THE FEED
explosions
explosions
Massive Explosion Rocks Beirut
Videos show a giant blast followed by a shockwave that caused untold damage and injured hundreds.
intelligencer chats
intelligencer chats
Should Susan Rice’s Benghazi Past Matter to Biden?
The former national security adviser comes with a prepackaged faux scandal, but it may not resonate outside the Fox bubble.
the national interest
the national interest
The 9 Wildest Answers in Trump’s Interview With Jonathan Swan, Ranked
The 1964 Civil Rights Act hasn’t worked out?
2020 census
2020 census
Census Bureau to End Counting Efforts a Month Early
Advocates say the Trump administration is attempting to leave out people in marginalized groups.

Get ready, New York

Storm Isaias has slightly shifted West, that means between noon and 5pm the city will experience high winds. There is also a tornado watch and we are likely to see tornado warnings in NYC, @nycemergencymgt
@NY1
education
education
Parents Are Flocking to Virtual Charters and Homeschooling. That’s Bad News.
Poorly regulated education alternatives could set kids back.

Me Me Me

From @axios: When asked if he found [John] Lewis’ life impressive, Trump responded: “He didn’t come to my inauguration. He didn’t come to my State of the Union speeches. And that’s OK. That’s his right. And, again, nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have.”
🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
@DanielBShapiro
feature
feature
Two Lawyers, a Summer of Unrest, and a Molotov Cocktail
What would make a young professional with everything to lose throw a gasoline-filled Bud Light bottle at a cop car?

Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall in North Carolina last night, and it’s set to tear through the East Coast today

Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain over Virginia and Maryland early Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.


The hurricane’s eye crossed over the coast just after 11 p.m. on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h), and its top winds dropped to 70 miles per hour (117 km/h) by early Tuesday.


Forecasters had warned tornadoes were possible, and two were later confirmed, near Kilmarnock, Virginia, and Vienna, Maryland. Heavy rains were predicted, with falling trees causing power outages as Isaias moves north along the mid-Atlantic and New England coastline.


“We don’t think there is going to be a whole lot of weakening, we still think there’s going to be very strong and gusty winds that will affect much of the mid-atlantic and the Northeast over the next day or two,” Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center, told The Associated Press.

george floyd
george floyd
Body Cam Footage of George Floyd’s Arrest Has Been Released
Leaked video from the body cams of two former officers show police immediately pulling a gun on Floyd, who pleads not to be shot.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Trump Says He Has the ‘Right’ to Block Any State Expansion of Mail-in Voting
Trump claimed he is considering an executive order to stop states from scaling up mail-in ballots, which he has falsely claimed are widely fraudulent.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Two People Linked to Kanye West’s Campaign Have Ties to GOP
A 2020 RNC Trump delegate from Vermont and a longtime Republican operative have both been connected to the rapper’s presidential bid.
coronavirus
coronavirus
How Major League Baseball Is Handling Its COVID-19 Outbreak
Baseball is tightening up its social-distancing requirements after two team outbreaks in just two weeks.

Some glimmers of decent news here

US daily numbers via @COVID19Tracking:

Newly reported deaths
Today: 519
Yesterday: 515
One week ago (7/27): 428*

Newly reported cases
T: 50K
Y: 49K
7/27: 55K

Newly reported tests
T: 732K
Y: 726K
7/27: 761K

Positive test rate
T: 6.8%
Y: 6.7%
7/27: 7.2%
@NateSilver538
politics
politics
How Changes to the USPS Might Affect Voting by Mail
The Trump administration’s changes to the Postal Service are creating delivery delays, and they could make mail-in voting less efficient and fair.
the national interest
the national interest
Manhattan DA Investigating Trump’s ‘Extensive and Protracted Criminal Conduct’
Why a criminal probe of the sitting president is actually important.
back to school
back to school
Trump’s Push to Reopen Schools Is Going to Backfire
The president wants everything to go back to normal. That’s impossible.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Kanye West Is Trying to Get on the Ballot in Wisconsin, a Crucial Swing State
His unorthodox presidential campaign is also collecting signatures in Ohio, Arkansas, and West Virginia, but its earlier efforts face legal scrutiny.
supreme court
supreme court
Two GOP Senators Oppose Filling Supreme Court Vacancy in 2020
Meanwhile, Democrats threaten to expand the court if McConnell doesn’t honor the rule he set in 2016.

