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Aaron Gordon / VICE:
The Post Office Is Deactivating Mail Sorting Machines Ahead of the Election  —  Good thing nobody's predicting a huge surge in mail any time soon.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  The United States Postal Service is removing mail sorting machines from facilities around the country without …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump says he's blocking Postal Service funding because Democrats want to expand mail-in voting during pandemic  —  President Trump said Thursday that he does not want to fund the U.S. Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Fox News, Mother Jones and Vanity Fair
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
'That's not our game': Kudlow says White House won't accept ‘voting rights’ provisions in virus aid bill  — White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said President Donald Trump opposes “voting rights” plans backed by Democrats in the next coronavirus relief bill.
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Trump admits he is undermining USPS to make it harder to vote by mail
Discussion: CNBC, Breitbart and WisPolitics.com
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Postal service changes pose threat to voting, says former USPS deputy
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
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
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Trump Admits He Opposes Funding For Postal Service To Block More Voting By Mail
Discussion: NBC News and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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: Axios
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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.
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.
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Kamala Harris receives strong marks as Joe Biden's VP: POLL  —  Kamala Harris steps into her new role on a relative high note.  —  Sen. Kamala Harris steps into her new role as Joe Biden's vice presidential nominee on a relative high note.  Harris receives strong marks as the pick …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters See Harris as More Moderate Than Trump or Pence
Discussion: The Hill
Jill Filipovic / GEN:   The Great Gen X vs. Boomer Debate Comes for Kamala
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Why the Biden-Harris and Trump-Pence race is ‘tightening’
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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.
Discussion: The Week
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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Barak Ravid / Axios:   Netanyahu says he's “still committed” to annexations despite UAE deal
Associated Press:
President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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
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.
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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.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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 …
Politico:
Negotiators ‘miles apart’ on Covid funding, with little hope for deal until September  —  White House officials and top Democrats concede that a coronavirus relief deal is still out of reach after six days without in-person meetings — leaving little hope that relief for millions of Americans will arrive by month's end.
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Admits Postal Service Needs Billions for Mail-In Voting  —  The president has opposed giving the post office more money.  Sarah Palin had some friendly, and pointed, advice for Kamala Harris.  —  RIGHT NOW Biden and Harris met with health officials and emphasized mask-wearing for all Americans.
Discussion: ABC News
Wall Street Journal:
Minority Owners Pressure Dan Snyder to Sell Washington's NFL Team  —  A firefight among the franchise's owners has intensified while the team faces controversy on multiple fronts  —  The minority partners of Washington's NFL team are pressuring Dan Snyder to sell the franchise …
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.
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
Patsy Widakuswara / Voice of America:
Ivanka Trump Continues Women Empowerment Agenda Amid Pandemic  —  WASHINGTON - This week the Trump administration announced $122 million in new programs and partnerships under the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, and the release of 10 interagency W-GDP legal reform action plans …
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Florida governor compares reopening schools during coronavirus pandemic to U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Wednesday compared the difficulties of reopening public schools for the 2020-21 academic year during the coronavirus pandemic …
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pandemic has driven Americans to depression and drinking, CDC says  —  WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has led to a marked deterioration in Americans' mental health, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study made public on Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable.  Why Was No One Ready?  —  Scientists warned of a pandemic for decades, yet when Covid-19 arrived, the world had few resources and little understanding  —  Hunkered around conference tables at the World Health Organization's Geneva headquarters …
Kale Williams / Oregonian:
Facebook abandons broken drilling equipment under Oregon coast seafloor  —  Lynnae Ruttledge was worried when she heard Facebook planned to build a landing spot for an undersea fiber-optic cable near her Oregon Coast home.  —  Tierra Del Mar, where the 70-year-old retired government worker lives part-time …
 
 
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Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Harris' Indian heritage could boost Biden with Asian-American voters
Discussion: NBC News
Mark D. Wilson / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin Council OKs budget with $150M in police cuts
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
Julia Wolfe / Economic Policy Institute:
Millions of workers are relying on unemployment insurance benefits that are being stalled and slashed
Discussion: Raw Story
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook's Preferential Treatment Of US Conservatives Puts Its Fact-Checking Program In Danger
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Coup porn: Resistance sees military removing Trump from office
CNN:
The CDC issues a dire warning for the fall if coronavirus measures are not followed
Discussion: IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
After Trump, America Needs Accountability for His Corruption
Discussion: NPR
Ro Khanna / Common Dreams:
Why I Am Voting No on the Democratic Party Platform
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
How Trump's Push to Reopen Schools Backfired
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Cortes / American Greatness:
Political Football Is No Substitute For the Real Thing
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
‘Antifa’ website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia