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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”
Discussion: Axios, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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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 …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Russia Working to Damage Joe Biden's White House Bid, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Say  —  In public report, senior counterintelligence official says China prefers Trump lose, Iran aims to undermine U.S. democracy  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Russia is using …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
US sees election threats from China, Russia and Iran  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of US intelligence on Friday raised concerns about interference in the 2020 election by China, Russia and Iran.  —  U.S. intelligence has assessed that China is hoping President Donald Trump does not win reelection …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Pelosi says Democrats willing to compromise at $2T for coronavirus bill, rejected by Trump admin
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC News
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Over 300 DNC delegates, members urge Biden to pick Bass for VP
Discussion: Reuters
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: Wall Street Journal
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Associated Press:
Appeals court revives House lawsuit for McGahn's testimony
Discussion: Axios
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. appeals court rules against Trump over subpoena for ex-White House lawyer
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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
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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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Trump Blew Up More Than Just 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 …
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
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
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Mark Morgan  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington—Acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan appears to have violated the Hatch Act by criticizing Joe Biden's stance on immigration and advocating for President Trump's re-election …
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 …
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.
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 …
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  — New Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and senior adviser Jason Miller have taken firm control of the 2020 effort trying …
New York Times:
Pompeo Warned Russia Against Bounties on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is said to have sternly discussed payouts and red lines in a telephone call with Sergey V. Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister.  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
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
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.
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Right-wing media defanged as anti-Biden storylines disintegrate  —  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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, TheBlaze and Queerty
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 …
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
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Fails to Stall Rape Accuser's Lawsuit; Deposition Looms  —  President Donald Trump can't stall a defamation lawsuit filed by a New York advice columnist who claims he raped her two decades ago, a judge ruled, allowing the two sides to start digging for evidence.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
Art Cullen / The Guardian:
Trump is in electoral hot water.  It could be even worse for him by November … President Trump is in deep trouble in the midwest, which edged him over the top into the White House, and things can only get worse by November.  —  'They're dying ... it is what it is': key takeaways from Trump's shocking interview
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Reuters:
State Department: We're responsible for Russian, Iranian text message campaign
Discussion: The Hill
Ayesha Sharma / The Guardian:
Civil death: how millions of Americans lost their right to vote
USA Today:
GOP senators tiptoe around Trump as the party faces growing political dangers ahead of Nov. 3
Discussion: Raw Story
John J. Pitney, Jr / The Bulwark:
Trump Saying Biden Would ‘Hurt the Bible’ and ‘Hurt God’ is the Height of Hypocrisy
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
As Fauci battles the pandemic and politics, his grateful neighbors celebrate him as a hero
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Wines / New York Times:
At the Census Bureau, a Technical Memo Raises Alarms Over Politics
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Here's how much money Trump's N.J. golf clubs took in last year
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
‘We cannot stop people’: 250,000 are expected at a South Dakota motorcycle rally
Discussion: TheBlaze
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
What Biden Really Needs From a VP Pick
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
The Great Escape: Donald John Trump's Exit Strategy
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump long has relied on nondisclosure deals to prevent criticism. That strategy may be unraveling.