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9:35 PM ET, August 7, 2020

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Daniel A. Haug / ODNI Newsroom:
Statement by NCSC Director William Evanina: Election Threat Update for the American Public  —  WASHINGTON D.C. - Statement by William R. Evanina Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Office of the Director of National Intelligence “Election Threat Update for the American Public”
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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Seeing Trump as ‘unpredictable,’ China would prefer he not win reelection, intelligence official says  —  The government of China prefers that President Trump not win reelection in November, seeing the incumbent as “unpredictable,” a top U.S. intelligence official said in a statement Friday …
Discussion: The Guardian and The Week
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
U.S. Intelligence Says Republicans Are Working With Russia to Reelect Trump  —  Two weeks ago, William Evanina, director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, published a somewhat vague warning about various forms of foreign interference in the upcoming election.
Discussion: The US Sun
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Russia Continues Interfering in Election to Try to Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Says
Discussion: Mediaite and Wired
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Russia Working to Damage Joe Biden's White House Bid, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Say
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Russia targeting Biden but China prefers Trump lose, counterintel chief says
Discussion: Breitbart
Danika Fears / The Daily Beast:   Counterintelligence Chief: Russia and Rudy's Ally Trying to ‘Denigrate’ Biden
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty University after posting a racy photo to social media from his vacation where his pants were unzipped, his midriff was out, and he is standing next to a woman holding a glass of dark liquid.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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Will Wright / New York Times:
Jerry Falwell Jr. Taking Leave of Absence From Liberty University  —  Mr. Falwell, the college's president and a supporter of President Trump, agreed to a request by the school's board of trustees.  —  Jerry Falwell Jr., one of President Trump's most prominent and controversial evangelical supporters …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Liberty University tells Jerry Falwell Jr. to ‘take an indefinite leave of absence’
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Democrats call for investigation of postmaster general over mail delays  —  Lawmakers want the inspector general to examine Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's cost-cutting measures and investments  —  Congressional Democrats on Friday called for an investigation of newly installed Postmaster …
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CNN:
US Postmaster DeJoy says election mail will not be slowed down
Discussion: National Review
Heather Cherone / WTTW News:
Kanye West Short 1,300 Signatures: Illinois Elections Officials  —  Superstar Kanye West fell short of qualifying for the Illinois ballot as an independent presidential candidate by 1,300 signatures, according to the official review on Friday of the nominating petitions submitted by the Illinois native.
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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jsonline:   Complaints to keep Kanye West off Wisconsin ballot cite phony signatures, including from Mickey Mouse and Bernie Sanders
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Why Joe Biden Keeps Missing His Own V.P. Deadlines  —  On issues big and small, Joseph R. Biden Jr. will not be rushed, including the critical choice of a running mate.  He's deliberative, and he doesn't mind extending his timetable — again and again.  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s campaign staff …
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Over 300 DNC delegates, members urge Biden to pick Bass for VP
Hank Stephenson / New York Times:
Joe Arpaio Loses Arizona Primary to Reclaim His Old Job as Sheriff  —  Voters instead backed Jerry Sheridan, Mr. Arpaio's former chief deputy, who promised to revive many of Mr. Arpaio's policies but without the showmanship.  —  PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio, the bellicose former Arizona sheriff …
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Associated Press:   Joe Arpaio loses sheriff's race in second failed comeback bid
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
'I'm Not Scared': She Faces Life in Prison After Allegedly Buying Red Protest Paint  —  “I realized that in the eyes of the state, I had become an enemy for exercising what is supposed to be a protected right.”  —  Madalena McNeil is accused of buying red paint before a protest.
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
A Historian of Economic Crisis on the World After COVID-19  —  In March, history broke into our house, and ever since, we've been cowering in panic rooms, wondering what our home will look like when the mad thief is finally through.  —  Or at least this is how living in the COVID era can feel.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trump fiasco just got worse. That gives Biden a hidden opening.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Eggert / Associated Press:
AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision  —  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision.
Courtney Pomeroy / WJLA-TV:
Police: Rape suspect, freed due to virus, kills his accuser in Alexandria  —  A rape suspect who was released from jail in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, went on to kill the woman who had accused him, police in Virginia say.  On Wednesday, July 29, officers found a woman shot to death on S. Greenmount Drive.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined $2T coronavirus deal  —  Democratic leaders said Friday that the White House rejected an offer for a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that as part of a closed-door Thursday meeting …
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Richard Cowan / Reuters:
A ‘disappointing’ meeting: No deal in U.S. coronavirus talks
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Axios
Sarah Jeong / The Verge:
The US declared war on TikTok because it can't handle the truth … I cannot emphasize enough how messed up this entire “sell TikTok to an American company” saga is.  The latest twist is a deeply confusing set of executive orders banning transactions with ByteDance (TikTok's Chinese parent company) and WeChat (a Chinese texting app).
