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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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Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Internal USPS Documents Outline Plans to Hobble Mail Sorting  —  ‘This will slow mail processing,’ a union official wrote on one of the documents announcing the machine removals.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  The United States Postal Service proposed removing 20 percent of letter sorting machines …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Obama: Trump trying to ‘actively kneecap’ Postal Service to affect 2020 election  —  Former President Barack Obama, in an interview released Friday, slammed President Donald Trump for trying to “actively kneecap the Postal Service” to affect mail-in voting in the 2020 election and urged lawmakers …
Pam Fessler / NPR:
New Postmaster Hasn't Yet Met Election Officials About Mail-In Ballot Concerns  —  Election officials are seeking clarification from the Postal Service about how recent cutbacks will affect what's expected to be an avalanche of mail-in voting in the upcoming election.
Discussion: The Hill
USA Today:   Trump is determined to rig this election, defraud voters and thwart the will of the people
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   Just How Far Will Trump Go?  —  President Donald Trump's open admission yesterday …
Maritsa Georgiou / KECI:   Dozens of Montana USPS drop boxes removed
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of ‘overwhelming’ risk to voters
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Review of Russia Inquiry  —  Prosecutors did not reveal any evidence of the kind of broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials that the president has long alleged.  —  WASHINGTON — A former F.B.I. lawyer intends to plead guilty …
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Associated Press:
Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Durham look at Russia probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.
CourtListener:
Information - Felony — Document #1
Discussion: The Federalist and Breitbart
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Kevin Clinesmith, Corrupt FBI Attorney Who Falsified Carter Page FISA Warrant, Expected To Plead Guilty
Discussion: Townhall and Law & Crime
CNN:
Former FBI lawyer set to plead guilty to altering email during Russia investigation
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
In first criminal case from Durham probe, former FBI lawyer to plead guilty for altering document
Discussion: Fox News, Vanity Fair and Reuters
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Top DHS officials Wolf and Cuccinelli are not legally eligible to serve in their current roles, congressional watchdog agency finds  —  The appointments of the top two officials at the Department of Homeland Security violated federal law, the Government Accountability Office said on Friday.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GAO finds Chad Wolf, Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to serve in their top DHS roles  —  Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli were invalidly appointed to their positions and are ineligible to serve, a congressional watchdog determined Friday.
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 …
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: Wall Street Journal and Raw Story
ABC News:
Trump brother hospitalized in New York: Sources  —  President expected to visit brother, Robert Trump, sources said.  —  Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, has been hospitalized in New York, sources told ABC News, a development confirmed by the White House.
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Washington Post:
Trump to visit younger brother, Robert Trump, who is ‘very ill’ in hospital
Discussion: ABC News
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
House GOP candidate known for QAnon support was ‘correspondent’ for conspiracy website  —  Before running for office, Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote dozens of articles as a “correspondent” for a conspiracy news website, according to archived web pages uncovered by NBC News.
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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.
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.
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO Max Adds “Proper Social Context” Intro to ‘Blazing Saddles’  —  The disclaimer is similar to the one the streamer added before ‘Gone With the Wind.’  —  Blazing Saddles is currently streaming on HBO Max, along with a new introduction that automatically plays before the Mel Brooks classic begins.
Discussion: NME, The Daily Caller, /Film and The Wrap
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Federal Appeals Court Rules California's Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Unconstitutional  —  A federal appeals court on Friday overturned California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, ruling that the prohibition violates the Second Amendment.  —  “Even well-intentioned laws must …
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
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Don Thompson / Associated Press:
9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity magazines
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Michael Powell / New York Times:
A Black Marxist Scholar Wanted to Talk About Race.  It Ignited a Fury.  —  The cancellation of a speech reflects an intense debate on the left: Is racism the primary problem in America today, or the outgrowth of a system that oppresses all poor people?  —  Adolph Reed is a son of the segregated South …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
'Do you regret at all, all the lying you've done?':  A reporter's blunt question to Trump goes unanswered  —  For more than half an hour on Thursday, President Trump sounded familiar themes at his coronavirus briefing: blasting presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, arguing …
FiveThirtyEight:
How To Vote In The 2020 Election  —  A state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19  —  How easy — or difficult — absentee voting is in each state  —  Everyone can vote absentee, and ballots are automatically mailed to voters Everyone can vote absentee, and absentee-ballot applications …
Sonali Paul / Reuters:
‘Little brown girl’: Australian Biden-Harris cartoon sparks furore  —  MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A cartoon in Australia's biggest national newspaper drew condemnation on Friday as being racist for portraying U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden describing his new running mate, Kamala Harris, as “this little brown girl”.
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
The 10 Scariest Election Scenarios, Ranked  —  We asked 10 experts for their worst election nightmares—and how to prevent them from happening.  —  As the election nears, anxieties are growing over the possibility that President Donald Trump will try to cling to power if he loses to former Vice President Joe Biden.
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.
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
President Trump to Be Featured Each Day of GOP Convention  —  Plan is a departure from previous nominating events when candidates were showcased on the final night  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump will be featured each day of the Republican National Convention, say officials involved in planning it …
Discussion: Raw Story
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Michael Mina is a professor of epidemiology at Harvard, where he studies the diagnostic testing of infectious diseases.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump presses Barr to target his perceived enemies before election … It was last year when the Justice Department's inspector general concluded that there was nothing improper about the federal investigation into the Russian scandal.  Attorney General Bill Barr said he didn't much care …
Alex Nowrasteh / Cato Institute:
John Eastman on Birthright Citizenship, Kamala Harris, the Mexican Repatriation, and Citizenship for the Children of Braceros  —  Earlier this week, Chapman University law professor John Eastman used the announcement that Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's pick to be Vice President to explain …
 
 
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
CDC's chief of staff, deputy chief of staff jointly depart
Discussion: Breitbart
Robby Soave / Reason:
UConn Will Pay White Fragility Author Robin DiAngelo $20,000 To Train School Administrators
Discussion: The College Fix
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's election meddling is threatening US democracy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Hand over the political reins to millennials
Discussion: Washingtonian
David Morgan / Reuters:
Trump says ready to push out coronavirus aid, blames Democrats for holdup
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Kellyanne Conway Violated the Hatch Act. Again.
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Blame Fox News for the Rise of QAnon
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Magazine:
Michigan senator who got COVID didn't wear a mask at anti-Whitmer event
Discussion: Raw Story
Caroline Bryant / The Bulwark:
Ralph Reed's ‘Christian Case for Trump’ Fails to Convince
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Agony of the Anti-Anti-Trumpers  —  BUt tHe mEDiA!  —  It's mid-August and I find myself thinking about Dante lately.
Allister Heath / Telegraph:
Sweden's success shows the true cost of our arrogant, failed establishment
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review