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12:45 PM ET, August 9, 2020

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Associated Press:
US hits 5 million confirmed virus cases, Europe is amazed  —  ROME (AP) — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hitting 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and The White House
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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.
Discussion: Slate and Mediaite
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: Balloon Juice, Raw Story and DCCC
Washington Post:
Trump signs four executive orders after economic relief talks with Democrats collapsed
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:   Trump signs COVID-19 economic relief actions
CBS News:
Biden leads in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania due to COVID concerns, country's direction — Battleground Tracker poll  —  Late on election night 2016, it was Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that put Donald Trump over the top and into the White House, thanks to late-deciding voters who went his way, and big margins among people who wanted change.
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg, The Hill and YouGov
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.
Discussion: WSB-TV, Politico, The Hill and Joanne Jacobs
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 …
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 …
Discussion: jsonline
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Washington Post:
Kanye West's presidential bid bolstered by Republican operatives in at least five states
Discussion: The US Sun, TMZ.com and Rolling Stone
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 …
Discussion: The 19th, Breitbart and Deadline
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Washington Post:
Biden campaign, women's groups are working to blunt sexist attacks on his vice presidential pick
Discussion: NBC News
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
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The Facts Just Aren't Getting Through  —  A few weeks ago, I went to a political rally in a farmyard.  The Polish presidential candidate Rafał Trzaskowski was speaking; in the background, a golden wheat field shimmered in the late-afternoon sun.  The audience was enthusiastic—the host …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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Los Angeles Times:
Trump's order to bypass Congress on coronavirus relief faces likely legal challenges
Discussion: TheBlaze
NBC News:
Trump signs executive orders on coronavirus economic relief
Discussion: Reuters and TheBlaze
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Authorizes Extending Special Unemployment Benefit at $400 a Week
David Super / Balkinization:
Inadequate, Unworkable, and Unlawful: The Trump Unemployment Aid Program  —  President Trump's effort to relieve the pressure he and Senate Republicans have been feeling over the expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits is a failure on every level.  It provides too little in aid.
Caitlin McCabe / Wall Street Journal:
Latest Research Points to Children Carrying, Transmitting Coronavirus  —  Researchers say new studies and anecdotal reports suggest kids are more vulnerable to the virus than initially suspected  —  Children might be more vulnerable to Covid-19 than once believed, with new research suggesting …
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed News:
A Church.  A Viral Video.  A Campaign To Discredit Black Lives Matter.  —  “What people need to know is we're not protesting churches.  We're protesting this church.”  —  Copy  —  The clip that was posted to Twitter — and subsequently viewed over 1.2 million times …
New York Times:
This Company Boasted to Trump About Its Covid-19 Vaccine.  Experts Are Skeptical.  —  Inovio, a Pennsylvania biotech company, has spent years claiming to be on the cusp of important vaccines.  It has never brought one to market.  —  As the deadly new virus spread globally, Inovio Pharmaceuticals …
 
 
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Dallas Morning News:
‘I felt like my chest was on fire’: Photo shows Dallas police officer shooting protester with pepper-ball gun
Discussion: The US Sun
Cincinnati.com:
Republicans against Trump: ‘We will not make the same mistake this November’
Jack Arnholz / ABC News:
Kudlow defends Trump's coronavirus executive actions against accusations they are ineffective
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election
Discussion: Common Dreams
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Barr blasts far left for making politics a ‘secular religion,’ calls Dems who excuse violence ‘cowards’
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
For Biden Family, a History of Tax Problems
Discussion: The Western Journal
Betwa Sharma / HuffPost India:
Delhi Police To Close Case On Violent Abuse And Threats Against Rana Ayyub
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Doree Lewak / New York Post:
NYC moms fleeing Upper West Side amid crime and chaos
Discussion: americandigest.org
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
PM prepares for “COVID election” as NZ marks 100 days of no community spread
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Stephen F. Williams, longtime federal appeals judge in D.C., dies of coronavirus at 83
Joe Biden:
My Statement on President Trump's Executive Orders to Sow More Chaos and Confusion
Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
One-Third of American Renters Expected to Miss Their August Payment
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
97,000 children reportedly test positive for coronavirus in two weeks as schools gear up for instruction
David Slotnick / Task & Purpose:
The Air Force just awarded a contract to develop a hypersonic Air Force One