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Washington Post:
Postal Service warns 46 states their voters could be disenfranchised by delayed mail-in ballots  —  Anticipating an avalanche of absentee ballots, the U.S. Postal Service recently sent detailed letters to 46 states and D.C. warning that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail …
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Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Obama: Trump trying to ‘actively kneecap’ Postal Service to affect 2020 election  —  Former President Barack Obama, in an interview released Friday, slammed President Donald Trump for trying to “actively kneecap the Postal Service” to affect mail-in voting in the 2020 election and urged lawmakers …
Discussion: Reuters, Palm Beach Post, MSNBC and The Week
USA Today:   Trump is determined to rig this election, defraud voters and thwart the will of the people
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   Just How Far Will Trump Go?  —  President Donald Trump's open admission yesterday …
Maritsa Georgiou / KECI:
Dozens of Montana USPS drop boxes removed
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Jon Tester
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of ‘overwhelming’ risk to voters
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Postal workers union endorses Biden, warns that ‘survival’ of USPS is at stake
Discussion: Axios and Twitchy
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Review of Russia Inquiry  —  Prosecutors did not reveal any evidence of the kind of broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials that the president has long alleged.  —  WASHINGTON — A former F.B.I. lawyer intends to plead guilty …
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CourtListener:
Information - Felony — Document #1
Discussion: The Federalist and Breitbart
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Kevin Clinesmith, Corrupt FBI Attorney Who Falsified Carter Page FISA Warrant, Expected To Plead Guilty
Discussion: Townhall and Law & Crime
CNN:
Former FBI lawyer set to plead guilty to altering email during Russia investigation
Discussion: Raw Story
Anya Zoledziowski / VICE:
Dear White Vegans, Stop Appropriating Food  —  Veganism is going through its own racial reckoning that's a long time coming, considering white vegan influencers have appropriated traditional foods forever.  —  Anya Zoledziowski  —  When Afia Amoako became a vegan five years ago …
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
House GOP candidate known for QAnon support was ‘correspondent’ for conspiracy website  —  Before running for office, Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote dozens of articles as a “correspondent” for a conspiracy news website, according to archived web pages uncovered by NBC News.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Why Trump's birtherism attack on Harris is killing the Republican Party  —  (CNN)On Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked about a false report that California Sen. Kamala Harris might not be eligible to be vice president.  —  Rather than dismiss them out of hand, he said this:
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Members of Congress received pipe bombs in 2018; House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene called it a hoax by the targets
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Top DHS officials Wolf and Cuccinelli are not legally eligible to serve in their current roles, congressional watchdog agency finds  —  The appointments of the top two officials at the Department of Homeland Security violated federal law, the Government Accountability Office said on Friday.
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘The President Was Not Encouraging’: What Obama Really Thought About Biden  —  Behind the friendship was a more complicated relationship, which now drives the former vice president to prove his partner wrong.  —  The way Joe Biden explained it on the campaign trail in Iowa …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
How QAnon rode the pandemic to new heights — and fueled the viral anti-mask phenomenon  —  In February, five months before she became known as “QAnon Karen,” there was no one more terrified of the coming pandemic than Melissa Rein Lively.  —  “I bought the N-95 masks.  I bought the hazmat suit,” she said.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mujahed Kobbe / The Forward:
I grew up with anti-Semitism in the UAE.  Peace with Israel is a dream come true.  —  Never in a million years did I believe there would be a deal in my lifetime where an Arab Gulf state would recognize the Jewish state.  Watching the news this week of Israel and the United Arab Emirates …
Discussion: American Greatness
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Annelle Sheline / Politico:
Trump's Win Is a Loss for the Middle East
ABC News:
Trump brother hospitalized in New York: Sources  —  President expected to visit brother, Robert Trump, sources said.  —  Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, has been hospitalized in New York, sources told ABC News, a development confirmed by the White House.
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Washington Post:
Trump to visit younger brother, Robert Trump, who is ‘very ill’ in hospital
Discussion: ABC News
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity magazines  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's protection of the right to bear firearms.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Federal Appeals Court Rules California's Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Unconstitutional
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO Max Adds “Proper Social Context” Intro to ‘Blazing Saddles’  —  The disclaimer is similar to the one the streamer added before ‘Gone With the Wind.’  —  Blazing Saddles is currently streaming on HBO Max, along with a new introduction that automatically plays before the Mel Brooks classic begins.
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Discontent with McCarthy rises as GOP considers a possible post-Trump world  —  Discontent with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is on the rise in the House, as Republicans increasingly fearful of a loss by President Trump on Election Day gear up for an intraparty war over the future of the GOP.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
A Black Marxist Scholar Wanted to Talk About Race.  It Ignited a Fury.  —  The cancellation of a speech reflects an intense debate on the left: Is racism the primary problem in America today, or the outgrowth of a system that oppresses all poor people?  —  Adolph Reed is a son of the segregated South …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Biden Expands Lead; A Third Of Country Says It Won't Get Vaccinated  —  Toggle more options  —  Democrat Joe Biden's lead has expanded to double-digits against President Trump in the presidential election, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds.  Biden now leads Trump 53% to 42%, up from an 8-point advantage at the end of June.
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Under Trump, SEC Enforcement Of Insider Trading Dropped To Lowest Point In Decades  —  The government agency responsible for policing Wall Street brought the fewest number of insider trading cases in decades, according to the most recent available data.  —  That decline came just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Associated Press:
Mitt Romney slams politicians attacking mail-in voting  —  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday that politicians attacking the vote by mail system are threatening global democracy but stopped short of criticizing President Donald Trump, who has been openly against an expected surge of mail-in ballots.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
CDC's chief of staff, deputy chief of staff jointly depart  —  A pair of senior Trump appointees departed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday, a change at an agency that's been heavily scrutinized for its response to the coronavirus.  —  Kyle McGowan, the CDC's chief of staff …
Discussion: Breitbart
Lomi Kriel / ProPublica:
ICE Guards “Systematically” Sexually Assault Detainees in an El Paso Detention Center, Lawyers Say  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune …
FiveThirtyEight:
How To Vote In The 2020 Election  —  A state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19  —  How easy — or difficult — absentee voting is in each state  —  Everyone can vote absentee, and ballots are automatically mailed to voters Everyone can vote absentee, and absentee-ballot applications …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
'Do you regret at all, all the lying you've done?':  A reporter's blunt question to Trump goes unanswered  —  For more than half an hour on Thursday, President Trump sounded familiar themes at his coronavirus briefing: blasting presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, arguing …
 
 
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CNN:
Hand over the political reins to millennials
Discussion: Washingtonian
David Morgan / Reuters:
Trump says ready to push out coronavirus aid, blames Democrats for holdup
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