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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.
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Russia Working to Damage Joe Biden's White House Bid, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Say
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:   Russia Continues Interfering in Election to Try to Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Says
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Russia targeting Biden but China prefers Trump lose, counterintel chief says
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Intel officials tell Congress that Russia is spreading false information about Biden
Discussion: Raw Story
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’  —  After Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. posted photos of himself with unbuttoned pants, holding up the shirt of a woman that wasn't his wife, and holding a dark liquid in his hand …
Discussion: Politico
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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Richard Cowan / Reuters:
A ‘disappointing’ meeting: No deal in U.S. coronavirus talks  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats offered to reduce a proposed coronavirus aid package by $1 trillion if Republicans would add a trillion to their counter-offer, but President Donald Trump's negotiators turned …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined $2T coronavirus deal
Washington Post:
House can sue to force former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with subpoena
Discussion: The Week and Wall Street Journal
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
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: The Hill
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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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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).
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 …
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Courtney Pomeroy / WJLA-TV:
Police: Rape suspect, freed due to virus, kills his accuser in Alexandria
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Rashida Tlaib Violated Campaign Finance Law, House Ethics Committee Unanimously Rules  —  Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 by paying herself a salary from her campaign after securing victory in the 2018 general election, the House Ethics Committee unanimously ruled on Friday.
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Editor's Note on Mercedes Schlapp Column About Brianna Keilar  —  Vote fraud and election manipulation are as old as our country.  How else can one view a system that, at its outset, prevented black Americans and women from casting ballots at all?  —  Nor did disenfranchising voters …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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
USA Today:
Enlist George W. Bush and Al Gore to help us prevent a Trump-Biden nightmare in 2020  —  Anybody over 30 remembers the 2000 presidential election and its aftermath, and if you're younger, here's a summary: Thirty-six days to settle the race after bitter disputes about vote counts in Florida …
HuffPost:
Joe Lieberman's Son Is Running For Senate.  He Also Wrote A Book Filled With Racist Tropes.  —  The president of the Georgia NAACP called the novel disturbing, and said Matt Lieberman should drop out of the contest.  —  A Democratic Senate candidate in Georgia wrote and self-published …
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Cash-strapped U.S. hospitals say Kuwait owes them at least $677 million  —  The government of Kuwait owes some of the United States' top hospitals nearly $700 million in unpaid bills for sophisticated medical care provided to Kuwaiti nationals, a debt the frustrated institutions have spent years trying to collect.
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
Portland protesters cause mayhem again, police officer hurt  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of about 200 people, some wielding homemade shields, clashed with police early Friday in Portland, Oregon for the third consecutive night as two other Black Lives Matter rallies proceeded peacefully elsewhere in the city, authorities said.
Discussion: KPTV-TV and The Daily Caller
Laurence H. Tribe / The Atlantic:
Trump Has Launched a Three-Pronged Attack on the Election  —  As President Donald Trump reflects on his sinking approval ratings and grows more desperate by the day, he's been floating a dictator's dream: postponing the November election.  Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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N.Y.P.D. Besieges a Protest Leader as He Broadcasts Live
CNN:
As election looms, window narrows for action in criminal investigation into Rudy Giuliani and associates
Discussion: Just Security
Jean Guerrero / Vanity Fair:
“He Always Had an Axe to Grind”: How Stephen Miller Molded the GOP to His Anti-Immigration Agenda
Reuters:
State Department: We're responsible for Russian, Iranian text message campaign
Discussion: The Hill
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Mark Morgan
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
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Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Fails to Stall Rape Accuser's Lawsuit; Deposition Looms
Discussion: Common Dreams
TikTok:
Statement on the Administration's Executive Order
David Brooks / New York Times:
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?  —  The party looks brain-dead at every spot Trump touches.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Mr. President, What Are Your Priorities?” Is Not a Tough Question