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11:40 AM ET, August 7, 2020

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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
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: Political Wire
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Associated Press:
Appeals court revives House lawsuit for McGahn's testimony  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday revived House Democrats' lawsuit to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before a congressional committee, but left other legal issues unresolved …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. appeals court rules against Trump over subpoena for ex-White House lawyer
Discussion: Politico
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:   Appeals Court Revives House Democrats' Lawsuit Seeking Testimony of Former Trump White House Counsel
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. …
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.
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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.
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 …
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
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Individuals for Undermining Hong Kong's Autonomy  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on 11 individuals for undermining Hong Kong's autonomy and restricting the freedom of expression or assembly of the citizens of Hong Kong.
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Axios:
U.S. sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
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 and Eschaton
Jerrold L. Schecter / Washington Post:
Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to two presidents, dies at 95  —  Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served at the right hand of power as national security adviser for presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush and played instrumental roles in shaping nuclear warfare strategy …
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ABC News:
Brent Scowcroft, prominent elder statesman, has died
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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
NBC News:
Biden tries to clarify remarks suggesting lack of diversity in the Black community  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden on Thursday night attempted to clarify remarks he made earlier in the day in which he suggested that the Black community in the U.S. lacks diversity when compared with Hispanics.
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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 …
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
So Much for Trump's Trade Promise  —  He slaps Canada with a 10% aluminum tariff despite the USMCA.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  With his re-election on the ropes, President Trump has returned to his favorite household remedy: tariffs.  On Thursday Mr. Trump said he is reimposing …
Discussion: Reason
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Washington Post:
Trump re-imposes tariffs on Canadian aluminum, prompting Trudeau to vow retaliation
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
‘We cannot stop people’: 250,000 are expected at a South Dakota motorcycle rally  —  Health officials are still warning against even small gatherings, and states with relatively low spread of the coronavirus are ordering visitors from hot spots to self-quarantine.
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.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
What Biden Really Needs From a VP Pick  —  We are in an incredibly volatile time and a stable political environment.  President Trump's political standing, while still weak, seems to have stabilized.  Yet, at the same time we don't seem to be making any real progress in getting the COVID-19 crisis under control.
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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David Whitley / Orlando Sentinel:
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Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
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Anti-maskers explain themselves
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Associated Press:
Milwaukee police chief demoted over tear-gas use, other concerns
Discussion: Axios
Mychal Denzel Smith / The Atlantic:
Incremental Change Is a Moral Failure
CNN:
Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Black man's life sentence for stealing hedge clippers more than 20 years ago
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Randall Lane / Forbes:
Exclusive: Kanye West Indicates That His Spoiler Campaign Is Indeed Designed To Hurt Biden