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12:01 PM 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: Twitchy, The Wrap, Mediaite and The Slot
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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
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 …
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  —  Kamala Harris steps into her new role on a relative high note.  —  Sen. Kamala Harris steps into her new role as Joe Biden's vice presidential nominee on a relative high note.  Harris receives strong marks as the pick …
delawareonline:   Biden, Harris to give DNC convention speeches at Chase Center in Wilmington
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:   Kamala Harris Showed Swagger, and It Will Drive Republican Men Nuts
USA Today:   Joe Biden's VP choice of Kamala Harris signals return to American values and competence
Sumantra Maitra / The Federalist:
Why Kamala Harris's Stealth Radicalism Is Worse Than Bernie Democrats' Open Radicalism
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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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 …
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Trump vows to block stimulus funding for mail-in voting and USPS  —  President Trump on Thursday told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo that Democratic demands to fund mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service in ongoing coronavirus stimulus negotiations were a non-starter.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Week
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Mail sorting equipment being “removed” from post offices, leaving mail to “pile up”: union leader
NBC News:
House Democrats demand Postal Service chief roll back changes ahead of Election Day
Discussion: Mother Jones and MSNBC
Jerusalem Post:
Israel and UAE reach historic peace deal, Israel to suspend annexation  —  The peace deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said.  —  Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal …
Discussion: Just The News and Twitchy
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Washington Post:
Trump announces historic peace agreement between Israel and United Arab Emirates  —  President Trump announced a peace agreement Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a historic step that makes the Persian Gulf state only the third Arab country to open diplomatic relations with the Jewish nation.
Associated Press:   President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel
Axios:   Trump announces normalization of ties between Israel and UAE
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Israel and United Arab Emirates Strike Major Diplomatic Agreement
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.
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Good Son  —  Jared Kushner, the second-most-powerful man in the White House, is quite a bit smarter than the most powerful man, his father-in-law, the president.  Donald Trump possesses a genius for the jugular, but he evinces few other signs of intelligence.  He certainly displays no capacity, or predisposition, to learn.
Discussion: New Republic
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Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Here's How Republicans Are Boosting Kanye West's Presidential Campaign
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Post and The Week
Politico:
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
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Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Payroll-Tax Deferral Plans Spur Confusion
Discussion: Raw Story and 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
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: The Slot and LGBTQ Nation
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 …
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.
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Donald Trump / Reuters:
US proposes change to shower rules after Trump's hair-washing moan
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
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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STAT:
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 …
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Houston Chronicle:
COVID's true toll in Texas is higher than reported, data shows
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
How Trump's Push to Reopen Schools Backfired
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
DHS's changing mission leaves its founders dismayed as critics call for a breakup
Discussion: Atlantic Council
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will ‘lose their elections’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable. Why Was No One Ready?
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
New unemployment claims fall below 1 million for the first time in five months
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Steve Cortes / American Greatness:
Political Football Is No Substitute For the Real Thing
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
Axios:
When and how to vote in all 50 states  —  Millions of Americans who normally vote in person …
Discussion: Fox News, ABC11 and HuffPost
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Bob Woodward obtains letters between Trump and Kim Jong-un for new book Rage
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality
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