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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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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 …
CNN:
Postal Service removes some mail-sorting machines, sparking concerns ahead of election  —  (CNN)The US Postal Service plans to remove hundreds of high-volume mail-processing machines from facilities across the country, leading some postal workers to fear they may have less capacity to process mail during election season.
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Internal USPS Documents Outline Plans to Hobble Mail Sorting
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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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.
Issues & Insights:
Joe Biden's Mask Mandate Is Only The Beginning
Discussion: Fortune
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Encourages Racist Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
CNN Reporter's ‘Analysis’ of Harris Is One Long Press Release
CNN:
Trump doesn't refute false birther theory about Sen. Harris
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump assails, misrepresents Biden on mask mandate in partisan White House briefing
Discussion: Reuters and Fox News
CNN:
Biden campaign says it has raised more than $34 million since Harris joined the ticket
Discussion: The Guardian
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
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Requests Mail-In Ballot Even as He Assails Voting by Mail
Discussion: Palm Beach Post, NBC News and VICE
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge orders Trump campaign to produce evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania
Discussion: UPI, Associated Press and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: The White House
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Richard Grenell / The Hill:
Israel-UAE breakthrough proves Trump's critics wrong — again  —  For nearly four years, Washington foreign policy experts and Obama administration alumni warned that the Trump administration was jeopardizing any prospects for Middle East peace.  By withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal …
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
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
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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
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
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
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 …
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
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
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Cory Gardner Runs Pro-Trump Facebook Ad Being Seen Everywhere — Except In Colorado  —  The Republican senator is running for reelection in... Colorado.  —  Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is running a new Facebook ad, touting his close relationship with President Donald Trump.
Chicago Business:
Macy's exiting Water Tower Place?  —  An anchor of the Mag Mile mall since its inception, the retailer—unhappy with the police response to recent looting, according to a source close to the situation—now is looking to shrink or vacate its space there.  —  Buffeted by changing retail trends …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Slimiest Character In American Politics?  —  Joe Biden has been in the public eye for close to 50 years.  His record over that time is dismal, but for some reason he has usually gotten a pass.  “Good old Joe” has broken every rule in the book without suffering serious consequences.
Discussion: Althouse and Rev
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
Maine Democrat Sara Gideon Killed Bills Outlawing Female Genital Mutilation  —  Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon repeatedly killed bills to outlaw female genital mutilation during her tenure as the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.  —  Gideon leveraged her leadership position …
Angelica Stabile / Fox News:
Chris Wallace: Congress stalling on coronavirus stimulus is a ‘pox on both their houses’  —  ‘Frankly, I blame them all’  —  Congress stalling on a coronavirus stimulus package has become a blame game between Democrats and Republicans but “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace told …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Gabriel T. Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Fundraising for Top-Tier Races Masks Downballot Problems
Victor Garcia / Fox News:
Bernie Kerik blasts NYC Mayor de Blasio: People are moving out 'because they're scared to death'
Discussion: Breitbart
Rick Perlstein / New Republic:
The Secret History of Ronald Reagan's Letters
David Sherfinski / Washington Times:
Dr. Anthony Fauci: No reason why we shouldn't be able to vote in person
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Accuses Yale of Discrimination in Application Process
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:
Officials: U.S. seizes Iranian gas heading for Venezuela
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Trump: ‘A lot of people’ think Edward Snowden ‘not being treated fairly’
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
CDC: One quarter of young adults contemplated suicide during pandemic
Discussion: Redstate
New York Post:
Trump says spike in crime, high taxes could help him win New York in 2020 election
Discussion: Mediaite and POLITICUSUSA