Public Integrity:
White House warns 10 local areas about coronavirus numbers in private call
Discussion: Washington Post and New Yorker
ABC7:
Apparent firearms seized after FBI serves search warrant at Calabasas home of YouTube star Jake Paul
Andrew Weissmann / The Atlantic:
America's Prosecutors Know What Bill Barr Did Was Wrong
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
Miles Klee / MEL Magazine:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
This May Be the Most Absurd, Trumpian Drama Ever
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story