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8:45 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: CNBC, Fox News, Politico and The Hill
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
First look: New Trump ad doubles down on radical left frame for Biden
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Willie Brown to Kamala Harris: Don't join Biden's ticket
Discussion: New York Times and Spectator USA
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:   Kamala Harris Did What She Had To  —  The racial-justice movement sparked by the murder …
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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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — President Donald Trump: ‘Obstructionist’ Nancy Pelosi 'Wasn't Interested' in Helping People in Need
Discussion: Raw Story
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
House will not hold votes until Sept. 14 unless stimulus deal is reached
Washington Post:
New Trump chief of staff drew hard line during relief talks, challenging Democrats' approach
Discussion: NBC News
KING-TV:
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announces resignation  —  Best's resignation comes after the Seattle City Council voted to cut spending for the Seattle Police Department on Monday.  —  SEATTLE — Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has announced that she will be resigning next month.
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Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Seattle City Council approves cutting 100 police positions, 1 percent of budget
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump says G7 summit will be delayed until after the election  —  President Trump told reporters on Monday that he wants to delay the G7 summit until after November's election and implied that the decision had already been made.  —  The big picture: Plans for the summit have already …
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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.
New York Times:
Trump Considers Banning Re-entry by Citizens Who May Have Coronavirus  —  Under the proposal, the government could block a citizen or legal resident's entry if an official “reasonably believes” the person had been exposed to or was infected with the communicable disease.
Discussion: The Hill
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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 and The Hill
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Politico:
Ilhan Omar's career on the line in tough Tuesday primary
Discussion: ABC News, FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
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: Raw Story and The Week
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Employers Cast Wary Eye on Trump Payroll-Tax Deferral  —  Details from the IRS will shape employers' willingness to stop withholding Social Security taxes from paychecks  —  WASHINGTON—Employers considering President Trump's plan to allow deferred payment of payroll taxes face a series of costs, uncertainties and headaches.
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
Associated Press:
New York's true nursing home death toll cloaked in secrecy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx appears, on paper, to have escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with an official state count of just four deaths in its 146-bed facility.
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 …
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
Richard Haass / Foreign Affairs:
Present at the Disruption  —  How Trump Unmade U.S. Foreign Policy  —  Present at the Creation is an 800-page memoir written by Dean Acheson, U.S. President Harry Truman's secretary of state.  The title, with its biblical echo, was immodest, but in Acheson's defense, it was deserved.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
An economic crisis in Kentucky has workers, businesses furious with McConnell  —  Joblessness is high, benefits are running out and local leaders say they need the kind of aid that the Senate's most powerful figure has yet to endorse  —  The parade of cars honked incessantly as they crawled past …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Revolt of the Republican Strategists  —  What the Trump era has revealed about the people who used to run Republican campaigns.  —  Last week I found myself reading “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” the new book by Stuart Stevens, the longtime Republican operative …
The Texas Tribune:
Coronavirus testing in Texas plummets as schools prepare to reopen  —  Texas' low number of tests and large percentage of positive results suggest inadequacies in the state's public health surveillance effort at a time when school reopenings are certain to increase viral spread, health experts said.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
How to Foil Trump's Election Night Strategy  —  To keep the president from claiming victory on Nov. 3, Biden supporters who can vote in person may well have to.  —  There's no mystery about what President Trump intends to do if he holds a lead on election night in November.  He's practically broadcasting it.
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 …
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
The Woeful Inadequacy of School-Reopening Plans  —  We wasted the summer, while President Trump sowed distrust and promoted heedlessness.  What's left now is to see what can be salvaged.  —  School isn't due to start in New York City until after Labor Day, but in Georgia some districts began opening …
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
Courtenay Brown / Axios:
A quandary for state unemployment agencies  —  State agencies charged with paying unemployment benefits to jobless residents have their backs against the wall as they rush to parse President Trump's executive actions on coronavirus aid.  —  Why it matters: States are being asked to pitch …
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
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
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump's seeming indifference to Russian influence is part of his moral incapacity
Gideon Resnick / Crooked Media:
Cori Bush and the Future of the Democratic Party
Lisa Rab / Politico:
Is Lindsey Graham Actually in Trouble in South Carolina?
Discussion: Raw Story
Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:
Trump Claims ‘1917’ Pandemic Ended World War II—Which Began in 1939
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mary Harris / Slate:
Is Trump Sabotaging the Postal Service?
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Lebanon's leaders warned in July about explosives at port - documents
Discussion: PREVAIL
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
Politico:
Newsom indicates California health officer's abrupt departure related to test data problem
Discussion: Reuters
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