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9:50 PM ET, August 10, 2020

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New York Times:
Biden's V.P. Pick Is Said to Be Imminent  —  Joe Biden's advisers are planning an announcement for the middle of the week as his search concludes, people briefed on the selection process said.  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has told allies that he has interviewed every finalist …
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Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Why Joe Biden needs Kamala Harris  —  Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is set to announce his running mate this week.  The reveal has been highly anticipated as Biden promised to select a woman as vice president if he won the nomination.  Given the significant role …
Discussion: Reuters and Fox News
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Willie Brown to Kamala Harris: Don't join Biden's ticket  —  Willie Brown was instrumental in launching Kamala Harris' political career, so I guess he has standing to give her career advice.  His advice is that Harris should say “no” to Joe Biden if he offers her a place on the Democratic ticket.
Discussion: Spectator USA and National Review
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Susan Rice's financial ties to Keystone Pipeline worry some progressives ahead of Biden VP selection
NBC News:
QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show  —  An internal investigation by Facebook has uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers, that support the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to internal company documents reviewed by NBC News.
jsonline:
Ron Johnson on stimulus negotiations: ‘I hope the talks remain broken down’  —  MADISON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson would rather see no new coronavirus stimulus bill than one that includes new spending, the Oshkosh Republican said Friday.  —  Johnson said in a Friday interview with Breitbart News Tonight …
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
House will not hold votes until Sept. 14 unless stimulus deal is reached  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Monday that the House will not hold any floor votes until Sept. 14, though members will remain on 24-hour notice to return to Washington in case a deal on coronavirus stimulus is reached.
Washington Post:   New Trump chief of staff drew hard line during relief talks, challenging Democrats' approach
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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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump claims he would have not called for Obama to resign over 160,000 virus deaths  —  President Trump claimed at a press briefing Monday that he would not have called for President Obama to resign if 160,000 Americans had died on his watch, despite tweeting in 2014 that Obama should resign …
Discussion: Political Wire
Detroit Free Press:
Sources: Big Ten cancels football season; no games for Michigan, Michigan State in 2020  —  See you later, college football.  —  The Big Ten has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic …
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ESPN:
Sources: Power 5 conferences talking about no fall football
Detroit Free Press:
Big Ten reportedly voted 12-2 to cancel football season; Michigan, MSU voted not to play
Discussion: The Hill
Institute of Politics and Public Service:
Battleground Poll  —  The August 2020 Battleground Poll gave strong evidence that three months out from the 2020 election, President Trump faces eroding support on the economy, and major challenges with Independent, suburban, and middle class voters.  Americans trust Vice President Joe Biden …
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Eilish O'Sullivan / The Daily Dot:
Was this antifa recruitment site actually created by Ben Shapiro?  —  Shapiro was tied to the site through its source code.  —  An antifa recruitment website is raising eyebrows, not just for its overall sketchy nature, but because Ben Shapiro was tied to the site through its source code.
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
A devastating indictment of the Republican Party from a GOP insider  —  President Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House on June 1, 2020, after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
New York Times:
Belarus Says Longtime Leader Is Re-elected in Vote Critics Call Rigged  —  A government exit poll said Aleksandr Lukashenko had won almost 80 percent of the vote.  That triggered protests against the repressive regime, and a heavy police response.  —  Back  —  TRANSCRIPT
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Bill O'Reilly is on the verge of landing a new show on radio station owned by a Trump ally  — Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is on the brink of landing his own radio show at a station owned by longtime Trump ally John Catsimatidis.  — O'Reilly, according to his attorney Fred Newman …
Politico:
Newsom indicates California health officer's abrupt departure related to test data problem  —  SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom took responsibility Monday for California's coronavirus test data problems and hinted that the abrupt departure late Sunday of his state public health officer was related to the information blunder.
Discussion: Reuters
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
GOP Aides: Trump Nom for German Ambassador ‘Dead on Arrival’  —  The Trump administration's nominee to assume a critical ambassadorship in Germany is “dead on arrival,” according to three senior Republican congressional aides who pointed to Douglas Macgregor's insinuation that a cadre …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
E.P.A. to Lift Obama-Era Controls on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas  —  The reversal is the latest move in the Trump administration's ongoing effort to weaken environmental rules, but it could be quickly undone after the November election.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration …
Discussion: The Week
George Conway / Washington Post:
I (still) believe the president, and in the president  —  I believe the president Made America Great Again.  I believe we need him reelected to Make America Great Again Again.  —  I believe Joe Biden is “Sleepy” and “weak.”  I believe Biden could “hurt God” and the Bible.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Secret Service escorts Trump from briefing room after shooting outside White House  —  The president was interrupted mid-sentence when an agent whispered to him.  —  LIVE NOW  —  President Donald Trump was rushed out of the White House briefing room Monday evening and later said the Secret Service had shot someone nearby.
