THE FEED
politics
politics
Initial Maneuvering Begins for Kamala Harris’s Senate Seat
If Harris become veep, Gavin Newsom’s choice for a replacement for this very safe Democratic Senate seat could be pivotal, particularly for Latinos.
vision 2020
vision 2020
The Most Interesting Aspects of Biden’s Selection Process for Vice-President
Whitmer reportedly attempted to drop out of the running, which involved a team of as many as 15 attorneys scouring through the candidates’ pasts.
pivot schooled live
pivot schooled live
Is the Innovation Economy Over?
Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway discuss whether the “best product wins” model is broken.
vision 2020
vision 2020
The Democrats Are Almost Certainly Going to Win the Popular Vote. Again.
Soon popular majorities may take radical action to disrupt minority rule maintained through anti-democratic institutions and voter suppression.
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vision 2020
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Appear Together for First Time as Running Mates
“I have no doubt that I picked the right person to join me,” Biden said, introducing his vice-presidential pick.
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vision 2020
The Flaw in Trump’s Plan to Paint Biden As Kamala Harris’s Puppet
Even as he casts Biden as a tool of left-wing extremists, Trump compulsively portrays himself as a tool of right-wing ones.

And they say Trump doesn’t care about policy

After complaints from President Trump that he can’t wash his “beautiful hair properly” due to “drip, drip, drip” shower heads, the Trump administration is *formally* moving to roll back shower head regulations set in 1992 by Pres. George HW Bush.https://t.co/HbXpOpQf5O
@SteveKopack
ghislaine maxwell
ghislaine maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell Complains About Conditions in Brooklyn Jail
Following the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, guards are apparently not taking any chances with his alleged fixer.
coronavirus stimulus
coronavirus stimulus
Will We Get a Second Round of COVID-19 Stimulus Checks?
Dems called for another round of $1,200 checks, and now the GOP is proposing something similar. But the timing is iffy and negotiations are complex.

This seems completely above board

NEW- Kanye West met with Jared Kushner last weekend in CO, as West continues with an effort he has indicated is aimed to harm Biden. https://t.co/DsVj58HrnS
@maggieNYT
police reform
police reform
The Window for Major Police Reform May Be Closing
The superficial consensus in polls demonstrating that the public supports police reform hides deeper issues.
intelligencer chats
intelligencer chats
What Kamala Harris Brings to the Ticket
Her flawed campaign also showcased many of her strengths — like going on offense.

Grim economic outlook for the U.K.

The U.K. recorded a steeper second-quarter contraction than its peers, a performance that means it suffered the worst economic hit from the coronavirus in Europe as well as reporting the highest death toll.


The economy is already recovering as restrictions on daily life ease and workers trickle back to factories and offices, recent data show, but Bank of England officials have warned that it could take until the end of 2021 to regain the ground lost during the pandemic.


U.K. gross domestic product shrank 20.4% in the second quarter, equivalent to an annualized rate of 59.8%, the country’s statistics agency said Wednesday. Over the same period, the U.S. and Germany lost around 10% of their output, with Italy losing 12%, France 14% and Spain 19%.

vision 2020
vision 2020
Election Funding Is Being Held Hostage in Stimulus Standoff
We are drifting toward a general election that could crash state and local election systems, and it’s looking like Republicans are fine with that.

TikTok’s back door

TikTok skirted a privacy safeguard in Google’s Android operating system to collect unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices, data that allows the app to track users online without allowing them to opt out, a Wall Street Journal analysis has found.


