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3:50 PM ET, August 15, 2020

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump's attacks on the Postal Service deserve sustained, red-alert coverage from the media  —  Listen to President Trump long enough, and, despite his penchant for falsehood, you'll eventually hear some unvarnished truth.  —  That happened Thursday when he stated his intentions clearly in an interview with Fox Business Network.
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Khalida Volou / wusa9.com:
Protesters gather outside of USPS Postmaster General's home in DC amid voter suppression allegations  —  The activists with Shut Down DC staged an early morning “wake up call” outside the home of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.  —  WASHINGTON — A group of protesters staged a “noise demonstration” …
David Sirota / Too Much Information:
Trump's Postal Service Chairman Has Led Senate GOP's $100 Million Super PAC  —  Trump just installed a former RNC chair to lead the board that oversees USPS — now the agency faces allegations that it is being used to rig the 2020 election.  —  4 hr  —  In the months before the 2020 election …
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Q&A: What's happening at the US Postal Service, and why?
Discussion: Axios, Politico and WTOP
Rae Yost / KCLO-TV:   Rural South Dakotan shares concerns about potential delays, loss of postal service
Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Exclusive: UPS, FedEx warn they cannot carry ballots like U.S. Postal Service
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service will stop removing mailboxes
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
USPS's Louis DeJoy makes his mark as part of a motley GOP crew
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Say it loud, assimilated and proud: Kamala, me and the Black immigrant American challenge  —  Thursday, President Trump got the brand back together, giving a shoutout to an online article questioning Kamala Harris' legitimacy to ever be president, pointing to an online article that wondered if Harris was a …
Discussion: The Indian Express and Slate
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Linda Chavez / The Bulwark:
Natural Born Citizens  —  Kamala Harris isn't the face of America's future but its present — and that terrifies the president's pseudo-intellectual backers.  —  Kamala Harris was born in California—which no one disputes is part of the United States of America (yet)—but a group of what passes …
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Biden campaign unveils first ad featuring running mate Sen. Kamala Harris  —  The ad is also the campaign's first bilingual spot of the cycle.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign has rolled out its first ad featuring the presumptive Democratic nominee's newly named running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:   Kamala Harris Changes the Race While Trump Tells on Himself
CNN:
Republican: Condemn the ‘birther’ attack on Kamala Harris
Discussion: NPR and Raw Story
Los Angeles Times:
Senate committee sought investigation of Bannon, raised concerns about Trump family testimony  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee sent a bipartisan letter to the Justice Department asking federal prosecutors to investigate Steve Bannon, a former Trump confidante, for potentially lying …
Zach Lowe / ESPN:
Saliva-based coronavirus test funded by NBA, NBPA gets emergency authorization from FDA  —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization on Saturday allowing public use of a saliva-based test for the coronavirus developed at Yale University and funded by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
It Took Newsweek Three Days and a Staff Revolt to Apologize for Kamala Harris Birtherism Op-Ed  —  The apology nevertheless fell far short of staffers' demands that the magazine retract and remove the supposedly erudite exploration of 19th century Supreme Court rulings.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump the distracter brings his act to the DNC  —  In Delaware next week, Joe Biden will take the stage to accept the Democratic nomination for president — a moment of triumph more than 30 years after he first ran for president.  —  On the same day, President Donald Trump will take the stage …
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New York Times:   Trump Campaign Makes Huge Digital Ad Buy During Democratic Convention
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Promotes Pedo-Ring Conspiracy Theories.  Now They're Stealing Kids.  —  RAMPING UP THE CRAZY  —  The far-right fringe group infamous for promoting nutjob conspiracy theories about pedophile rings has moved on to criminally meddling in child custody cases.  —  Part One of Two Parts:
Discussion: Big Think
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Harris ‘electrifies’ West Indian voters — and gives Biden a new edge in Florida  —  LAUDERHILL, Fla. — Almost as soon as Kamala Harris became the first woman of Jamaican-Indian descent to be nominated for vice president, a mock White House menu of oxtail and jerk chicken cropped …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
A Dictatorship in Belarus Is Shaken  —  It seems that those living under Aleksandr Lukashenko's rule won't abide him forever.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
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Washington Post:
A Florida school district wanted to wait to reopen school buildings.  Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to cut its funding.  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida is making a high-stakes gamble on school openings, with superintendents pressured into decisions that some fear will result in outbreaks of covid-19.
