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11:05 PM ET, August 12, 2020


 Top Items: 
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.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
‘Antifa’ website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia  —  WASHINGTON — At his press briefing Wednesday, President Trump, as he usually does,  —  called for a question from Chanel Rion, the chief White House correspondent for the conservative …
Amanda Seitz / Associated Press:
Kamala Harris is eligible to serve as president  —  CLAIM: If Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate she will not be eligible to serve as president because her mother is from India and her father is from Jamaica.  That means, if Biden is unable to serve a full term as president …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Redstate
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Left wing rankled by choice of Harris for VP  —  Kamala Harris wasn't left-wing Democrats' first choice for Joe Biden's running mate — and not just because of her policies.  —  In the final days of Biden's decision-making process, several prominent progressives said privately they hoped …
Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely
Discussion: The Week
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Insists That Joe Biden Didn't Really Pick Kamala Harris
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, The Nation and The Cain Gang
Scott Whitlock / Newsbusters:
NewsBusters EXCLUSIVE: Tara Reade Demands Press Ask Harris About Biden Accusers
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:   As Kamala Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Wall Street Sighs in Relief
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Extraordinarily nasty’: Trump hurls one of his favorite insults at a new target in Kamala Harris
Discussion: Twitchy
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Financial disclosures reveal postmaster general's business entanglements and likely conflicts of interest, experts say  —  Democrats call on watchdog to investigate USPS changes  —  (CNN)Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continues to hold a multimillion-dollar stake in his former company XPO Logistics …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Dispatch
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Mail sorting equipment being “removed” from post offices, leaving mail to “pile up”: union leader  —  A union chief says the changes, which have been more drastic than people realize, are costing more money — not less  —  Mail sorting equipment is being removed from U.S. Postal Service …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service could halt special treatment of ballots, congressional Democrats warn  —  Lawmakers urged the agency not to abandon long-standing practices for election mail processing to ensure the timely delivery of ballots.  —  Congressional Democrats intensified calls on Wednesday …
Discussion: Axios and Bangor Daily News
The Intercept:
College Democrat Chats Reveal Year-Old Plan to Engineer and Leak Alex Morse Accusations … The leadership of the UMass Amherst College Democrats began discussing an operation they believed could sink the campaign of Alex Morse for Congress as far back as last October, a plan they then helped engineer …
Tina Sfondeles / Business Insider:
AOC will have just 60 seconds to deliver her remarks next week at the Democratic National Convention  — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one minute to give her speech on Tuesday during the second day of the Democratic National Convention.  She's pre-recording her remarks from New York.
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Let it flow: Trump Administration eases showerhead rules  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough.
Discussion: Reuters and Law & Crime
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:   Trump to Relax Rules for Showers After Complaints About Flow
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Bob Woodward obtains letters between Trump and Kim Jong-un for new book Rage  —  Bob Woodward's second book on the Trump White House has a title, Rage, and promises to reveal the secrets of “25 personal letters exchanged between [Donald] Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that have not been public before”.
CNN Exclusive: Details, title and cover revealed for Bob Woodward's upcoming book on Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Reuters:   Kanye West met with Kushner as rapper eyes 2020 election spot
Rob Rogers / Billings Gazette:   Group working to get Kanye West on state ballot to ‘help Trump’
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.
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Trump's Q Endorsement  —  She says Trump can help defeat a “global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles.”  Trump calls her a “future Republican star.”  —  Let's be honest.  Many Republicans in politics, the media, and corporate America were really hoping that Bernie Sanders would be the Democratic presidential nominee.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's quiet acceptance of QAnon has become something bigger
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
Austin L. Miller /
Marion County deputies ordered not to wear masks
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
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 …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Daily News Is Now a Newspaper Without a Newsroom  —  Tribune Publishing said that it was permanently closing the tabloid's office in Lower Manhattan.  As its journalists work remotely during the pandemic, plans for a future workplace are uncertain.  —  A tabloid once famous for its bustling …
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality  —  When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed last month that she had been treated for cancerous lesions on her liver, a YouTube video whispered across the liberal internet like a prayer.  The video, titled “Hang On Ruthie!” …
Discussion: Reason
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again.  Everyone Has Paid the Price.  —  Governments and restaurant owners wanted to get back to business.  But bars and restaurants have become a focal point for clusters of Covid infections.  —  Across the United States this summer, restaurants and bars …
Discussion: SFist
Washington Post:
U.S. reports highest number of covid-19 deaths in one day since mid-May  —  As the United States reported its highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in a single day since mid-May, President Trump on Wednesday continued to press for the nation's schools to bring children into classrooms …
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.
The Tennessean:
Tennessee legislature cracks down on protesters, making it a felony to camp overnight outside Capitol  —  As protesters continued their two-month, round-the-clock demonstration just outside Capitol doors, the Tennessee legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that will make it easier for state troopers to file charges against the group.
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
Cindy Adams / Page Six:
Sean Hannity says he ‘dug in his heels’ with newest book  —  Sean Hannity.  Shy, retiring, voice barely heard above a jackhammer, he's written a book — “Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink.”  It's Simon & Schuster, No. 1 on Amazon, has been promoted everywhere …
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New York Times:
Ohio State Football Is Canceled. Will Trump Take the Hit?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Roberts / Vox:
Air pollution is much worse than we thought
Defense News:
Congress has secretly blocked US arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Health questions for Biden off-limits for media, unlike Reagan, McCain and Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook and Other Tech Giants Gird for Chaotic Election
Jerry Iannelli / The Appeal:
Orlando Sheriff, Who Is Running for Re-Election, Shot a Teen to Death in 1999
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
DeVos' sexual misconduct rule will take effect Friday after legal blocks fail
Discussion: The Slot
Washington Post:
Chinese network of fake accounts targets Trump with English-language videos
Discussion: Bloomberg and Lawfare
Washington Post:
Baghdad's record heat offers glimpse of world's climate change future
Ruth Ben-Ghiat / The New York Review of Books:
Co-opt & Corrupt: How Trump Bent and Broke the GOP