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11:10 PM ET, August 13, 2020

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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of ‘overwhelming’ risk to voters  —  The United States Postal Service warned Pennsylvania that mail ballots may not be delivered on time to be counted because the state's deadlines are too tight for its …
Discussion: Axios, CNBC and Raw Story
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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 opposes election aid for states and Postal Service bailout, threatening Nov. 3 vote  —  President Trump on Thursday said he opposes both election aid for states and an emergency bailout for the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to restrict how many Americans can vote by mail …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren demands ‘corruption’ probe after report of Amazon options purchase by Postal Service chief Louis DeJoy  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded that the U.S. Postal Service's internal ethics watchdog investigate alleged “corruption by” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy …
Senator Susan Collins:
Senator Collins Calls on USPS to Address Delays in Mail Delivery  —  “I share the goal of putting the USPS back on a financially sustainable path; however, this goal cannot be achieved by shortchanging service to the public.”  —  Washington, D.C. — In a letter to the U.S. Postal Service …
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:   Trump admits to blocking Postal Service funding to undercut voting by mail
Sara Atske / Pew Research Center:   Election 2020: Voters Are Highly Engaged, but Nearly Half Expect To Have Difficulties Voting
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump's attack on the Postal Service is now a national emergency
Discussion: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vox and Raw Story
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump openly admits to sabotaging Post Office to boost his re-election chances
New York Times:
How Biden Chose Harris: A Search That Forged New Stars, Friends and Rivalries  —  Joe Biden winnowed a large list of candidates to four finalists before settling on Kamala Harris, in a process shaped by questions of loyalty.  He is eyeing other contenders for top administration jobs.
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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.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Encourages Racist Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris  —  President Trump said he heard that Ms. Harris, the presumptive Democratic vice-presidential nominee born in California, was not eligible for the ticket, repeating a theory that is rampant among his followers.
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.
CNN:
Biden campaign says it has raised more than $34 million since Harris joined the ticket  —  Kamala Harris takes aim at Trump in first campaign speech  —  Washington (CNN)Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign announced Thursday that it raised over $34 million since Sen. Kamala Harris joined the ticket.
Discussion: The Guardian, The Hill and ABC News
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
With early momentum, Harris to focus on connecting with minorities, activists, women in swing states
Discussion: Raw Story and Defense One
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters See Harris as More Moderate Than Trump or Pence
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Geopolitical Earthquake Just Hit the Mideast  —  The Israel-United Arab Emirates deal will be felt throughout the region.  —  For once, I am going to agree with President Trump in his use of his favorite adjective: “huge.”  —  The agreement brokered by the Trump administration …
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Dominic Green / Spectator USA:
The UAE-Israel deal is a triumph of Trump's personal diplomacy
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Robert O'Brien says Trump should be ‘front-runner’ for Nobel Peace Prize
Reuters:
Israel, UAE to normalize relations in shift in Mideast politics; West Bank annexations on hold
Discussion: Redstate
New York Post:
Trump plans to deliver RNC speech on White House lawn  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday confirmed to the The Post he intends to give his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, defying critics who said the location was inappropriate.
Discussion: Politico, Axios, The Hill and Raw Story
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump assails, misrepresents Biden on mask mandate in partisan White House briefing
Discussion: Reuters and Axios
USA Today:
President Trump requests mail-in ballot for upcoming Florida primary, despite rhetoric  —  For the second time as a Palm Beach County voter, President Donald Trump has requested a vote-by-mail ballot ahead of Florida's primary election on Tuesday.  —  And the president who has just spent …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Hill
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Associated Press:
Mail-in ballots sent to Trump, First Lady in Florida
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Michael Cohen releases excerpt, cover from Trump tell-all book  —  President Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen on Thursday released the cover and a 3,700-word foreword from his upcoming tell-all book, “Disloyal.”  —  Why it matters: Cohen, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress on Trump's behalf …
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NBC News:
Michael Cohen book claims Trump colluded with Russia and will ‘never leave office peacefully’  —  In an upcoming book, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, alleges that Trump worked with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.  —  Among many other accusations …
Discussion: The Hill
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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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Big shift in asking government to ‘lend me a hand’ amid pandemic, unrest
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Besieged on all sides, Ron Johnson says his probe ‘would certainly’ help Trump win reelection  —  Sen. Ron Johnson this week said his probe of Obama-era intelligence agencies would help President Donald Trump win reelection, igniting fury from Democrats who say it was an explicit admission he's using …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Intel Analyst Says He Resigned Because He Didn't Think Defense Secretary Would ‘Refuse Unlawful Orders’ from Trump  —  A former senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency wrote in Just Security on Thursday that he resigned from his post after witnessing firsthand the events that took place in Lafayette Square on June 1.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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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 …
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Evan Perez / CNN:
US intel report on Russia could undercut Trump's hopes for Durham probe
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Post:
Trump says spike in crime, high taxes could help him win New York in 2020 election  —  President Trump said during an exclusive Oval Office interview on Thursday that his campaign is “putting New York in play” against Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Kansas City police arrest alleged killer of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, namesake of ‘Operation LeGend’  —  President Trump and Attorney General Barr applauded the news Thursday.  —  The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department announced on Thursday the arrest of a suspect in the murder case …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Dave Lawler / Axios:
Ambassadors sign letter defending Susan Rice's record in Africa
Richard Haass / Project Syndicate:
To the Brink with China  —  The chances of a Sino-American cold war are far higher today than they were just months ago.
J. Scott Trubey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
White House warns of ‘widespread and expanding’ COVID-19 spread in Georgia
Discussion: Axios, Fox News and The Hill
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
CDC: One quarter of young adults contemplated suicide during pandemic
Discussion: Redstate
Washington Post:
Face masks with valves or vents do not prevent spread of coronavirus, CDC says
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
U.S. global media agency hires shock jock who called Obama ‘Kenyan’
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Secret Service sought tactical aircraft to protect White House amid Floyd demonstrations
Discussion: Raw Story
Kale Williams / Oregonian:
Facebook abandons broken drilling equipment under Oregon coast seafloor
Discussion: The Hill
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Coup porn: Resistance sees military removing Trump from office
Discussion: Defense One
Denise Lu / New York Times:
The True Coronavirus Toll in the U.S. Has Already Surpassed 200,000