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5:20 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 …
Don Babwin / Associated Press:
Shots fired as crowds clash with police in downtown Chicago
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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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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
ESPN:
Sources: Power 5 conferences talking about no fall football
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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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
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Trump tries to set a tax trap for Biden
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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.
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Trump says he will deliver nomination speech from either the White House or Gettysburg
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.
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.
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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: Twitchy
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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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
There Will Be No October Surprise This Year
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Times and Vox
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
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.
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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 …
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Associated Press:   Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak
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?
Will Lavin / NME:
Thousands gather at Smash Mouth concert despite coronavirus pandemic  —  Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell told the crowd: “We're all here together tonight!  Fuck that COVID shit!”  —  Thousands of fans gathered in Sturgis, South Dakota at the weekend to watch Smash Mouth in concert despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Lebanon's Government Resigns After Protests, Deadly Beirut Explosion  —  Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet step down amid pressure on Beirut following blast  —  Protesters gathered near parliament in Beirut on Monday as lawmakers sought to nominate a successor to Prime Minister Hassan Diab …
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Daily Caller
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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
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
White House announces spectrum auction in 2021 to fuel 5G growth  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday unveiled plans to auction off 100 megahertz of midband spectrum for use starting in mid-2022, part of U.S. efforts to ramp up fifth-generation network coverage.
Discussion: Associated Press
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
It's possible that Trump actually isn't the hardest-working president in history  —  During an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday, White House trade adviser (and all-around informal spokesman) Peter Navarro was asked why President Trump spent the weekend in New Jersey instead of Washington …
Discussion: Raw Story
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The ‘Blue Shift’ Will Decide the Election  —  Something fundamental has changed about the ways Americans vote.  —  Staff writer at The Atlantic  —  As polling places closed on November 6, 2018, the expected “blue wave” looked more like a ripple.  Not only had some of the highest-profile …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Janice Dean, who lost in-laws to coronavirus, says she was pulled from testifying at hearings on NY nursing home deaths
Discussion: Breitbart
Dino Grandoni / Washington Post:
Biden wins Sierra Club's endorsement
Discussion: The Hill and Joe Biden
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Election Countdown Diary: Day 85
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia governor rules out requiring masks at public schools
Discussion: Daily Kos, UPI and Essence
John Frank / The Colorado Sun:
Jared Polis is taking big money from private donors to fund key positions in Colorado governor's office
Javier Manjarres / The Floridian:
Roger Stone and Matt Gaetz ENDORSE Laura Loomer for Congress
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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Samuel Chu / New York Times:
Why Is China Coming After Americans Like Me in the U.S.?
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
'There's no antagonist': News outlets mull the possible end of their editorial and business-side ‘Trump Bump’ bonanza
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
Jerry Taylor / Niskanen Center:
What Democrats Can Learn from the Republicans about Political Power
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Senate Is America's Most Structurally Racist Institution
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Twitchy