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1:00 AM ET, August 14, 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: CNBC, Axios, The Hill 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 …
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
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump openly admits to sabotaging Post Office to boost his re-election chances
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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.
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.
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
Associated Press:
Trump gives credence to false, racist Harris conspiracy  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy about Kamala Harris' eligibility to be president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics.
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Trump promotes false claim that Harris might not be a U.S. citizen
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden says all U.S. governors should mandate masks to slow pandemic
Discussion: Breitbart
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: Politico and The Hill
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CNN:
Trump and first lady request mail-in ballots despite attacks  —  Trump claims funding USPS will lead to ballot fraud  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump requested mail-in ballots for Florida's primary election on Tuesday, according to Palm Beach County records …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump confesses to voter suppression  —  President Trump has admitted to intentional voter suppression.  The Post reports, “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: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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 …
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
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
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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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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Bulwark and ABC News
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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’
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: Politico and The Hill
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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: Raw Story and Mediaite
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
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
Melissa Korn / Wall Street Journal:
Yale Discriminated by Race in Undergraduate Admissions, Justice Department Says  —  Federal officials give university two weeks to agree to adjust practices or face lawsuit after probe finds white, Asian-American applicants rejected based on race  —  The Justice Department said Yale University …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Finds Yale Illegally Discriminates Against Asians and Whites in Undergraduate Admissions in Violation of Federal Civil-Rights Laws
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
New York Post:
Trump: ‘A lot of people’ think Edward Snowden ‘not being treated fairly’  —  President Trump polled his aides on Thursday about whether he should let anti-surveillance whistleblower and leaker Edward Snowden return to the US from Russia without going to prison, saying he was open to it.
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
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
CDC: One quarter of young adults contemplated suicide during pandemic  —  One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say they've considered suicide in the past month because of the pandemic, according to new CDC data that paints a bleak picture of the nation's mental health during the crisis.
Discussion: Redstate
Nik DeCosta-Klipa / Boston.com:
Alex Morse calls allegations ‘highly suspicious’ as new details about their origins emerge  —  “We've knocked on thousands of doors talking directly to people that don't care about my sex life.  They care about how they're going to put food on the table.”  —  Rep. Richard Neal …
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and The Slot
 
 
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Dave Lawler / Axios:
Ambassadors sign letter defending Susan Rice's record in Africa
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
Yury Drakakhrust / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Nobel Laureate Alexievich Says Lukashenka Has ‘Declared War’ On Belarusian People
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Kansas City police arrest alleged killer of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, namesake of ‘Operation LeGend’
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Face masks with valves or vents do not prevent spread of coronavirus, CDC says
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Secret Service sought tactical aircraft to protect White House amid Floyd demonstrations
Discussion: Mediaite and 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