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9:48 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
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
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 …
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: CNN, The Nation, The Hill and BuzzFeed News
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.
Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely
Discussion: The Week
Amanda Seitz / Associated Press:
Kamala Harris is eligible to serve as president
Discussion: Washington Post
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Extraordinarily nasty’: Trump hurls one of his favorite insults at a new target in Kamala Harris
Discussion: Twitchy
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
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:   Biden, Harris appear together for first time since VP announcement
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
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris Built a ‘Digital Army’—Now She Gets to Use It
USA Today:
Kamala Harris is a living, breathing rebuke to the Trump presidency: Mastio & Lawrence
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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  —  Lawmakers urged the agency not to abandon long-standing practices for election mail processing to ensure the timely delivery of ballots.  —  Congressional Democrats intensified calls on Wednesday …
Discussion: Axios and Bangor Daily News
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.
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
Kanye flops among Black voters  —  Rapper and former Donald Trump supporter Kanye West is running for president with the backing of a handful of GOP operatives who are betting he can pull Black voters from former Vice President Joe Biden.  —  But Democrats aren't sweating West at this point …
Reuters:   Kanye West met with Kushner as rapper eyes 2020 election spot
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: Fox News and Mediaite
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 The Daily Beast
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
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
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.
Nick Arama / Redstate:
Helicopter Assigned to Trump Support Detail Shot at in the Air Over Virginia, One Injury  —  On Monday, as we reported, President Donald Trump was briefly evacuated from the briefing room at about 5:45 p.m. As he was speaking to the press, an agent came into the room and informed …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air  —  Airborne virus plays a significant role in community transmission, many experts believe.  A new study fills in the missing piece: Floating virus can infect cells.  —  Skeptics of the notion that the coronavirus spreads through …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
The Tennessean:
Tennessee legislature cracks down on protesters, making it a felony to camp overnight outside Capitol  —  As protesters continued their two-month, round-the-clock demonstration just outside Capitol doors, the Tennessee legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that will make it easier for state troopers to file charges against the group.
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 …
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Health questions for Biden off-limits for media, unlike Reagan, McCain and Trump
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Hawley responds to Chinese sanction, says Hong Kong raid should serve as ‘wakeup call’ for the free world
Peter Martin / Bloomberg:
China's State-Funded Confucius Institutes Draw U.S. Scrutiny
Discussion: National Review
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
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DeVos' sexual misconduct rule will take effect Friday after legal blocks fail
Discussion: Associated Press
George Will / Washington Post:
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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