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1:50 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.
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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.
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris Built a ‘Digital Army’—Now She Gets to Use It  —  “While she's on the national stage, and while people continue to attack her, we're gonna respond,” said Eric Bazail-Eimil, a student at Georgetown and member of the #KHive.  —  Three days after winning Sen. Kamala Harris' endorsement …
Discussion: The Atlantic, New Yorker, Axios and NBC News
Wall Street Journal:   Why Kamala Harris May Be a Tough Target for Republicans
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
The Veep's VP: Inside Joe Biden's search for his own running mate
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Biden's Choice for Vice President
NBC News:   Republicans had months to prepare for a Harris pick but their message is muddled
National Review:   Kamala Harris Is No Moderate
Manisha Sinha / New York Times:
Why Kamala Harris Matters to Me
Discussion: National Review
David Bernstein / Reason:
Is Kamala Harris Legally African American, Indian, Both, Neither, or Something Else?
Discussion: Instapundit
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
What Kamala can do: The Democrats' — and America's — reconciliation moment
Discussion: Redstate, ABC News and Sputnik News
Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris, the cancel culture cop
Discussion: Reason
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street executives are glad Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris to be his VP running mate
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Inside Biden's unusual VP pick process: Tough questions, 11 finalists and many lawyers
Discussion: IJR
FiveThirtyEight:
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 …
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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.
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.
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Orion Rummler / Axios:   Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: “It's a chasm”
Reuters:   Mnuchin declines to say if U.S. COVID-19 aid deal can be reached
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 …
BBC:
QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Georgia Republican primary  —  A US businesswoman who has expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory has won the Republican nomination for a seat in the House of Representatives.  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene is now expected to be elected …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Greene wants to be ‘worst nightmare’ of Democrats. She could also haunt Georgia GOP
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.
HuffPost:
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
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus-Hit State Budgets Create a Drag on U.S. Recovery  —  Aid to states and cities is a sticking point as talks in Congress bog down over next round of stimulus  —  WASHINGTON—Spending cuts by state and local governments grappling with the coronavirus pandemic pose a headwind …
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Emily Singer / The American Independent:
McConnell's refusal to give virus aid to states could cost 4 million jobs
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
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
Ruth Ben-Ghiat / The New York Review of Books:
Co-opt & Corrupt: How Trump Bent and Broke the GOP  —  “As time went on, it became clear that the sickness was a feature, that anyone who entered the building became a little sick themselves,” wrote the journalist Olivia Nuzzi in March 2018 of the Donald J. Trump White House and those who serve it.
Janice Dean / Fox News:
COVID has devastated my family — Why can't I testify about it?  —  My story was going to be told by a grieving wife, mother and daughter- in- law who wants answers  —  When I heard that New York State was having hearings about the coronavirus nursing home tragedy that took the lives …
Washington Post:
White House clarifies limits of jobless aid plan as talks with Congress dim  —  Unemployment benefit will be $300 per week, not the $400 Trump promised on Saturday  —  President Trump's senior aides acknowledged on Tuesday that they are providing less financial assistance for the unemployed …
Politico:
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 …
visaliatimesdelta:
Ousted Tulare hospital managers face embezzlement, conspiracy, money laundering charges  —  The Tulare County District Attorney has charged executives of the ousted company that ran Tulare Regional Medical Center with more than 80 combined felony and misdemeanor criminal counts …
 
 
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Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
QAnon Followers Are Hijacking the #SaveTheChildren Movement
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Kelly Heyboer / New Jersey Online:
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