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Swarm of Salton Sea earthquakes sparks worry about the San Andreas fault  —  A swarm of small earthquakes in California, close to the Mexican border, is being closely monitored as to whether it might raise the chance of a much larger event on the San Andreas fault.
Alex Abad-Santos / Vox:
Performative masculinity is making American men sick  —  American men are failing the pandemic.  —  Fellas, is it gay to not die of a virus that turns your lungs into soggy shells of their former selves, drowning you from the inside out?  Is wearing a mask to avoid death part of the feminization of America?
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
‘Their tactics are fascistic’: Barr slams Black Lives Matter, accuses the left of ‘tearing down the system’  —  Nearly two weeks after Democrats grilled Attorney General William P. Barr over the Justice Department's crackdowns on racial justice protests, Barr on Sunday evening lashed …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Townhall
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Have Female Reporters Got Trump on the Run?  —  It starts with a reporter, usually a female reporter, asking President Donald Trump hard, tenacious questions at a news conference.  Trump's jaw seizes up, rattled and dumbfounded by the questions that he can't or won't answer …
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump's inadvertent tax hike  —  President Trump's payroll tax deferral is supposed to reduce taxes and make employees cheaper to hire.  It may do precisely the opposite, which Trump would know if he had real tax experts or economists advising him instead of just people who play them on TV.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Hanna Scott / MyNorthwest.com:
Seattle City Council approves historic cuts to police department budget  —  Seattle City Councilmembers have officially approved legislation enacting sizable cuts to the police department's budget.  —  Councilmembers approved amendments in the plan in the Budget Committee last week.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Trump's now using reporters as campaign props  —  Walk away from “press conferences” … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  When assembled country club golfers started booing reporters and cheering references to “fake news” at Trump's Friday “press conference” held in Bedminster, N.J. …
Discussion: Poynter
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump accuses Sasse of going ‘rogue’ after GOP senator slams his coronavirus orders  —  President Donald Trump on Monday accused Sen. Ben Sasse of being a “RINO” who had “gone rogue” by scolding the White House for a recent collection of executive actions meant to provide assistance to Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Miranda Green / NBC News:
Federal agency to reopen 53 Native American schools despite coronavirus fears … The Bureau of Indian Affairs, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Education, announced last week that it would reopen “brick and mortar schools” under its jurisdiction to the “maximum extent possible” on Sept. 16.
Bernard Goldberg:
Why I Want Biden to Lose More than I Want Trump to Win  —  As regular readers of my column know, I'm no fan of Donald Trump.  And that's putting it mildly.  —  I don't like his chronic dishonesty.  I don't like narcissism.  I don't like his nastiness and his silly name-calling.
Discussion: Fox News and Twitchy
 
 
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William Saletan / Slate:
The Trump Pandemic  —  On July 17, President Donald Trump sat for a Fox News interview at the White House.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Reuters:
Exclusive: Lebanon's leaders warned in July about explosives at port - documents
House Foreign Affairs Committee:
Engel Statement on State Department's Pre-Spin of OIG Arms Sales Report
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden mulls his VP pick from his beach house, as Trump supporters dot the boardwalk
Discussion: The Week
Mark Lennihan / Spectrum News Central NY:
Cuomo Rejects Calls for an Independent Investigation into Nursing Home Deaths, Calling it ‘Political’
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
5th time's the charm? Pentagon has yet another civilian leader of special operations in 3 years
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Georgia State Election Board Approves Absentee Ballot Process Improvements
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Whitlock / OutKick:
Why is Gregg Popovich Lying About Michael Brown And Stirring Racial Animus?
Discussion: Twitchy
Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt / The Forward:
Trump says U.S. needs ‘more Jews that love Israel’
ProPublica:
ICE Is Making Sure Migrant Kids Don't Have COVID-19 — Then Expelling Them to “Prevent the Spread” of COVID-19
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It's possible that Trump actually isn't the hardest-working president in history
Discussion: Raw Story
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The ‘Blue Shift’ Will Decide the Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Arizona Focus Group Sees Trump's Crime Attack On Biden As ‘Far From Reality’
Discussion: Raw Story