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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.
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Authorizes Extending Special Unemployment Benefit at $400 a Week
CNN:
Fact check: At his golf club, Trump nonsensically accuses Democrats of election ‘cheating’
Discussion: Vox, KRON4 and UPI
Politico:   Trump announces executive actions after stimulus talks broke down
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Trump to sign executive orders for coronavirus stimulus
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump expected to sign executive orders on coronavirus relief
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Reuters
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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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  —  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
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: Washington Post, The Week and Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Andrea Widburg / American Thinker:
President Trump wittily shuts down a snarky reporter  —  Whether he's studied them or not, President Trump is a master at cutting leftists down using the Rules for Radicals that Saul Alinsky drafted to help further a leftist agenda.  At a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster …
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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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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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
David Slotnick / Task & Purpose:
The Air Force just awarded a contract to develop a hypersonic Air Force One
Discussion: The Drive
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
commercialappeal:
Memphis woman, who said she is recovering from COVID-19, evicted in Raleigh
 Earlier Items: 
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Ban, As Soon As Tuesday
New York Times:
Away From Gridlock in Washington, Trump Puts on a Show for His Club
Discussion: Twitchy
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
America's Authoritarian Governor
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks
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.