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3:25 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.
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  —  His choice is a characteristic example of his tendency to row in the direction of the day's strongest political currents.  —  Mr. Hopkins is a political scientist.  —  Joe Biden is often described as an ideological moderate.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
Mike Allen / Axios:
What Joe Biden's historic selection of Kamala Harris tells us about how he would govern
Discussion: SFWeekly, Bloomberg, Reuters and The Week
NBC News:   Republicans had months to prepare for a Harris pick but their message is muddled
Wall Street Journal:   Why Kamala Harris May Be a Tough Target for Republicans
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Biden's Choice for Vice President
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
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Pelosi on state of coronavirus stimulus talks: “It's a chasm”
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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
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: Reuters and Axios
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.
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ron Johnson says committee Republicans blocking Comey, Brennan subpoenas  —  Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chair Ron Johnson blamed fellow Republicans on his committee Wednesday for blocking him from subpoenaing former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Washington Post:
QAnon supporter, with Georgia primary victory, is poised to bring far-right conspiracy theory to Congress  —  Congressional Republicans came a step closer Tuesday to welcoming into their ranks a promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, whose adherents believe President Trump is battling a cabal …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Greene wants to be ‘worst nightmare’ of Democrats. She could also haunt Georgia GOP
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
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Multnomah County DA: Most Portland Protesters Won't Face Charges, Deserve To Be Heard  —  Flanked by more than a dozen community leaders, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Tuesday that his office will not pursue cases against most Portland protesters.
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Hundreds of Portland protesters will see their criminal cases dropped as DA announces plan to ‘recognize the right to speak’
Discussion: Redstate and Big League Politics
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: CNBC, Axios and NBC News
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Heyboer / New Jersey Online:
N.J. schools may be able to start all-remote in major reversal of reopening plan
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
Growing number of voters oppose Trump demand to fully reopen schools
Discussion: Reuters, POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
New York City Could Use a Champion. Who Will Step Up?
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus-Hit State Budgets Create a Drag on U.S. Recovery
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Kennedy allies sweat as Massachusetts Senate race tightens
Discussion: Political Wire