Is that bad?

NEW YORK (AP) — New York prosecutor seeking Trump’s tax returns cites reports of ‘protracted criminal conduct’ at the Trump Organization.
@ZekeJMiller
the national interest
the national interest
A Line-by-Line Analysis of the Hilarious ‘Case for Trump’
A line-by-line read of Hugh Hewitt’s hilarious argument for reelecting the president.

Now if only we could get this kind of infrastructure in place around the rest of America

NEW: White House staff received an email this morning notifying them of random Covid-19 testing beginning today across the executive complex. Per the email, “Failure to report to testing will be considered a refusal to test.”
@GabbyOrr_
coronavirus
coronavirus
Household-Name Companies That Have Filed for Bankruptcy Because of Coronavirus
Lord & Taylor is the latest. Here are the rest.
coronavirus
coronavirus
Cruising Returns and a Coronavirus Outbreak Follows
A cruise ship in Norway had at least 41 people test positive for the coronavirus.
2020 elections
2020 elections
How a Blue Wave in 2020 Could Yield Redistricting Gains for Democrats
The GOP’s landslide win in 2010 allowed them to shift the balance of power across the country. This year, Democrats might be able to do the same.

And what about all those boat parades?

My visits last week to Texas and Frorida had massive numbers of cheering people gathered along the roads and highways, thousands and thousands, even bigger (by far) than the crowds of 2016. Saw no Biden supporters, and yet some in the Fake News said it was an equal number. Sad!
@realDonaldTrump

Murkowski deals a blow to Mitch McConnell

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says it would be a “double standard” to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before 2021 & “would not support it.”
@alexanderbolton
vision 2020
vision 2020
Elizabeth Warren Is Still Campaigning
There’s only one person she’s trying to win over, and he’s listening.

Facebook says another video doctored to make Nancy Pelosi appear drunk is merely “partly false”

Facebook’s fact-checkers on Sunday labeled as “partly false” a video that it said was manipulated to make it appear as if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was drunk or drugged. The video had been circulating on Facebook since Thursday and by Sunday night had been viewed more than 2 million times.


A similarly false video of Pelosi went viral on Facebook in May 2019. At the time, Pelosi blasted Facebook for not removing the video. Facebook had instead applied a fact-check label to it.


Facebook did not remove the new video on Sunday either, meaning it can still be viewed on the platform but a warning label has been placed on it. Videos marked false are also promoted less by Facebook’s algorithms, the company says. Facebook said it will also send a notification to people who shared the video to flag the fact check.

education
education
What Will the First Day of School Look Like?
Terrified teachers. Obstinate officials. Exhausted parents. Inside the messy, bungled battle to reopen New York City’s schools.
coronavirus
coronavirus
The Pandemic and Natural Disasters Are Colliding Again
Isaias in the east and the Apple fire in California reveal the potential for disaster, as the pandemic, fire season, and hurricane season all line up.
tiktok
tiktok
What’s Going on With Trump’s TikTok Ban and the Microsoft Deal?
As TikTok users continue to hold their looped breath, Microsoft is again trying to acquire the app after dealing with some Trump-prompted confusion.
coronavirus
coronavirus
After an Early Summer Lull, COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Midwest
With the South still facing significant outbreaks, the governors of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois are bracing for their own coronavirus uptick.
sometimes trump
sometimes trump
Trump and the GOP Establishment Are Falling Out of Love
As his odds of reelection dwindle, the marriage of convenience between Trump and the conservative old guard is starting to fray.