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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump antagonizes GOP megadonor Adelson in heated phone call  —  When President Donald Trump connected by phone last week with Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson — perhaps the only person in the party who can cut a nine-figure check to aid his reelection — the phone call unexpectedly turned contentious.
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Like Groundhog Day’: Republicans fret over Trump's fading fortunes  —  President Donald Trump is in an August, coronavirus-induced slump — and his team is feeling it.  —  The White House's negotiations with Capitol Hill over a fourth economic stimulus package fell apart on Friday …
Washington Post:
Trump tries to muscle through changes in presidential debates to gain advantage
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Hill and Mediaite
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Unwanted Truths: Inside Trump's Battles With U.S. Intelligence Agencies  —  Last year, intelligence officials gathered to write a classified report on Russia's interest in the 2020 election.  An investigation from the magazine uncovered what happened next.  —  In early July of last year …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
How Kristi Noem, Mt. Rushmore and Trump Fueled Speculation About Pence's Job  —  After Ms. Noem, the South Dakota governor, flew to Washington on Air Force One, speculation about her ambitions ensued.  She made a second trip to smooth things over with Mike Pence.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and New York Post
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
No Wrist Corsages, Please  —  Has America grown since 1984, or will the knives still be out for Biden's running mate?  —  WASHINGTON — On the cusp of Joe Biden teaming up with a woman, I am casting back to my time covering the first woman who was a serious contender for veep.
Calum Best / The Bulwark:
Jerry Falwell's Zipper Has Been Down for Years  —  His bizarre Instagram picture is just the latest in a long line of bad decisions that have harmed Liberty University.  —  The board of trustees of Liberty University announced on Friday that the president and chancellor of the university …
Discussion: Raw Story and Pulpit & Pen News
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Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Calling it a ‘peaceful protest,’ Trump flouts coronavirus guidelines with golf club gathering  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Just before 7 p.m. Friday evening, members of President Trump's private golf club here began streaming into a gilded ballroom by the dozens.
Discussion: The Hill, Slate, IJR, The Daily Beast and Twitchy
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CNN:
Fact check: At his golf club, Trump nonsensically accuses Democrats of election ‘cheating’
Discussion: UPI and KRON4
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Unsanitized: Federal Benefit Extension Looks Remote as Anger Mounts  —  Plus, the post office tries to stick up states.  This is The COVID-19 Daily Report for August 7, 2020.  —  Unsanitized-080720  —  The public is fixing to get out their pitchforks.  —  First Response
Discussion: Bloomberg
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The Economist:   The postal service has become vital to America's elections
Washington Post:
TikTok's fate was shaped by a ‘knockdown, drag-out’ Oval Office brawl  —  Trump advisers Mnuchin and Navarro fought over TikTok as Silicon Valley dealmakers tried to get closer to Trump  —  Last week, as leaders in Silicon Valley, China and Washington raced to seal the fate …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’  —  The techie-turned-philanthropist on vaccines, Trump, and why social media is “a poisoned chalice.”  —  For 20 years, Bill Gates has been easing out of the roles that made him rich and famous—CEO, chief software architect …
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
America's Authoritarian Governor  —  America has botched its coronavirus response in so, so many ways since the pandemic began.  Even in a country that stands apart from the world for its horrific failures, there have been as many leadership bungles as there are states: Some failed to heed early warnings.
New York Times:
Chris Dodd, an Insider From Biden's Past, Is Helping Him Pick His Future  —  As Biden works to win over progressive voters, he has empowered a Washington uber-veteran long trailed by allegations of personal and financial indiscretion.  —  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. knew how to flatter an old friend.
Discussion: Politico
David Eggert / Associated Press:
AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision  —  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
This Is Exactly What Susan Rice Feared  —  A few days before Donald Trump's inauguration, then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice held a press briefing in her office to talk about the threats she saw on the horizon as Barack Obama's presidency drew to a close.
Discussion: The Week
TMZ.com:
Kanye West Booted Off Illinois Ballot Due to 1,900 Invalid Signatures  —  KANYE WEST GETTING BOOTED OFF ILLINOIS BALLOT ... 1,900 Signatures Tossed!!!  —  Kanye West's Presidential run just got a death blow, at least in Illinois, where election officials say more than half his submitted signatures …
Discussion: New York Post
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Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Bar Complaint Claims Kanye West's Campaign Lawyer is Violating the Rules by Simultaneously Working For Trump
Discussion: Chicago Tribune, The Hill and Newsy
jsonline:   Complaints to keep Kanye West off Wisconsin ballot cite phony signatures, including from Mickey Mouse and Bernie Sanders
New York Times:
N.Y.P.D. Besieges a Protest Leader as He Broadcasts Live  —  A helicopter and dozens of officers, some in riot gear, were deployed for an arrest at a Manhattan apartment but withdrew after protesters arrived.  —  Derrick Ingram, an organizer of a group leading New York's Black Lives Matter protests …
Discussion: The Hill
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BuzzFeed News:   Dozens Of NYPD Officers Swarmed The Home Of A BLM Protester But Didn't Make An Arrest
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Ban, As Soon As Tuesday  —  TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president's executive order banning the service from the United States.  —  The video-sharing app hugely popular with the smartphone generation TikTok …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Identity Politics Conservatism  —  Conservative elites trying to come up with the next stage of Trumpism are out of touch with what Republican voters actually want.  —  Trumpism  —  I keep telling people that Trump is forever and no one believes me.  —  I get that.  I don't want to believe me, either.
New York Times:
Away From Gridlock in Washington, Trump Puts on a Show for His Club  —  The president held what was billed as a news conference.  But there was almost no news, he again said the virus would disappear and his audience seemed at times less the nation than his golf club members.
Discussion: Twitchy
Associated Press:
Joe Arpaio loses sheriff's race in second failed comeback bid  —  PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff's post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills …
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Joe Arpaio loses bid to win back Arizona sheriff's job, narrowly losing GOP primary
Discussion: Associated Press
Beth Fukumoto / Washington Post:
I was a Republican, and I drew my red line too late.  I'll answer for my choices for years to come.  —  Beth Fukumoto served three terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives and is a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
 
 
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Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
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Richard Blumenthal / Washington Post:
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Pelosi lashes out at PBS' Judy Woodruff during interview, suggests anchor is a GOP ‘advocate’
Slate:
John Roberts' Stealth Attack on Abortion Rights Just Paid Off
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Emerson Malone / BuzzFeed News:
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