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8:15 PM ET, August 11, 2020

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Axios:
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.
CNN:
Why Kamala Harris won the VP contest  —  David Axelrod, a senior CNN political commentator and host of “The Axe Files,” was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
Maureen Lee Lenker / EW.com:
Maya Rudolph reacts to Kamala Harris VP pick: ‘Oh s—’  —  Rudolph said she is ready to return as Harris on Saturday Night Live.  —  It's official: Joe Biden has selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 election.  And Maya Rudolph, who played Harris during …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
On Kamala Harris  —  Joe Biden has named his 2020 running mate: authoritarianism.  —  American prosecutors wield awesome and terrible powers that lend themselves easily to abuse, and Senator Kamala Harris, formerly the attorney general of California, is an enthusiastic abuser of them.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Why Joe Biden Picked Kamala Harris  —  If Joe Biden is elected in November, his presidency will likely be defined by history-shaping decisions made after long, deliberative, some might say operatic processes.  Biden's selection of Senator Kamala Harris of California as his running mate …
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: CNN, Reuters, Breitbart, NBC News and The Hill
The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Playbook: Paint Kamala as ‘Ruthless’ and ‘Power-Hungry’  —  Trump campaign officials said they expect to be called sexist, so are embracing attacks painting Harris as “power hungry” and overly “ambitious.”  —  Sen. Kamala Harris may be on the bottom of the Democratic presidential ticket …
Discussion: National Review, NPR and Reuters
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street executives are glad Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris to be his VP running mate
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The 19th
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Harris VP pick creates dilemma for Trump campaign, which lobs conflicting attacks
Nardine Saad / Los Angeles Times:
‘Yes, We Kam!’ Hollywood is fired up over Kamala Harris as Biden's VP pick
Discussion: Twitchy
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:   Kamala Harris's Anti-Catholic Bigotry
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.
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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CNBC:
Government lawyer suggests Attorney General Barr had secret reasons for dropping Michael Flynn criminal case  — Attorney General William Barr may have had secret information that led the Justice Department to seek to drop its criminal case against Michael Flynn, a government lawyer said Tuesday.
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Appeals court likely to let judge decide whether to drop Michael Flynn charges
Discussion: Reuters
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Trump: If Biden Wins, You'll ‘Have To Learn To Speak Chinese’  —  “If I don't win the election, China will own the United States,” the president claimed in an interview.  —  President Donald Trump continued his xenophobic warnings about China on Tuesday, claiming that if he loses the election …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
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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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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: Facebook cracks down on political content disguised as local news  —  Facebook is rolling out a new policy that will prevent U.S. news publishers with “direct, meaningful ties” to political groups from claiming the news exemption within its political ads authorization process, executives tell Axios.
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Conservative ‘News’ Site's Secret: It's Run by Trump's Super PAC
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
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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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
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