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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.
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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.
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
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
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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David Siders / Politico:
Donald Trump is losing the culture wars  —  The culture wars aren't working for Donald Trump.  —  His law-and-order rhetoric isn't registering with suburban voters.  One of his leading evangelical supporters, Jerry Falwell Jr., was just photographed with his zipper down.
Discussion: TheBlaze, Washington Post and Queerty
National Review:   New York's Lawless NRA Lawsuit
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
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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The Daily Beast:   Before Biden Backed Out of Speech, COVID Was Detected at Convention Site
BBC:
US election 2020: Trump says opponent Biden will ‘hurt God’  —  US President Donald Trump has said Joe Biden is “against God”, ramping up attacks on his Democratic rival and foreshadowing an ugly election battle.  —  The remarks, during a trip to Ohio, came as Mr Trump tries to make up ground …
Discussion: NBC News, POLITICUSUSA, IJR and Mediaite
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
So Much for Trump's Trade Promise  —  He slaps Canada with a 10% aluminum tariff despite the USMCA.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  With his re-election on the ropes, President Trump has returned to his favorite household remedy: tariffs.  On Thursday Mr. Trump said he is reimposing …
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Washington Post:
Trump re-imposes tariffs on Canadian aluminum, prompting Trudeau to vow retaliation
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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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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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Milwaukee police chief demoted over tear-gas use, other concerns  —  MADISON, Wis. — An oversight board demoted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales on Thursday after questioning how he handled multiple incidents, including ordering officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death.
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Joe Biden:
My Statement on Faith  —  Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life: it's provided me comfort in moments of loss and tragedy, it's kept me grounded and humbled in times of triumph and joy.  And in this moment of darkness for our country — of pain, of division …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
 
 
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Week
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Former Saudi Official Accuses the Crown Prince of Trying to Kill Him
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