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9:15 PM ET, August 9, 2020

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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: 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
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
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.
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Executive disorder: Constitutional questions on Trump's orders
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
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. …
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Time to Sound the Alarm  —  Trump is trying to steal the election by messing with the mail  —  Given the current state of the pandemic and the economy, I do not believe Trump can win a free and fair election.  Apparently, Trump agrees with me.  —  In a classic Friday night news dump …
Discussion: NBC News, The Root, Politico and Daily Kos
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Associated Press:
Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
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 …
Discussion: Reuters
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
Robert Knight / Washington Times:
Communists approve Biden for president  —  Gains endorsement from long-standing chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA (RCPUSA), has endorsed Joe Biden for president.
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
Newly Declassified Document Indicates FBI Misled Congress on Reliability of Steele Dossier  —  “This document clearly shows that the FBI was continuing to mislead regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier.  The FBI did to the Senate Intelligence Committee what the Department of Justice …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Lindsey Graham: Memo Shows FBI Lied To Senate About Dossier Source
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
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 …
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: Breitbart
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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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Ben Sasse emerges as GOP Trump critic ahead of November  —  Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has dialed up his spicy slams of President Trump, including this swipe at yesterday's signing ceremony: “The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop.”
Discussion: Breitbart, NPR and Washington Post
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.
 
 
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Max Horberry / New York Times:
C.D.C. Closes Some Offices Over Bacteria Discovery
The Daily Beast:
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New York Times:
The Wallets of Wall Street Are With Joe Biden, if Not the Hearts
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Opposition candidate comes out of hiding as Belarus votes
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Trump's national security adviser says U.S. countering Russian, Chinese efforts to tamper with election infrastructure
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
 Earlier Items: 
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’
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
New York Times:
This Company Boasted to Trump About Its Covid-19 Vaccine. Experts Are Skeptical.
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.