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Robert Laurie / The Cain Gang:
WATCH: New Trump ad hammers Biden/Harris over Joe's endless array of racial gaffes  —  Expect to see a lot of this as we head into the meat of election season.  —  Joe Biden's history with race is a minefield.  It's been fodder for both Republicans and Democrats for years.
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump's Woman Problem Just Got a Whole Lot Worse  —  Biden's pick of Kamala Harris was expected.  What happened next, however, was not.  And it spells trouble for the incumbent.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  No one was shocked by Joe Biden's pick of California Senator Kamala Harris.
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
John F. Harris / Politico:
The Epic Blandness of the Joe Biden Campaign  —  Back in early 2019, a group of about 15 campaign journalists took part in an informal survey of who they expected to be the Democratic presidential nominee.  —  These reporters and editors, I happen to know, are all smart and well-connected.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:   ‘Antifa’ website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Voters See Harris as More Moderate Than Trump or Pence
delawareonline:   Biden, Harris to give DNC convention speeches at Chase Center in Wilmington
USA Today:   Joe Biden's VP choice of Kamala Harris signals return to American values and competence
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:   Kamala Harris Showed Swagger, and It Will Drive Republican Men Nuts
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump blurts out his true motive on mail-in voting  —  Back in March, President Trump seemed to blurt out the real reason he opposes expanded voting by mail in the 2020 election.  Referring to provisions in the Democrats' coronavirus stimulus bill to vastly increase funding for voting by mail …
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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 …
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Trump vows to block stimulus funding for mail-in voting and USPS
Discussion: The Week and Rolling Stone
Washington Post:
Trump says he's blocking Postal Service funding because Democrats want to expand mail-in voting during pandemic
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Trump Says He Wants to Withhold Funds From Post Office So Democrats 'Can't Have Universal Mail-In Voting'
Discussion: Raw Story, Reason and Law & Crime
Axios:
When and how to vote in all 50 states  —  Millions of Americans who normally vote in person …
Discussion: Fox News, ABC11 and HuffPost
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service could halt special treatment of ballots, congressional Democrats warn
Jerusalem Post:
Israel and UAE reach historic peace deal, Israel to suspend annexation  —  The peace deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said.  —  Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal …
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Axios:   Trump announces normalization of ties between Israel and UAE
Associated Press:   President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Israel and United Arab Emirates Strike Major Diplomatic Agreement
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.
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Good Son  —  Jared Kushner, the second-most-powerful man in the White House, is quite a bit smarter than the most powerful man, his father-in-law, the president.  Donald Trump possesses a genius for the jugular, but he evinces few other signs of intelligence.  He certainly displays no capacity, or predisposition, to learn.
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
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Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Here's How Republicans Are Boosting Kanye West's Presidential Campaign  —  A late-night tweet from Kanye West this week strengthened the impression that establishment Republicans are helping the musician and fashion designer in his quest to get on the ballot in some states as a third party candidate for president.
BBC:
US calls for shower rules to be eased after Trump hair complaints  —  The US government has proposed changing the definition of a showerhead to allow increased water flow, following complaints from President Donald Trump about his hair routine.  —  Under a 1992 law, showerheads in the US …
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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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump lays down gauntlet for Barr on Durham probe: Either ‘greatest attorney general’ or ‘average guy’
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Houston Chronicle:
COVID's true toll in Texas is higher than reported, data shows  —  Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas, the state's death toll from all causes has soared by thousands above historical averages — a sobering spike that experts say reveals the true toll of the disease.
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 …
Discussion: Jacobin, The Slot and LGBTQ Nation
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.
Ro Khanna / Common Dreams:
Why I Am Voting No on the Democratic Party Platform  —  History teaches us that the Democratic Party has sometimes faced an issue so great that it alone should be the yardstick for measuring the wisdom of voting for or against the platform.  This is one of those times.  And Medicare for All is that issue.
Discussion: The Hill
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Qwazy for QAnon  —  No fewer than 60 current or former congressional candidates have expressed interest in or support for the conspiracy.  —  I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy …
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Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Individual Choice Is a Bad Fit for Covid Safety
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court allows easing of Rhode Island voting restrictions
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
After Trump, America Needs Accountability for His Corruption
Discussion: NPR
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
How Trump's Push to Reopen Schools Backfired
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
DHS's changing mission leaves its founders dismayed as critics call for a breakup
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will ‘lose their elections’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
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A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable. Why Was No One Ready?
Politico:
The payroll tax problem
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Bloomberg
Steve Cortes / American Greatness:
Political Football Is No Substitute For the Real Thing
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
STAT:
The Trump administration haphazardly gave away millions of Covid-19 masks — to schools, broadcasters, and large corporations
Discussion: Raw Story
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Bob Woodward obtains letters between Trump and Kim Jong-un for new book Rage
 

 
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

 
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