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Exclusive: Trump campaign seeks early September presidential debate

Source: Axios

The Trump campaign is asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September to get ahead of an expected surge in early voting.

Driving the news: President Trump's personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, made the request in a letter dated Wednesday and obtained by Axios.

Giuliani has been leading the campaign's discussions with the debate commission, which also includes asking the commission to add a fourth debate.


What to watch: The letter also includes a list of suggested moderators — including Bret Baier and Hugh Hewitt — and asks the commission to solidify backup plans for "a simple studio format with no audience" for presidential and vice presidential debates in case of further coronavirus complications.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/trump-campaign-debate-september-0c85776c-0cb1-4741-8210-2adf46c9c6b8.html

Jerry Falwell Jr. explains his Instagram photo on local radio...it doesn't help

Source: WLNI Radio

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Junior spoke to the MorningLine about an Instagram photo that has raised some eyebrows:

Audio Interview

"She's my wife's Assistant"

"I'm gonna try to ge a good oy from hereon out"

Jerry Falwell Jr. Responds to Viral Instagram Post

Source: WLNI Radio

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Junior spoke to the MorningLine about an Instagram photo that has raised some eyebrows:

Audio Interview

Read more: https://wlni.com/news/jerry-falwell-jr-responds-to-viral-instagram-post

"She's my wife's Assistant"

"I'm gonna try to ge a good oy from hereon out"

Lawsuit aims to block mask mandate at polling places

Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

A group of voters backed by Republican legislators sued Gov. Tim Walz and other state and local officials Tuesday in federal court, aiming to block a face mask requirement at polling places.

Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance and GOP lawmakers contend Walz’s mask mandate, intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, conflicts with a longstanding state law making it a misdemeanor for someone to conceal their identity with a mask. The 1963 law grants exceptions, including masks that are part of medical treatment.

“That’s a conflict and I don’t know what to do on primary day,” said Kim Crockett, one of the Minnesotans challenging the mask requirement.

She and other members of the Voters Alliance are seeking a temporary restraining order to block the rule that people must wear masks when they vote in-person during next Tuesday’s primary election.

Read more: https://www.startribune.com/voter-suit-aims-to-block-mask-mandate-at-minnesota-polling-places/572006782/

Fauci says family has faced threats, harassment amid pandemic

Source: The Hill

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he and his family are getting death threats because of people don’t like what he says about COVID-19.

“Getting death threats for me, and my family, and harassing my daughters, to the point where I have to get security is just — I mean, it’s amazing,” Fauci said during an interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta on Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles, are so set against it and don’t like what you and I say, namely in the world of science, that they actually threaten you.”

He noted that crises like COVID-19 has brought out the best of people but also the worst of people.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/510709-fauci-says-family-has-faced-threats-harassment-amid-pandemic

Bass corrects explanation for appearing at Scientology event

Source: Politico

Rep. Karen Bass on Wednesday corrected her explanation for why she appeared and spoke effusively at the opening of the Church of Scientology’s headquarters in Los Angeles a decade ago.

The California Democrat had noted in a written statement over the weekend that the new building was in her state Assembly district. But the headquarters was well outside the boundaries of her district at the time, and Bass removed "in my district" from the statement after POLITICO contacted her office Tuesday about the discrepancy.

“In drafting a tweet, I mistakenly described the event in Los Angeles as being in her district. I regret this error,” a spokesman told POLITICO.

Bass’ justification for appearing at the massive building’s opening — that she represented the area — was included in news accounts as a primary reason why she would have attended. Bass’ spokesman did not respond to a question Wednesday about why she appeared and spoke glowingly about the church, which has been enmeshed in controversies for years.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/05/karen-bass-scientology-event-appearance-391749

Yates says Obama, Biden didn't influence Flynn investigation

Source: Politico

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told lawmakers Wednesday that neither President Barack Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden attempted to influence the FBI’s investigation of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn during a January 2017 Oval Office meeting with top national security officials.

“During the meeting, the president, the vice president, the national security adviser did not attempt to any way to direct or influence any investigation,” Yates said during sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The testimony counters repeated insinuations by President Donald Trump and his top allies that Obama and Biden took a leading role in steering an investigation into the incoming national security adviser, a charge Trump has used to claim he was the victim of an unspecified crime he has dubbed “Obamagate.”

Trump has provided no evidence to support the claim, and Yates said under oath that Obama’s only interest in Flynn was to ensure that it was safe to share sensitive national security information with the incoming administration while the FBI was probing concerns that Flynn was attempting to undermine sanctions leveled by Obama in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/05/sally-yates-obama-biden-flynn-investigation-391817

GOP Senate nominee: $600 virus unemployment benefit is 'way too much'

Source: American Independent

Tommy Tuberville, the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, said on Tuesday that the recently expired $600 coronavirus unemployment "was way too much" during an interview on "Alabama's Morning News with JT."

Tuberville, who recently won the Republican primary and is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, claimed Alabamians are not working because "they're making more settin' around" and said he didn't want unemployed workers to "get used to all this."

Millions of Americans are currently unemployed as a result of lockdowns occurring due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed over 157,000 U.S. citizens so far.

Read more: https://americanindependent.com/tommy-tuberville-coronavirus-unemployment-benefits-way-too-much-alabama-senate-gop-covid-19/

Yesterday's Primary results show the strength of the progressive Left...

...in absolutely safe Democratic seats where competition with Republicans isn't necessary.

Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee to accept Democratic nomination

Source: CNN

CNN)Joe Biden is no longer expected to accept the Democratic presidential nomination in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the Democratic National Convention, three officials confirmed to CNN.

One of the officials told CNN the decision was announced internally Wednesday morning. Another official said Biden will accept nomination in Delaware.

A Biden campaign spokesman declined to comment.

Health officials in Wisconsin have informed the Democratic National Convention Committee that speakers for the 2020 Democratic convention should no longer travel to Milwaukee due to the coronavirus, a source familiar told CNN.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/05/politics/biden-milwaukee-dnc/index.html
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