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7:05 AM ET, August 11, 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 …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and The Hill
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Willie Brown to Kamala Harris: Don't join Biden's ticket
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
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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Washington Post:   New Trump chief of staff drew hard line during relief talks, challenging Democrats' approach
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.
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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.
Politico:
Trump: Executive order on pre-existing conditions is ‘a signal’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday acknowledged a prospective executive order he's considering to make insurers cover pre-existing conditions amounted to political messaging — and that Obamacare already offered such protections.
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.
Joe Biden:
My Statement on Elections in Belarus  —  Democracies are built on the simple concept that citizens have a right to elect their leaders and have a say in their country's future.  After suffering systematic repression for the past 26 years under the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenka …
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Axios
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Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
Presidential Elections in Belarus
New York Times:   Belarus Says Longtime Leader Is Re-elected in Vote Critics Call Rigged
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Squad member Omar in primary spotlight as 5 states hold contests Tuesday  —  Omar's top primary challenger has outraised the firebrand incumbent  —  But the race grabbing the most national attention is in Minnesota, where Rep. Ilhan Omar - known from coast to coast as one of the four members …
Discussion: Reuters
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Politico:
Ilhan Omar faces toughest Squad primary test  —  Her race in Minneapolis and a controversial GOP runoff in Georgia headline another busy primary day.  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing a strong primary challenge in her quest for a second term.  Stephen Maturen/Getty Images  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez survived her primary.
Discussion: ABC News, FiveThirtyEight and NPR
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Seattle City Council approves cutting 100 police positions, 1 percent of budget  —  The Seattle City Council approved measures on Monday that would cut up to 100 police positions and 1 percent of the department's budget.  —  The proposal, which Black Lives Matter protesters backed and Mayor Jenny Durkan …
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New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Could Temporarily Block Americans Who Might Be Infected From Returning to the U.S.  —  Nearly 100,000 children tested positive in the last two weeks of July, according to a new report.  During a visit to Taiwan, the U.S. health secretary praised the island's response to the pandemic.
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New York Times:   Trump Considers Banning Re-entry by Citizens Who May Have Coronavirus
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: The Week
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
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
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
If these leaders define the future of the Republican Party, it doesn't deserve to have a future
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Do we even need the Republican Party?
Discussion: Townhall, Twitchy and New York Times
Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
Untangling the Media Myths of Covid-19  —  They're countless.  States that reporters shamed have done the best, and the U.S. is average among its peers.  —  Has there been in recent history a more tendentious, hysterical, data-denying and frankly disreputable exercise in misdirection …
Esther Wang / The Slot:
My Dark Journey Into the Soul of a Model Young Republican Candidate  —  Graphic: Graphic: Jezebel (Photos: Screenshot via Foxnews.com)  —  Madison Cawthorn is a handsome guy, if your tastes run towards toothy, muscled blondes.  In interviews, the 25-year-old Republican practically gleams …
Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
Belarusian opposition leader arrives in Lithuania in wake of contested election  —  Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya arrived in Lithuania overnight and “is safe,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said Tuesday.  —  “Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is safe.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The pandemic has reshaped Election 2020 — and Trump's prospects for reelection  —  No election in history has played out against the backdrop of a pandemic, a major recession and a racial reckoning.  Even more than ever, it is largely about the incumbent.  —  Election 2020 will long be remembered as The Pandemic Election.
Discussion: Reuters
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
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
Reuters:
Exclusive: Lebanon's leaders warned in July about explosives at port - documents  —  BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital …
Discussion: PREVAIL
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.
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Associated Press:
Dems say Trump's payroll tax break weakens Social Security
Discussion: The Hill
Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:
Trump Claims ‘1917’ Pandemic Ended World War II—Which Began in 1939  —  MIXED UP  —  President Donald Trump suggested Monday evening that the “1917” influenza pandemic ended World War II, wrongly citing both the year that the pandemic occurred and the year that World War II ended.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 
 
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Mary Harris / Slate:
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Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Millennials Slammed by Second Financial Crisis Fall Even Further Behind
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’
Politico:
Newsom indicates California health officer's abrupt departure related to test data problem
Discussion: Reuters
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
5th time's the charm? Pentagon has yet another civilian leader of special operations in 3 years
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Georgia State Election Board Approves Absentee Ballot Process Improvements
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Bill O'Reilly is on the verge of landing a new show on radio station owned by a Trump ally
Discussion: Mediaite
Jason Whitlock / OutKick:
Why is Gregg Popovich Lying About Michael Brown And Stirring Racial Animus?
Discussion: Twitchy
Miranda Green / NBC News:
Federal agency to reopen 53 Native American schools despite coronavirus fears
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
GOP Aides: Trump Nom for German Ambassador ‘Dead on Arrival’
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Have Female Reporters Got Trump on the Run?
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams