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9:55 AM ET, August 9, 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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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he's reelected  —  The president made the pledge after signing a directive postponing payroll tax payments into next year  —  President Trump pledged on Saturday to pursue a permanent cut to the payroll taxes …
Discussion: Raw Story and DCCC
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Trump's order to bypass Congress on coronavirus relief faces likely legal challenges  —  President Trump on Saturday said he was bypassing Congress and taking unilateral action to provide financial relief to Americans struggling during the coronavirus crisis, despite uncertainty about his legal authority to do so.
Discussion: TheBlaze
NBC News:
Trump signs executive orders on coronavirus economic relief
Discussion: Reuters and TheBlaze
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:   Trump signs COVID-19 economic relief actions
Politico:
Trump announces executive actions after stimulus talks break down
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:   Failure wasn't an option on coronavirus aid. It was the only option.
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Authorizes Extending Special Unemployment Benefit at $400 a Week
New York Times:
Pelosi Is Playing Hardball on Coronavirus Relief. She Thinks She'll Win.
Discussion: Raw Story
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump expected to sign executive orders on coronavirus relief
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Reuters
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Trump to sign executive orders for coronavirus stimulus
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and Breitbart
Ty Tagami / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
9 cases of COVID-19 reported at North Paulding High School  —  The Paulding County high school that became infamous for hallways crowded with unmasked students reported a half-dozen students and three staffers in the school with COVID-19, the school district told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Saturday.
Washington Post:
The lost days of summer: How Trump fell short in containing 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 …
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.
Discussion: NBC News and Common Dreams
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
How the Final Stretch of Biden's VP Search Is Playing Out  —  The women who might become Joe Biden's running mate entered their final week in contention without much of an idea of what that week would look like.  —  Each member of the group — thought to include a pair of senators …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Trump's Go-It-Alone Stimulus Won't Do Much to Lift the Recovery  —  A series of executive actions will provoke lawsuits but is unlikely to stoke faster growth in an economy that has cooled this summer.  —  The executive actions President Trump took on Saturday were pitched as a unilateral jolt for an ailing economy.
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Stephen F. Williams, longtime federal appeals judge in D.C., dies of coronavirus at 83  —  Judge Stephen F. Williams, a member of the powerful Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for more than three decades, died Friday of complications from the coronavirus, his family and court officials said.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Trump walks out of news conference after reporter asks him about Veterans Choice lie he's told more than 150 times  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump abruptly ended a Saturday news conference after a reporter challenged him on a lie about veterans health care he has told more than 150 times.
Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
‘Christianity Will Have Power’  —  Donald Trump made a promise to white evangelical Christians, whose support can seem mystifying to the outside observer.  —  Photographs and Video by Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber  —  SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — They walked to the sanctuary in the frozen silence before dawn …
Doree Lewak / New York Post:
NYC moms fleeing Upper West Side amid crime and chaos  —  However, the people packing their bags are not coming to New York City — they're fleeing it for good.  —  Due to increasingly squalid conditions on the Upper West Side, including two new homeless shelters packed with junkies …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
PM prepares for “COVID election” as NZ marks 100 days of no community spread  —  New Zealand has now gone 100 days with no detected community spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement.  —  Why It Matters: New Zealanders are going to the polls on Sept. 19.
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.
Mario Nicolais:
The Kanye Con Job  —  In fifteen years practicing election law, I have never seen anything as craven and shameful as the Kanye con job Donald Trump and his sycophants have attempted in Wisconsin.  —  After combing through two challenges to Kanye West's nomination signatures at the behest …
Politico:
Republicans called her videos ‘appalling’ and ‘disgusting.’ But they're doing little to stop her.  —  House GOP leaders raced to disavow a Republican congressional candidate who made racist Facebook videos and embraced the QAnon conspiracy theory.  But less than two months later …
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Discussion: Raw Story
Nicholas Ballasy / Just The News:
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Discussion: Slate, Mediaite and Axios