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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  — White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said President Donald Trump opposes “voting rights” plans backed by Democrats in the next coronavirus relief bill.
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Trump admits he is undermining USPS to make it harder to vote by mail
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Postal service changes pose threat to voting, says former USPS deputy
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
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
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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: 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.
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 …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters See Harris as More Moderate Than Trump or Pence
Discussion: The Hill
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:   ‘Antifa’ website cited in conservative media attack on Biden is linked to — wait for it — Russia
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Why the Biden-Harris and Trump-Pence race is ‘tightening’
Discussion: 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.
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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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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Netanyahu says he's “still committed” to annexations despite UAE deal  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address Thursday that he remains “committed to annexing parts of the West Bank,” but agreed to “temporarily suspend” those plans in order to reach a normalization deal with the UAE.
Noa Landau / Reuters:
Israel Suspends West Bank Annexation in Deal to Normalize Relations With the UAE
Discussion: NPR and Bloomberg
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Israel and United Arab Emirates Strike Major Diplomatic Agreement
Discussion: Associated Press, 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
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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.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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:
Minority Owners Pressure Dan Snyder to Sell Washington's NFL Team  —  A firefight among the franchise's owners has intensified while the team faces controversy on multiple fronts  —  The minority partners of Washington's NFL team are pressuring Dan Snyder to sell the franchise …
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.
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.
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: Raw Story
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Here's How Republicans Are Boosting Kanye West's Presidential Campaign  —  A late-night tweet from Kanye West this week strengthened the impression that establishment Republicans are helping the musician and fashion designer in his quest to get on the ballot in some states as a third party candidate for president.
Patsy Widakuswara / Voice of America:
Ivanka Trump Continues Women Empowerment Agenda Amid Pandemic  —  WASHINGTON - This week the Trump administration announced $122 million in new programs and partnerships under the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, and the release of 10 interagency W-GDP legal reform action plans …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court allows easing of Rhode Island voting restrictions  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place a lower-court ruling that relaxes voting restrictions in Rhode Island during the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The justices rejected an emergency request …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Connecting the Dots Between Kelly Loeffler's Big-Money Backers  —  A new super PAC is dropping huge sums attacking Loeffler's opponent, and her campaign is quietly making its resources available  —  A new super PAC placing seven-figure ad buys for Sen. Kelly Loeffler appears, at first glance …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ro Khanna / Common Dreams:
Why I Am Voting No on the Democratic Party Platform  —  History teaches us that the Democratic Party has sometimes faced an issue so great that it alone should be the yardstick for measuring the wisdom of voting for or against the platform.  This is one of those times.  And Medicare for All is that issue.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Coup porn: Resistance sees military removing Trump from office
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Will Michigan Democrats Really Turn Out After a Virtual Campaign?
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Favor Crackdown on Violent Protests; Most Democrats Disagree
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Classify Beijing-Backed Confucius Institute U.S. Center as Foreign Mission
Discussion: Fox News
CNN:
The CDC issues a dire warning for the fall if coronavirus measures are not followed
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Protests erupt in violence in Richmond, where residents say the ongoing turmoil has eroded their support for demonstrations
Discussion: The Federalist
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
After Trump, America Needs Accountability for His Corruption
Discussion: NPR
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
How Trump's Push to Reopen Schools Backfired
Discussion: Raw Story
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump: GOP senators who don't embrace him will ‘lose their elections’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
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
 

 
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

 
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