August 10, 2020
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“Art of the Steal.”

In This Episode

Donald Trump announces a few fairly useless executive actions, forges ahead with his plan to steal the election, and dismisses new reports of foreign interference by Russia. Then New York State Attorney General Letitia James talks to Jon Lovett about her lawsuit aimed at shutting down the NRA.


Show notes


Trump’s Shitty Stimulus


  • Slate: No Relief in Sight
  • ABC News: COVID relief bill: Negotiations reach breaking point, Trump plans executive order
  • NY Mag: Stimulus Talks Have Become a Huge Mess
  • CNN: Stimulus negotiations: Self-imposed deadline arrives with no sign of a deal
  • WSJ: Mark Meadows Brings Harder Spending Line to Coronavirus Talks
  • LA Times: Trump’s order to bypass Congress on coronavirus relief faces likely legal challenges
  • WaPo: Coronavirus relief talks collapse on Capitol Hill as Trump readies executive actions 
  • Politico: Covid talks going nowhere as deadline nears 
  • WaPo: White House, Democrats fail to reach agreement on virus relief bill, and next steps are uncertain
  • NYT: White House and Congress Remain Far From Any Stimulus Deal
  • NYT: Sidestepping Congress, Trump Signs Executive Measures for Pandemic Relief
  • WaPo: Trump attempts to wrest tax and spending powers from Congress with new executive actions
  • WaPo: Here’s what is actually in Trump’s four executive orders
  • WaPo: Trump attempts to wrest tax and spending powers from Congress with new executive actions
  • CNN: Breaking down the executive actions Trump signed on coronavirus relief
  • Politico: Trump’s eviction ban would leave most tenants in peril 
  • Vox: Trump just signed 4 executive orders providing coronavirus relief. It’s not clear if they’re all legal.
  • CNN: With executive actions, Trump proposes a far-from-perfect solution that faces legal challenges
  • The Hill: Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders
  • WaPo: Trump’s familiar routine after failing to cut deals with Congress: Signing legally dubious executive actions
  • NYT: Trump’s Go-It-Alone Stimulus Won’t Do Much to Lift the Recovery
  • WaPo: Democrats assail Trump actions on payroll tax and jobless aid as unworkable, call for further talks
  • Politico: Criticism and constitutional issues greet Trump’s executive orders
  • The Hill: Biden says Trump executive order is ‘a reckless war on Social Security’ 


Mr. Steal Your Election


  • Politico: Trump aides exploring executive actions to curb voting by mail
  • NBC News: Fact check: Trump says he can use executive authority on mail voting. Can he?
  • AP: Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes
  • NYT: Republicans Aid Kanye West’s Bid to Get on the 2020 Ballot
  • NBC News: Republicans in at least four states are helping Kanye West gain ballot access
  • CNN: Republican operatives are helping Kanye West get on general election ballots
  • NYT: Postal Service Leader Sets Reorganization Amid Scrutiny Over Mail Ballots
  • WaPo: Postal Service overhauls leadership as Democrats press for investigation of mail delays
  • NBC News: Organizational changes at Postal Service come amid slowdown concerns
  • WaPo: Top Democrats say postmaster general acknowledged new policies that workers say are delaying mail
  • Recode: What’s wrong with the mail
  • Message Box: Time to Sound the Alarm
  • CNN: First on CNN: Warren and other top Democrats ask USPS watchdog to investigate practices
  • Slate: What Democrats Have to Do to Save the Postal Service in Time for the Election
  • AP: US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump
  • Lawfare: Office of the Director of National Intelligence Issues Statement on Foreign Interference in the 2020 Election
  • NY Mag: U.S. Intelligence Says Republicans Are Working With Russia to Reelect Trump
  • NYT: Russia Continues Interfering in Election to Try to Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Says
  • ABC News: Russia working to boost Trump’s reelection and ‘denigrate’ Biden, as China undermines Trump: US intelligence
  • WaPo: Russia is trying to ‘denigrate’ Biden while China prefers ‘unpredictable’ Trump not be reelected, senior U.S. intelligence official says
  • The Guardian: Russia, China and Iran seeking to influence US ahead of elections, top intelligence official says
  • WaPo: Russia is trying to ‘denigrate’ Biden while China prefers ‘unpredictable’ Trump not be reelected, senior U.S. intelligence official says
  • NYT Magazine: Unwanted Truths: Inside Trump’s Battles With U.S. Intelligence Agencies
  • WaPo: The threat to U.S. elections is real, and frightening. The public has a right to know.
  • Politico: Democrats see payoff from pressure campaign on intelligence community
  • Politico: Democrats turn up the heat on Wray over foreign campaign interference
  • CNN: Democrats say public needs to know more on foreign election interference
  • Politico: Inside the Biden campaign’s pushback against foreign interference


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