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New York Times:
Postal Crisis Ripples Across Nation as Election Looms  —  President Trump's furious objection to mail-in balloting and a new Trump-allied postmaster general are raising fears about the election and the Postal Service.  —  DARBY, Pa. — Each day, when Nick Casselli, the president …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Politico:
Pelosi weighs bringing House back early to address Postal Service crisis  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders are considering cutting short the August recess and bringing the chamber back into session to deal with the unfolding crisis at the U.S. Postal Service, according to Democratic sources.
Discussion: Raw Story and Reuters
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” …
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Q&A: What's happening at the US Postal Service, and why?  —  The U.S. Postal Service is warning states it cannot guarantee that all ballots cast by mail for the Nov. 3 election will arrive in time to be counted, even if ballots are mailed by state deadlines.
Washington Post:
Tracing Trump's Postal Service obsession — from ‘loser’ to ‘scam’ to ‘rigged election’  —  Soon after taking office in 2017, President Trump seized on the U.S. Postal Service as an emblem of the bloated bureaucracy.  “A loser,” he repeatedly labeled one of America's most beloved public institutions …
Discussion: Vox and Los Angeles Times
Rae Yost / KCLO-TV:   Rural South Dakotan shares concerns about potential delays, loss of postal service
New York Times:   2020 Election Live Updates: Democrats Prepare for an Unprecedented Convention
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
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Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Say it loud, assimilated and proud: Kamala, me and the Black immigrant American challenge
Discussion: The Indian Express
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
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.
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Harry Enten / CNN:
A big sign Trump is a weak candidate  —  (CNN)It's often been said that President Donald Trump is “underperforming the fundamentals”.  Some believe Trump's doing worse than the average Republican president would be doing in the polls under similar circumstances.  It's difficult to prove that, however.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
Discussion: Fox News and Axios
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.
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:
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matthew Mauzy / Alert Carolina:
Alert Carolina Emergency Notification: Clusters of COVID-19 cases in Sigma Nu fraternity  —  Students, faculty and staff:  —  The University has identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Sigma Nu fraternity, located at 109 Fraternity Court, Chapel Hill.  A “cluster”  …
Discussion: CBS17.com and The Hill
Daniel Newhauser / Minnesota Reformer:
Congressman spent tax dollars on vendor owned by a member of his staff  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn likes to boast on mail he sends to his constituents that his postcards are, “Proudly printed in Minnesota!”  —  What the Minnesota Republican fails to mention, though …
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: The Hill and Axios
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Coronavirus spread in Georgia is ‘widespread and expanding,’ says report on leaked WH warning  —  A White House task force report warns that the coronavirus spread in Georgia is “widespread and expanding” and “strongly recommends” a statewide mask mandate, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which obtained the report.
Discussion: The Root
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump says postmaster general wants to make USPS “great again”  —  President Trump continued his ongoing attacks on mail-in voting during a press conference Saturday, claiming without strong evidence that voting by mail will make the U.S. a “laughingstock.”  —  What he's saying …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Ex-Wife and a Kennedy Push Wild Bill Gates Coronavirus Conspiracy  —  GET A GRIP  —  The president's second wife, Marla Maples, and anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are pushing a wacky conspiracy theory involving Bill Gates, chip implants, and a COVID-19 vaccine.
HuffPost:
Another Trip To Bedminster Means More Taxpayer And Donor Money In Trump's Pocket  —  The president is back at his New Jersey golf resort, bringing his taxpayer-paid golf tab to $142 million.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump returned to his New Jersey golf course Friday to host a campaign event …
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
The Week QAnon Went Mainstream  —  A supporter of the dangerous conspiracy theory is most likely headed to Congress.  The social media platforms have some soul-searching to do.  —  Opinion writer at large.  —  For almost three years, I've wondered when the QAnon tipping point would arrive …
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.
 
 
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Zachary Hansen / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Discussion: Law & Crime, The Root and New York Post
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David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Latest Assault on the Law Comes From George W. Bush's Torture Lawyer
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
USPS's Louis DeJoy makes his mark as part of a motley GOP crew
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
QAnon-Loving Trump Sycophant Bill Mitchell Gets Permanently Booted From Twitter
Discussion: Reclaim The Net
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
Discussion: Townhall
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Harris ‘electrifies’ West Indian voters — and gives Biden a new edge in Florida
Discussion: Raw Story
John Sexton / HotAir:
California Democrats Propose A Wealth Tax Which Taxes You Even After You Leave The State
Discussion: CBS San Francisco