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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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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.
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 …
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.
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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: The Hill and Breitbart
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
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
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: Politico
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
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.
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.
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: Snopes.com, The Week and Raw Story
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
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 …
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Sarah Westwood / CNN:   Trump postpones G7 summit until after US election
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
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, Mediaite, Raw Story and Twitchy
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Just The News
Reuters:
U.S. did not fully assess civilian risks when pushing Saudi arms sales: report  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of State did not fully evaluate the risk of civilian casualties when it pushed through a massive sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia last year, a government watchdog's report said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Lai / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly and the suburbs want to set up extra election offices for a new kind of early voting  —  Voters in the Philadelphia region will soon have a new way to cast their ballots.  —  Some of Pennsylvania's largest counties are planning to create satellite election offices …
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.
Danny M. Lavery / Slate:
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Bonchie / Redstate:
Kim Gardner May Be In Hot Water Over McCloskey Prosecution, Burns Her Self-Awareness to the Ground In Response
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
‘We Will Not Prosecute’: Left-Wing Prosecutors, Many Backed By Soros Cash, Implement Soft-On-Crime Policies Across America
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Congressional inaction puts incumbents in more peril
Discussion: Raw Story, MSNBC and UPI
Christina A. Cassidy / Associated Press:
Inaction by Congress leaves states to pay for election costs
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
A Record 75% of Americans Can Vote by Mail in 2020
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Facial Recognition Start-Up Mounts a First Amendment Defense in Privacy Suits
Sergei Kuznetsov / Politico:
Leaderless protests contest Lukashenko's grip on Belarus
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Disinformation for profit: How a Florida ‘dealmaker’ turns conservative outrage into cash
 Earlier Items: 
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
Richard Haass / Foreign Affairs:
Present at the Disruption  —  How Trump Unmade U.S. Foreign Policy
The Texas Tribune:
Coronavirus testing in Texas plummets as schools prepare to reopen
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The pandemic has reshaped Election 2020 — and Trump's prospects for reelection
Discussion: Reuters
Politico:
Trump: Executive order on pre-existing conditions is ‘a signal’
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Swarm of Salton Sea earthquakes sparks worry about the San Andreas fault
Discussion: The Daily Caller