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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.
Discussion: NPR and Hong Kong Free Press HKFP
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Iain Marlow / Bloomberg:
Hong Kong Media Tycoon Arrested in Latest Blow to Democracy Camp  — Jimmy Lai's media group had backed pro-democracy protests  — Police say seven arrested for breaching new security law  —  Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon and prominent democracy activist Jimmy Lai under …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law  —  Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai has been arrested for “collusion with foreign powers,” said Mark Simon, an executive at the tycoon's media firm Next Digital Monday morning local time.
Colum Murphy / Bloomberg:
China Avoids Top Trump Aides in Hong Kong Retaliatory Sanctions
New York Times:   Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai Is Arrested Under National Security Law
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
China announces retaliatory sanctions on Rubio, Cruz and other U.S. officials
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 …
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 …
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.
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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
Alana Satlin / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton: Biden has ‘great choices’ for running mate to help defeat ‘wannabe authoritarian’
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Business Insider:
Trump pledged to permanently scrap the payroll taxes used to fund Social Security and Medicare if he wins re-election  —  Foto: JIM WATSON / AFP US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 7, 2020.  — President Donald Trump vowed on Saturday …
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CNN:
Trump declares war on Social Security, Medicare
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Social Security Works:   Donald Trump: If Reelected, I will “Terminate” Social Security
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: New York Post, Raw Story and The Wrap
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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
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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, Slate and The Hill
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. …
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
Politico:
Facing bleak November, Republicans look to stoke BLM backlash  —  The battle to define the movement comes as the president and fellow GOP candidates try to win back suburban voters.  —  Protesters gather in front of the district attorney's office in Salt Lake City on July 9.  Rick Bowmer/AP Photo
Discussion: The Guardian
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 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: Foreign Policy and The Daily Beast
Elena Schneider / Politico:
As decision day nears, VP hopefuls rake in big money for Biden  —  Biden first and foremost wants a governing partner.  But fundraising prowess is unquestionably a plus.  —  Of Joe Biden's potential running mates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has brought in the most cash for the presumptive Democratic nominee's campaign.
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.
New York Times:
The Wallets of Wall Street Are With Joe Biden, if Not the Hearts  —  Through donations, finance executives played a critical role in helping Joe Biden turn his campaign around.  They've mostly grown to like him, if not love him.  —  As Wall Street donors arrived at a fund-raiser …
 
 
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Washington Post celebrates destruction of books
Wayne Allyn Root / Townhall:
The Trump Formula for Victory: Guns, Black Voters and the NFL
Tina Bellon / Reuters:
Fed's Evans says another coronavirus aid package ‘incredibly important’: interview
Robert Knight / Washington Times:
Communists approve Biden for president
Max Horberry / New York Times:
C.D.C. Closes Some Offices Over Bacteria Discovery
The Daily Beast:
Jim Acosta: CNN Wanted Me to Have Bodyguards at Trump Rally
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
A president ignored: Trump's outlandish claims increasingly met with a collective shrug
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
McCarthy blames Pelosi's ‘personal wish list’ for coronavirus stimulus bill failure
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
Newly Declassified Document Indicates FBI Misled Congress on Reliability of Steele Dossier
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Mnuchin warns Democrats against challenging Trump's executive orders
Mike Allen / Axios:
Ben Sasse emerges as GOP Trump critic ahead of November
Discussion: Breitbart, NPR and Washington Post
Washington Post:
At least 21 people shot, one fatally, at a party in Southeast Washington
Discussion: Mother Jones and UPI
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Executive disorder: Constitutional questions on Trump's orders
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Here's what is actually in Trump's four executive orders