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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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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: CNBC
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 …
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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.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters See Harris as More Moderate Than Trump or Pence
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Donald Trump's Woman Problem Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
Jill Filipovic / GEN:   The Great Gen X vs. Boomer Debate Comes for Kamala
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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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump, Repeating a Baseless Theory, Suggests Kamala Harris Is Not Eligible to Serve  —  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.
Discussion: Newsweek, Washington Post and The Week
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.
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: Axios, Raw Story and The Hill
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Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Peace Plan Rescues Benjamin Netanyahu.  For Now.  —  Trump's surprise announcement of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates gets Benjamin Netanyahu out of a bind—but resistance to the plan is brewing.  —  Whatever Donald Trump intended with his surprise announcement of …
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Rogerlsimon / theepochtimes.com:
Trump Again Proves He Cares More for Israel Than Most American Jews
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Robert O'Brien says Trump should be ‘front-runner’ for Nobel Peace Prize
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 …
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 …
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
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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
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.
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
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: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
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
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.
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp drops lawsuit against Atlanta over mask mandate, coronavirus restrictions
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 …
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.
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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