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12:15 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris and the Veep in the Age of Veep
NBC News:   Republicans had months to prepare for a Harris pick but their message is muddled
Mike Allen / Axios:
What Joe Biden's historic selection of Kamala Harris tells us about how he would govern
David Bernstein / Reason:
Is Kamala Harris Legally African American, Indian, Both, Neither, or Something Else?
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Biden's Choice for Vice President
National Review:   Kamala Harris Is No Moderate
Joshua Lawson / The Federalist:
No, Kamala Harris Isn't A ‘Moderate’ — She's A Radical Threat To America
Manisha Sinha / New York Times:
Why Kamala Harris Matters to Me
Discussion: National Review
Maureen Lee Lenker / EW.com:
Maya Rudolph reacts to Kamala Harris VP pick: ‘Oh s—’
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Inside Biden's unusual VP pick process: Tough questions, 11 finalists and many lawyers
Discussion: IJR
Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris, the cancel culture cop
Discussion: The Bulwark and Reason
FiveThirtyEight:
2020 Election Forecast  —  Latest forecast of the 2020 presidential election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite, Raw Story and Althouse
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Rob Rogers / Billings Gazette:   Group working to get Kanye West on state ballot to ‘help Trump’
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 …
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
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.
Change Research:
States of Play: Battleground & National Surveys on COVID-19, The Economy, and Schools  —  Change Research/ CNBC Poll: August 7-9, 2020  — Biden leads 50% to 44% in the national poll and by 4 points across the 6 state battleground, including lead in every battleground state except North Carolina.
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.
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
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
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.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Uber CEO says its service will probably shut down temporarily in California if it's forced to classify drivers as employees  — Uber would likely shut down temporarily for several months if a court does not overturn a recent ruling requiring it to classify its drivers as full-time employees …
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 …
 
 
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