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8:35 PM ET, August 12, 2020


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New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: After Harris Pick, Sexist and Racist Attacks From Trump and Fox News Hosts  —  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are expected to make their first appearance as running mates today.  In Tuesday's primaries, Ilhan Omar beat back a challenge and a QAnon supporter prevailed in Georgia.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's mangling of Kamala Harris's name was all about disrespect  —  When I was a young reporter I had an editor who was a stickler for getting people's middle initials correct in news stories.  —  “If you get the name wrong, there's no reason for anyone to trust anything else you write,” he'd say.
Discussion: Redstate
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“She'll Scare the S—t Out of Suburban Women”: Inside Trumpworld's Anti-Kamala Harris Attack Plan  —  It's getting ugly—"nasty" and “phony” is how Trump greeted the historic pick—and the campaign is revving up to tag Harris as a left-wing opportunist.  But some GOP insiders are skeptical.
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Insists That Joe Biden Didn't Really Pick Kamala Harris  —  After Harris was selected as veep, Fox News stars began wildly speculating that shadowy figures chose her for Biden.  Elsewhere, the network has pushed smears about her ethnicity.  —  It took Fox News no more than an hour …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, The Nation, CNN and The Hill
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Left wing rankled by choice of Harris for VP  —  Kamala Harris wasn't left-wing Democrats' first choice for Joe Biden's running mate — and not just because of her policies.  —  In the final days of Biden's decision-making process, several prominent progressives said privately they hoped …
Discussion: Reuters, Breitbart, The Hill and NBC News
Wall Street Journal:   As Kamala Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Wall Street Sighs in Relief
Natalie Shure / In These Times:
Now Comes the Difficult Work of Pushing the Biden-Harris Ticket Left
Discussion: The Nation, New York Post and Reason
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Extraordinarily nasty’: Trump hurls one of his favorite insults at a new target in Kamala Harris
Discussion: Twitchy
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:   Biden, Harris appear together for first time since VP announcement
Scott Whitlock / Newsbusters:
NewsBusters EXCLUSIVE: Tara Reade Demands Press Ask Harris About Biden Accusers
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Mike Allen / Axios:
What Joe Biden's historic selection of Kamala Harris tells us about how he would govern
USA Today:
Kamala Harris is a living, breathing rebuke to the Trump presidency: Mastio & Lawrence
Discussion: Daily Kos
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris Built a ‘Digital Army’—Now She Gets to Use It
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Democrat Biden and new running mate Harris make first campaign appearance
Discussion: Axios
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Rudy Giuliani's daughter announces her support for Biden/Harris
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump adds coronavirus adviser who echoes his unscientific claims  —  (CNN)Moments before President Donald Trump entered the room for his recently reinstated daily coronavirus briefing Monday, three aides preceded him: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, budget chief Russell Vought and a new face.
Discussion: Raw Story
Reuters:   Kanye West met with Kushner as rapper eyes 2020 election spot
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Mail sorting equipment being “removed” from post offices, leaving mail to “pile up”: union leader  —  A union chief says the changes, which have been more drastic than people realize, are costing more money — not less  —  Mail sorting equipment is being removed from U.S. Postal Service …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service could halt special treatment of ballots, congressional Democrats warn
Discussion: Axios and Bangor Daily News
Luke O'Brien / HuffPost:
If Donald Trump Controls The Mail, He Controls Democracy
The Intercept:
College Democrat Chats Reveal Year-Old Plan to Engineer and Leak Alex Morse Accusations … The leadership of the UMass Amherst College Democrats began discussing an operation they believed could sink the campaign of Alex Morse for Congress as far back as last October, a plan they then helped engineer …
2020 Election Forecast  —  The presidential race is in many ways just getting started.  On Tuesday, we got Joe Biden's VP pick (Sen. Kamala Harris), the Democratic National Convention is next week, and the Republican National Convention soon after.  So while it's clear that Biden …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
It's Way Too Soon To Count Trump Out  —  Joe Biden currently has a robust lead in polls.  If the election were held today, he might even win in a landslide, carrying not only traditional swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania but potentially adding new states such as Georgia and Texas to the Democratic coalition.
Discussion: Mediaite
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Let it flow: Trump Administration eases showerhead rules  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough.
Discussion: Reuters and Law & Crime
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:   Trump to Relax Rules for Showers After Complaints About Flow
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
‘This is no longer a debate’: Florida sheriff bans deputies, visitors from wearing masks  —  On Tuesday, as Florida set a daily record for covid-19 deaths, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods prohibited his deputies from wearing masks at work.  His order, which also applies to visitors to the sheriff's office …
Austin L. Miller /
Marion County deputies ordered not to wear masks
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Trump's Q Endorsement  —  She says Trump can help defeat a “global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles.”  Trump calls her a “future Republican star.”  —  Let's be honest.  Many Republicans in politics, the media, and corporate America were really hoping that Bernie Sanders would be the Democratic presidential nominee.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's quiet acceptance of QAnon has become something bigger
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Dr. Sanjay Gupta / CNN:
Why I am not sending my kids back to school  —  (CNN)One of the questions I am getting more than any other: Am I going to send my children back to school?  As a father of three teen and preteen girls, this has been a constant discussion in our household, and it hasn't been easy.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ron Johnson says committee Republicans blocking Comey, Brennan subpoenas  —  Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chair Ron Johnson suggested Wednesday that fellow Republicans on his committee were blocking him from subpoenaing former FBI Director James Comey …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again.  Everyone Has Paid the Price.  —  Governments and restaurant owners wanted to get back to business.  But bars and restaurants have become a focal point for clusters of Covid infections.  —  Across the United States this summer, restaurants and bars …
Discussion: SFist
Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely  —  A HuffPost analysis finds the president has averaged less than one a week since July 1, after the public learned of Russian bounties on murdered U.S. soldiers.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's interest …
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Woody Johnson Asked State Dept. Auditors to Delete Claims of Offensive Remarks From Report  —  The American ambassador to Britain rejected accusations that he made racially or sexually inappropriate comments toward employees at the U.S. Embassy in London.  —  WASHINGTON — The American ambassador …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs Replacing Mark Esper at Pentagon After Election  — Departure may come as part of other changes in cabinet  — Trump frustrated by pushback on deploying troops to protests  —  President Donald Trump has privately said that he intends to replace Secretary of Defense Mark Esper …
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Discussion: National Review
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Jim Mustian / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Root
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Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
Chinese network of fake accounts targets Trump with English-language videos
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Discussion: The Dispatch
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The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber
Ruth Ben-Ghiat / The New York Review of Books:
Co-opt & Corrupt: How Trump Bent and Broke the GOP
Janice Dean / Fox News:
COVID has devastated my family — Why can't I testify about it?
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News