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7:56 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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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: 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.
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's assault on the U.S. Postal Service gives Democrats a new campaign message
Discussion: Fox News, Political Wire and The Hill
Maritsa Georgiou / KECI:
Dozens of Montana USPS drop boxes removed
Discussion: Jon Tester and Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
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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Vincent Barone / New York Post:
NYPD union endorses Trump: ‘We need your strong voice across the country’
Discussion: Fox News and Sputnik News
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: The Hill and Washington Post
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Marjorie Greene, controversial Georgia Republican, says she's not a QAnon candidate
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Orders TikTok's Chinese Parent to Sell Its U.S. Assets
Discussion: Axios
John Sexton / HotAir:
California Democrats Propose A Wealth Tax Which Taxes You Even After You Leave The State  —  The pandemic has put a $50 billion dent in California's finances and Democrats are busy coming up with new ways to raise more tax money.  Plans to consider a tax hike on those making more than $1 million …
 
 
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Rebecca Rosenberg / New York Post:
NYC man wanted for torching NYPD car busted after taunting feds
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Trump Campaign Trying To Win Over Black Voters, But President Remains A Tough Sell
Queenie Wong / CNET:
TikTok's US employees plan to sue Trump administration over executive order
Discussion: NPR, Politico, The Verge and Breitbart
New York Times:
Workers Join Belarus Protests, as Leader's Base Turns Against Him
Discussion: Jacobin
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Hate-Speech Rules Collide With Indian Politics
Lyz Lenz / Washington Post:
An inland hurricane tore through Iowa. You probably didn't hear about it.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
American Passports Are Useless Now
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
There's a Brutal Crackdown Underway in Belarus. It Should Be a Wake-up Call for America.
Discussion: The National Interest
Elie Honig / CAFE:
Note From Elie: The Lunacy of the McGahn Saga Says It All
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
Under Trump, SEC Enforcement Of Insider Trading Dropped To Lowest Point In Decades
Associated Press:
Mitt Romney slams politicians attacking mail-in voting
Dan Diamond / Politico:
CDC's chief of staff, deputy chief of staff jointly depart
Discussion: Breitbart