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12:30 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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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 …
NBC News:
Republicans had months to prepare for a Harris pick but their message is muddled
Discussion: Washington Post
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris and the Veep in the Age of Veep
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
David Bernstein / Reason:
Is Kamala Harris Legally African American, Indian, Both, Neither, or Something Else?
Discussion: Instapundit
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street executives are glad Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris to be his VP running mate
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  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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’
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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Reuters:   Mnuchin declines to say if U.S. COVID-19 aid deal can be reached
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Co-opt & Corrupt: How Trump Bent and Broke the GOP
Kelly Heyboer / New Jersey Online:
N.J. schools may be able to start all-remote in major reversal of reopening plan
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Sarah Shevenock / Morning Consult:
Ellen DeGeneres' Favorability Takes a Tumble Amid Toxic Workplace Allegations
Discussion: In Touch Weekly
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John Nagl / Defense One:
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Discussion: Mediaite