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9:20 AM ET, August 10, 2020

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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 …
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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New York Times:   Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai Is Arrested Under National Security Law
Colum Murphy / Bloomberg:
China Hits U.S. Officials With Sanctions, Avoids Top Trump Aides
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
China announces retaliatory sanctions on Rubio, Cruz and other U.S. officials
Zen Soo / Associated Press:   Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom searched
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 …
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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Trump Attempts To Sidestep Congress By Ordering 4 Points Of Coronavirus Relief  —  In a legally ambiguous move, the president turned to executive orders while negotiations between Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse.  —  With no deal on a new coronavirus relief package in sight …
CNN:
Trump declares war on Social Security, Medicare
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Social Security Works:
Donald Trump: If Reelected, I will “Terminate” Social Security
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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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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
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
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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: Raw Story and The Guardian
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Associated Press:   Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, The Wrap and Rolling Stone
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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: NPR
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 …
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
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. …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Sumantra Maitra / The Federalist:
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The NRA is a cesspool. That doesn't mean it should be dissolved.
NBC News:
Inside the Wuhan lab at the center of the coronavirus storm
Savannah Smith / NBC News:
Calendar of confusion: From February to August, Trump's mixed messages on masks
Reuters:
China targeting U.S. election infrastructure with cyberattacks, says O'Brien
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
US would share coronavirus vaccine with world after Americans' needs are met: Azar
Discussion: Reuters and Raw Story
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Ron Johnson subpoenas documents from FBI director
Discussion: Fox News, National Review and Axios
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Trump is learning to bend the bureaucracy to his will
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
'You can't control people's anger': Portland protesters set fire to police union headquarters as tensions rise again
Discussion: Breitbart
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Washington Post celebrates destruction of books
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Belarus election: Lukashenko's claim of landslide victory sparks widespread protests
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Rachael Levy / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Agency Sidelines Planned $765 Million Loan to Kodak Amid Probes
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
The Wallets of Wall Street Are With Joe Biden, if Not the Hearts
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
A president ignored: Trump's outlandish claims increasingly met with a collective shrug
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
At least 21 people shot, one fatally, at a party in Southeast Washington