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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 …
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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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 …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
'That's not our game': Kudlow says White House won't accept ‘voting rights’ provisions in virus aid bill
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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
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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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.
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.
Jill Filipovic / GEN:   The Great Gen X vs. Boomer Debate Comes for Kamala
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
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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
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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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
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Robert O'Brien says Trump should be ‘front-runner’ for Nobel Peace Prize  —  National security adviser Robert O'Brien said Thursday that President Trump should be the front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize because of his work in the Middle East and the agreement announced Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
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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 …
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: The Hill
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.
 
 
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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: 
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook's Preferential Treatment Of US Conservatives Puts Its Fact-Checking Program In Danger
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
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Good Son  —  Jared Kushner, the second-most-powerful man in the White House …
Discussion: Raw Story