The tactic, which experts in mobile-phone security said was concealed through an unusual added layer of encryption, appears to have violated Google policies limiting how apps track people and wasn’t disclosed to TikTok users. TikTok ended the practice in November, the Journal’s testing showed. …


The identifiers collected by TikTok, called MAC addresses, are most commonly used for advertising purposes. The White House has said it is worried that users’ data could be obtained by the Chinese government and used to build detailed dossiers on individuals for blackmail or espionage.

vision 2020
vision 2020
Joe Biden Sees the Future in Kamala Harris
He’s not just planning for the next three months, or even the next four years — but for what comes after.
politics
politics
Ilhan Omar Wins Democratic Primary in Minnesota’s 5th District
With Omar defeating a progressive challenger with support from pro-Israel groups, all four Squad members are expected to return to Congress in 2021.
politics
politics
QAnon Booster Marjorie Greene Continues March Toward Congress
It’s hard to be too extreme in pockets of red America like Georgia’s 14th District, where Greene just won the Republican primary.
crime
crime
What We Know About the Killing of Elijah McClain
The 23-year-old died last year after police brutally detained him while he was walking home from a convenience store.

Progress for anyone who hates election night confusion

Amazing: After years of pleading from so many (incl. me!), NYT appears no longer be writing “precincts reporting” in its results.

Since NYT is one of most used results pages, this was creating misleading info once people saw “100%” with no indication of thousands of ballots left pic.twitter.com/z5eX9QVV3D
@Taniel
veepstakes
veepstakes
The Pros and Cons of Kamala Harris As Biden’s VP
The California senator has all the relevant experience — and several relevant liabilities.
politics
politics
Donald and Ivanka Trump Once Made Campaign Donations to Kamala Harris
The Trumps contributed money to Harris’s attorney-general campaigns in California.

It begins

“She was my No. 1 draft pick,” Trump says today, calling her “extradordinarily nasty” to Kavanaugh during hearings. Says he was “little bit surprised” Biden picked her.

Trump on July 29: “I think she’d be a fine choice, Kamala Harris. She’d be a fine choice.”
@mkraju
politics
politics
What Was It Like to Be the First Woman to Run for Vice-President?
In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro faced egregiously sexist mistreatment.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Kamala Harris Is the Sensible VP Choice for a Sensible Nominee
Joe Biden’s running mate has real strengths and few real weaknesses, making her a logical pick.
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vision 2020
Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Vice-President
After a drawn-out veepstakes, Joe Biden’s campaign announced front-runner Kamala Harris will be his vice-presidential nominee.

Pretty much

Unofficial Dem campaign motto:
“Biden 2020: Let’s Not Overthink This.”
@jonathandarman
vision 2020
vision 2020
What’s the Latest With Biden’s VP Pick and Announcement?
Biden announced on Tuesday afternoon that he has chosen Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate .

The long wait is over – Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate

I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.
@JoeBiden

Do investors not read the news?

Stocks are tumbling after McConnell said on Fox News what we’ve all been telling you — that stimulus talks are at a stalemate.
@StevenTDennis

Another contender bites the dust

It’s not Whitmer, Dems tell @katieglueck and I
@jmartNYT

One contender is out

Via @DanaBashCNN @jeffzeleny @merica: Rep. Karen Bass was told by Biden himself that she was not the pick, a source familiar tells CNN.
@DaniellaMicaela
the law
the law
Trump’s COVID-19 Executive Actions Are Likely Legal, But That’s a Small Relief
Though fears about the constitutionality of Trump’s executive actions are probably overblown, his latest political stunt still poses a serious threat.
coronavirus stimulus
coronavirus stimulus
The GOP’s Big Lie About Why COVID Stimulus Talks Failed
McConnell accuses Democrats of holding relief hostage to ideological priorities unrelated to the pandemic, but that is precisely what he did.

It’s all happening (or about to happen)

Joe Biden told top advisers this morning who his VP pick is, per @jeffzeleny.
@kaitlancollins

Things seem to be tightening slightly in the ultimate swing state

Marquette Law poll:

Wisconsin (likely voters)
Joe Biden 49%
Donald Trump 44%
@kylegriffin1
democratic national convention
democratic national convention
Democrats Unveil Virtual Convention Schedule and Unity Theme
Plenty of big names will appear each night, but it’s unclear whether a virtual convention can convey excitement as well as the party message.
encounter
encounter
‘There’s a Need for Organizers Everywhere’
Representative Pramila Jayapal on sparring with Bill Barr, Jeff Bezos, and Joe Biden.