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9:40 AM ET, August 13, 2020


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Robert Laurie / The Cain Gang:
WATCH: New Trump ad hammers Biden/Harris over Joe's endless array of racial gaffes  —  Expect to see a lot of this as we head into the meat of election season.  —  Joe Biden's history with race is a minefield.  It's been fodder for both Republicans and Democrats for years.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Wrap
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.
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Kamala Harris receives strong marks as Joe Biden's VP: POLL
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:   Kamala Harris Showed Swagger, and It Will Drive Republican Men Nuts
Scott Whitlock / Newsbusters:
NewsBusters EXCLUSIVE: Tara Reade Demands Press Ask Harris About Biden Accusers
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Slate
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.
Amanda Seitz / Associated Press:
Kamala Harris is eligible to serve as president  —  CLAIM: If Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his running mate she will not be eligible to serve as president because her mother is from India and her father is from Jamaica.  That means, if Biden is unable to serve a full term as president …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Financial disclosures reveal postmaster general's business entanglements and likely conflicts of interest, experts say  —  Democrats call on watchdog to investigate USPS changes  —  (CNN)Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continues to hold a multimillion-dollar stake in his former company XPO Logistics …
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Mail sorting equipment being “removed” from post offices, leaving mail to “pile up”: union leader  —  A union chief says the changes, which have been more drastic than people realize, are costing more money — not less  —  Mail sorting equipment is being removed from U.S. Postal Service …
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service could halt special treatment of ballots, congressional Democrats warn
Discussion: The Guardian and Axios
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Bob Woodward obtains letters between Trump and Kim Jong-un for new book Rage  —  Bob Woodward's second book on the Trump White House has a title, Rage, and promises to reveal the secrets of “25 personal letters exchanged between [Donald] Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that have not been public before”.
CNN Exclusive: Details, title and cover revealed for Bob Woodward's upcoming book on Trump  —  (CNN)First it was fear, now it's rage.  —  Following up on his 2018 best-selling book “Fear,” legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward's new book on President Donald Trump — titled “Rage” …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
New Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
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.
The Intercept:
College Democrat Chats Reveal Year-Old Plan to Engineer and Leak Alex Morse Accusations … The leadership of the UMass Amherst College Democrats began discussing an operation they believed could sink the campaign of Alex Morse for Congress as far back as last October, a plan they then helped engineer …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
The payroll tax problem  —  Editor's Note: Morning Money is a free version of POLITICO Pro Financial Services' morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 6 a.m. The POLITICO Pro platform combines the news you need with tools you can use to take action on the day's biggest stories.
Discussion: Raw Story, Bloomberg and Fox Business
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Payroll-Tax Deferral Plans Spur Confusion
Discussion: Associated Press
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
U.S. Chamber Letter to Secretary Mnuchin on Implementation of the Executive Order Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Kanye West met with Kushner as rapper eyes 2020 election spot
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's quiet acceptance of QAnon has become something bigger  —  After Tuesday's runoff elections in Georgia, President Trump extended a seemingly pro forma note of congratulations to one of the winners.  —  “Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene …
Steve Cortes / American Greatness:
Political Football Is No Substitute For the Real Thing … The most material political news that broke this week was not the selection of Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as Joe Biden's running mate, but the disastrous decision of major college football conferences to cancel their 2020 seasons.
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
New York Times:
Ohio State Football Is Canceled. Will Trump Take the Hit?
Discussion: The Week
The Trump administration haphazardly gave away millions of Covid-19 masks — to schools, broadcasters, and large corporations  —  Hundreds of millions of cloth face masks shipped to U.S. agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies by the Trump administration appear to have been allocated …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
‘Antifa’ website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia  —  WASHINGTON — At his press briefing Wednesday, President Trump, as he usually does,  —  called for a question from Chanel Rion, the chief White House correspondent for the conservative …
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Let it flow: Trump Administration eases showerhead rules  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough.
Tina Sfondeles / Business Insider:
AOC will have just 60 seconds to deliver her remarks next week at the Democratic National Convention  — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one minute to give her speech on Tuesday during the second day of the Democratic National Convention.  She's pre-recording her remarks from New York.
Discussion: IJR, Townhall, Twitchy, New York Post and
The Moscow Times:
Thousands Form Human Chains in Minsk Against Police Violence  —  Thousands of Belarusians formed human chains in the capital Minsk on Thursday in a peaceful wave of demonstrations over the harsh police crackdown following a disputed weekend election.  —  For the second day in a row …
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Harvey Risch / Washington Examiner:
Hydroxychloroquine works in high-risk patients, and saying otherwise is dangerous
Discussion: Just The News
When and how to vote in all 50 states  —  Millions of Americans who normally vote in person …
Discussion: ABC11 and HuffPost
Washington Post:
D.C., Maryland lawmakers grill health officials over coronavirus response, data
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality
Discussion: Reason
David Roberts / Vox:
Air pollution is much worse than we thought
Defense News:
Congress has secretly blocked US arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years
 Earlier Items: 
Cindy Adams / Page Six:
Sean Hannity says he ‘dug in his heels’ with newest book
The Tennessean:
Tennessee legislature cracks down on protesters, making it a felony to camp overnight outside Capitol
Washington Post:
U.S. reports highest number of covid-19 deaths in one day since mid-May
Nick Arama / Redstate:
Helicopter Assigned to Trump Support Detail Shot at in the Air Over Virginia, One Injury
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Health questions for Biden off-limits for media, unlike Reagan, McCain and Trump
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook and Other Tech Giants Gird for Chaotic Election
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again. Everyone Has Paid the Price.