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12:45 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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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.
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
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.
New York Times:
Pelosi Is Playing Hardball on Coronavirus Relief. She Thinks She'll Win.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:   Failure wasn't an option on coronavirus aid. It was the only option.
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:   Trump signs COVID-19 economic relief actions
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Authorizes Extending Special Unemployment Benefit at $400 a Week
Politico:   Trump announces executive actions after stimulus talks break down
CNN:
Fact check: At his golf club, Trump nonsensically accuses Democrats of election ‘cheating’
Discussion: Vox and KRON4
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: Politico and Breitbart
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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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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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Away From Gridlock in Washington, Trump Puts on a Show for His Club  —  The president held what was billed as a news conference.  But there was almost no news, he again said the virus would disappear and his audience seemed at times less the nation than his golf club members.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Nora Eckert / Wall Street Journal:
Animals Notice Something Missing at the Zoo—People  —  Covid closures leave some animals lonely, while others relish the peace; Row the cockatoo sings alone  —  Humans aren't the only ones whose routines have been upended by the pandemic.  —  While lockdowns have forced zoo and aquarium visitors …
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich expected to join forces for first night of Democratic convention
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Law & Crime and The Verge
Wall Street Journal:
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David Slotnick / Task & Purpose:
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Discussion: Slate, Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
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: The Gateway Pundit and TheBlaze
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
America's Authoritarian Governor
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.