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2:20 PM ET, August 14, 2020

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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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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 …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Just How Far Will Trump Go?  —  The president has dramatically accelerated the pace of his efforts to weaponize the federal government to his advantage.  —  President Donald Trump's open admission yesterday that he's sabotaging the Postal Service to improve his election prospects crystallizes …
Pam Fessler / NPR:   New Postmaster Hasn't Yet Met Election Officials About Mail-In Ballot Concerns
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
Jayati Ramakrishnan / Oregonian:
USPS removes mailboxes in Portland and Eugene, cites ‘declining mail volume’
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 Durham Investigation  —  Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials.  —  WASHINGTON — A former F.B.I. lawyer intends to plead guilty to falsifying a document as part …
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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
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 …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Kevin Clinesmith, Corrupt FBI Attorney Who Falsified Carter Page FISA Warrant, Expected To Plead Guilty
Discussion: Townhall and Law & Crime
Fox News:
Durham probe: Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in first criminal case arising from review, sources say
Discussion: National Review, The Hill and Breitbart
CNN:   Former FBI lawyer set to plead guilty to altering email during Russia investigation
Washington Post:
Ex-FBI lawyer, accused of falsifying document in probe of Trump's campaign, to plead guilty
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Week and Blue Virginia
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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
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)
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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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge orders Trump campaign to produce evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania
Discussion: UPI, Raw Story and Associated Press
CNN:
Trump and first lady request mail-in ballots despite attacks
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
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: /Film, NME and The Daily Caller
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.
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
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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Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
CNN Reporter's ‘Analysis’ of Harris Is One Long Press Release
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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: A day in the life of American politics in 2020
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
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
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Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Magazine:
Michigan senator who got COVID didn't wear a mask at anti-Whitmer event
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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.
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
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Slimiest Character In American Politics?
Discussion: Althouse and Rev