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11:45 AM ET, August 15, 2020


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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.
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
Rae Yost / KCLO-TV:
Rural South Dakotan shares concerns about potential delays, loss of postal service  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — When he buys a stamp he's establishing a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver that letter or parcel on time and accurately, said Herreid resident Robert Thullner said.
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 …
Washington Post:
Postal Service warns 46 states their voters could be disenfranchised by delayed 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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and 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.
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.
Exclusive: Postal service inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes and potential ethics conflicts
Paul P. Murphy / CNN:
USPS removes mail collection boxes and reduces post office hours as critics accuse Trump administration of voter suppression
Discussion: UPI and The Week
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
USPS's Louis DeJoy makes his mark as part of a motley GOP crew
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
NJ Rep, Inspector General Investigate What the Hell Is Going On With USPS
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Say it loud, assimilated and proud: Kamala, me and the Black immigrant American challenge  —  Thursday, President Trump got the brand back together, giving a shoutout to an online article questioning Kamala Harris' legitimacy to ever be president, pointing to an online article that wondered if Harris was a …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Promotes Pedo-Ring Conspiracy Theories.  Now They're Stealing Kids.  —  RAMPING UP THE CRAZY  —  The far-right fringe group infamous for promoting nutjob conspiracy theories about pedophile rings has moved on to criminally meddling in child custody cases.  —  Part One of Two Parts:
Discussion: Big Think
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Iowans struggle to find help, strength after powerful storm devastates homes, farms  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — In the five days since a massive storm system laid waste to this city, Ethel Fontenette, 65, has been trying to make sure neighbors in her retirement community stay well fed.
Lyz Lenz / Washington Post:   An inland hurricane tore through Iowa. You probably didn't hear about it.
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
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘The President Was Not Encouraging’: What Obama Really Thought About Biden  —  The way Joe Biden explained it on the campaign trail in Iowa, he and his friend Barack Obama had long talked of Biden succeeding him in the White House, continuing the work of their administration.
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 …
Harry Enten / CNN:
Large convention bounces are unlikely In 2020  —  (CNN)The major party political conventions have historically been the turning point in many campaigns.  In 1988, Democrat Michael Dukakis entered the conventions as the frontrunner, only to leave trailing Republican George H.W. Bush.
Washington Post:
A Florida school district wanted to wait to reopen school buildings.  Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to cut its funding.  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida is making a high-stakes gamble on school openings, with superintendents pressured into decisions that some fear will result in outbreaks of covid-19.
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Changes the Race While Trump Tells on Himself  —  There were surprises this week that weren't entirely shocking: Ms. Harris joined Joe Biden's ticket and President Trump resurrected birtherism.  Here's what to make of the last week in politics.  —  Welcome to our weekly analysis of the state of the 2020 campaign.
Discussion: WPRI-TV
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 …
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 …
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.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Newly renovated White House Rose Garden to be unveiled next week  —  (CNN)The newly renovated White House Rose Garden is scheduled to be unveiled on Thursday, just days before the Republican National Convention, a source with knowledge of the planning told CNN.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
QAnon-Loving Trump Sycophant Bill Mitchell Gets Permanently Booted From Twitter  —  BUH-BYE!  —  Bill Mitchell, Trump sycophant and prominent supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, was permanently suspended from Twitter late Friday for previously trying to evade bans.
Discussion: Reclaim The Net
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump the distracter brings his act to the DNC
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and Althouse
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Ridiculous trigger warning for ‘Blazing Saddles’ shows how far culture has gone off rails
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
Republican QAnon candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene's win highlights coming 2020 crisis
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
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
Vincent Barone / New York Post:
NYPD union endorses Trump: ‘We need your strong voice across the country’
Discussion: Fox News and Sputnik News
HHS chief information officer abruptly resigns
Discussion: Federal News Network
New York Times:
Workers Join Belarus Protests, as Leader's Base Turns Against Him
Discussion: Jacobin
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Hate-Speech Rules Collide With Indian Politics
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
The Hill Publishes Campaign Ads Disguised as ‘Op-Eds’
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Americans Must Defend the Postal Service Like Our Democracy Depends on It
Reuven Blau / THE CITY:
No Bathroom Relief in Sight for Thousands Living on the Streets
Establishment of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force
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