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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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Greensboro, Vox and Common Dreams
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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
The Economist:
The postal service has become vital to America's elections  —  “The postal service”, said Donald Trump, as he signed covid-19 relief legislation in the spring, “is a joke.”  He contended that the United States Postal Service (usps) is losing money by “handing out packages for Amazon …
CNN:
US Postmaster DeJoy says election mail will not be slowed down
Discussion: The Guardian
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
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.
Discussion: Twitchy, Althouse and Balloon Juice
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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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 …
Discussion: Reason, Reuters and The Hill
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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
Hank Stephenson / New York Times:
Joe Arpaio Loses Arizona Primary to Reclaim His Old Job as Sheriff
Discussion: The Guardian and Axios
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 …
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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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
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine, The Hill and Newsy
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jsonline:   Complaints to keep Kanye West off Wisconsin ballot cite phony signatures, including from Mickey Mouse and Bernie Sanders
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
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.
Slate:
John Roberts' Stealth Attack on Abortion Rights Just Paid Off  —  The Supreme Court's recent decision in June Medical v. Russo was hailed by many liberal court watchers as a win for reproductive rights, as the court declined to overturn Roe v. Wade and formally eliminate the right to an abortion.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
U.S. Intelligence Says Republicans Are Working With Russia to Reelect Trump  —  Two weeks ago, William Evanina, director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, published a somewhat vague warning about various forms of foreign interference in the upcoming election.
Discussion: The US Sun
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Daniel A. Haug / ODNI Newsroom:
Statement by NCSC Director William Evanina: Election Threat Update for the American Public
New York Times:
Bernard Bailyn, Eminent Historian of Early America, Dies at 97  —  On topic after topic he shifted the direction of scholarly inquiry, winning two Pulitzers and a Bancroft Prize for his innovative research and groundbreaking works.  —  Bernard Bailyn, whose award-winning books …
 
 
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Dave Trabert / The Sentinel:
KDHE doctored a COVID case chart to justify mask mandates
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
There's been a big gray area when it comes to cable news contributors dabbling in political campaigns
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Washington Post:
Trump tries to muscle through changes in presidential debates to gain advantage
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Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
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Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks
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Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Ousted aide rips media's ‘hate’ of Trump, mocks press ethics
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Pelosi lashes out at PBS' Judy Woodruff during interview, suggests anchor is a GOP ‘advocate’
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Michigan official's use of racial slur prompts governor to call for his resignation
Discussion: NPR, Petoskey News-Review and The Root
Emerson Malone / BuzzFeed News:
He Says The Saudi Prince Sent A Death Squad To Kill Him In Canada. Now His Kids Are Missing.
Jacob Rubashkin / Inside Elections:
Future is Bright for House Democrats
 

 
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