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kanye West Is Trying to Get on the Ballot in Two More Purple States  —  Kanye West's presidential campaign is moving to get on the ballot in two new purple states, Minnesota and Virginia, after filing Friday in Iowa.  —  The three states join Wisconsin, Ohio, and Colorado as competitive states …
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
New CDC guidance says Covid-19 rates in children ‘steadily increasing’  —  CDC warns US coronavirus death toll may reach 200K in weeks  —  (CNN)Health experts say children make up more than 7% of all coronavirus cases in the US — while comprising about 22% of the country's population …
Discussion: UPI, New York Post and The Hill
Zachary Hansen / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Civil rights probe launched after Ga. trooper charged with murder, attorney says  —  The GBI has charged a Georgia State Patrol trooper with murder in a driver's death, and the victim's family attorney says a federal civil rights investigation has been launched.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
Kyle Olson / Breitbart:
Michigan Rejects 846 Mailed Ballots ‘Because the Voter Was Dead’  —  Michigan clerks rejected 10,694 mailed ballots during the August 4 primary.  —  Of those, 846 ballots were not accepted “because the voter was dead,” the Detroit News reported.  —  Further, 2,225 ballots were denied …
Rahm Emanuel / Wall Street Journal:
‘Biden Republicans,’ Don't Turn Back  —  ‘Reagan Democrats’ found a permanent home in the GOP after 1980.  The tables may now turn at last.  —  President Trump is eager to frame this year's election as another 1968, when chaos sent voters fleeing to the candidate who promised law and order.
Discussion: Axios
Wyatt DobrovichFago / FOX News Radio:
“The Damnedest Thing I've Ever Seen” Chris Wallace On Biden Campaign Not Putting Any Surrogates On Sunday Shows Before Convention  —  Chris Wallace - Host of Fox News Sunday & Author of “Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days that Changed the World ” …
Discussion: Townhall
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow skips Durham probe's guilty plea — despite previous Russia obsession  —  The cable news star has seen her ratings drop since the conclusion of the Mueller investigation — despite millions of potential viewers largely confined to their homes
Neil Steinberg / Chicago Sun-Times:
Former Gov. James Thompson, a giant of Illinois politics, dead at 84  —  Former Gov. James Thompson, shown here at a 2007 news conference, discussing a federal appeals court opinion that upheld Gov. George Ryan's racketeering and fraud conviction.  Thompson died Friday at 84.  AP file photo
Discussion: NBC Chicago
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Latest Assault on the Law Comes From George W. Bush's Torture Lawyer  —  Trump will follow the John Yoo playbook in a second term: Doing whatever he wants, the law and Constitution be damned, and daring the courts or Congress to stop him.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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John O. McGinnis / City Journal:
On the Ground … When Authority Vanishes  —  Chicago's leaders have surrendered to vandals.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Newly renovated White House Rose Garden to be unveiled next week
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Iowans struggle to find help, strength after powerful storm devastates homes, farms
Harry Enten / CNN:
Large convention bounces are unlikely In 2020
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Ridiculous trigger warning for ‘Blazing Saddles’ shows how far culture has gone off rails
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Ghaith Al-Omari / NBC News:
Israel-UAE deal achieves a Middle East rarity: It's win-win-win, Palestinians included
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
Republican QAnon candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene's win highlights coming 2020 crisis
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
QAnon-Loving Trump Sycophant Bill Mitchell Gets Permanently Booted From Twitter
Discussion: Reclaim The Net
John Sexton / HotAir:
California Democrats Propose A Wealth Tax Which Taxes You Even After You Leave The State
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
Daniela Altimari / Hartford Courant:
A Connecticut Congressional candidate was arrested on domestic violence charges just days ago — but GOP insiders knew of the allegations against him for months
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Beast and CNN
Justice News:
Drug-Dealing, White Supremacist Stripper Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice