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9:35 AM ET, August 14, 2020

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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of ‘overwhelming’ risk to voters  —  The United States Postal Service warned Pennsylvania that mail ballots may not be delivered on time to be counted because the state's deadlines are too tight for its …
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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 …
USA Today:
Trump is determined to rig this election, defraud voters and thwart the will of the people  —  We can no longer trust that our federal government will oversee fair elections this November.  The repeated statements and actions of the president, his attorney general and leaders in the Republican Party …
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
The Post Office Is Deactivating Mail Sorting Machines Ahead of the Election
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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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Richard Grenell / The Hill:
Israel-UAE breakthrough proves Trump's critics wrong — again
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:   Trump wins the Nobel Prize for Israel-UAE peace deal (not)
Dennis Ross / Washington Post:
The Israel-UAE agreement is a key step for peace and sends a crucial message to Palestinians
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart, Politico and Vox
Issues & Insights:
Joe Biden's Mask Mandate Is Only The Beginning  —  At a briefing on Thursday, Joe Biden called for a nationwide mask-wearing mandate “for the next three months at a minimum.”  Never mind that such a federal mandate is likely unconstitutional, this is just one of a multitude of areas where Biden …
Discussion: Fortune
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CNN:
Biden campaign says it has raised more than $34 million since Harris joined the ticket
Discussion: The Guardian
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Slimiest Character In American Politics?
Discussion: Althouse
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden says all U.S. governors should mandate masks to slow pandemic
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump assails, misrepresents Biden on mask mandate in partisan White House briefing
Discussion: Reuters
Ben Collins / NBC News:
How QAnon rode the pandemic to new heights — and fueled the viral anti-mask phenomenon  —  In February, five months before she became known as “QAnon Karen,” there was no one more terrified of the coming pandemic than Melissa Rein Lively.  —  “I bought the N-95 masks.  I bought the hazmat suit,” she said.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
QAnon Booms on Facebook as Conspiracy Group Gains Mainstream Traction
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
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 …
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Encourages Racist Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Trump promotes false claim that Harris might not be a natural-born U.S. citizen
Discussion: National Review, Vox, Newsweek and The Week
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 …
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Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump admits to blocking Postal Service funding to undercut voting by mail
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters pick Biden, yet more think their neighbors back Trump
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and Politico
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 …
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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 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.
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.
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Discontent with McCarthy rises as GOP considers a possible post-Trump world  —  Discontent with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is on the rise in the House, as Republicans increasingly fearful of a loss by President Trump on Election Day gear up for an intraparty war over the future of the GOP.
Discussion: Reuters
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: The Guardian and Meduza.io
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The recession is over for the rich, but the working class is far from recovered  —  The stock market and home values are back at record levels, while jobs remain scarce for those earning less than $20 an hour  —  U.S. stocks are hovering near a record high, a stunning comeback since March …
Discussion: The Week
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
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
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Barr Says Results of Probe Into Russia Investigation Could Come by Election  —  Attorney General William Barr says Justice Department will ‘use our prudent judgement’ in deciding when to release the findings  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo.—Attorney General William Barr said Thursday he could reveal …
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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 …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Black Like Kamala  —  Republican efforts to deny Senator Harris's identity as an African-American and turn her into a noncitizen are destined to fail.  —  It was probably inevitable that Kamala Harris becoming Joe Biden's running mate would result in controversy over her heritage.
 
 
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Angelica Stabile / Fox News:
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David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
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Jen Christensen / CNN:
Health advisers to the government say hospitals are ‘scrambling’ after Trump administration's ‘abrupt’ change to Covid-19 data reporting requirements
Ivan Pereira / ABC News:
Early in-person voting seen as strong option for concerned voters
Discussion: Washington Post
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
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New York Post:
Trump: ‘A lot of people’ think Edward Snowden ‘not being treated fairly’
New York Post:
Trump says spike in crime, high taxes could help him win New York in 2020 election
Discussion: Mediaite and POLITICUSUSA