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9:45 AM ET, August 15, 2020

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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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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump's attacks on the Postal Service deserve sustained, red-alert coverage from the media  —  Listen to President Trump long enough, and, despite his penchant for falsehood, you'll eventually hear some unvarnished truth.  —  That happened Thursday when he stated his intentions clearly in an interview with Fox Business Network.
CNN:
Exclusive: Postal service inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes and potential ethics conflicts  —  Collins pushes Trump on USPS money and mail-in ballots  —  Washington (CNN)The internal watchdog at the United States Postal Service is reviewing controversial policy changes …
Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Exclusive: UPS, FedEx warn they cannot carry ballots like U.S. Postal Service  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - United Parcel Service and FedEx on Friday shot down social media calls that they step in to deliver mail-in ballots from the U.S. Postal Service, which is warning states of potentially “significant” delays.
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them  —  Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.
Paul P. Murphy / CNN:
USPS removes mail collection boxes and reduces post office hours as critics accuse Trump administration of voter suppression  —  (CNN)The United States Postal Service has started reducing post office operating hours across several states and removing their iconic blue letter collection boxes …
Discussion: The Week
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service will stop removing mailboxes  —  The iconic blue boxes are moved frequently depending on mail volumes  —  The removal of dozens of mailboxes in a handful of states set off a social media panic and some high-profile attention this week, but the U.S. Postal Service …
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
NJ Rep, Inspector General Investigate What the Hell Is Going On With USPS  —  ‘CRIMINAL REFERRAL’  —  Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:   Americans Must Defend the Postal Service Like Our Democracy Depends on It
MSNBC:   Postal Service Inspector General investigating recent policy changes by Trump's Postmaster General
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Don't Blame Donald Trump if the Post Office Loses Your Vote
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Hill and IJR
Maritsa Georgiou / KECI:
Dozens of Montana USPS drop boxes removed
Discussion: Jon Tester
Los Angeles Times:
Senate committee sought investigation of Bannon, raised concerns about Trump family testimony  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee sent a bipartisan letter to the Justice Department asking federal prosecutors to investigate Steve Bannon, a former Trump confidante, for potentially lying …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The White Supremacist “Scholars” Pushing the Kamala Harris Birther Lie  —  Sen. Kamala Harris is a citizen of the United States who is eligible to serve as vice president.  This is not an argument but a statement of fact, because children born in the U.S. to immigrant parents receive birthright citizenship under the Constitution.
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Politico:
HHS chief information officer abruptly resigns  —  HHS' chief information officer, José Arrieta, resigned unexpectedly Friday.  —  Arrieta told senior leaders that he would stay on for up to a month to help with the transition, said two individuals with knowledge of his plans.
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Jason Miller / Federal News Network:
HHS CIO Arrieta unexpectedly resigns
Discussion: New York Times
Vincent Barone / New York Post:
NYPD union endorses Trump: ‘We need your strong voice across the country’  —  The New York City Police Benevolent Association personally endorsed President Trump on Friday night for the next election as the commander in chief leans into his “law and order” platform.
Discussion: Fox News and Sputnik News
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Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
NYC police union endorses Trump, who claims Biden would ‘gut every single police department in America’
Discussion: Breitbart, Reuters and The Federalist
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Sarah Palin: Media double standard for Kamala Harris proves 'if you're conservative, you'll get beat up'
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Ghaith Al-Omari / NBC News:
Israel-UAE deal achieves a Middle East rarity: It's win-win-win, Palestinians included  —  The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates pulled off the rarest of feats on Thursday: a diplomatic win-win-win in the Middle East.  President Donald Trump announced a historic breakthrough …
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Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
Republican QAnon candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene's win highlights coming 2020 crisis … It would be comical if it weren't so increasingly dangerous.  QAnon, a growing movement of unhinged, evidence-free conspiracists, are convinced that an evil cabal of Democrat, Satan-worshipping, pedophile sex-traffickers rule the world.
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Why Trump's birtherism attack on Harris is killing the Republican Party
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
How Jennifer O'Malley Dillon transformed Joe Biden's campaign  —  When Jennifer O'Malley Dillon was brought in to take over the Joe Biden campaign operation five months ago, she barely knew a soul there — and that included the candidate himself.  —  If that wasn't a big enough adjustment …
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Firm Helping Run Federal Database Refuses Senators' Questions  —  People who recover from the virus have a three-month window of safety, C.D.C. guidance shows.  As tax revenues plummet, states face an estimated $555 billion budget gap over the next two years.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
Establishment of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force  —  On Aug. 4, 2020, Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist approved the establishment of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF).  The Department of the Navy, under the cognizance of the Office of the Under Secretary …
Justice News:
Drug-Dealing, White Supremacist Stripper Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice  —  TEXARKANA, Texas - A 28-year-old Dallas, Texas, man has been sentenced for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.  —  On March 6, 2020 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Two sites that amplify hoaxes given special treatment at Trump's briefings despite restrictions  —  The White House press corps just got a little more Trump-friendly, thanks to a bit of maneuvering by the White House itself.  —  Representatives of the Gateway Pundit and Epoch Times …
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
A Connecticut Congressional candidate was arrested on domestic violence charges just days ago — but GOP insiders knew of the allegations against him for months  —  The arrest of Connecticut Congressional candidate Thomas Gilmer on the eve of this week's Republican primary threw the race into disarray.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wyatt DobrovichFago / FOX News Radio:
“The Damnedest Thing I've Ever Seen” Chris Wallace On Biden Campaign Not Putting Any Surrogates On Sunday Shows Before Convention  —  Chris Wallace - Host of Fox News Sunday & Author of “Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days that Changed the World ” …
Discussion: Townhall
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Harris ‘electrifies’ West Indian voters — and gives Biden a new edge in Florida  —  LAUDERHILL, Fla. — Almost as soon as Kamala Harris became the first woman of Jamaican-Indian descent to be nominated for vice president, a mock White House menu of oxtail and jerk chicken cropped …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Twitchy and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
QAnon-Loving Trump Sycophant Bill Mitchell Gets Permanently Booted From Twitter
Discussion: Reclaim The Net
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Changes the Race While Trump Tells on Himself
Discussion: WPRI-TV and UPI
Rebecca Rosenberg / New York Post:
NYC man wanted for torching NYPD car busted after taunting feds
John Sexton / HotAir:
California Democrats Propose A Wealth Tax Which Taxes You Even After You Leave The State
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Trump Campaign Trying To Win Over Black Voters, But President Remains A Tough Sell
New York Times:
Workers Join Belarus Protests, as Leader's Base Turns Against Him
Discussion: Jacobin
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Hate-Speech Rules Collide With Indian Politics
 Earlier Items: 
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The Hill Publishes Campaign Ads Disguised as ‘Op-Eds’
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No Bathroom Relief in Sight for Thousands Living on the Streets
Elie Honig / CAFE:
Note From Elie: The Lunacy of the McGahn Saga Says It All
Associated Press:
Mitt Romney slams politicians attacking mail-in voting
Anya Zoledziowski / VICE:
Dear White Vegans, Stop Appropriating Food
Lomi Kriel / ProPublica:
ICE Guards “Systematically” Sexually Assault Detainees in an El Paso Detention Center, Lawyers Say