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10:40 AM ET, August 7, 2020

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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.
Discussion: The American Independent and Slate
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New York Times:
‘The Photo Does Not Look Good’: Georgia School's Crowded Halls Go Viral  —  A student was suspended for five days for posting images of packed hallways at North Paulding High School, her mother said.  —  The widely circulated photo from North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Trump Blew Up More Than Just TikTok and WeChat  —  The latest executive orders targeting China could be deep and damaging.  Brace for impact.  —  U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to ban dealings with ByteDance Ltd., owner of video-sharing sensation TikTok, appears to codify what his administration has already been warning.
Discussion: Public Pool, The Diplomat, UPI and NPR
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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.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Trump issues order banning TikTok if not sold within 45 days
David Siders / Politico:
Donald Trump is losing the culture wars  —  The culture wars aren't working for Donald Trump.  —  His law-and-order rhetoric isn't registering with suburban voters.  One of his leading evangelical supporters, Jerry Falwell Jr., was just photographed with his zipper down.
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National Review:   New York's Lawless NRA Lawsuit
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Trump advisers hesitated to give military options and warned adversaries over fears he might start a war  —  Washington (CNN)Amid escalating tensions with both North Korea and Iran, President Donald Trump's advisers hesitated to give him military options fearing the President might accidentally …
Discussion: Amazon.com, Raw Story and The Hill
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Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Iranians get SMS barrage offering millions for info on U.S. election hacking
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:   Elliott Abrams, convicted of lying about Iran-Contra, named special representative for Iran
BBC:
US election 2020: Trump says opponent Biden will ‘hurt God’  —  US President Donald Trump has said Joe Biden is “against God”, ramping up attacks on his Democratic rival and foreshadowing an ugly election battle.  —  The remarks, during a trip to Ohio, came as Mr Trump tries to make up ground …
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Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The case against American truck bloat  —  When I was growing up in rural Colorado, my family had a classic work truck: a 1980 F-150 with the famous 300 cubic inch inline six-cylinder engine.  It was often my task to fetch a load of sand for mixing concrete, or landscaping soil, or lumber for some project.
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 …
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Right-wing media defanged by dissolving anti-Biden storylines  —  The three biggest anti-Joe Biden storylines in right-wing media over the last year have either fizzled or are getting less online traction than they used to, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Who made the cut — or got axed — for coveted Democratic convention speaking slots  —  Bernie Sanders and John Kasich will share a night in the spotlight, and both Clintons are slated to have prominent speaking roles at the all-virtual Democratic National Convention in less than two weeks …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Beast
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.
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Abolish the Police?  Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren't So Sure  —  What is it like when a city abandons a neighborhood and the police vanish?  Business owners describe a harrowing experience of calling for help and being left all alone.  —  SEATTLE — Faizel Khan was being told …
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
The Great Escape: Donald John Trump's Exit Strategy  —  Where does the President go from here?  —  1 hr  —  THAT SOUND YOU HEAR is the death rattle of a presidency.  —  A thousand Americans are dying of the novel coronavirus every day.  Volume Five of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report is due for release any day now.
Washington Post:
Trump re-imposes tariffs on Canadian aluminum, prompting Trudeau to vow retaliation  —  Industry groups panned the U.S. decision and disputed the idea of a Canadian deluge  —  President Trump said Thursday he has re-imposed a tariff of 10 percent on some aluminum products imported from Canada …
Discussion: Politico
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Wall Street Journal:   So Much for Trump's Trade Promise
New York Times:
A Season of Grief and Release: 5 Months of the Virus  —  A photographic timeline of a historic half-year.  —  The restaurant was empty, save for two other tables.  Spoons slid through our dessert, split three ways.  We were anxious but determined to enjoy it, somehow.
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump long has relied on nondisclosure deals to prevent criticism.  That strategy may be unraveling.  —  For decades, Donald Trump has relied on broadly worded nondisclosure agreements as a powerful weapon against anyone who would say something critical of him.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
In second coronavirus test, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine now tests negative  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — After an earlier rapid coronavirus test returned a positive result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a second coronavirus test for DeWine, Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine and members of his staff all have come back negative …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Man Who Wasn't There  —  Column: The risks of Joe Biden's basement strategy  —  At first glance, Joe Biden's strategy of avoiding the spotlight is paying off.  He maintains his consistent lead over Donald Trump in national polls.  In June, in the aftermath of the Lafayette Park fiasco …
Associated Press:
Milwaukee police chief demoted over tear-gas use, other concerns  —  MADISON, Wis. — An oversight board demoted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales on Thursday after questioning how he handled multiple incidents, including ordering officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death.
Discussion: Axios
Roge Karma / Vox:
How cities can tackle violent crime without relying on police  —  An anti-violence cookout is held to celebrate the life of 11-year-old Davon McNeal, who was fatally shot by a stray bullet on July 4, and persuade the community to put down their firearms.  Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Anthony Fauci cautiously supports sending kids back to school  —  It's Friday.  We made it.  Tips, comments, recipes?  Reach out and sign up.  Thanks for waking up with us.  See you on Monday.  —  The people  —  POWER UP'S FAUCI INTERVIEW: The nation's top infectious-disease …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NPR
Mychal Denzel Smith / The Atlantic:
Incremental Change Is a Moral Failure  —  Mere reform won't fix policing.  —  Author of Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream  —  I know that where I live is the hood, and not only because I am in a part of Brooklyn where a substantial number of Black people still live.
NBC News:
Biden dominates the electoral map, but here's how the race could tighten  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — When you're leading a presidential race nationally by double digits …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Top Democrats say postmaster general acknowledged new policies that workers say are delaying mail
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Slate
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Staffers Sue Billionaire Dem Tom Steyer
Discussion: American Greatness
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Anti-maskers explain themselves
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Searchers in Beirut recover more bodies days after blast
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Families see a looming catastrophe. Private equity firms see dollar signs.
Discussion: HuffPost
Reuters:
Forecast: 300,000 U.S. COVID-19 Deaths By December 1
Joe Biden:
My Statement on Faith  —  Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life …
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at Whirlpool Corporation Manufacturing Plant
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Greene / Los Angeles Times:
California tops 10,000 coronavirus deaths
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Black man's life sentence for stealing hedge clippers more than 20 years ago
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Government Misconduct Frees Cliven Bundy
Washington Times:
‘Great gray lady’ tilts to reckless
Discussion: Associated Press
Detroit Free Press:
Biden campaign ad spills beans on GM's secret Corvette plans
Randall Lane / Forbes:
Exclusive: Kanye West Indicates That His Spoiler Campaign Is Indeed Designed To Hurt Biden
S.E. Cupp / New York Daily News:
My vote for Biden hinges on his veep pick
Discussion: Outside the Beltway