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Daniel A. Haug / ODNI Newsroom:
Statement by NCSC Director William Evanina: Election Threat Update for the American Public  —  WASHINGTON D.C. - Statement by William R. Evanina Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Office of the Director of National Intelligence “Election Threat Update for the American Public”
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
U.S. Intelligence Says Republicans Are Working With Russia to Reelect Trump
Discussion: The US Sun
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Seeing Trump as ‘unpredictable,’ China would prefer he not win reelection, intelligence official says
Discussion: The Guardian and The Week
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Russia Continues Interfering in Election to Try to Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Says
Discussion: Mediaite
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Russia Working to Damage Joe Biden's White House Bid, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Say
Danika Fears / The Daily Beast:   Counterintelligence Chief: Russia and Rudy's Ally Trying to ‘Denigrate’ Biden
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Russia targeting Biden but China prefers Trump lose, counterintel chief says
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty University after posting a racy photo to social media from his vacation where his pants were unzipped, his midriff was out, and he is standing next to a woman holding a glass of dark liquid.
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Will Wright / New York Times:
Jerry Falwell Jr. Taking Leave of Absence From Liberty University  —  Mr. Falwell, the college's president and a supporter of President Trump, agreed to a request by the school's board of trustees.  —  Jerry Falwell Jr., one of President Trump's most prominent and controversial evangelical supporters …
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Falwell placed on ‘indefinite leave’ from Liberty University  —  Jerry Falwell Jr., one of President Donald Trump's leading evangelical supporters, has agreed to take “an indefinite leave of absence” from his role as president of Liberty University after the release of a viral photo that showed …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Liberty University tells Jerry Falwell Jr. to ‘take an indefinite leave of absence’
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: Greensboro, Vox, Raw Story 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 and The Hill
CNN:
US Postmaster DeJoy says election mail will not be slowed down
Discussion: The Guardian
Miles Parks / NPR:
Postmaster General Touts Postal Service Overhaul But Promises On-Time Election Mail
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.
Discussion: NBC News, Washington Post and The Hill
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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  —  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
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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Hank Stephenson / New York Times:
Joe Arpaio Loses Arizona Primary to Reclaim His Old Job as Sheriff  —  Voters instead backed Jerry Sheridan, Mr. Arpaio's former chief deputy, who promised to revive many of Mr. Arpaio's policies but without the showmanship.  —  PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio, the bellicose former Arizona sheriff …
Discussion: The Guardian and Axios
Emerson Malone / BuzzFeed News:
He Says The Saudi Prince Sent A Death Squad To Kill Him In Canada.  Now His Kids Are Missing.  —  A team of 50 armed men, dressed in plainclothes and driving unmarked cars, arrived early in the morning on March 16 at the home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Omar and Sarah Aljabri lived.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
'I'm Not Scared': She Faces Life in Prison After Allegedly Buying Red Protest Paint  —  “I realized that in the eyes of the state, I had become an enemy for exercising what is supposed to be a protected right.”  —  Madalena McNeil is accused of buying red paint before a protest.
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump antagonizes GOP megadonor Adelson in heated phone call  —  Trump chided the Las Vegas mogul — a financial linchpin of his reelection effort — for not spending more.  And now, he might not.  —  Sheldon Adelson, the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, has donated tens of millions of dollars to pro-Trump efforts.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
American Bridge posts 1,043-page Trump oppo book online
Discussion: DCCC and Liberty Unyielding
Axios:
Trump considering order on pre-existing condition protections, which already exist  —  President Trump announced on Friday he will pursue an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, something that is already law.  —  Why it matters: The Affordable Care …
Discussion: The Hill, Reason and TheBlaze
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Michigan official's use of racial slur prompts governor to call for his resignation  —  A Michigan county official's use of the N-word at a public meeting has prompted the governor and other officials and residents to call for his resignation.  —  Tom Eckerle, an elected road commissioner …
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Should Judge Sullivan Be Disqualified from Flynn Case?  An Appeals Court Is Asking  —  Republican Congressmen Demand Investigation of ‘Rogue Prosecutor’ Who Charged Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters  —  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’  —  ‘If you want to be an advocate for them, Judy ... listen to what the facts are’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had a bitter exchange with “PBS NewsHour” anchor Judy Woodruff Tuesday …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined $2T coronavirus deal  —  Democratic leaders said Friday that the White House rejected an offer for a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that as part of a closed-door Thursday meeting …
CNN:
Jewish advocacy groups slam Trump's pick for German ambassador for bigoted comments  —  (CNN)Several Jewish advocacy groups are opposing President Donald Trump's nominee to become the US ambassador to Germany in light of his incendiary comments, including some unearthed by CNN's KFile, about Germany, the Holocaust and Jewish groups.
Jacob Rubashkin / Inside Elections:
Future is Bright for House Democrats  —  By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin  —  After losing 40 seats and the House majority in 2018, Republicans convinced themselves that things couldn't get any worse.  But with less than three months to go before the elections …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid  —  President Trump, speaking from a podium at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday announced that he is prepared to issue executive orders suspending payroll taxes and extending enhanced unemployment benefits through …
 
 
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Steven Levy / Wired:
Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN takes pessimistic approach to US economy adding 1.8 million jobs in July amid pandemic
Discussion: Fox Business
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Cash-strapped U.S. hospitals say Kuwait owes them at least $677 million
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Former Trump adviser Rick Gates is publishing a book revealing his inside account of the president's 2016 campaign and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe
Tali Arbel / Associated Press:
Q&A: What's up with Trump's orders on TikTok and WeChat?
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaire former hedge fund chief John Paulson to host big-money Hamptons fundraiser for Trump
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Enlist George W. Bush and Al Gore to help us prevent a Trump-Biden nightmare in 2020
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Sensitive to claims of bias, Facebook relaxed misinformation rules for conservative pages
Jean Guerrero / Vanity Fair:
“He Always Had an Axe to Grind”: How Stephen Miller Molded the GOP to His Anti-Immigration Agenda
Reuters:
State Department: We're responsible for Russian, Iranian text message campaign
Discussion: The Hill
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Editor's Note on Mercedes Schlapp Column About Brianna Keilar
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Mission impossible?  The new duo running Trump's campaign is working overtime to control the president and avoid him going down in the history books as a one-termer
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
A Historian of Economic Crisis on the World After COVID-19
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Jeong / The Verge:
The US declared war on TikTok because it can't handle the truth