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10:15 AM ET, August 8, 2020

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Robert Draper / New York Times:
Unwanted Truths: Inside Trump's Battles With U.S. Intelligence Agencies  —  Last year, intelligence officials gathered to write a classified report on Russia's interest in the 2020 election.  An investigation from the magazine uncovered what happened next.  —  In early July of last year …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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”
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
U.S. Intelligence Says Republicans Are Working With Russia to Reelect Trump
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: Power Line and Mediaite
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Seeing Trump as ‘unpredictable,’ China would prefer he not win reelection, intelligence official says
Discussion: The Week and The Guardian
Danika Fears / The Daily Beast:
Counterintelligence Chief: Russia and Rudy's Ally Trying to ‘Denigrate’ Biden
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Greensboro, Raw Story, Vox and Common Dreams
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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
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Hill
CNN:
US Postmaster DeJoy says election mail will not be slowed down
Discussion: The Guardian
Miles Parks / NPR:
Postmaster General Touts Postal Service Overhaul But Promises On-Time Election Mail
Discussion: IJR, About.usps.com and New York Times
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.
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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.
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Michael Stratford / Politico:
Falwell placed on ‘indefinite leave’ from Liberty University  —  Jerry Falwell Jr., one of President Donald Trump's leading evangelical supporters, has agreed to take “an indefinite leave of absence” from his role as president of Liberty University after the release of a viral photo that showed …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump antagonizes GOP megadonor Adelson in heated phone call  —  When President Donald Trump connected by phone last week with Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson — perhaps the only person in the party who can cut a nine-figure check to aid his reelection — the phone call unexpectedly turned contentious.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Like Groundhog Day’: Republicans fret over Trump's fading fortunes
The Daily Beast:
Should Trump Get Involved in Stalled Coronavirus Stimulus Talks? No Way, Republicans Say
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Bar Complaint Claims Kanye West's Campaign Lawyer is Violating the Rules by Simultaneously Working For Trump  —  A government watchdog group on Friday filed a complaint against Lane Ruhland with the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) alleging the attorney has been violating ethics …
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jsonline:   Complaints to keep Kanye West off Wisconsin ballot cite phony signatures, including from Mickey Mouse and Bernie Sanders
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: Reason, Reuters and The Hill
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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: The Guardian and Axios
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
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.
Discussion: The Root, The Hill and The Daily Caller
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
No Wrist Corsages, Please  —  Has America grown since 1984, or will the knives still be out for Biden's running mate?  —  WASHINGTON — On the cusp of Joe Biden teaming up with a woman, I am casting back to my time covering the first woman who was a serious contender for veep.
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 …
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, Reason and TheBlaze
Steven Levy / Wired:
Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’  —  The techie-turned-philanthropist on vaccines, Trump, and why social media is “a poisoned chalice.”  —  For 20 years, Bill Gates has been easing out of the roles that made him rich and famous—CEO, chief software architect …
Nabih Bulos / Los Angeles Times:
A roar, an explosion, then a blank: An L.A. Times reporter's ordeal in the Beirut blast  —  A helicopter fights a fire after an explosion at the port of Beirut on Tuesday.  (Getty Images)  —  A survivor is taken out of the rubble after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.  (Hassan Ammar / Associated Press)
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Should Judge Sullivan Be Disqualified from Flynn Case?  An Appeals Court Is Asking  —  Republican Congressmen Demand Investigation of ‘Rogue Prosecutor’ Who Charged Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters  —  Should Judge Sullivan Be Disqualified from Flynn Case?  An Appeals Court Is Asking
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Pelosi lashes out at PBS' Judy Woodruff during interview, suggests anchor is a GOP ‘advocate’  —  ‘If you want to be an advocate for them, Judy ... listen to what the facts are’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had a bitter exchange with “PBS NewsHour” anchor Judy Woodruff Tuesday …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Susan Rice's Fear Came True  —  The Biden vice-presidential-nominee finalist discusses Trump's pandemic response, Benghazi, and her family's politics.  —  A few days before Donald Trump's inauguration, then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice held a press briefing in her office to talk …
 
 
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New York Times:
Chris Dodd, an Insider From Biden's Past, Is Helping Him Pick His Future
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
How Tim Cook Made Apple His Own
Discussion: AppleInsider
Wall Street Journal:
The Liberal City's Tax Dilemma
Beth Fukumoto / Washington Post:
I was a Republican, and I drew my red line too late. I'll answer for my choices for years to come.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Ousted aide rips media's ‘hate’ of Trump, mocks press ethics
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Michigan official's use of racial slur prompts governor to call for his resignation
Discussion: NPR, Petoskey News-Review and The Root
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Rubashkin / Inside Elections:
Future is Bright for House Democrats
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Cash-strapped U.S. hospitals say Kuwait owes them at least $677 million
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
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:
Jewish advocacy groups slam Trump's pick for German ambassador for bigoted comments
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Sensitive to claims of bias, Facebook relaxed misinformation rules for conservative pages