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6:50 AM ET, August 13, 2020


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Robert Laurie / The Cain Gang:
WATCH: New Trump ad hammers Biden/Harris over Joe's endless array of racial gaffes  —  Expect to see a lot of this as we head into the meat of election season.  —  Joe Biden's history with race is a minefield.  It's been fodder for both Republicans and Democrats for years.
Discussion: The Wrap
Amanda Seitz / Associated Press:
Kamala Harris is eligible to serve as president  —  CLAIM: If Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate she will not be eligible to serve as president because her mother is from India and her father is from Jamaica.  That means, if Biden is unable to serve a full term as president …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Discussion: Redstate
Kanye West met with Kushner as rapper eyes 2020 election spot
Scott Whitlock / Newsbusters:
NewsBusters EXCLUSIVE: Tara Reade Demands Press Ask Harris About Biden Accusers
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:   As Kamala Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Wall Street Sighs in Relief
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Democrat Biden and new running mate Harris make first campaign appearance
Discussion: Axios
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Extraordinarily nasty’: Trump hurls one of his favorite insults at a new target in Kamala Harris
Discussion: Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
Kamala Harris, Biden's VP Pick, Beat 10 Other Finalists for the Job
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Bob Woodward obtains letters between Trump and Kim Jong-un for new book Rage  —  Bob Woodward's second book on the Trump White House has a title, Rage, and promises to reveal the secrets of “25 personal letters exchanged between [Donald] Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that have not been public before”.
CNN Exclusive: Details, title and cover revealed for Bob Woodward's upcoming book on Trump  —  (CNN)First it was fear, now it's rage.  —  Following up on his 2018 best-selling book “Fear,” legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward's new book on President Donald Trump — titled “Rage” …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
New Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un  —  Journalist Bob Woodward's new book, his second on the Trump presidency, will include 25 personal letters exchanged between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, according to details …
Discussion: Axios and Associated Press
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Financial disclosures reveal postmaster general's business entanglements and likely conflicts of interest, experts say  —  Democrats call on watchdog to investigate USPS changes  —  (CNN)Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continues to hold a multimillion-dollar stake in his former company XPO Logistics …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Dispatch
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost, The Atlantic and NPR
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 …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
Tina Sfondeles / Business Insider:
AOC will have just 60 seconds to deliver her remarks next week at the Democratic National Convention  — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one minute to give her speech on Tuesday during the second day of the Democratic National Convention.  She's pre-recording her remarks from New York.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
‘Antifa’ website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia  —  WASHINGTON — At his press briefing Wednesday, President Trump, as he usually does,  —  called for a question from Chanel Rion, the chief White House correspondent for the conservative …
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, The Guardian and Law & Crime
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Daily News Is Now a Newspaper Without a Newsroom  —  Tribune Publishing said that it was permanently closing the tabloid's office in Lower Manhattan.  As its journalists work remotely during the pandemic, plans for a future workplace are uncertain.  —  A tabloid once famous for its bustling …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's quiet acceptance of QAnon has become something bigger  —  After Tuesday's runoff elections in Georgia, President Trump extended a seemingly pro forma note of congratulations to one of the winners.  —  “Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene …
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality  —  When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed last month that she had been treated for cancerous lesions on her liver, a YouTube video whispered across the liberal internet like a prayer.  The video, titled “Hang On Ruthie!” …
Discussion: Reason
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Another illegal Trump administration policy, and yet another premature Trump administration victory lap  —  It's never a good sign when a president announces five versions of the same policy within 48 hours and still doesn't land on one that's legal.  —  The Trump administration unveiled …
New York Times:
Ohio State Football Is Canceled.  Will Trump Take the Hit?  —  The Big Ten Conference's decision to cancel its football season reverberated across Ohio, where the Buckeyes' football program looms large.  Some voters blamed President Trump's handling of the virus.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Cindy Adams / Page Six:
Sean Hannity says he ‘dug in his heels’ with newest book  —  Sean Hannity.  Shy, retiring, voice barely heard above a jackhammer, he's written a book — “Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink.”  It's Simon & Schuster, No. 1 on Amazon, has been promoted everywhere …
Washington Post:
U.S. reports highest number of covid-19 deaths in one day since mid-May  —  As the United States reported its highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day since mid-May, President Trump on Wednesday continued to press for the nation's schools to bring children into classrooms …
David Roberts / Vox:
Air pollution is much worse than we thought … In the late 1960s, the US saw regular, choking smog descend over New York City and Los Angeles, 100,000 barrels of oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and, perhaps most famously, fires burning on the surface of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio.
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Defense News:
Congress has secretly blocked US arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years
The Tennessean:
Tennessee legislature cracks down on protesters, making it a felony to camp overnight outside Capitol
Nick Arama / Redstate:
Helicopter Assigned to Trump Support Detail Shot at in the Air Over Virginia, One Injury
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Health questions for Biden off-limits for media, unlike Reagan, McCain and Trump
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook and Other Tech Giants Gird for Chaotic Election
Peter Martin / Bloomberg:
China's State-Funded Confucius Institutes Draw U.S. Scrutiny
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Jerry Iannelli / The Appeal:
Orlando Sheriff, Who Is Running for Re-Election, Shot a Teen to Death in 1999
Jim Mustian / Associated Press:
Prosecutors charge 3 with threatening women in R. Kelly case
Discussion: The Root
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
DeVos' sexual misconduct rule will take effect Friday after legal blocks fail
Discussion: The Slot
Washington Post:
Baghdad's record heat offers glimpse of world's climate change future
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump adds coronavirus adviser who echoes his unscientific claims
Discussion: Raw Story
Dr. Sanjay Gupta / CNN:
Why I am not sending my kids back to school
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill