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7:30 PM ET, August 13, 2020

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Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Media's Sudden Crush on Kamala Harris  —  As the lights at the Kamala Harris presidential campaign flickered and powered down last December, weeks before the voting started, the press corps delighted in cataloging her deficiencies as a candidate and a campaigner.
Discussion: HuffPost, Redstate and The Federalist
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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.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters See Harris as More Moderate Than Trump or Pence  —  Slim majority approves of Biden's choice, which generated more buzz than 2016 Tim Kaine pick  — 37% of voters heard “a lot” about presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate …
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
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.
Jill Filipovic / GEN:   The Great Gen X vs. Boomer Debate Comes for Kamala
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 …
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, Vanity Fair and Mother Jones
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
'That's not our game': Kudlow says White House won't accept ‘voting rights’ provisions in virus aid 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
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump openly admits to sabotaging Post Office to boost his re-election chances
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Reason
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.
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Nick Anderson / Washington Post:   Justice Department accuses Yale of illegal bias against White, Asian American applicants in admissions
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Feds accuse Yale of discriminating against some applicants
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Justice Department Finds Yale Admissions Illegally Discriminated Against Asian American and White Applicants
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Harris' Indian heritage could boost Biden with Asian-American voters
Discussion: NBC News
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
GOP-backed House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene: The Obama administration used MS-13 to assassinate Seth Rich  —  Greene's smear echoes a QAnon conspiracy theory post  —  Republican House candidate and right-wing commentator Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is a QAnon supporter and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist …
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
QAnon candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who claimed that there's no evidence a plane crashed into the Pentagon  —  Greene also falsely claimed that Obama “is a Muslim”  —  Republican-backed congressional candidate and right-wing commentator Marjorie Taylor Greene …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters pick Biden, yet more think their neighbors back Trump  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is up 49-42 percent over President Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup, according to a national Fox News survey of registered voters.  Nine percent are undecided or back a third-party candidate.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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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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
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden praises Israel-UAE peace deal announced by Trump, credits Obama administration  —  Biden said his administration would ‘seek to build on this progress’  —  Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday praised the Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal announced by President Trump …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Dodgers, LeBron James team up to make Dodger Stadium a polling site  —  Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' voting-rights group has partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers to make Dodger Stadium a polling place for the November general election, marking the first time a Major League Baseball team …
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.
Washington Post:
Secret Service sought tactical aircraft to protect White House amid Floyd demonstrations  —  The Secret Service sought to bolster its protection of the White House with surveillance aircraft and a Blackhawk helicopter carrying a “fast rope” commando team after crowds protesting the police killing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
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
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 …
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
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 …
New York Times:
Trump's Labor Chief Accused of Intervening in Oracle Pay Bias Case  —  A Labor Department lawyer asserts that she faced reprisal after saying Secretary Eugene Scalia was set to settle a suit for a sum she found too low.  —  A senior Labor Department lawyer contends she faces removal …
Discussion: Power Line and The Hill
 
 
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Besieged on all sides, Ron Johnson says his probe ‘would certainly’ help Trump win reelection
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden calls for 3-month national mask mandate: “Be a patriot”
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Sara Atske / Pew Research Center:
Election 2020: Voters Are Highly Engaged, but Nearly Half Expect To Have Difficulties Voting
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate
Politico:
Negotiators ‘miles apart’ on Covid funding, with little hope for deal until September
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pandemic has driven Americans to depression and drinking, CDC says
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court allows easing of Rhode Island voting restrictions
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
Houston Chronicle:
COVID's true toll in Texas is higher than reported, data shows
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Good Son  —  Jared Kushner, the second-most-powerful man in the White House …
Discussion: Raw Story