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9:20 PM ET, August 8, 2020

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Washington Post:
Trump signs four executive orders after economic relief talks with Democrats collapsed  —  The orders aim to temporarily extend unemployment aid and eviction protections  —  President Trump on Saturday signed several executive orders that he said would provide economic relief to millions of Americans …
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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump seems ready, willing to bypass lawmakers on virus aid  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Ready and willing to bypass elected lawmakers, President Donald Trump seemed set to claim the power to defer payroll taxes and extend expired unemployment benefits after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.
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
NBC News:
Trump signs executive orders on coronavirus economic relief  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed four executive orders Saturday for coronavirus economic relief, upending negotiations with Congress after lawmakers failed to reach a deal on Friday.  —  The executive orders defer …
Discussion: Reuters
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Failure wasn't an option on coronavirus aid.  It was the only option. … WASHINGTON — No matter the actual need, there was never much chance Congress would agree to another major spending package for coronavirus relief this summer.  —  That's because the most comfortable outcome …
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Trump to sign executive orders for coronavirus stimulus
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Fact check: At his golf club, Trump nonsensically accuses Democrats of election ‘cheating’
Discussion: Vox, KRON4 and UPI
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Authorizes Extending Special Unemployment Benefit at $400 a Week
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump expected to sign executive orders on coronavirus relief
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Reuters
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Trump orders $400-per-week unemployment payments amid COVID crisis, hits Dems for stonewalling
Politico:   Trump announces executive actions after stimulus talks broke down
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump aides 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.
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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.
Washington Post:   Their mail was not delivered for days. Now these Minneapolis residents are worried about their votes counting.
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 …
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.
CBS News:
97,000 children reportedly test positive for coronavirus in two weeks as schools gear up for instruction  —  Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics finds.
Joe Biden:
My Statement on President Trump's Executive Orders to Sow More Chaos and Confusion  —  Unable to deliver for the American people in a time of crisis, Donald Trump offered a series of half-baked measures today.  He is putting Social Security at grave risk at a time when seniors are suffering …
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he's reelected
Discussion: Raw Story
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
A protester tried to ID a police officer on Twitter.  Now he faces a felony — along with four who retweeted him.  —  When Kevin Alfaro noticed a masked police officer befriending a counterprotester who had threatened him at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Nutley, N.J., on June 19, he whipped out his phone and took a picture.
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter, TikTok Have Held Preliminary Talks About Possible Combination  —  Microsoft still seen as front-runner in bidding for video-sharing app's U.S. operations  —  Twitter Inc. TWTR -1.46% has had preliminary talks about a potential combination with TikTok, the popular video-sharing app …
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: Slate, IJR, The Hill, The Daily Beast and Twitchy
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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: Talking Points Memo, Axios and Slate
Washington Post:
Biden campaign, women's groups are working to blunt sexist attacks on his vice presidential pick  —  Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, Joe Biden's campaign manager, warned on a recent all-staff call that when his vice presidential pick is announced, sexism will motivate the ugliest attacks against her — no matter who she is.
Washington Post:
The lost days of summer: How Trump struggled to contain the virus  —  As the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows is responsible for coordinating the vast executive branch, including its coronavirus response.  But in closed-door meetings, he has revealed his skepticism of the two physicians guiding …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
 
 
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Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
One-Third of American Renters Expected to Miss Their August Payment
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich expected to join forces for first night of Democratic convention
Discussion: Twitchy and Politico
Nicholas Ballasy / Just The News:
Half a million incorrect absentee ballot applications sent across Virginia, including to dead people
Discussion: Tennessee Star
Matthew Keyes / Campus Reform:
Clemson prof: Trump and ‘anyone who still calls themselves a Republican’ is ‘racist’
Discussion: Power Line
Jon Levine / New York Post:
NYC Councilman Paul Vallone credits Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 recovery
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Memphis woman, who said she is recovering from COVID-19, evicted in Raleigh
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Ban, As Soon As Tuesday
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Away From Gridlock in Washington, Trump Puts on a Show for His Club
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Trump tries to muscle through changes in presidential debates to gain advantage
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Hill and Mediaite
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
America's Authoritarian Governor
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks
New York Times:
Chris Dodd, an Insider From Biden's Past, Is Helping Him Pick His Future
Discussion: Politico
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
This Is Exactly What Susan Rice Feared
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
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.
 

 
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