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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street executives are glad Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris to be his VP running mate  — Wall Street leaders on Tuesday cheered Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in the presidential election.  — Finance executives, confident the ticket has what it takes …
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Associated Press:
How it happened: Inside Biden's search for a running mate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer wanted out.  —  The Michigan governor had caught the interest of Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting committee, who were drawn to her prominence in a crucial battleground state …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Harris VP pick creates dilemma for Trump campaign, which lobs conflicting attacks … WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate creates a conundrum for which President Donald Trump's campaign didn't have an immediate answer: How to run against her.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What the Kamala Harris Pick Says About the Biden Campaign  —  Kamala Harris is now the presumptive 2024 Democratic nominee.  —  I kid!  Sort of.  We'll get to that.  But before we do, for the last few weeks I haven't been able to stop thinking about the 1998 NFL draft.
Discussion: The Federalist, SFWeekly and CANNONFIRE
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Kamala Harris is the choice Joe Biden needed to win over Silicon Valley  —  Sen. Kamala Harris has had a close relationship with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  —  The California senator has glad-handed with tech elites for decades.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
The World That Kamala Harris Will Navigate  —  “There will be a resistance to your ambition.  There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane,’ because they are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be.”
New York Times:
In Kamala Harris, a Choice at Once Safe and Energizing
Discussion: Breitbart
Joshua Lawson / The Federalist:
No, Kamala Harris Isn't A ‘Moderate’ — She's A Radical Threat To America
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News and Redstate
Wall Street Journal:   Why Kamala Harris May Be a Tough Target for Republicans
Dan Morain / Washington Post:
America is about to see what smart Republicans saw in Kamala Harris years ago
National Review:   Kamala Harris Is No Moderate
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Kamala Harris Co-Sponsored Bill That Would Force Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete In Girls' Sports
Discussion: israpundit.org
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris to Be His Running Mate
Axios:
Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate
Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris, the cancel culture cop
Discussion: The Bulwark
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:   Democratic Party sets rules for criticizing Biden's VP pick Kamala Harris
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Kamala Harris's Anti-Catholic Bigotry
New York Times:
The Kamala Harris Pick: Geographic Balance Takes Back Seat to Gender, Race
Discussion: Essence and Townhall
MSNBC:   Joy: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris ticket belongs to ‘the emerging America,’ what Trumpism cannot stop
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Greene wants to be ‘worst nightmare’ of Democrats.  She could also haunt Georgia GOP  —  ROME - Many top Georgia Republicans have watched with dread - but took little action - as Marjorie Taylor Greene rose from longshot candidate to the cusp of Congress.  Shortly after her victory …
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and NPR
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Washington Post:
QAnon supporter, with Georgia primary victory, is poised to bring far-right conspiracy theory to Congress  —  Congressional Republicans came a step closer Tuesday to welcoming into their ranks a promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, whose adherents believe President Trump is battling a cabal …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
2020 Election Forecast  —  Latest forecast of the 2020 presidential election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
HuffPost:
Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely  —  A HuffPost analysis finds the president has averaged less than one a week since July 1, after the public learned of Russian bounties on murdered U.S. soldiers.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's interest …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
‘This is no longer a debate’: Florida sheriff bans deputies, visitors from wearing masks  —  On Tuesday, as Florida set a daily record for covid-19 deaths, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods prohibited his deputies from wearing masks at work.  His order, which also applies to visitors to the sheriff's office …
Discussion: Ocala.com and Raw Story
James Doubek / NPR:
Postal Workers Decry Changes And Cost-Cutting Measures  —  Toggle more options  —  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's plans to shake up the agency are gathering opposition from some of its workers.  —  The U.S. Postal Service has had financial problems for years.  It lost $9 billion last year.
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NPR:   How Are Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's Changes Affecting Workers?
New York Times:
A New Clash Over Mail Voting: The Cost of the Postage
Discussion: Fox News
David Aaro / Fox News:
‘The Squad’ shows staying power after string of primary wins  —  The progressive lawmakers held their own against Democratic primary challengers in recent weeks  —  The ‘Squad’ seems positioned to influence Congress for years after a strong showing by key members in closely watched primaries with national implications.
Discussion: Politico
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Al Jazeera:
Minnesota's Ilhan Omar easily wins against well-funded challenger
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Townhall
Associated Press:
Voters judge Omar's mix of progressive politics, celebrity
Discussion: Reuters
John Nagl / Defense One:
“. . . All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic”: An Open Letter to Gen. Milley  —  If the commander in chief attempts to ignore the election's results, you will face a choice.  —  Dear General Milley:  —  As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, you are well aware of your duties in ordinary times …
Discussion: Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Funding for $300-a-Week Unemployment Benefits Could Run Out in Six Weeks  —  States should soon be able to distribute the federal jobless payments to help workers laid off during the pandemic, a Labor Department official said  —  An extra $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits is likely …
Discussion: UPI
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Washington Post:
White House clarifies limits of jobless aid plan as talks with Congress dim
Discussion: The Week and Associated Press
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Kennedy allies sweat as Massachusetts Senate race tightens  —  BOSTON — Joe Kennedy was once thought to be such a lock to defeat Sen. Ed Markey that there was widespread speculation in Massachusetts that Markey might just retire to avoid a humbling end.  —  But Markey is piling up endorsements …
Discussion: Political Wire
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
New York City Could Use a Champion.  Who Will Step Up?  —  New York seems to be missing the kind of civic leadership that helped the city recover from previous financial and psychic crises.  —  Waves of death and joblessness, hunger and economic depression — all at a scale rarely rivaled in New York City history.
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus-Hit State Budgets Create a Drag on U.S. Recovery  —  Aid to states and cities is a sticking point as talks in Congress bog down over next round of stimulus  —  WASHINGTON—Spending cuts by state and local governments grappling with the coronavirus pandemic pose a headwind …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
End of an era?  Trump says he won't hold rallies with empty seats.  —  The Trump rally may be a thing of the past.  —  At the least, the signature stew of tribal politics, showmanship, insults, outrage, humor and hero worship that propelled Donald Trump's improbable victory four years ago …
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
The American blog pushing Xinjiang denialism  —  A website called The Grayzone has made a name for itself by denying China's campaign of cultural and demographic genocide in Xinjiang.  —  Why it matters: Chinese government officials and state media outlets are citing The Grayzone …
 
 
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Allyson Waller / New York Times:
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Discussion: Axios and WTVR-TV
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
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Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Guardian
John Solomon / Just The News:
New State memos disclose relentless pressure by Hunter Biden-connected Ukrainian firm
Bookworm Room:
The WaPo romanticizes violent Antifa anarchists
Discussion: Townhall and Spectator USA
Wendy Ruderman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A longtime Philadelphia judge won't wear a mask in court, prompting complaints from lawyers and witnesses
jsonline:
DNR tells employees to wear masks during Zoom calls, even when they are alone at home
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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