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1:30 PM ET, August 7, 2020

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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.
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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
CNN:
House can subpoena former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, appeals court rules
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy and Instapundit
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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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's desperate attacks are revealing the scam Republicans have been pulling for years  —  Unless something dramatic happens, President Trump will lose in November, taking a good number of Republican enablers with him.  The Pew Research Center reported on Thursday: “Trump's rating …
USA Today:
The National Rifle Association faces its worst nightmare: accountability
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and NPR
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.
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 …
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:   Over 300 DNC delegates, members urge Biden to pick Bass for VP
Lee Hawkins / Wall Street Journal:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says All School Districts in State Are Authorized to Reopen  —  The move allows New York City to go forward with a plans to offer optional in-person classes and remote-learning instruction  —  All New York schools can reopen because of the state's low coronavirus infection rate …
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NBC News:
New York governor says schools can reopen for in-person classes
Discussion: Politico, Townhall, Axios, The Hill and IJR
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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Axios:
U.S. sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam  —  The Treasury Department on Friday placed sanctions on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, following months of tension as she has allowed continued overreach by Beijing to subvert Hong Kong's autonomy.  —  Why it matters: It's the toughest sanction yet imposed …
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U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Individuals for Undermining Hong Kong's Autonomy
Discussion: New York Post
David Whitley / Orlando Sentinel:
China gets the NBA to shut up and dribble | Commentary
Discussion: Breitbart and Twitchy
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.
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 …
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
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Priscilla DeGregory / New York Post:   Judge rules Trump can't postpone E. Jean Carroll's defamation case
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 …
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, Political Wire and Eschaton
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
‘I can say anything I want’: Michigan official defends using racist slur while refusing to wear a mask  —  A local road commission meeting in northern Michigan on Monday started with one commissioner asking another why he wasn't wearing a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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
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).
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.
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
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, The Hill and Raw Story
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
Here's how much money Trump's N.J. golf clubs took in last year  —  President Donald Trump's three New Jersey golf clubs generated nearly $30 million in revenue last year, according to his personal financial disclosure forms  —  The revenues at Bedminster, Colts Neck and Pine Hill rose by $3.2 million to $29.8 million in 2019.
 
 
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Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Hill
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Instapundit
Art Cullen / The Guardian:
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Discussion: Reason