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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren demands ‘corruption’ probe after report of Amazon options purchase by Postal Service chief Louis DeJoy  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded that the U.S. Postal Service's internal ethics watchdog investigate alleged “corruption by” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy …
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
The Post Office Is Deactivating Mail Sorting Machines Ahead of the Election  —  Good thing nobody's predicting a huge surge in mail any time soon.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  The United States Postal Service is removing mail sorting machines from facilities around the country without …
New York Times:
How Biden Chose Harris: A Search That Forged New Stars, Friends and Rivalries  —  Joe Biden winnowed a large list of candidates to four finalists before settling on Kamala Harris, in a process shaped by questions of loyalty.  He is eyeing other contenders for top administration jobs.
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Encourages Racist Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris  —  President Trump said he heard that Ms. Harris, the presumptive Democratic vice-presidential nominee born in California, was not eligible for the ticket, repeating a theory that is rampant among his followers.
Associated Press:
Trump gives credence to false, racist Harris conspiracy  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy about Kamala Harris' eligibility to be president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics.
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Trump promotes false claim that Harris might not be a U.S. citizen
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
With early momentum, Harris to focus on connecting with minorities, activists, women in swing states
Discussion: Raw Story and Defense One
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden says all U.S. governors should mandate masks to slow pandemic
Discussion: Breitbart
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Slimiest Character In American Politics?
Discussion: Althouse
Reuters:
Biden campaign raises $48 million in 48 hours after naming Kamala Harris as VP choice
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Geopolitical Earthquake Just Hit the Mideast  —  The Israel-United Arab Emirates deal will be felt throughout the region.  —  For once, I am going to agree with President Trump in his use of his favorite adjective: “huge.”  —  The agreement brokered by the Trump administration …
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Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:   Trump wins the Nobel Prize for Israel-UAE peace deal (not)
Rogerlsimon / theepochtimes.com:
Trump Again Proves He Cares More for Israel Than Most American Jews
USA Today:
President Trump requests mail-in ballot for upcoming Florida primary, despite rhetoric  —  For the second time as a Palm Beach County voter, President Donald Trump has requested a vote-by-mail ballot ahead of Florida's primary election on Tuesday.  —  And the president who has just spent …
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CNN:
Trump and first lady request mail-in ballots despite attacks  —  Trump claims funding USPS will lead to ballot fraud  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump requested mail-in ballots for Florida's primary election on Tuesday, according to Palm Beach County records …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge orders Trump campaign to produce evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Associated Press, UPI and Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump confesses to voter suppression  —  President Trump has admitted to intentional voter suppression.  The Post reports, “President Trump said Thursday that he does not want to fund the U.S. Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters pick Biden, yet more think their neighbors back Trump
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and Politico
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump admits to blocking Postal Service funding to undercut voting by mail
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
QAnon Booms on Facebook as Conspiracy Group Gains Mainstream Traction  —  Data show average membership soaring in past few months  —  Groups espousing conspiracy theories associated with the group QAnon have exploded in popularity on Facebook Inc. FB .54% and its Instagram unit since the start …
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
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Ben Collins / NBC News:
How QAnon rode the pandemic to new heights — and fueled the viral anti-mask phenomenon
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Besieged on all sides, Ron Johnson says his probe ‘would certainly’ help Trump win reelection  —  Sen. Ron Johnson this week said his probe of Obama-era intelligence agencies would help President Donald Trump win reelection, igniting fury from Democrats who say it was an explicit admission he's using …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Biden's Ukraine Problem Isn't Going Away
Discussion: The Hill
New York Post:
Trump plans to deliver RNC speech on White House lawn  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday confirmed to the The Post he intends to give his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, defying critics who said the location was inappropriate.
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump assails, misrepresents Biden on mask mandate in partisan White House briefing
Discussion: Reuters
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Michael Cohen releases excerpt, cover from Trump tell-all book  —  President Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen on Thursday released the cover and a 3,700-word foreword from his upcoming tell-all book, “Disloyal.”  —  Why it matters: Cohen, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress on Trump's behalf …
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NBC News:
Michael Cohen book claims Trump colluded with Russia and will ‘never leave office peacefully’
Discussion: The Hill and Mashable
Axios:
Dodger Stadium to become a voting center in November  —  Dodger Stadium will become a voting center in November, with more teams expected to make dormant arenas and stadiums available soon, AP reports.  —  How it works: Any registered voter in Los Angeles County will be able to visit the stadium over a five-day period.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Dodgers, LeBron James team up to make Dodger Stadium a polling site
Discussion: Fox News
Nikita Telizhenko / Telegraph:
“People lay like a living carpet in pools of blood”  —  How detainees at protests are beaten in jails in Belarus.  Scary Znak.com report  —  this material is a raw translation of the original text in Russian  —  Znak.com correspondent Nikita Telizhenko was detained on the evening of August 10 …
Discussion: Meduza.io and The Guardian
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
GOP-backed House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene: The Obama administration used MS-13 to assassinate Seth Rich  —  Greene's smear echoes a QAnon conspiracy theory post  —  Republican House candidate and right-wing commentator Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is a QAnon supporter and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist …
Lois K. Solomon / Sun-Sentinel:
Principal who made Holocaust comments should not have been fired, judge rules  —  The former Boca Raton principal who generated a national uproar for his comments about the Holocaust should not have been fired, a judge ruled Thursday.  —  The Palm Beach County School District …
New York Post:
Trump says spike in crime, high taxes could help him win New York in 2020 election  —  President Trump said during an exclusive Oval Office interview on Thursday that his campaign is “putting New York in play” against Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Post:
Trump: ‘A lot of people’ think Edward Snowden ‘not being treated fairly’  —  President Trump polled his aides on Thursday about whether he should let anti-surveillance whistleblower and leaker Edward Snowden return to the US from Russia without going to prison, saying he was open to it.
Ivan Pereira / ABC News:
Early in-person voting seen as strong option for concerned voters  —  Advocates say states need to do more to promote early voting.  —  Absentee and mail-in ballots have recently come under the spotlight, with some states struggling to count mail-in ballots during the primaries …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Discussion: The Week
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J. Scott Trubey / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Discussion: Fox News, Axios and The Hill
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Intel Analyst Says He Resigned Because He Didn't Think Defense Secretary Would ‘Refuse Unlawful Orders’ from Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Just Security
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
CDC: One quarter of young adults contemplated suicide during pandemic
Discussion: Redstate
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Kansas City police arrest alleged killer of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, namesake of ‘Operation LeGend’
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Face masks with valves or vents do not prevent spread of coronavirus, CDC says
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Big shift in asking government to ‘lend me a hand’ amid pandemic, unrest
Discussion: Raw Story