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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   Just How Far Will Trump Go?  —  The president has dramatically accelerated the pace …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Postal workers union endorses Biden, warns that ‘survival’ of USPS is at stake
Discussion: Axios
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.
Discussion: Reuters, Politico, NBC News and Fox News
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
Fox News:
Durham probe: Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in first criminal case arising from review, sources say
Discussion: National Review and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Ex-FBI lawyer, accused of falsifying document in probe of Trump's campaign, to plead guilty
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Ex-FBI Lawyer To Plead Guilty In Durham Probe To Altering Email About Carter Page
Discussion: Twitchy
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
In first criminal case from Durham probe, former FBI lawyer to plead guilty for altering document
Discussion: Fox News, Reuters and Vanity Fair
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.
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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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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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
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: Reason and Fortune
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Sonali Paul / Reuters:
‘Little brown girl’: Australian Biden-Harris cartoon sparks furore
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Slimiest Character In American Politics?
Discussion: Althouse and Rev
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
CNN Reporter's ‘Analysis’ of Harris Is One Long Press Release
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
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, /Film, The Wrap and The Daily Caller
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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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.
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 …
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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Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Kellyanne Conway Violated the Hatch Act. Again.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
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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
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Common, Billie Eilish, John Legend among Dem convention musical acts
Discussion: Reuters
Allister Heath / Telegraph:
Sweden's success shows the true cost of our arrogant, failed establishment
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Cory Gardner Runs Pro-Trump Facebook Ad Being Seen Everywhere — Except In Colorado
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The recession is over for the rich, but the working class is far from recovered
Discussion: National Review and The Week
Lois K. Solomon / Sun-Sentinel:
Principal who made Holocaust comments should not have been fired, judge rules