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11:02 AM ET, August 7, 2020

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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
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.
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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. …
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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USA Today:
The National Rifle Association faces its worst nightmare: accountability
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and NPR
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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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
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Over 300 DNC delegates, members urge Biden to pick Bass for VP
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 …
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: Political Wire
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 …
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: alicublog
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Anti-maskers explain themselves  —  Supporters and members of Patriot Prayer and People's Rights Washington take part in a rally against Washington state's mask mandate on June 26, 2020, in Vancouver, Washington.  Karen Ducey/Getty Images  —  “If I'm going to get Covid and die from it …
Discussion: Raw Story
Katherine J. Wu / New York Times:
'It's Kitchen Sink Time': Fast, Less-Accurate Coronavirus Tests May Be Good Enough  —  Experts are revising their views on the best methods to detect infections, setting aside long-held standards so that the spread of the virus can be more quickly tracked and contained.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
In second coronavirus test, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine now tests negative
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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
Julie Lasky / New York Times:
Leaving New York: How to Choose the Right Suburb  —  Set your priorities — walkable town, easy commute, good schools, waterfront access or something else?  Then start exploring.  —  For some New Yorkers, urban life is a phase, to be experienced between college and the birth of a first or second child.
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 …
 
 
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Fails to Stall Rape Accuser's Lawsuit; Deposition Looms
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Slate
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Staffers Sue Billionaire Dem Tom Steyer
Discussion: American Greatness
Associated Press:
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: HuffPost
Mychal Denzel Smith / The Atlantic:
Incremental Change Is a Moral Failure
 Earlier Items: 
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
CNN:
Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Black man's life sentence for stealing hedge clippers more than 20 years ago
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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