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2:55 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.
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.
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 …
David A. Hopkins / New York Times:
What the Kamala Harris Pick Tells Us About Joe Biden
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
Wall Street Journal:   Why Kamala Harris May Be a Tough Target for Republicans
Mike Allen / Axios:
What Joe Biden's historic selection of Kamala Harris tells us about how he would govern
NBC News:   Republicans had months to prepare for a Harris pick but their message is muddled
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Biden's Choice for Vice President
Mike Memoli / NBC News:
The Veep's VP: Inside Joe Biden's search for his own running mate
Manisha Sinha / New York Times:
Why Kamala Harris Matters to Me
Discussion: Jacobin and National Review
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.
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 …
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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
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: “It's a chasm”
Discussion: Reuters
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
QAnon Followers Are Hijacking the #SaveTheChildren Movement  —  Fans of the pro-Trump conspiracy theory are clogging anti-trafficking hotlines, infiltrating Facebook groups and raising false fears about child exploitation.  —  Recently, an acquaintance posted a photo on her Instagram story showing …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Greene wants to be ‘worst nightmare’ of Democrats. She could also haunt Georgia GOP
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs Replacing Esper at Pentagon After November Election  — Departure may come as part of other changes in cabinet  — Trump frustrated by pushback on deploying troops to protests  —  President Donald Trump has privately said that he intends to replace Secretary …
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
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
Associated Press:
FBI investigates shooting of military helicopter in Virginia  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating the shooting of a military helicopter during a training mission this week in northern Virginia, injuring one crew member who was aboard, officials said Wednesday.
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Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber  —  Scarred by trauma and devoted to Trump, a man began mailing explosives to the president's critics on the eve of an election.  Inside the race to catch him.  —  Weird things happen in and around New York City nearly every day, so the appearance …
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Watchdog report faults Trump's UK envoy Woody Johnson for ‘insensitive comments,’ ‘negative effect’ on morale  —  The IG report didn't probe Johnson's alleged lobbying for Trump's golf course.  —  A new report released Wednesday said that Woody Johnson, President Donald Trump's envoy …
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Trump to Relax Rules for Showers After Complaints About Flow  — 'You can't wash your beautiful hair properly,' Trump lamented  — Rule would weaken standard for shower heads set in the 1990s  —  The U.S. Energy Department proposed easing water efficiency requirements …
Reuters:
U.S. postal service reorganization sparks delays, election questions  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A shakeup of the U.S. Postal Service is leading to mail delays, union officials said on Tuesday, heightening concerns that an ally of President Donald Trump is destabilizing the service as millions …
Discussion: NPR and Raw Story
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Harris wants U.S. to give Americans $2,000 a month during pandemic, a contrast with Biden's measured approach  —  On taxes, health care and climate policy, Biden's pick for vice president has staked out more-liberal positions  —  In May, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) …
Discussion: NBC News, CNBC and Axios
 
 
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