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2:55 PM ET, August 10, 2020

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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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Fox News:
Chicago rocked by widespread looting caught on video after police-involved shooting  —  Hundreds of people were seen looting stores such as Nordstrom, Walgreens and Macy's  —  Videos circulating online show widespread looting and clashes with police across Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping …
Discussion: NBC Chicago, Townhall, Breitbart and ABC7
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
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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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 …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Institute of Politics and Public Service:
Three Months Out From The Election, President Trump Faces Eroding Support On The Economy, Major Challenges with Independent, Suburban, And Middle Class Voters  —  Americans Trust Vice President Joe Biden More Than President Trump on Key Issues  —  Democrats Have Much More Narrow Lead on Congressional Ballot
Discussion: Raw Story
Detroit Free Press:
Big Ten reportedly voted 12-2 to cancel football season; Michigan, MSU voted not to play  —  Longtime sports personality Dan Patrick reported during his radio show Monday morning that the Big Ten has voted.  —  There won't be a college football season this fall.
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
ESPN:
Sources: Power 5 conferences talking about no fall football  —  Commissioners of the Power 5 conferences held an emergency meeting on Sunday, as there is growing concern among college athletics officials that the upcoming football season and other fall sports can't be played because of the coronavirus pandemic, sources told ESPN.
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: The Week and NPR
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Samuel Chu / New York Times:
Why Is China Coming After Americans Like Me in the U.S.?  —  China wants to swallow up Hong Kong's remaining freedoms.  But it can't be allowed to arrest, on American soil, a U.S. citizen.  —  Mr. Chu, a U.S. citizen, is a pro-democracy activist and wanted by the Hong Kong police.
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John Lyons / Wall Street Journal:   Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai Arrested Under New National-Security Law
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: Political Wire and Raw Story
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Mnuchin is open to restarting virus relief talks: 'We're prepared to put more money on the table'  — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House is open to resuming coronavirus aid talks with Democrats and putting more relief money on the table to reach a compromise.
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Cydney Hargis / Media Matters for America:
Sunday show coverage of COVID-19 relief negotiations was again filled with false equivalency
Discussion: Raw Story, NPR and IJR
Reuters:
Mnuchin says a U.S. coronavirus relief bill could come this week
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?
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.
Business Insider:
Top Democrats fear Trump and his staff will shred documents, withhold important information and delete official emails on the way out if Biden wins the election.  Here's what they plan to do to stop it  —  Top Democrats are worried that President Donald Trump and his allies will shred documents …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Bernard Goldberg:
Why I Want Biden to Lose More than I Want Trump to Win
Discussion: Twitchy
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   A ‘radical’ leftist who is ‘against God’? Trump paints Biden in a picture many don't recognize.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
As decision day nears, VP hopefuls rake in big money for Biden  —  The Democrats vying to be Joe Biden's running mate have made the rounds of the Sunday shows.  They've enlisted surrogates to talk them up to the vetting committee and have been preparing for their one-on-one interviews with Biden himself.
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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.
JR Ross / WisPolitics.com:
UW-Madison: Battleground state poll shows Biden leading Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin  —  CONTACT: Veronica Rueckert, rueckert@wisc.edu , 608-262-7288  —  New surveys in three key battleground states show former Vice President Joe Biden with solid leads over President Donald Trump …
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
California's public health director resigns amid questions about coronavirus test data  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom's director of the California Department of Public Health resigned on Sunday, an abrupt departure of a key advisor in the state's coronavirus battle just days after the discovery …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Have Female Reporters Got Trump on the Run?  —  Once again, a tough question ends with the president shutting down a briefing.  —  U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the podium at the conclusion of a news conference about his administration's response to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic at the White House on July 22, 2020.
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Arizona Focus Group Sees Trump's Crime Attack On Biden As ‘Far From Reality’  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  The ad is stark.  —  An elderly white woman is watching the news.  An anchor reports that cities want to “defund” the police, as she hears a noise coming from elsewhere in the house.
Discussion: Raw Story
ProPublica:
ICE Is Making Sure Migrant Kids Don't Have COVID-19 — Then Expelling Them to “Prevent the Spread” of COVID-19  —  The administration has used infection risk to justify expelling thousands of children without legal protections.  But it's only expelling kids who've tested negative.
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
New York Times:
Big Tech Makes Inroads With the Biden Campaign  —  While Joe Biden has criticized the largest tech companies, his campaign and transition teams have welcomed allies of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple onto its staff and policy groups.  —  WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been critical of Big Tech …
Jerry Taylor / Niskanen Center:
What Democrats Can Learn from the Republicans about Political Power  —  For as long as we've had reliable data on the matter, evidence tells us that when it comes to public policy, Americans lean significantly to the left.  And yet, the party of the right continues to win elections …
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It's possible that Trump actually isn't the hardest-working president in history
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
'There's no antagonist': News outlets mull the possible end of their editorial and business-side ‘Trump Bump’ bonanza
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The ‘Blue Shift’ Will Decide the Election
Discussion: Raw Story
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Possible Biden VP pick Rep. Karen Bass spoke at socialist forums
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Trump Fires Back at Manhattan D.A.'s Hint of a Fraud Investigation
Discussion: Raw Story
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
Louie Gohmert, the mask-averse congressman who contracted COVID-19, is postponing his in-person ‘birthday bash’ fundraiser
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Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Amy McGrath's spurious claim that McConnell ‘made millions from China’
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Who Opposes Defunding the N.Y.P.D.? These Black Lawmakers
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Twitchy
Cameron Peters / Vox:
Ilhan Omar faces a fierce primary challenge in her first reelection bid
Discussion: Spectator USA and Jewish Insider
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
There Will Be No October Surprise This Year
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Times and Vox