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2:25 PM ET, August 13, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: Salon and Washington Post
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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump says he's blocking Postal Service funding because Democrats want to expand mail-in voting during pandemic
Discussion: Mother Jones and Vanity Fair
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
'That's not our game': Kudlow says White House won't accept ‘voting rights’ provisions in virus aid bill
Discussion: NPR and Political Wire
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Trump Says He Wants to Withhold Funds From Post Office So Democrats 'Can't Have Universal Mail-In Voting'
Discussion: Raw Story, Law & Crime and Reason
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Postal service changes pose threat to voting, says former USPS deputy
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
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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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
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
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:   ‘Antifa’ website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia
Amanda Seitz / Associated Press:   Kamala Harris is eligible to serve as president
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Why the Biden-Harris and Trump-Pence race is ‘tightening’
Discussion: Breitbart
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Former Obama finance adviser: We haven't heard how Biden would have handled COVID differently
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jill Filipovic / GEN:   The Great Gen X vs. Boomer Debate Comes for Kamala
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
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Noa Landau / Reuters:
Israel Suspends West Bank Annexation in Deal to Normalize Relations With the UAE
Discussion: Bloomberg
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Israel and United Arab Emirates Strike Major Diplomatic Agreement
Associated Press:
President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump lays down gauntlet for Barr on Durham probe: Either ‘greatest attorney general’ or ‘average guy’
Discussion: Political Wire
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Qwazy for QAnon  —  No fewer than 60 current or former congressional candidates have expressed interest in or support for the conspiracy.  —  I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
U.S. designates China's state-funded Confucius Institute as foreign mission  —  The Trump administration is designating the Chinese state-funded Confucius Institutes as “foreign missions,” requiring them to provide administrative data on all personnel and property in the U.S …
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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  —  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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable.  Why Was No One Ready?  —  Scientists warned of a pandemic for decades, yet when Covid-19 arrived, the world had few resources and little understanding  —  Hunkered around conference tables at the World Health Organization's Geneva headquarters …
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.
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pandemic has driven Americans to depression and drinking, CDC says  —  WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has led to a marked deterioration in Americans' mental health, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study made public on Thursday.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Protests erupt in violence in Richmond, where residents say the ongoing turmoil has eroded their support for demonstrations
Discussion: The Federalist
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
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
How Trump's Push to Reopen Schools Backfired
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will ‘lose their elections’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA 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
Politico:
The payroll tax problem
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Bloomberg
Steve Cortes / American Greatness:
Political Football Is No Substitute For the Real Thing
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
STAT:
The Trump administration haphazardly gave away millions of Covid-19 masks — to schools, broadcasters, and large corporations
Discussion: Raw Story