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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: Fox News and The Hill
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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: Reuters and Spectator USA
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Reuters and Political Wire
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: Raw Story and Axios
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Do we even need the Republican Party?
Discussion: Townhall, Twitchy and New York Times
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
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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
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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
Detroit Free Press:
Sources: Big Ten expected to cancel football season for fall; no games for Michigan, Michigan State in 2020  —  UPDATE: Future of Big Ten football in fall drags into Tuesday  —  The Big Ten is expected to cancel its fall college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related …
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ESPN:
Sources: Power 5 conferences talking about no fall football
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
Isabelle Khurshudyan / Washington Post:
Belarusan President Lukashenko wins sixth term in widely disputed election  —  Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko has easily won reelection, according to official preliminary results released Monday, but the outcome has been widely disputed amid opposition accusations of vote-rigging.
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New York Times:   Belarus Says Longtime Leader Is Re-elected in Vote Critics Call Rigged
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Millennials Slammed by Second Financial Crisis Fall Even Further Behind  —  The economic fallout of the Covid pandemic has been harder on millennials, who are already indebted and a step behind on the career ladder from the last financial crisis.  This second pummeling could keep them from accruing the wealth of older generations.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden mulls his VP pick from his beach house, as Trump supporters dot the boardwalk  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — Dolphins spring out of the water in the early morning here.  As the day warms, beachgoers take their place in the waves.
Discussion: The Week
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
 
 
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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
House Foreign Affairs Committee:
Engel Statement on State Department's Pre-Spin of OIG Arms Sales Report
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
Jason Whitlock / OutKick:
Why is Gregg Popovich Lying About Michael Brown And Stirring Racial Animus?
Discussion: Twitchy
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump's inadvertent tax hike
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
ProPublica:
ICE Is Making Sure Migrant Kids Don't Have COVID-19 — Then Expelling Them to “Prevent the Spread” of COVID-19
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump accuses Sasse of going ‘rogue’ after GOP senator slams his coronavirus orders
Alex Abad-Santos / Vox:
Performative masculinity is making American men sick
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding and The Wrap
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Winter is coming: Why America's window of opportunity to beat back Covid-19 is closing