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4:55 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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
As Kamala Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Wall Street Sighs in Relief  —  Wall Street's warm welcome to Joe Biden's running mate reflects a belief that tougher financial regulation isn't a top priority  —  When Joe Biden announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential pick, he pointed to her tough-on-banks record.
David A. Hopkins / New York Times:
What the Kamala Harris Pick Tells Us About Joe Biden
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
Natalie Shure / In These Times:
Now Comes the Difficult Work of Pushing the Biden-Harris Ticket Left
Discussion: Fox News, The Nation and New York Post
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris Built a ‘Digital Army’—Now She Gets to Use It
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Biden's Choice for Vice President
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Sees the Future in Kamala Harris
USA Today:
Kamala Harris is a living, breathing rebuke to the Trump presidency: Mastio & Lawrence
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Discussion: Bloomberg, SFWeekly, Reuters and The Week
David Byler / Washington Post:
Harris is a small-c conservative, party-friendly pick — which makes her just right for Biden
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Twitchy and Axios
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Florida and Georgia set new single-day records for coronavirus deaths
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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.
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
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Military helicopter shot at over northern Virginia, crew member injured  —  The FBI is investigating Monday's shooting aimed at an Air Force helicopter.  —  The FBI is investigating the shooting of a U.S. Air Force helicopter as it flew over northern Virginia on Monday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs Replacing Mark Esper at Pentagon After 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 of Defense Mark Esper …
Luke O'Brien / HuffPost:
If Donald Trump Controls The Mail, He Controls Democracy  —  The president is working overtime to turn the federal bureaucracy into a subsidiary of his campaign.  —  Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can slow the mail.  But President Donald Trump can.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Bangor Daily News and Vox
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ron Johnson says committee Republicans blocking Comey, Brennan subpoenas  —  Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chair Ron Johnson suggested Wednesday that fellow Republicans on his committee were blocking him from subpoenaing former FBI Director James Comey …
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 …
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Can Trump aide Meadows move from deal breaker to deal-maker?
Discussion: The Hill
Quint Forgey / Politico:
State Department watchdog finds Trump's U.K. ambassador ‘made inappropriate or insensitive comments’  —  The State Department's Office of Inspector General concluded that President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom made offensive remarks to staff at the U.S. Embassy in London, according to a report released Wednesday.
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Watchdog report faults Trump's UK envoy Woody Johnson for ‘insensitive comments,’ ‘negative effect’ on morale
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and Reuters
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.
Trump and top House Republican embrace candidate who promoted QAnon conspiracy theory  —  Washington (CNN)Top Republicans, including President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, are embracing their party's nominee for a House seat in Georgia, despite her history of racist …
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 …
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
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 …
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Caleb Parke / Fox News:
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George Will / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Dispatch
Los Angeles Times:
Trump adds grandiose promises to campaign pitch
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
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Discussion: Political Wire