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Chicago Tribune:
Chicago police return fire as looters hit Mag Mile, smashing windows and confronting officers  —  Hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, confronting police and at one point exchanging gunfire with officers, authorities said.
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Don Babwin / Associated Press:
Shots fired as crowds clash with police in downtown Chicago  —  Hundreds of people smashed windows, stole from stores and clashed with police in Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city's downtown  —  CHICAGO — Hundreds of people smashed windows …
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Winter is coming: Why America's window of opportunity to beat back Covid-19 is closing  —  The good news: The United States has a window of opportunity to beat back Covid-19 before things get much, much worse.  —  The bad news: That window is rapidly closing.  And the country seems unwilling or unable to seize the moment.
Discussion: The Week and NPR
New York Times:
Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai Is Arrested Under National Security Law  —  The pro-democracy figure is the most high-profile figure detained under the sweeping law imposed by Beijing on the semiautonomous territory.  —  HONG KONG — The Hong Kong police on Monday arrested seven people …
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Colum Murphy / Bloomberg:
China Hits U.S. Officials With Sanctions, Avoids Top Trump Aides
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
China announces retaliatory sanctions on Rubio, Cruz and other U.S. officials
Reuters:
Mnuchin says a U.S. coronavirus relief bill could come this week  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday said the Trump administration and Congress could reach an agreement on further economic relief amid the novel coronavirus pandemic as soon as this week if Democrats are “reasonable.”
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Schumer calls on top Republicans to make a deal on coronavirus relief
Discussion: MSNBC
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Trump Attempts To Sidestep Congress By Ordering 4 Points Of Coronavirus Relief
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:   Mnuchin is open to restarting virus relief talks: 'We're prepared to put more money on the table'
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Trump tries to set a tax trap for Biden  —  President Trump is trying to lure Joe Biden into a Walter Mondale trap — attempting to force the Democratic nominee to embrace middle-class tax increases as part of his election strategy.  —  Why it matters: With his Saturday evening executive action …
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
Trump declares war on Social Security, Medicare
Discussion: Business Insider
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
GOP senator subpoenas FBI over Russia, defends Biden probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday that he has subpoenaed the FBI to produce documents to his committee related to the Trump-Russia investigation.  —  The Wisconsin senator also defended a separate investigation …
Discussion: The Hill
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Johnson subpoenas FBI Director Wray in review of Russia probe origin
Discussion: National Review
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Ron Johnson subpoenas documents from FBI director
Discussion: Law & Crime, Fox News and Axios
Politico:
Facing bleak November, Republicans look to stoke BLM backlash  —  For a brief moment after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis policeman in late May, some members of the GOP joined calls for change as protests exploded onto streets across the country.  That moment is over.
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and The Guardian
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Associated Press:   Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Pro-Trump Forces 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 …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
As decision day nears, VP hopefuls rake in big money for Biden  —  The Democrats vying to be Joe Biden's running mate have made the rounds of the Sunday shows.  They've enlisted surrogates to talk them up to the vetting committee and have been preparing for their one-on-one interviews with Biden himself.
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
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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.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
There Will Be No October Surprise This Year  —  And even if Trump unveils one, it won't make a difference.  —  Barr has been a naked partisan in using the Department of Justice as a tool to advance Trump's political interests.  —  Cast your mind ahead a couple of months, to the beginning of October.
Discussion: New York Times, Vox and NBC News
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Argus Leader:
Mount Trumpmore?  It's the president's ‘dream,’ Rep. Kristi Noem says  —  Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2018 when Rep. Kristi Noem was running for governor of South Dakota.  —  A year before Donald Trump became president, an editorial cartoonist …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Senate Is America's Most Structurally Racist Institution  —  In a time when institutions across the country have undergone a searching self-examination, the reckoning has only begun for the most powerful source of institutional racism in American life: the United States Senate.
Sumantra Maitra / The Federalist:
New Study Finds Sweden's Refusal To Lock Down Saved The Economy Without Sacrificing Lives  —  Sweden has an intact economy, a citizenry with greater immunity to COVID-19, and a death rate per million lower than Italy's — all with no lockdown.  —  To prove a study isn't suffering from selection bias …
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 …
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Who Opposes Defunding the N.Y.P.D.?  These Black Lawmakers  —  Several Black City Council members have lashed out at progressives, comparing calls to defund the police to “colonization” and “political gentrification.”  —  With New York City on the cusp of cutting $1 billion from the Police Department …
Niall Ferguson / Bloomberg:
TikTok Is Inane.  China's Imperial Ambition Is Not.  —  The U.S. won the Cold War by exporting its values, and China has a similar plan for Cold War II.  —  It's hard to get past the initial sheer inanity of TikTok.  —  I spent half an hour trying to make sense of the endless feed …
David Shaywitz / The Bulwark:
Political Polarization Has Hit Medicine, Too  —  The lack of viewpoint diversity is a problem the profession needs to confront.  —  As our national struggle to cope with the coronavirus fractured along partisan lines, we may have hoped that at least medicine remained above the fray …
Harry Enten / CNN:
Another electoral college-popular vote split?  It's possible  —  What is the Electoral College?  —  Washington (CNN)New CBS News/YouGov polls from Pennsylvania and Wisconsin seem to tell a familiar story.  Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by six points among likely voters …
Discussion: YouGov and CBS News
 
 
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John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Reuters and Raw Story
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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Washington Post celebrates destruction of books
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