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3:25 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.
Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:   New York Attorney General Seeks to Dissolve National Rifle Association
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.
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's mental ability is a campaign issue that can't be ignored
Discussion: Fox News
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Employees Ask Zuckerberg What Would Happen If Trump Used Their Platform To Dispute Election Results  —  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 …
Heather Kelly / Washington Post:
For the first time, Facebook removes post by Trump containing coronavirus misinformation
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 …
Susan Katz Keating / Just The News:   Democrats planted false stories in effort to derail Biden investigations, Grassley says
Senators look to head home as coronavirus talks stall
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 Hill, The Week, CBS News and Eschaton
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
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
Focus on Rural America:
Heartland Poll Release: Biden Leads in Midwest  —  With 90 days until the election the latest Focus on Rural America poll shows Biden has the momentum to beat Trump in the rural Heartland.  —  The Focus on Rural America poll was conducted by David Binder Research in Iowa, Michigan …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: About Facebook
Bice: Did Kanye West file his nomination papers too late to get on the Wisconsin ballot?  Maybe.  —  For all the attention given rapper Kanye West's bid to get on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin this November, there is one technical question hanging over his candidacy:
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Pence blasts Chief Justice John Roberts as ‘disappointment to conservatives’  —  Vice President Mike Pence described Chief Justice John Roberts as a “disappointment” to conservative voters, explicitly seeking to cast the Supreme Court as a campaign issue ahead of the November election.
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 …
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.
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: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: National Review and The US Sun
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: Reason, Law & Crime and Instapundit
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
University of North Texas investigates music theory journal for defending 19th century composer from racism charges  —  Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is defending a Schenkerian music theory journal at the University of North Texas, and its editors, from an unwarranted investigation into alleged racism.
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
Tyler Estep / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
DeKalb absentee ballot plan would ‘open election to fraud,’ state says  —  Secretary of state says county shouldn't send applications to inactive voters  —  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is asking DeKalb County officials to reconsider sending absentee ballot requests …
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
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.
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Discussion: National Review
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia sued over long voting lines
Tom Cotton / National Review:
Joe Biden Is China's Choice for President
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
Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
Early Coronavirus Vaccine Supplies Likely Won't Be Enough for Everyone at High Risk
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Discussion: Alpha News
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The Trump campaign's latest contest is a scam. Here's proof.
Sarah Dadouch / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
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