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11:05 PM ET, August 9, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Trump Allies Work the Refs in Silicon Valley  —  The new referees in American politics are Facebook, Google and Twitter, and they would be wise to pay attention to lessons the old media tried to learn.  —  One of the oddest moments during last month's tech hearings on Capitol Hill came …
Axios:
Behind the scenes: Trump assembles team of closest aides to prepare for Biden debates  —  Two weekends ago, President Trump met with a group of his closest aides in the conference room of his Bedminster golf club to discuss a subject that has been weighing heavily on his mind: the three scheduled debates with Joe Biden.
Discussion: The US Sun, Raw Story and IJR
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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: Vox, Axios, Slate, YouGov, The Hill, Politico and Bloomberg
Alana Satlin / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton: Biden has ‘great choices’ for running mate to help defeat ‘wannabe authoritarian’
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
New York Times: White House reached out to South Dakota governor about adding Trump to Mount Rushmore  —  Washington (CNN)White House aides reached out to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem last year about the process of adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore, the New York Times reported.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Wrap and New York Times
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Benji Jones / Business Insider:
The White House reportedly asked South Dakota's governor how to add another president to Mount Rushmore, and she later gave Trump a 4-foot replica with his face on it  —  Foto: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend Independence Day events at Mount Rushmore on July 3, 2020
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Social Security Works:
Donald Trump: If Reelected, I will “Terminate” Social Security  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  Contact: Linda Benesch, lbenesc[email protected]  —  (Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in response to Donald Trump's press conference …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Executive disorder: Constitutional questions on Trump's orders
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: At Least 97,000 Children in the U.S. Tested Positive in Last 2 Weeks of July  —  Trump's unilateral economic relief actions come under fire.  Ohio's governor urges use of rapid tests, but with caution after his false positive.  —  RIGHT NOW A Georgia school whose …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
William Saletan / Slate:
How Trump Killed Tens of Thousands of Americans  —  On July 17, President Donald Trump sat for a Fox News interview at the White House.  At the time, nearly 140,000 Americans were dead from the novel coronavirus.  The interviewer, Chris Wallace, showed Trump a video clip in which Robert Redfield …
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris should say no to vice presidency  —  If Joe Biden offers the vice presidential slot to Sen. Kamala Harris, my advice to her would be to politely decline.  —  Harris is a tested and proven campaigner who will work her backside off to get Biden elected.
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law  —  HONG KONG — Media tycoon and activist Jimmy Lai, his sons and several others were arrested early Monday for allegedly colluding with foreign forces, a crime under Hong Kong's new national security law, according to the newspaper he founded and a close associate.
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Wall Street Journal:
Amazon and Mall Operator Look at Turning Sears, J.C. Penney Stores Into Fulfillment Centers  —  Hookup between Simon Property Group, Amazon would show how retail and logistics are converging more rapidly  —  Simon Property Group Inc., the biggest mall owner in the U.S. …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Boycotted.  Criticized.  But Fox News Leads the Pack in Prime Time.  —  Led by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, the channel's pro-Trump lineup outranked every network from 8 to 11 p.m. in June and July.  —  In one sense, this has been a difficult period for Fox News …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Discussion: CNBC, WTOP and The Moderate Voice
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Belarus election: Lukashenko's claim of landslide victory sparks widespread protests … Clashes broke out in cities across Belarus on Sunday evening as riot police used rubber bullets, flash grenades, teargas and water cannon to quash protests against the results of the contested presidential election.
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Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Opposition candidate comes out of hiding as Belarus votes
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
At least 21 people shot, one fatally, at a party in Southeast Washington  —  A 17-year-old is dead and an off-duty police officer is fighting for her life after at least 21 people were shot when a dispute broke out early Sunday at a cookout attended by hundreds of people in Southeast Washington, authorities said.
Discussion: Mother Jones and UPI
Rachael Levy / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Agency Sidelines Planned $765 Million Loan to Kodak Amid Probes  —  The move comes as the SEC investigates Kodak's disclosure of the loan and stock options granted to executives  —  WASHINGTON—A federal agency has put a planned $765 million loan to Eastman Kodak Co. KODK -7.64% on hold …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Mnuchin warns Democrats against challenging Trump's executive orders  —  Trump on Saturday signed executive orders to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit.  —  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned Democrats on Sunday that any legal challenge …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
A president ignored: Trump's outlandish claims increasingly met with a collective shrug  —  Shortly after a deadly explosion in Beirut this week, President Trump offered a theory — backed by no apparent evidence — that the devastating incident was “a terrible attack,” claiming …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Steven P. Schrage, PhD / Reporting by Matt Taibbi:
The Spies Who Hijacked America  —  As a doctoral candidate at Cambridge working under “FBI Informant” Stefan Halper, I had a front-row seat for Russiagate  —  Global scandals now labeled Russiagate, Spygate, and what President Trump calls “Obamagate” shook the political world, but hit me closer to home.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico on Sunday was forced to partially suspend voting for primaries marred by a lack of ballots as officials called on the president of the U.S. territory's elections commission to resign.
Tina Bellon / Reuters:
Fed's Evans says another coronavirus aid package ‘incredibly important’: interview  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States should implement another support package to ensure workers can stay safely at home while the novel coronavirus continues to spread, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans …
 
 
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Robert Knight / Washington Times:
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Max Horberry / New York Times:
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The Daily Beast:
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New York Times:
The Wallets of Wall Street Are With Joe Biden, if Not the Hearts
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
McCarthy blames Pelosi's ‘personal wish list’ for coronavirus stimulus bill failure
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Dr. Jill Biden on family, teaching, loss and levity
Discussion: The Hill
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
Newly Declassified Document Indicates FBI Misled Congress on Reliability of Steele Dossier
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
Ben Sasse emerges as GOP Trump critic ahead of November
Discussion: Breitbart, Washington Post and NPR
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Ex-FDA head: U.S. will “definitely” see 200,000 to 300,000 virus deaths in 2020
Discussion: The Verge, Al Jazeera and The Guardian
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
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed News:
A Church. A Viral Video. A Campaign To Discredit Black Lives Matter.
Washington Post:
Kanye West's presidential bid bolstered by Republican operatives in at least five states
Discussion: The US Sun and TMZ.com
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The Facts Just Aren't Getting Through
Politico:
Republicans called her videos ‘appalling’ and ‘disgusting.’ But they're doing little to stop her.
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
How the Final Stretch of Biden's VP Search Is Playing Out
Discussion: The 19th