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Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate  —  Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate — the first Black woman to be named to a major-party U.S. presidential ticket, and potentially the first woman vice president if Biden defeats President Trump.
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New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris to Be His Running Mate  —  In a new national poll, Mr. Biden leads President Trump by 10 points.  In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar faces a stiff primary challenge, while a QAnon supporter has a shot at a Georgia House seat.
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Team Biden wishes it had known something was slightly wrong with every woman before promising a female VP  —  What a mess!  With the deadline to select a vice president approaching, the members of Team Biden wish someone had told them before this all started that every high-profile woman …
Discussion: The US Sun and Fox News
Deepa Shivaram / NBC News:
Joe Biden selects Kamala Harris as his running mate  —  Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris, the prominent senator from California whose political career has included many barrier-breaking moments, as his running mate, his campaign announced on Tuesday.  —  The decision comes more than a year …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden picks Kamala Harris as VP nominee  —  Joe Biden has selected Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate, elevating a charismatic blue-state senator, former prosecutor and onetime 2020 primary rival who has built a reputation as an unyielding antagonist of the Trump administration.
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala D. Harris named as Joe Biden's running mate
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden taps Kamala Harris as running mate, setting aside tensions from primary
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
New York Times:
Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: 'It's Unsustainable'  —  Some national chains, both retail and restaurants, are closing outlets in New York City, which are struggling more than their branches elsewhere.  —  For years, Bryant Park Grill & Cafe in Midtown Manhattan has been one of the country's …
New York Times:
A Bible Burning, a Russian News Agency and a Story Too Good to Check Out  —  WASHINGTON — For some of President Trump's loudest cheerleaders, it was a story too good to check out: Black Lives Matters protesters in Portland, Ore., had burned a stack of Bibles, and then topped off the fire with American flags.
Discussion: The Hill
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Russia clears virus vaccine despite scientific skepticism  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Tuesday became the first country to clear a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism.  President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated.
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Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
Russia claims a win in the vaccine race.  But would you take a vaccine from Vladimir Putin?  —  (CNN)Would you trust a vaccine if Vladimir Putin told you it was safe?  —  Follow-up question: Would Donald Trump trust a vaccine if Putin told him it was safe?  —  This is not the space race, it's a worldwide pandemic.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Appeals court likely to let judge decide whether to drop Michael Flynn charges  —  Members of a federal appeals court signaled Tuesday that they will likely let a lower court judge decide whether to dismiss criminal charges against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Discussion: Reuters
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump says men may be “insulted” by Biden picking a woman for VP  —  President Trump suggested Tuesday that some men feel “insulted” by Joe Biden's promise to choose a woman as his running mate, telling Fox Sports Radio that the former vice president has “roped himself into a certain group of people.”
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump: Biden Is Insulting Men Everywhere by Picking Woman as Running Mate
Discussion: Raw Story
Big Ten Conference:
Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Season  —  ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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USA Today:
Andrew Yang on Democratic National Convention: ‘I kind of expected to speak’  —  Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang voiced his apparent disappointment in not being on the list of speakers at the upcoming Democratic National Convention after the lineup for the event was announced Monday.
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Susan Rice Was a Diplomatic Disaster
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
Danny M. Lavery / Slate:
Help!  I Can't Believe My Son's Friend Fed Him Indian Food Without Calling Me First.  —  Slate is now asking those who read the most to support our journalism more directly by subscribing to Slate Plus.  Learn more.  —  Danny is online weekly to chat live with readers.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Conservative ‘News’ Site's Secret: It's Run by Trump's Super PAC  —  The American Herald calls itself “a conservative news platform.”  It's actually just an extension of the Trump political machine.  —  Donald Trump's “official” super PAC has spent more than $25 million since last year to get the president re-elected.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: Facebook cracks down on political content disguised as local news
Wall Street Journal:
TikTok Tracked User Data Using Tactic Banned by Google  —  The tactic, which experts in mobile-phone security said was concealed through an unusual added layer of encryption, appears to have violated Google policies  —  TikTok skirted a privacy safeguard in Google's Android operating system …
Pew Research Center:
About One-in-Four U.S. Hispanics Have Heard of Latinx, but Just 3% Use It  —  Young Hispanic women among the most likely to use the term  —  For this analysis we surveyed 3,030 U.S. Hispanic adults in December 2019 as part of the 2019 National Survey of Latinos.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Election Meddling Concerns  —  Democrats suspect Russia, Republicans point finger at the Democrats  —  West Long Branch, NJ - American voters are simultaneously confident and concerned about the integrity of the upcoming election.  While many Democrats are worried about Russian meddling …
Bangor Daily News:
A hard path for Susan Collins and 5 other takeaways from the BDN's Maine poll  —  Democrats are leading in Maine's major races, according to a Bangor Daily News-Digital Research poll conducted in late July and early August.  —  House Speaker Sara Gideon held a 5-point lead …
Discussion: The Hill
The Hill:
Lincoln Project expands GOP target list, winning Trump ire  —  The former GOP operatives behind The Lincoln Project are expanding their list of Republican targets, infuriating allies of President Trump's and national Republicans scrambling to preserve the GOP majority in the Senate.
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Supreme Court blocks path to Oregon redistricting ballot measure  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked a lower court ruling that had opened the door to a ballot measure in Oregon to create an independent commission to redraw electoral district lines in the state.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Dems Say Sexist Attacks Are Wrong.  Someone Tell Sarah Palin!  —  Liberals are busy pre-butting expected sexist attacks on Biden's vice-presidential choice.  Gee, I remember a different time...  BEAST INSIDE  —  Joe Biden's campaign, in conjunction with influential women's groups …
Discussion: Althouse
globaltimes.cn:
Exclusive: US rudely unpacks official furniture ordered by Chinese Mission to UN  —  The US has brutally unpacked a container with 60 pieces of furniture (official supplies) ordered by the Chinese delegation to the United Nations and dismantled the wrappings of 12 pieces, the Global Times learned.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Can majority rule survive America's widening political divide?  —  (CNN)If Joe Biden maintains his steady lead in national polls over President Donald Trump through Election Day, Democrats will win the popular vote for the seventh time in the past eight presidential elections …
Discussion: Political Wire
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
‘Art of the deal’?  Trump's negotiators are often hard-liners who struggle to close  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fashioned himself to Americans as a master negotiator who would surround himself with the best people and bring his “art of the deal” to Washington.
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.
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
BREAKING: Seattle's First Black Female Police Chief Resigns After Council Caves to BLM, Reporters Note Irony  —  Thanks to the Seattle City Council's Monday vote to cut her salary and gut the police department, Police Chief Carmen Best is resigning, effective September 2nd.
Discussion: KOMO, Power Line and MyNorthwest.com
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Republicans set sights on FBI chief as Russia probe investigations ramp up  —  Two high-profile Senate Republican chairmen are homing in on FBI Director Christopher Wray as they ramp up their probes into the investigation of Russian election interference and the Trump campaign.
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Associated Press:
Virus surge makes US weak link in global economic recovery  —  FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — People in China are back to buying German luxury cars.  Europe's assembly lines are accelerating.  Now the global economy is waiting for the United States to get its coronavirus outbreak under control …
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
 
 
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