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Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Media's Sudden Crush on Kamala Harris  —  As the lights at the Kamala Harris presidential campaign flickered and powered down last December, weeks before the voting started, the press corps delighted in cataloging her deficiencies as a candidate and a campaigner.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters See Harris as More Moderate Than Trump or Pence  —  Slim majority approves of Biden's choice, which generated more buzz than 2016 Tim Kaine pick  — 37% of voters heard “a lot” about presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate …
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Donald Trump's Woman Problem Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
Jill Filipovic / GEN:   The Great Gen X vs. Boomer Debate Comes for Kamala
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
The Post Office Is Deactivating Mail Sorting Machines Ahead of the Election  —  Good thing nobody's predicting a huge surge in mail any time soon.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  The United States Postal Service is removing mail sorting machines from facilities around the country without …
John C. Eastman / Newsweek:
Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility  —  , PROFESSOR OF LAW, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY AND SENIOR FELLOW, CLAREMONT INSTITUTE  —  Editor's note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory.  That is entirely inaccurate, as this Note explains.
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Newsweek:
Editor's Note: Eastman's Newsweek Column Has Nothing to Do With Racist Birtherism  —  Some of our readers have reacted strongly to the op-ed we published by Dr. John Eastman, assuming it to be an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory around Kamala Harris' candidacy.
Washington Post:
Trump opposes election aid for states and Postal Service bailout, threatening Nov. 3 vote  —  President Trump on Thursday said he opposes both election aid for states and an emergency bailout for the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to restrict how many Americans can vote by mail …
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Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Trump admits he is undermining USPS to make it harder to vote by mail
Discussion: CNBC, Breitbart and WisPolitics.com
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump openly admits to sabotaging Post Office to boost his re-election chances
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Reason
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
GOP-backed House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene: The Obama administration used MS-13 to assassinate Seth Rich  —  Greene's smear echoes a QAnon conspiracy theory post  —  Republican House candidate and right-wing commentator Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is a QAnon supporter and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist …
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
QAnon candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who claimed that there's no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon  —  Greene also falsely claimed that Obama “is a Muslim”  —  Republican-backed congressional candidate and right-wing commentator Marjorie Taylor Greene …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters pick Biden, yet more think their neighbors back Trump  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is up 49-42 percent over President Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup, according to a national Fox News survey of registered voters.  Nine percent are undecided or back a third-party candidate.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Big shift in asking government to ‘lend me a hand’ amid pandemic, unrest
Discussion: Raw Story
Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Peace Plan Rescues Benjamin Netanyahu.  For Now.  —  Trump's surprise announcement of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates gets Benjamin Netanyahu out of a bind—but resistance to the plan is brewing.  —  Whatever Donald Trump intended with his surprise announcement of …
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Feds accuse Yale of discriminating against some applicants
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:   Justice Department accuses Yale of illegal bias against White, Asian American applicants in admissions
CNN:
Trump goes after FBI director Wray, whom he appointed, and issues warning to Barr  —  Trump lashes out at FBI director for stating facts  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday again attacked his own FBI director, whom he appointed, and pushed Attorney General William Barr to pressure …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Evan Perez / CNN:
US intel report on Russia could undercut Trump's hopes for Durham probe
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Denise Lu / New York Times:
The True Coronavirus Toll in the U.S. Has Already Surpassed 200,000  —  Estimated deaths above normal, March 1 to July 25  —  Note: Data is most likely an undercount for some states in recent weeks.  —  Nationwide, 200,000 more people have died than usual since March.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
New York Post:
Trump plans to deliver RNC speech on White House lawn  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday confirmed to the The Post he intends to give his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, defying critics who said the location was inappropriate.
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
'That's not our game': Kudlow says White House won't accept ‘voting rights’ provisions in virus aid bill
NBC News:
Michael Cohen book claims Trump colluded with Russia and will ‘never leave office peacefully’  —  In an upcoming book, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, alleges that Trump worked with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.  —  Among many other accusations …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Dodgers, LeBron James team up to make Dodger Stadium a polling site  —  Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' voting-rights group has partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers to make Dodger Stadium a polling place for the November general election, marking the first time a Major League Baseball team …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Besieged on all sides, Ron Johnson says his probe ‘would certainly’ help Trump win reelection  —  Sen. Ron Johnson this week said his probe of Obama-era intelligence agencies would help President Donald Trump win reelection, igniting fury from Democrats who say it was an explicit admission he's using …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Secret Service sought tactical aircraft to protect White House amid Floyd demonstrations  —  The Secret Service sought to bolster its protection of the White House with surveillance aircraft and a Blackhawk helicopter carrying a “fast rope” commando team after crowds protesting the police killing …
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Is Jared Kushner illegally coordinating with Kanye West?  —  Republican operatives around the country are trying to get rapper Kanye West on the presidential ballot.  It's an effort that appears to be — and in some cases has been openly acknowledged to be — aimed at helping President Trump's reelection bid.
Mariel Padilla / The 19th:
Hillary Clinton in a Biden administration?  'I'm ready to help in any way I can.'  —  When asked if she would take a role in a potential Biden administration, Clinton didn't entirely rule it out.  —  When asked if she would take a role in a potential Biden administration …
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Coup porn: Resistance sees military removing Trump from office  —  With 80 days left before the presidential election, a new and dangerous rhetoric has emerged from some corners of the Resistance.  A number of President Trump's most implacable critics are fantasizing about deploying …
Discussion: Defense One
Kyle Murphy / Just Security:
I Resigned from U.S. Government After My Own Leaders Began to Act Like the Autocrats I Analyzed  —  I recently resigned as a senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency after experiencing firsthand the actions of U.S. government leaders to suppress nonviolent dissent during the recent nationwide protests for racial justice.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Florida governor compares reopening schools during coronavirus pandemic to U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday compared the difficulties of reopening public schools for the 2020-21 academic year during the coronavirus pandemic …
Politico:
As a grim fall approaches, Trump team feels increasingly confident  —  A pandemic summer marked by testing delays, supply shortages and continued spread of the coronavirus has set the stage for a disheartening start to the fall across much of the U.S., with the shuttering of schools …
 
 
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Meena Venkataramanan / The Texas Tribune:
Austin City Council votes to cut police department budget by one-third, reinvest money in social services
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
Young Wuhan Evacuee Finds No Refuge From Coronavirus in U.S.
Sara Atske / Pew Research Center:
Election 2020: Voters Are Highly Engaged, but Nearly Half Expect To Have Difficulties Voting
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate
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New York Times:
Trump's Labor Chief Accused of Intervening in Oracle Pay Bias Case
Discussion: Power Line and The Hill
Kale Williams / Oregonian:
Facebook abandons broken drilling equipment under Oregon coast seafloor
Discussion: The Hill
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Connecting the Dots Between Kelly Loeffler's Big-Money Backers
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pandemic has driven Americans to depression and drinking, CDC says
Houston Chronicle:
COVID's true toll in Texas is higher than reported, data shows
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Good Son  —  Jared Kushner, the second-most-powerful man in the White House …
Discussion: Raw Story