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11:25 AM ET, August 12, 2020

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Wall Street Journal:
Why Kamala Harris May Be a Tough Target for Republicans  —  Joe Biden's VP pick has spent her career courting competing constituencies, a balancing act that may now play to her advantage  —  WASHINGTON—Kamala Harris has spent her political career courting different constituencies within …
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street executives are glad Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris to be his VP running mate  — Wall Street leaders on Tuesday cheered Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in the presidential election.  — Finance executives, confident the ticket has what it takes …
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
What Kamala can do: The Democrats' — and America's — reconciliation moment  —  In selecting Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden placed the first Black (African-American) and Brown (Indian-American) woman on a national ticket.
Discussion: Redstate, ABC News and Sputnik News
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Harris VP pick creates dilemma for Trump campaign, which lobs conflicting attacks … WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate creates a conundrum for which President Donald Trump's campaign didn't have an immediate answer: How to run against her.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris and the Veep in the Age of Veep  —  “There will be a resistance to your ambition.  There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane,’ because they are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be.”
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
What the Kamala Harris Pick Says About the Biden Campaign
Discussion: The Federalist and CANNONFIRE
Joshua Lawson / The Federalist:
No, Kamala Harris Isn't A ‘Moderate’ — She's A Radical Threat To America
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and The Hill
National Review:   Kamala Harris Is No Moderate
Mike Allen / Axios:
What Joe Biden's historic selection of Kamala Harris tells us about how he would govern
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Biden's Choice for Vice President
Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris, the cancel culture cop
Discussion: The Bulwark and Reason
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Inside Biden's unusual VP pick process: Tough questions, 11 finalists and many lawyers
Discussion: IJR
Maureen Lee Lenker / EW.com:
Maya Rudolph reacts to Kamala Harris VP pick: ‘Oh s—’
David Bernstein / Reason:
Is Kamala Harris Legally African American, Indian, Both, Neither, or Something Else?
Discussion: Instapundit
Axios:
Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
2020 Election Forecast  —  Latest forecast of the 2020 presidential election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Althouse
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Greene wants to be ‘worst nightmare’ of Democrats.  She could also haunt Georgia GOP  —  ROME - Many top Georgia Republicans have watched with dread - but took little action - as Marjorie Taylor Greene rose from longshot candidate to the cusp of Congress.  Shortly after her victory …
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
QAnon supporter wins GOP's U.S. House runoff in N.W. Georgia
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Associated Press
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Wall Street Journal:
Funding for $300-a-Week Unemployment Benefits Could Run Out in Six Weeks
Discussion: UPI
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Biden's Veep Creeps  —  Ole Grandpa Badfinger has made a choice, and it was more complicated than his usual choice of what flavor of mush he's having for breakfast.  He had to choose a vice-presidential running mate, and as people who are smarter than me about such things have observed, he had no good choices.
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Kennedy allies sweat as Massachusetts Senate race tightens  —  BOSTON — Joe Kennedy was once thought to be such a lock to defeat Sen. Ed Markey that there was widespread speculation in Massachusetts that Markey might just retire to avoid a humbling end.  —  But Markey is piling up endorsements …
Discussion: Political Wire
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
Growing number of voters oppose Trump demand to fully reopen schools  —  A growing majority of voters oppose the Trump administration's demand that schools and colleges fully open for in-person instruction, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  In the survey of nearly 2,000 …
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
BBC:
Belarus election: Police use live fire on protesters in Brest  —  After a third night of protests in Belarus, the interior ministry says police fired back with live bullets when they came under attack in the southwestern city of Brest.  —  Demonstrators with metal rods targeted officers …
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: Raw Story
John Nagl / Defense One:
“. . . All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic”: An Open Letter to Gen. Milley  —  If the commander in chief attempts to ignore the election's results, you will face a choice.  —  Dear General Milley:  —  As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, you are well aware of your duties in ordinary times …
Discussion: Mediaite
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
‘This Is All Beyond Stupid.’ Experts Worry About Russia's Rushed Vaccine  —  Vaccines are among the safest medical products in the world — but only because of the intense rigor of the clinical trials that test their safety and effectiveness.  —  When Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday …
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 …
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
New York City Could Use a Champion.  Who Will Step Up?  —  New York seems to be missing the kind of civic leadership that helped the city recover from previous financial and psychic crises.  —  Waves of death and joblessness, hunger and economic depression — all at a scale rarely rivaled in New York City history.
 
 
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Al Jazeera:
Minnesota's Ilhan Omar easily wins against well-funded challenger
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Wendy Ruderman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A longtime Philadelphia judge won't wear a mask in court, prompting complaints from lawyers and witnesses
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DNR tells employees to wear masks during Zoom calls, even when they are alone at home
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
The American blog pushing Xinjiang denialism
Michelangelo Signorile / The Signorile Report:
Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Queer Predicament
Discussion: The Nation and The Hill
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Kamala Harris's Anti-Catholic Bigotry