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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.
CNN:
Trump says he opposes funding USPS because of mail-in voting
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
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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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.
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.
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
Fox News:
Biden calls for mandate requiring all Americans to wear masks
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Biden reiterates call for nationwide mask mandates at second event with Harris
Discussion: Redstate
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Harris' Indian heritage could boost Biden with Asian-American voters
Discussion: NBC News
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
Jill Filipovic / GEN:   The Great Gen X vs. Boomer Debate Comes for Kamala
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
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden praises Israel-UAE peace deal announced by Trump, credits Obama administration
Discussion: Reuters and israpundit.org
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
Evan Perez / CNN:
US intel report on Russia could undercut Trump's hopes for Durham probe
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced Thursday he plans to withdraw a lawsuit that sought to block Atlanta's face mask mandates and coronavirus restrictions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Discussion: Reuters
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp drops lawsuit against Atlanta over mask mandate, coronavirus restrictions
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Is Jared Kushner illegally coordinating with Kanye West?  —  Republican operatives around the country are trying to get rapper Kanye West on the presidential ballot.  It's an effort that appears to be — and in some cases has been openly acknowledged to be — aimed at helping President Trump's reelection bid.
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Coup porn: Resistance sees military removing Trump from office  —  With 80 days left before the presidential election, a new and dangerous rhetoric has emerged from some corners of the Resistance.  A number of President Trump's most implacable critics are fantasizing about deploying …
Discussion: Defense One and Task & Purpose
Mariel Padilla / The 19th:
Hillary Clinton in a Biden administration?  'I'm ready to help in any way I can.'  —  When asked if she would take a role in a potential Biden administration, Clinton didn't entirely rule it out.  —  When asked if she would take a role in a potential Biden administration …
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.
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: Washington Post and 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 …
 
 
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Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Trump campaign sues key Iowa counties over absentee mailings
Discussion: Political Wire
Kimberly Dozier / TIME:
Prisoners for Peace: Trump Administration Mulls Releasing Taliban Drug Kingpin in Push for Afghan Peace Talks
New York Times:
Labor Dept. Lawyer Says Trump Appointee Intervened in Oracle Case
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Negotiators ‘miles apart’ on Covid funding, with little hope for deal until September
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook's Preferential Treatment Of US Conservatives Puts Its Fact-Checking Program In Danger
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Connecting the Dots Between Kelly Loeffler's Big-Money Backers
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pandemic has driven Americans to depression and drinking, CDC says
Ro Khanna / Common Dreams:
Why I Am Voting No on the Democratic Party Platform
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Good Son  —  Jared Kushner, the second-most-powerful man in the White House …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable. Why Was No One Ready?
 

 
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Tariq Panja / New York Times:
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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