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8:10 AM ET, August 11, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
First look: New Trump ad doubles down on radical left frame for Biden
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Willie Brown to Kamala Harris: Don't join Biden's ticket
Discussion: Spectator USA and The Hill
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:   Kamala Harris Did What She Had To  —  The racial-justice movement sparked by the murder …
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 and CNN
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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Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Seattle City Council approves cutting 100 police positions, 1 percent of budget  —  The Seattle City Council approved measures on Monday that would cut up to 100 police positions and 1 percent of the department's budget.  —  The proposal, which Black Lives Matter protesters backed and Mayor Jenny Durkan …
jsonline:
Ron Johnson on stimulus negotiations: ‘I hope the talks remain broken down’  —  MADISON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson would rather see no new coronavirus stimulus bill than one that includes new spending, the Oshkosh Republican said Friday.  —  Johnson said in a Friday interview with Breitbart News Tonight …
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Washington Post:   New Trump chief of staff drew hard line during relief talks, challenging Democrats' approach
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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.
Politico:
Trump: Executive order on pre-existing conditions is ‘a signal’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday acknowledged a prospective executive order he's considering to make insurers cover pre-existing conditions amounted to political messaging — and that Obamacare already offered such protections.
Joe Biden:
My Statement on Elections in Belarus  —  Democracies are built on the simple concept that citizens have a right to elect their leaders and have a say in their country's future.  After suffering systematic repression for the past 26 years under the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenka …
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Axios
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Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
Presidential Elections in Belarus
New York Times:
Belarus Says Longtime Leader Is Re-elected in Vote Critics Call Rigged
Discussion: Vox
NBC News:
QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show  —  An internal investigation by Facebook has uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers, that support the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to internal company documents reviewed by NBC News.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Squad member Omar in primary spotlight as 5 states hold contests Tuesday  —  Omar's top primary challenger has outraised the firebrand incumbent  —  But the race grabbing the most national attention is in Minnesota, where Rep. Ilhan Omar - known from coast to coast as one of the four members …
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
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Politico:
Ilhan Omar faces toughest Squad primary test
Discussion: ABC News, FiveThirtyEight and The Hill
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Could Temporarily Block Americans Who Might Be Infected From Returning to the U.S.  —  Nearly 100,000 children tested positive in the last two weeks of July, according to a new report.  During a visit to Taiwan, the U.S. health secretary praised the island's response to the pandemic.
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New York Times:   Trump Considers Banning Re-entry by Citizens Who May Have Coronavirus
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump claims he would have not called for Obama to resign over 160,000 virus deaths  —  President Trump claimed at a press briefing Monday that he would not have called for President Obama to resign if 160,000 Americans had died on his watch, despite tweeting in 2014 that Obama should resign …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
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
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:   Trump's inadvertent tax hike
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 …
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.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
E.P.A. to Lift Obama-Era Controls on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas  —  The reversal is the latest move in the Trump administration's ongoing effort to weaken environmental rules, but it could be quickly undone after the November election.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Esther Wang / The Slot:
My Dark Journey Into the Soul of a Model Young Republican Candidate  —  Graphic: Graphic: Jezebel (Photos: Screenshot via Foxnews.com)  —  Madison Cawthorn is a handsome guy, if your tastes run towards toothy, muscled blondes.  In interviews, the 25-year-old Republican practically gleams …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The pandemic has reshaped Election 2020 — and Trump's prospects for reelection  —  No election in history has played out against the backdrop of a pandemic, a major recession and a racial reckoning.  Even more than ever, it is largely about the incumbent.  —  Election 2020 will long be remembered as The Pandemic Election.
Discussion: Reuters
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
Courtenay Brown / Axios:
A quandary for state unemployment agencies  —  State agencies charged with paying unemployment benefits to jobless residents have their backs against the wall as they rush to parse President Trump's executive actions on coronavirus aid.  —  Why it matters: States are being asked to pitch …
Lisa Rab / Politico:
Is Lindsey Graham Actually in Trouble in South Carolina?  —  Anger at his support for Trump and a strong Democratic challenger have some wondering if the three-term Republican is in real jeopardy of losing in November.  —  Sean Rayford for POLITICO  —  Michael Quattlebaum was just 10 years old …
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Trump's now using reporters as campaign props  —  Walk away from “press conferences” … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  When assembled country club golfers started booing reporters and cheering references to “fake news” at Trump's Friday “press conference” held in Bedminster, N.J. …
Discussion: Poynter
Eilish O'Sullivan / The Daily Dot:
Was this antifa recruitment site actually created by Ben Shapiro?  —  Shapiro was tied to the site through its source code.  —  An antifa recruitment website is raising eyebrows, not just for its overall sketchy nature, but because Ben Shapiro was tied to the site through its source code.
Discussion: Twitchy
 
 
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Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:
Trump Claims ‘1917’ Pandemic Ended World War II—Which Began in 1939
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mary Harris / Slate:
Is Trump Sabotaging the Postal Service?
Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
Belarusian opposition leader arrives in Lithuania in wake of contested election
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Millennials Slammed by Second Financial Crisis Fall Even Further Behind
Reuters:
Exclusive: Lebanon's leaders warned in July about explosives at port - documents
Discussion: PREVAIL
House Foreign Affairs Committee:
Engel Statement on State Department's Pre-Spin of OIG Arms Sales Report
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden mulls his VP pick from his beach house, as Trump supporters dot the boardwalk
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Newsom indicates California health officer's abrupt departure related to test data problem
Discussion: Reuters
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Bill O'Reilly is on the verge of landing a new show on radio station owned by a Trump ally
Discussion: Mediaite
Jason Whitlock / OutKick:
Why is Gregg Popovich Lying About Michael Brown And Stirring Racial Animus?
Discussion: Twitchy
Miranda Green / NBC News:
Federal agency to reopen 53 Native American schools despite coronavirus fears
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
GOP Aides: Trump Nom for German Ambassador ‘Dead on Arrival’
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Have Female Reporters Got Trump on the Run?
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
Ezra Klein / Vox:
A devastating indictment of the Republican Party from a GOP insider
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire