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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 Week
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   U.S. Intelligence Says Republicans Are Working With Russia to Reelect Trump
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Russia Working to Damage Joe Biden's White House Bid, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Say
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
US sees election threats from China, Russia and Iran
Discussion: Daily Kos
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Russia targeting Biden but China prefers Trump lose, counterintel chief says
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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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.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Liberty University tells Jerry Falwell Jr. to ‘take an indefinite leave of absence’
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.
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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
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The politics of walking away  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THERE ARE LOTS OF POLITICAL CALCULATIONS in legislative negotiations: what to give away when, what to ask for, where to hold the meeting and what aide to bring in tow, for example.  —  PERHAPS NOTHING IS MORE TRICKY than deciding when — and how — to walk away.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined $2T coronavirus deal
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
A ‘disappointing’ meeting: No deal in U.S. coronavirus talks
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Associated Press
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
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
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.
TikTok:
Statement on the Administration's Executive Order  —  TikTok is a community full of creativity and passion, a home that brings joy to families and meaningful careers to creators.  And we are building this platform for the long term.  TikTok will be here for many years to come.
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Tali Arbel / Associated Press:
Q&A: What's up with Trump's orders on TikTok and WeChat?
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 …
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.
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.
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
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: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
Avik Roy / Wall Street Journal:
Why It's (Mostly) Safe To Reopen the Schools  —  Younger children urgently need to get back to their classrooms, and the evidence from Europe shows no wider harms.  It's more complicated with older students.  —  Every American has a stake in the ongoing debate over how, when and if to reopen schools this fall.
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
House can sue to force former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with subpoena  —  House Democrats can sue to force President Trump's former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with a congressional subpoena, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Discussion: The Week and Wall Street Journal
Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:
Utah protesters face charges with potential life sentence  —  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they're convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands …
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.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
At the Census Bureau, a Technical Memo Raises Alarms Over Politics  —  A directive orders experts to find ways to tally undocumented residents.  Some fear the end result will be a skewed allotment of seats in the House of Representatives.  —  WASHINGTON — A Census Bureau memorandum …
 
 
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaire former hedge fund chief John Paulson to host big-money Hamptons fundraiser for Trump
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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
USA Today:
GOP senators tiptoe around Trump as the party faces growing political dangers ahead of Nov. 3
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Pompeo Warned Russia Against Bounties on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Art Cullen / The Guardian:
Trump is in electoral hot water. It could be even worse for him by November
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Here's how much money Trump's N.J. golf clubs took in last year
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
What Biden Really Needs From a VP Pick
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Fails to Stall Rape Accuser's Lawsuit; Deposition Looms
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The case against American truck bloat
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Right-wing media defanged as anti-Biden storylines disintegrate
Discussion: Raw Story