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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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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 …
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Internal USPS Documents Outline Plans to Hobble Mail Sorting  —  ‘This will slow mail processing,’ a union official wrote on one of the documents announcing the machine removals.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  The United States Postal Service proposed removing 20 percent of letter sorting machines …
Paul P. Murphy / CNN:   USPS removes mail collection boxes and reduces post office hours as critics accuse Trump administration of voter suppression
Washington Post:
Trump's assault on the U.S. Postal Service gives Democrats a new campaign message
MSNBC:   Postal Service Inspector General investigating recent policy changes by Trump's Postmaster General
Eugene Kiely / FactCheck.org:
Trump Proves Biden Right on USPS Funding, Mail-In Ballots
Discussion: Washington Post and VICE
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
NJ Rep, Inspector General Investigate What the Hell Is Going On With USPS
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and The Hill
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
NYC police union endorses Trump, who claims Biden would ‘gut every single police department in America’  —  Trump used the endorsement speech to attack Biden, Harris, de Blasio and Warren  —  A New York City law enforcement union, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) …
Discussion: Reuters, Breitbart and The Federalist
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Sonali Paul / Reuters:
‘Little brown girl’: Australian Biden-Harris cartoon sparks furore
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Sarah Palin: Media double standard for Kamala Harris proves 'if you're conservative, you'll get beat up'
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Shefali Luthra / The 19th:
Kamala Harris applauds Biden's “audacity to choose a Black woman to be his running mate”
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and NBC News
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:
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Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
House GOP candidate known for QAnon support was ‘correspondent’ for conspiracy website
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Marjorie Greene, controversial Georgia Republican, says she's not a QAnon candidate
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Axios
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit and Althouse
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Reuven Blau / THE CITY:
No Bathroom Relief in Sight for Thousands Living on the Streets  —  Jared Mitchell waited several minutes in line to use a bathroom in Penn Station only to be told he was not allowed inside.  —  Amtrak workers close the bathrooms — a lifeline for people like 24-year-old Mitchell who live on the streets …
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 …
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.
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 …
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
The Hill Publishes Campaign Ads Disguised as ‘Op-Eds’  —  The Hill is known for its high-metabolism national political coverage, wonky Washington D.C. reporting, but also for a sprawling opinion section that often serves as a landing pad for campaign staffers passing off what are effectively ads as op-eds.
New York Times:
Workers Join Belarus Protests, as Leader's Base Turns Against Him  —  Demonstrators at a huge state-run factory in the capital gave an ultimatum: Unless a fair election is held, they will strike, in a new test of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko's rule.  —  MINSK, Belarus …
Discussion: Jacobin
Lyz Lenz / Washington Post:
An inland hurricane tore through Iowa.  You probably didn't hear about it.  —  On Monday, Iowa was leveled by what amounted to a level-two hurricane.  But you wouldn't know that from reading, listening to or watching the news.  —  While the storm did garner some coverage, mostly via wire stories …
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.
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
American Passports Are Useless Now  —  Becoming a United States citizen was meaningful to me for a great number of reasons.  German by birth, I had come to feel at home in America, and to love it.  For all the deep injustices that shape this country, I remained convinced that the United States …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Americans Must Defend the Postal Service Like Our Democracy Depends on It  —  The post office was the midwife of America's democracy, and the first triumph of its federal state.  —  By facilitating communication between every far-flung, culturally disparate settlement within the early republic …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
There's a Brutal Crackdown Underway in Belarus.  It Should Be a Wake-up Call for America.  —  Americans like to think we believe in democracy and in challenging authoritarianism.  But, based on what's happening here and in Eastern Europe, do we still care?
Discussion: The National Interest
Elie Honig / CAFE:
Note From Elie: The Lunacy of the McGahn Saga Says It All  —  A weekly Note from Elie is part of the CAFE Brief.  An audio recording of the note is part of the CAFE Insider membership.  Please enjoy Elie reading this week's note, “The Lunacy of the McGahn Saga Says It All” and read his note in your inbox every Friday.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days  —  President Trump on Friday issued an executive order calling on Chinese company ByteDance, which owns the popular video app TikTok, to divest from the social media platform's U.S. operations, citing national security.
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.
 
 
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Queenie Wong / CNET:
TikTok's US employees plan to sue Trump administration over executive order
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Hate-Speech Rules Collide With Indian Politics
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Georgia Election Officials Turn To November After Smoother Runoff
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Under Trump, SEC Enforcement Of Insider Trading Dropped To Lowest Point In Decades
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump's Racist, Statist Suburban Dream
Discussion: Althouse
Dan Diamond / Politico:
CDC's chief of staff, deputy chief of staff jointly depart
Discussion: Breitbart
Maritsa Georgiou / KECI:
Dozens of Montana USPS drop boxes removed
Discussion: Jon Tester and Talking Points Memo
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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Just How Far Will Trump Go?  —  President Donald Trump's open admission yesterday …
FiveThirtyEight:
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Ben Collins / NBC News:
How QAnon rode the pandemic to new heights — and fueled the viral anti-mask phenomenon
Discussion: Wall Street Journal