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2:45 PM ET, August 11, 2020

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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.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Trump claims ‘men are insulted’ because Biden might pick a Black woman vice president  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that “men are insulted” because presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to pick a Black woman as a running mate.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump says men may be “insulted” by Biden picking a woman for VP
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
New York Times:
Biden's V.P. Pick Is Said to Be Imminent
Detroit Free Press:   Report: Whitmer to speak to Democratic convention Monday, throws VP speculation in doubt
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 …
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
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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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.
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.
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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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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Politico
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
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
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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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.
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
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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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
DC Circuit Court grills lawyers in Flynn case over whether case should be dropped
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
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.
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
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
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: The Week, Raw Story 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.
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 …
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
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
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Susan Rice Was a Diplomatic Disaster  —  Joe Biden doesn't need a running mate who has shown such poor judgment.  —  In its 2011 World Report, Human Rights Watch noted the following about Ethiopia under the rule of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi: The ruling party had won parliamentary elections with 99.6 percent of the vote.
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016  —  An American contractor spotted and reported the potential danger at least four years ago, but U.S. officials denied they were aware of the findings until last week, after the blast.
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: Reason, The Slot, Mediaite, Twitchy and Raw Story
 
 
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Karen Townsend / Hotair:
Democrat Women To Media: Don't Even Think About Sexist Or Racist Coverage Of Biden's Running Mate
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Team Biden wishes it had known something was slightly wrong with every woman before promising a female VP
Bonchie / Redstate:
Kim Gardner May Be In Hot Water Over McCloskey Prosecution, Burns Her Self-Awareness to the Ground In Response
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Congressional inaction puts incumbents in more peril
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story and MSNBC
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
 Earlier Items: 
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Disinformation for profit: How a Florida ‘dealmaker’ turns conservative outrage into cash
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Why Democrats Have Started To Cave On Reopening Schools
Discussion: Althouse
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Amy McGrath Habitually Failed to Pay Property Taxes
Discussion: Just The News
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
‘Somebody Needs to Go to Jail for This’
New York Times:
In the Wake of Covid-19 Lockdowns, a Troubling Surge in Homicides
Discussion: The Week and National Review
Jonathan Lai / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly and the suburbs want to set up extra election offices for a new kind of early voting
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Employers Cast Wary Eye on Trump Payroll-Tax Deferral
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
Untangling the Media Myths of Covid-19