Andrew Marra / Palm Beach Post:
Health directors told to keep quiet as Fla. leaders pressed to reopen classrooms  —  “I don't think any of us are in a position to balk the governor,” one director said.  —  As Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed this summer for schools to reopen, state leaders told school boards they would need Health …
Discussion: The Week and Eschaton
CNN:
Jewish advocacy groups slam Trump's pick for German ambassador for bigoted comments  —  (CNN)Several Jewish advocacy groups are opposing President Donald Trump's nominee to become the US ambassador to Germany in light of his incendiary comments, including some unearthed by CNN's KFile, about Germany, the Holocaust and Jewish groups.
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Sensitive to claims of bias, Facebook relaxed misinformation rules for conservative pages  —  Facebook has allowed conservative news outlets and personalities to repeatedly spread false information without facing any of the company's stated penalties, according to leaked materials reviewed by NBC News.
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
Georgia student suspended after posting a photo of a crowded school hallway says it was ‘good and necessary trouble’  —  (CNN)A viral photo showing students in a Georgia high school crowded in hallways and with few visible masks resulted in the sophomore who posted it being suspended, she said.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaire former hedge fund chief John Paulson to host big-money Hamptons fundraiser for Trump  — President Trump is set to attend a big-money fundraiser Saturday at the home of one of his closest Wall Street allies.  — Billionaire former hedge fund manager John Paulson will host Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Hotair:
Rumor: Biden Has Chosen His VP, As Susan Rice Offloads Netflix Stock  —  The sourcing here is an inch thin, but what the hell.  —  It's Friday.  Anything goes.  —  Jon Cooper formerly chaired a Democratic Super PAC and was part of a “Draft Biden” outfit in 2016.
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Former Trump adviser Rick Gates is publishing a book revealing his inside account of the president's 2016 campaign and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe  — Former Trump adviser Rick Gates is publishing an inside account of the 2016 campaign and the special counsel's investigation of the president and his campaign.
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps to Track Phones  —  Anomaly Six has ties to military, intelligence agencies and draws location data from more than 500 apps with hundreds of millions of users  —  WASHINGTON—A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense …
New York Times:
N.Y.P.D. Besieges a Protest Leader as He Broadcasts Live  —  A helicopter and dozens of officers, some in riot gear, were deployed for an arrest at a Manhattan apartment but withdrew after protesters arrived.  —  Derrick Ingram, an organizer of a group leading New York's Black Lives Matter protests …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
American Bridge posts 1,043-page Trump oppo book online  —  In the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton's campaign paid for the opposition research book on Donald Trump compiled by the liberal Super PAC American Bridge.  —  In 2020, American Bridge is putting it online for free.
Discussion: DCCC
 
 
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN takes pessimistic approach to US economy adding 1.8 million jobs in July amid pandemic
Discussion: Fox Business
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid
Discussion: Reuters
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Cash-strapped U.S. hospitals say Kuwait owes them at least $677 million
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Rashida Tlaib Violated Campaign Finance Law, House Ethics Committee Unanimously Rules
Discussion: The Hill
USA Today:
Enlist George W. Bush and Al Gore to help us prevent a Trump-Biden nightmare in 2020
Jean Guerrero / Vanity Fair:
“He Always Had an Axe to Grind”: How Stephen Miller Molded the GOP to His Anti-Immigration Agenda
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Editor's Note on Mercedes Schlapp Column About Brianna Keilar
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Mission impossible?  The new duo running Trump's campaign is working overtime to control the president and avoid him going down in the history books as a one-termer
 Earlier Items: 
HuffPost:
Joe Lieberman's Son Is Running For Senate. He Also Wrote A Book Filled With Racist Tropes.
Discussion: New York Times
Laurence H. Tribe / The Atlantic:
Trump Has Launched a Three-Pronged Attack on the Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Avik Roy / Wall Street Journal:
Why It's (Mostly) Safe To Reopen the Schools
Discussion: The Federalist
Michael Wines / New York Times:
At the Census Bureau, a Technical Memo Raises Alarms Over Politics
David Brooks / New York Times:
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?  —  The party looks brain-dead at every spot Trump touches.
Discussion: Washington Monthly