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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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
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: Pulpit & Pen News and TheBlaze
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Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty
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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Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Democrats call for investigation of postmaster general over mail delays  —  Lawmakers want the inspector general to examine Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's cost-cutting measures and investments  —  Congressional Democrats on Friday called for an investigation of newly installed Postmaster …
The Economist:   The postal service has become vital to America's elections
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.
Richard Blumenthal / Washington Post:
The threat to U.S. elections is real, and frightening.  The public has a right to know.  —  Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, is a U.S. senator from Connecticut.  —  The warning lights are flashing red.  America's elections are under attack.  —  This week, I reviewed classified materials …
Discussion: CBS News
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Daniel A. Haug / ODNI Newsroom:
Statement by NCSC Director William Evanina: Election Threat Update for the American Public
Politico:
Democrats see payoff from pressure campaign on intelligence community
Discussion: Power Line and Talking Points Memo
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.
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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Why Joe Biden Keeps Missing His Own V.P. Deadlines
Discussion: Althouse and The Daily Caller
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Joe Arpaio loses bid to win back Arizona sheriff's job, narrowly losing GOP primary  —  Arpaio lost by more than 6,200 votes  —  Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday lost his bid to reclaim the post he held for more than two decades, narrowly losing to a former aide in the Republican primary.
Discussion: Associated Press
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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
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: New York Post
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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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Dave Trabert / The Sentinel:
KDHE doctored a COVID case chart to justify mask mandates  —  KDHE Secretary Lee Norman shared a COVID case chart with media this week, which he said shows the counties that abided by Governor Kelly's mask mandate are ‘winning the battle.’ But he deceptively doctored the chart to justify mask mandates.
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.
Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Bar Complaint Claims Kanye West's Campaign Lawyer is Violating the Rules by Simultaneously Working For Trump  —  A government watchdog group on Friday filed a complaint against Lane Ruhland with the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) alleging the attorney has been violating ethics …
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jsonline:   Complaints to keep Kanye West off Wisconsin ballot cite phony signatures, including from Mickey Mouse and Bernie Sanders
 
 
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New York Times:
Away From Gridlock in Washington, Trump Puts on a Show for His Club
Discussion: Twitchy
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
There's been a big gray area when it comes to cable news contributors dabbling in political campaigns
Discussion: NBC News
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks
New York Times:
Bernard Bailyn, Eminent Historian of Early America, Dies at 97
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Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
How Tim Cook Made Apple His Own
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Wall Street Journal:
The Liberal City's Tax Dilemma
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Ousted aide rips media's ‘hate’ of Trump, mocks press ethics
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Should Judge Sullivan Be Disqualified from Flynn Case? An Appeals Court Is Asking
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
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Emerson Malone / BuzzFeed News:
He Says The Saudi Prince Sent A Death Squad To Kill Him In Canada. Now His Kids Are Missing.