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6:00 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 …
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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  —  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: Fox News, 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
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Trump admits he is undermining USPS to make it harder to vote by mail
Discussion: CNBC, Breitbart and WisPolitics.com
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Postal service changes pose threat to voting, says former USPS deputy
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
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.
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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 and Fox News
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.
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.
ABC News:
Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate for 3 months, targeting Trump's pandemic response
Discussion: Associated Press
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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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.
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
Brooke Singman / Fox News:   Trump lays down gauntlet for Barr on Durham probe: Either ‘greatest attorney general’ or ‘average guy’
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 …
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Netanyahu says he's “still committed” to annexations despite UAE deal
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Bulwark, ABC News and CNN
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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
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
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
Justice Department accuses Yale of illegal bias against White, Asian American applicants in admissions  —  The Justice Department declared Thursday that a two-year investigation of Yale University's admissions has found that the Ivy League school illegally discriminates against White …
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Feds accuse Yale of discriminating against some applicants
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Reuters
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp drops lawsuit against Atlanta over mask mandate, coronavirus restrictions
Sara Atske / Pew Research Center:
Election 2020: Voters Are Highly Engaged, but Nearly Half Expect To Have Difficulties Voting  —  Biden maintains lead despite Trump's advantage in strong support  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand American voters' attitudes toward and engagement with the 2020 presidential election and campaigns.
Kale Williams / Oregonian:
Facebook abandons broken drilling equipment under Oregon coast seafloor  —  Lynnae Ruttledge was worried when she heard Facebook planned to build a landing spot for an undersea fiber-optic cable near her Oregon Coast home.  —  Tierra Del Mar, where the 70-year-old retired government worker lives part-time …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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 …
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Coup porn: Resistance sees military removing Trump from office  —  With 80 days left before the presidential election, a new and dangerous rhetoric has emerged from some corners of the Resistance.  A number of President Trump's most implacable critics are fantasizing about deploying …
Discussion: Defense One
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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Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Trump pick to run Voice of America, other U.S. global media is carrying out ‘purge’: Democrat
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Trump campaign sues key Iowa counties over absentee mailings
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
New York Times:
Trump's Labor Chief Accused of Intervening in Oracle Pay Bias Case
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Negotiators ‘miles apart’ on Covid funding, with little hope for deal until September
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Connecting the Dots Between Kelly Loeffler's Big-Money Backers
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Pandemic has driven Americans to depression and drinking, CDC says
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
Houston Chronicle:
COVID's true toll in Texas is higher than reported, data shows
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
The Good Son  —  Jared Kushner, the second-most-powerful man in the White House …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable. Why Was No One Ready?
 

 
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Ofcom has “significant concerns about GB News' editorial control of its live output” after finding GB News in breach over Laurence Fox's misogynistic comments

Sophie Culpepper / Nieman Lab:
Report for America, the nonprofit that placed 600+ reporters in newsrooms since its 2017 launch, is “phasing out” partnerships with hedge fund-owned outlets

 
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