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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.
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Beast
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New York Times:
Biden's V.P. Pick Is Said to Be Imminent  —  Joe Biden's advisers are planning an announcement for the middle of the week as his search concludes, people briefed on the selection process said.  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has told allies that he has interviewed every finalist …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
First look: New Trump ad doubles down on radical left frame for Biden  —  The Trump campaign launches a new ad Tuesday in five early-voting states that hits Joe Biden on taxes and immigration, redoubling a strategy to paint the Democratic nominee as a tool of the radical left.
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Trump claims ‘men are insulted’ because Biden might pick a Black woman vice president
Detroit Free Press:   Report: Whitmer to speak to Democratic convention Monday, throws VP speculation in doubt
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 …
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, Big League Politics and Townhall
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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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump unloads in morning interviews as U.S. struggles to tame virus  —  With Covid threatening the president's reelection effort, he stoked culture wars and railed against China.  —  President Donald Trump's remarks during radio interviews Tuesday morning centered on the return of sports amid the pandemic.
Discussion: Breitbart, OutKick and The US Sun
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Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
President Trump On A SCOTUS Vacancy, China, College Football, Joe Biden's VP And More
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
George Conway / Washington Post:
I (still) believe the president, and in the president  —  I believe the president Made America Great Again.  I believe we need him reelected to Make America Great Again Again.  —  I believe Joe Biden is “Sleepy” and “weak.”  I believe Biden could “hurt God” and the Bible.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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 …
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.
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, Snopes.com and The Week
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 …
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
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
jsonline:
Kanye West's campaign says he belongs on the ballot even if nomination papers were 14 seconds late  —  Kanye West's presidential campaign in Wisconsin may be coming down to a matter of crucial seconds.  —  West's campaign is arguing he belongs on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Insider Makes Well-Timed Stock Gift of $116 Million to Religious Charity He Started  —  Board member's donation, made same day Kodak's stock peaked, will benefit Jewish charity he started two years ago  —  Eastman Kodak Co. KODK -2.66% 's wild stock-market ride produced what might …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Politico:
Ilhan Omar's career on the line in tough Tuesday primary  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez survived her primary.  Rashida Tlaib did, too.  Now it's Ilhan Omar's turn on Tuesday — and the Minnesota congresswoman faces the stiffest challenge of any member of the Squad.
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Employers Cast Wary Eye on Trump Payroll-Tax Deferral  —  Details from the IRS will shape employers' willingness to stop withholding Social Security taxes from paychecks  —  WASHINGTON—Employers considering President Trump's plan to allow deferred payment of payroll taxes face a series of costs, uncertainties and headaches.
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
Untangling the Media Myths of Covid-19  —  They're countless.  States that reporters shamed have done the best, and the U.S. is average among its peers.  —  Has there been in recent history a more tendentious, hysterical, data-denying and frankly disreputable exercise in misdirection …
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump has a go-to solution, and it's more Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a ready solution for almost any crisis: more Donald Trump.  —  In a template forged in his 2016 convention speech when he declared that “I alone can fix it,” the president …
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
‘Somebody Needs to Go to Jail for This’  —  New evidence the FBI misled the Senate Intelligence committee about the Steele dossier.  —  On Sunday Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) presented new evidence suggesting that in 2018 the FBI lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee about the bureau's investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign.
The Texas Tribune:
Coronavirus testing in Texas plummets as schools prepare to reopen  —  Texas' low number of tests and large percentage of positive results suggest inadequacies in the state's public health surveillance effort at a time when school reopenings are certain to increase viral spread, health experts said.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Facial Recognition Start-Up Mounts a First Amendment Defense in Privacy Suits  —  Clearview AI has hired Floyd Abrams, a top lawyer, to help fight claims that selling its data to law enforcement agencies violates privacy laws.  —  Floyd Abrams, one of the most prominent First Amendment lawyers …
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Why Democrats Have Started To Cave On Reopening Schools  —  The pressure to reopen schools is on everywhere now that New York is doing it.  This means something else big: Their hard opposition to school reopenings is politically devastating for Democrats.  —  Prominent Democrat politicians …
Discussion: Althouse
Philissa Cramer / The Forward:
Republican Congressional candidate deletes photos from Hitler's retreat vacation … Madison Cawthorn's pictures were removed Monday, the same day that a report in Jezebel made the case that he is “following the playbook of other, more successful far-right Republicans in recent years …
Discussion: The Slot, Raw Story and Twitchy
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Amy McGrath Habitually Failed to Pay Property Taxes  —  Local authorities fined Kentucky Dem for back taxes six times in five years  —  Kentucky Democratic Senate nominee Amy McGrath was penalized for delinquent property tax payments on her Virginia home six times in five years, local real estate records show.
Sergei Kuznetsov / Politico:
Leaderless protests contest Lukashenko's grip on Belarus  —  ‘I will take to the streets every day,’ said one demonstrator.  —  MINSK — Over the two and a half decades of Aleksander Lukashenko's rule in Belarus, anti-government protests had the same scenario — after a crackdown by police …
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Swarm of Salton Sea earthquakes sparks worry about the San Andreas fault  —  A swarm of small earthquakes in California, close to the Mexican border, is being closely monitored as to whether it might raise the chance of a much larger event on the San Andreas fault.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Disinformation for profit: How a Florida ‘dealmaker’ turns conservative outrage into cash  —  The reality curated by “The Bearded Patriot” and “The Wolf of Washington” is dismal.  —  The websites tell of nonstop riots and “crazed leftists.”  They warn of online censorship and the wiles of an …
 
 
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Trump on the NBA: “The way they bowed to China is a disgrace”
Discussion: Breitbart
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Iran Troll Posed as WHO Official to Push Racist Coronavirus Hoax
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Wisconsin's primaries are setup for the real battle in November
New York Times:
In the Wake of Covid-19 Lockdowns, a Troubling Surge in Homicides
Discussion: National Review
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Voter registration surged during BLM protests, study finds
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Lai / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly and the suburbs want to set up extra election offices for a new kind of early voting
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
Republicans Furious As Democrats Leave Town With No Deal
Discussion: Yahoo Finance and The Guardian
Richard Haass / Foreign Affairs:
Present at the Disruption  —  How Trump Unmade U.S. Foreign Policy
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The pandemic has reshaped Election 2020 — and Trump's prospects for reelection
Discussion: Reuters
Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:
Trump Claims ‘1917’ Pandemic Ended World War II—Which Began in 1939
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Politico:
Trump: Executive order on pre-existing conditions is ‘a signal’