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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 …
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 …
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David Edwards / Raw Story:   Trump claims ‘men are insulted’ because Biden might pick a Black woman vice president
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Factbox: Who is speaking at the Democratic National Convention - and why
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
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
NBC News:
Biden campaign puts VP team in place ahead of announcement  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — With Joe Biden's long-awaited decision on a running mate set to be revealed this week, his campaign has assembled a veteran roster of strategists to help navigate the crucible of a fall campaign.
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump: Biden Is Insulting Men Everywhere by Picking Woman as Running Mate
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
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.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: All Eyes on a Hotel in Delaware as Biden's V.P. Pick Looms  —  Joe Biden might pick his running mate as soon as today.  In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar faces a stiff primary challenge, while a QAnon supporter has a shot at a Georgia House seat.
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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
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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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.
KING-TV:
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announces resignation  —  Best's resignation comes after the Seattle City Council voted to cut spending for the Seattle Police Department on Monday.  —  SEATTLE — Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has announced that she will be resigning next month.
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Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
BREAKING: Seattle's First Black Female Police Chief Resigns After Council Caves to BLM, Reporters Note Irony
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid violence and unrest, can Trump win with promise to restore safety and order?
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Discussion: The Federalist, Townhall and NPR
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.
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: 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.
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.
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 …
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
New York Times:
Trump Teases a Gettysburg Convention Speech.  Experts Say It's an Ethics Breach.  —  If he accepts his nomination at the Civil War battlefield, the president will be conducting partisan business on federal property.  —  After repeatedly throwing a wrench into plans for the Republican National Convention …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump unloads in morning interviews as U.S. struggles to tame virus  —  President Donald Trump let loose in a pair of lengthy radio interviews Tuesday morning, weighing in on foreign affairs and cultural flashpoints while continuing to speak dismissively of the rampant coronavirus threat.
Discussion: OutKick, The Hill, IJR and Breitbart
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
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
How Sen. Ron Johnson's Investigation Became an Enabler of Russian Disinformation: Part I  —  Senator Ron Johnson's investigations involving Ukraine have become a conduit of Russian disinformation.  —  Earlier this month, Johnson defended himself on a local Wisconsin news station saying …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
How to Foil Trump's Election Night Strategy  —  To keep the president from claiming victory on Nov. 3, Biden supporters who can vote in person may well have to.  —  There's no mystery about what President Trump intends to do if he holds a lead on election night in November.  He's practically broadcasting it.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Snopes.com
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
President Trump On A SCOTUS Vacancy, China, College Football, Joe Biden's VP And More  —  President Trump joined me this morning:  —  08-11hhs-trump  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Mr. President, how are you?  —  DJT: Hi, Hugh.  —  HH: Great to have you on.  Thank you for joining me again.
Lisa Rab / Politico:
Is Lindsey Graham Actually in Trouble in South Carolina?  —  Michael Quattlebaum was just 10 years old when he attended a high-dollar Republican fundraising dinner in South Carolina's state Capitol.  His father was active in his local chapter of the GOP and eager to pass on the tradition.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
 
 
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Colleen Slevin / Associated Press:
Parents of Elijah McClain sue Colorado police over his death
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Trump's TikTok ban is a gross abuse of power
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump's Scottish and Irish golf resorts spur a new round of scrutiny on his businesses
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Faler / Politico:
5 things to know about Trump's order on payroll taxes
Discussion: The Hill
The Hill:
Lincoln Project expands GOP target list, winning Trump ire
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Supreme Court blocks path to Oregon redistricting ballot measure
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Man shot by Secret Service agent outside White House shouted, 'I'm going to shoot you,' officials say
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and The Week
Guy Rosen / About Facebook:
Community Standards Enforcement Report, August 2020
 Earlier Items: 
Bonchie / Redstate:
Kim Gardner May Be In Hot Water Over McCloskey Prosecution, Burns Her Self-Awareness to the Ground In Response
Reuters:
U.S. did not fully assess civilian risks when pushing Saudi arms sales: report
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
New York Times:
A Record 76% of Americans Can Vote by Mail in 2020
Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Insider Makes Well-Timed Stock Gift of $116 Million to Religious Charity He Started
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016
jsonline:
Kanye West's campaign says he belongs on the ballot even if nomination papers were 14 seconds late
George Conway / Washington Post:
I (still) believe the president, and in the president
Discussion: Raw Story