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John C. Eastman / Newsweek:
Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility  —  , PROFESSOR OF LAW, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY AND SENIOR FELLOW, CLAREMONT INSTITUTE  —  Editor's note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory.  That is entirely inaccurate, as this Note explains.
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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: Twitchy, The Wrap and Mediaite
Newsweek:
Editor's Note: Eastman's Newsweek Column Has Nothing to Do With Racist Birtherism  —  Some of our readers have reacted strongly to the op-ed we published by Dr. John Eastman, assuming it to be an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory around Kamala Harris' candidacy.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
John F. Harris / Politico:
The Epic Blandness of the Joe Biden Campaign  —  Back in early 2019, a group of about 15 campaign journalists took part in an informal survey of who they expected to be the Democratic presidential nominee.  —  These reporters and editors, I happen to know, are all smart and well-connected.
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Kamala Harris receives strong marks as Joe Biden's VP: POLL  —  Kamala Harris steps into her new role on a relative high note.  —  Sen. Kamala Harris steps into her new role as Joe Biden's vice presidential nominee on a relative high note.  Harris receives strong marks as the pick …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris Showed Swagger, and It Will Drive Republican Men Nuts  —  The case Harris constructed against Trump on the virus was just pulverizing.  An American is dying every 80 seconds on his watch.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Well—she was great.  —  Kamala Harris has swagger.
USA Today:   Joe Biden's VP choice of Kamala Harris signals return to American values and competence
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump's Woman Problem Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
Discussion: Political Wire, Axios and Joe Biden
Sumantra Maitra / The Federalist:
Why Kamala Harris's Stealth Radicalism Is Worse Than Bernie Democrats' Open Radicalism
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 …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump blurts out his true motive on mail-in voting  —  Back in March, President Trump seemed to blurt out the real reason he opposes expanded voting by mail in the 2020 election.  Referring to provisions in the Democrats' coronavirus stimulus bill to vastly increase funding for voting by mail …
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Mail sorting equipment being “removed” from post offices, leaving mail to “pile up”: union leader
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service could halt special treatment of ballots, congressional Democrats warn
Discussion: The Guardian and Axios
NBC News:
House Democrats demand Postal Service chief roll back changes ahead of Election Day
Discussion: Mother Jones and MSNBC
Denise Lu / New York Times:
The True Coronavirus Toll in the U.S. Has Already Surpassed 200,000  —  Estimated deaths above normal, March 1 to July 25  —  Note: Data is most likely an undercount for some states in recent weeks.  —  Nationwide, 200,000 more people have died than usual since March.
Politico:
The payroll tax problem  —  Editor's Note: Morning Money is a free version of POLITICO Pro Financial Services' morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 6 a.m. The POLITICO Pro platform combines the news you need with tools you can use to take action on the day's biggest stories.
Discussion: Raw Story, Bloomberg and Fox Business
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Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Payroll-Tax Deferral Plans Spur Confusion
Discussion: Associated Press
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
U.S. Chamber Letter to Secretary Mnuchin on Implementation of the Executive Order Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
Politico:
As a grim fall approaches, Trump team feels increasingly confident  —  A pandemic summer marked by testing delays, supply shortages and continued spread of the coronavirus has set the stage for a disheartening start to the fall across much of the U.S., with the shuttering of schools …
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
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”.
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Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Qwazy for QAnon  —  No fewer than 60 current or former congressional candidates have expressed interest in or support for the conspiracy.  —  I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, NPR and New York Times
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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 …
Steve Cortes / American Greatness:
Political Football Is No Substitute For the Real Thing … The most material political news that broke this week was not the selection of Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as Joe Biden's running mate, but the disastrous decision of major college football conferences to cancel their 2020 seasons.
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
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New York Times:
Ohio State Football Is Canceled. Will Trump Take the Hit?
Discussion: The Week
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Good Son … jared kushner, the second-most-powerful man in the White House, is quite a bit smarter than the most powerful man, his father-in-law, the president.  Donald Trump possesses a genius for the jugular, but he evinces few other signs of intelligence.  He certainly displays no capacity, or predisposition, to learn.
Discussion: New Republic
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STAT:
The Trump administration haphazardly gave away millions of Covid-19 masks — to schools, broadcasters, and large corporations  —  Hundreds of millions of cloth face masks shipped to U.S. agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies by the Trump administration appear to have been allocated …
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Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
New unemployment claims fall below 1 million for the first time in five months  —  New unemployment claims fell last week to 963,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday, the first time in months the figure has been less than 1 million.  —  An additional 488,622 laid-off workers filed …
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Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
Weekly Unemployment Claims Drop Below One Million for First Time Since March
Discussion: National Review
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.
Wall Street Journal:
A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable.  Why Was No One Ready?  —  Scientists warned of a pandemic for decades, yet when Covid-19 arrived, the world had few resources and little understanding  —  Hunkered around conference tables at the World Health Organization's Geneva headquarters …
 
 
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Kyle Murphy / Just Security:
I Resigned from U.S. Government After My Own Leaders Began to Act Like the Autocrats I Analyzed
Donald Trump / Reuters:
US proposes change to shower rules after Trump's hair-washing moan
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump appointee deepens purge of U.S. global media agency
The Moscow Times:
Thousands Form Human Chains in Minsk Against Police Violence
Harvey Risch / Washington Examiner:
Hydroxychloroquine works in high-risk patients, and saying otherwise is dangerous
Discussion: Just The News
Axios:
When and how to vote in all 50 states  —  Millions of Americans who normally vote in person …
Discussion: ABC11 and HuffPost
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
D.C., Maryland lawmakers grill health officials over coronavirus response, data
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality
Discussion: Reason
David Roberts / Vox:
Air pollution is much worse than we thought
Washington Post:
U.S. reports highest number of covid-19 deaths in one day since mid-May
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again. Everyone Has Paid the Price.