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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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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump exploring executive actions to curb voting by mail  —  This past spring, President Donald Trump began a full-fledged assault on voting by mail, tweeting, retweeting and railing about massive fraud and rigged elections with scant evidence.  —  Then the Republican apparatus got to work backing up the president.
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 …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Unsanitized: Federal Benefit Extension Looks Remote as Anger Mounts
Discussion: Raw Story and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Trump tries to muscle through changes in presidential debates to gain advantage
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Mediaite and The Hill
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 and The Week
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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: The Week and Raw Story
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.
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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Andrea Widburg / American Thinker:
President Trump wittily shuts down a snarky reporter  —  Whether he's studied them or not, President Trump is a master at cutting leftists down using the Rules for Radicals that Saul Alinsky drafted to help further a leftist agenda.  At a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster …
CNN:
Fact check: At his golf club, Trump nonsensically accuses Democrats of election ‘cheating’
Discussion: Vox, UPI and KRON4
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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Jon Queally / Salon:
“Friday Night Massacre” at US Postal Service: Postmaster General boots top brass ahead of election  —  The Postmaster General — a major Trump donor — suddenly ousted the Postal Service's top officials … Government watchdogs, Democratic lawmakers, and pro-democracy advocates declared it a …
Discussion: Raw Story, Greensboro and Mediaite
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The Economist:   The postal service has become vital to America's elections
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump says US will be ‘very careful’ after intel community warns of election interference from rival nations  —  'We're going to look at it very closely.'  —  President Trump on Friday said the U.S. will be “very careful” after the intelligence community warned that China, Russia and Iran are seeking to interfere in the 2020 election.
Discussion: Politico
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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: Fox News and The Week
New York Times:
Pelosi Is Playing Hardball on Coronavirus Relief.  She Thinks She'll Win.  —  Emboldened by Republican divisions and a favorable political landscape, the speaker is refusing to agree to a narrow relief measure, unbothered by charges that she is an impediment to a deal.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
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.
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 …
commercialappeal:
Memphis woman, who said she is recovering from COVID-19, evicted in Raleigh  —  Leslie Nelson, a 56-year-old Raleigh resident, was evicted from her home of several years Thursday.  Nelson, who struggled to breathe while talking to The Commercial Appeal, said she is recovering from COVID-19.
David Slotnick / Task & Purpose:
The Air Force just awarded a contract to develop a hypersonic Air Force One  —  Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.  —  The Air Force One of the future might get a major speed boost.  —  An aerospace company called Hermeus on Thursday announced a contract …
Discussion: The Drive
Matthew Keyes / Campus Reform:
Clemson prof: Trump and ‘anyone who still calls themselves a Republican’ is ‘racist’  — A Clemson University professor wrote that Trump and “anyone who still calls themselves a Republican” is “xenophobic and racist.”  — The professor also asked for the home address for the author …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Jon Levine / New York Post:
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Reuters:
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BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Richard Blumenthal / Washington Post:
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Discussion: CBS News
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Slate:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money