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1:35 PM ET, August 6, 2020


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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.”
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  —  The chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
New York Attorney General Sues N.R.A. and Seeks Its Closure  —  The New York attorney general, Letitia James, filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association, alleging that years of corruption and misspending had irreparably undermined its ability to operate as a nonprofit.
Discussion: CNBC and Raw Story
Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
New York Attorney General Seeks to Dissolve National Rifle Association  —  State probe into nonprofit alleges it found tens of millions in diverted funds, mismanagement; NRA has defended its governance practices  —  New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve …
ABC News:
NY Attorney General lawsuit seeks to dissolve National Rifle Association
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Pence calls Chief Justice John Roberts a ‘disappointment to conservatives’
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 …
Senators look to head home as coronavirus talks stall
Discussion: Mother Jones
Associated Press:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive ahead of Trump visit  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.  —  The Republican governor's office said Thursday that he took the test as part …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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 …
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 …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Biden raises eyebrows with remark contrasting African American, Latino diversity
Discussion: Breitbart
Kat Stafford / Associated Press:
Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Week, CBS News and Eschaton
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Exclusive: NRA Plans to Spend ‘Tens of Millions’ in Battleground States  —  The National Rifle Association plans to spend tens of millions of dollars to sway close races throughout the country for the 2020 election.  —  Jason Ouimet, who runs the NRA's lobbying arm and political action committee …
Discussion: CNN
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Trump's DC Hotel Jacked Up Its Prices as Trump Began Plotting a DC-Based Convention  —  The president hasn't committed to giving his acceptance speech at the White House.  But his nearby hotel has conspicuously begun charging way more for the weekend it's scheduled.  —  BEAST INSIDE
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
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
New York Times:
Iran Envoy Brian Hook, a ‘Survivor’ on Trump's Team, to Quit  —  The exit of Brian Hook, the State Department's special envoy for Iran, most likely rules out nuclear diplomacy with Tehran before November.  —  Brian Hook, the State Department's special envoy for Iran and one of the few …
Discussion: Axios
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
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
Robert Fifeottawa / Globe and Mail:
Saudi Crown Prince sent hit squad to Canada, exiled spy chief alleges  —  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince dispatched a hit squad to Toronto in an attempt to murder a former high-ranking intelligence officer, an effort made shortly after the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
CD2 Most Competitive of Four House Races  —  Dem incumbents lead in CD1 & CD3; big GOP advantage in CD4  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Two first-term Democratic U.S. House incumbents in Iowa are leading in their reelection bids, although the contest in CD3, featuring a rematch from 2018, is a little closer than in CD1.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Twitter to begin labeling ‘state-affiliated media outlets’  —  Twitter will start labeling the accounts of media outlets affiliated with the governments of countries on the U.N. Security Council, it announced Thursday.  —  The new labels won't apply to all media outlets that receive government funding …
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.
Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
Early Coronavirus Vaccine Supplies Likely Won't Be Enough for Everyone at High Risk  —  Public-health officials don't expect there to be enough doses early on to vaccinate every one of the 100 million Americans at high risk of infection because of their work, age or health
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
A Mississippi town welcomed students back to school last week.  Now 116 are home in quarantine.  —  Last week, schools in Corinth, Miss., welcomed back hundreds of students.  By Friday, one high-schooler tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  By early this week, the count rose to six students and one staff member infected.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Daily Kos and NPR
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Terrorism Experts Say QAnon Conspiracy Theory a Threat to National Security  —  A new report from West Point's Combating Terrorism Center details violence related to the group and warns how dangerous and complicated fighting it will be.  —  Matthew Gault  —  Qanon is going mainstream and that's bad.
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Frank Figliuzzi / The Daily Beast:
The 2020 Election Is Under Attack. Our Pols Are Stuck in 2016.
Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Inside the Trump campaign's effort — and struggle — to win over Black voters in Texas
Schwarzman's Wallet Props Up Wall Street Elite's Giving to Trump
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat adds in-app voter registration targeted at young people
Andrew Perez / Too Much Information:
TMI Report Prompts Dem Party FEC Complaint Against Ilhan Omar's Opponent
C. Ryan Barber /
Trump Impeachment Lawyer Eric Herschmann Leaves Kasowitz Benson for White House
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Developed countries ‘ban’ mail-in voting, US would be ‘laughing stock’: Report
Discussion: Townhall
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's mental ability is a campaign issue that can't be ignored
Discussion: Fox News
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The Trump campaign's latest contest is a scam. Here's proof.
Natalie Jackson / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Poll-Based Election Forecasts Will Always Struggle With Uncertainty