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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
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: Power Line and 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: Slate and Raw Story
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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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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.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
What the Hell Is Kanye West's Campaign About?  —  There is no word in the English language to adequately describe Kanye West's presidential campaign.  —  The campaign is not serious, but it's not a joke, either.  It has aspects of both a vanity project and a Republican ratfucking operation, but not fully either.
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Heather Cherone / WTTW News:
Kanye West Short 1,300 Signatures: Illinois Elections Officials
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
jsonline:   Complaints to keep Kanye West off Wisconsin ballot cite phony signatures, including from Mickey Mouse and Bernie Sanders
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Bar Complaint Claims Kanye West's Campaign Lawyer is Violating the Rules by Simultaneously Working For Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TheBlaze
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Guardian
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Associated Press:
Joe Arpaio loses sheriff's race in second failed comeback bid  —  PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff's post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills …
Discussion: Reuters, Reason and The Hill
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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Emerson Malone / BuzzFeed News:
He Says The Saudi Prince Sent A Death Squad To Kill Him In Canada.  Now His Kids Are Missing.  —  A team of 50 armed men, dressed in plainclothes and driving unmarked cars, arrived early in the morning on March 16 at the home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Omar and Sarah Aljabri lived.
Discussion: Fox News
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Michigan official's use of racial slur prompts governor to call for his resignation  —  A Michigan county official's use of the N-word at a public meeting has prompted the governor and other officials and residents to call for his resignation.  —  Tom Eckerle, an elected road commissioner …
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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
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 …
Slate:
John Roberts' Stealth Attack on Abortion Rights Just Paid Off  —  The Supreme Court's recent decision in June Medical v. Russo was hailed by many liberal court watchers as a win for reproductive rights, as the court declined to overturn Roe v. Wade and formally eliminate the right to an abortion.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Unsanitized: Federal Benefit Extension Looks Remote as Anger Mounts  —  Plus, the post office tries to stick up states.  This is The COVID-19 Daily Report for August 7, 2020.  —  Unsanitized-080720  —  The public is fixing to get out their pitchforks.  —  First Response
Axios:
Trump considering order on pre-existing condition protections, which already exist  —  President Trump announced on Friday he will pursue an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, something that is already law.  —  Why it matters: The Affordable Care …
Discussion: The Hill and TheBlaze
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.
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).
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.
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
Jacob Rubashkin / Inside Elections:
Future is Bright for House Democrats  —  By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin  —  After losing 40 seats and the House majority in 2018, Republicans convinced themselves that things couldn't get any worse.  But with less than three months to go before the elections …
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
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid  —  President Trump, speaking from a podium at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday announced that he is prepared to issue executive orders suspending payroll taxes and extending enhanced unemployment benefits through …
Discussion: Reuters
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.
 
 
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Pelosi lashes out at PBS' Judy Woodruff during interview, suggests anchor is a GOP ‘advocate’
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN takes pessimistic approach to US economy adding 1.8 million jobs in July amid pandemic
Discussion: Fox Business
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
A ‘disappointing’ meeting: No deal in U.S. coronavirus talks
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Common Dreams
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
Reuters:
State Department: We're responsible for Russian, Iranian text message campaign
Discussion: The Hill
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Editor's Note on Mercedes Schlapp Column About Brianna Keilar
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
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
Alex Thompson / Politico:
American Bridge posts 1,043-page Trump oppo book online
Discussion: DCCC
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
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps to Track Phones