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6:30 PM ET, August 15, 2020

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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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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.
Discussion: Reuters, Axios, WTOP, Breitbart and NBC Chicago
New York Times:   2020 Election Live Updates: Democrats Prepare for an Unprecedented Convention
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service will stop removing mailboxes
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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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 and Slate
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
Rae Yost / KCLO-TV:
Rural South Dakotan shares concerns about potential delays, loss of postal service  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — When he buys a stamp he's establishing a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver that letter or parcel on time and accurately, said Herreid resident Robert Thullner said.
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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.
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.
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: Axios
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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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:
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow skips Durham probe's guilty plea — despite previous Russia obsession
Neil Steinberg / Chicago Sun-Times:
Former Gov. James Thompson, a giant of Illinois politics, dead at 84
Discussion: New York Times and NBC Chicago
Zachary Hansen / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Civil rights probe launched after Ga. trooper charged with murder, attorney says
Discussion: Law & Crime, The Root and New York Post
John O. McGinnis / City Journal:
On the Ground … When Authority Vanishes  —  Chicago's leaders have surrendered to vandals.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Latest Assault on the Law Comes From George W. Bush's Torture Lawyer
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
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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
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
USPS's Louis DeJoy makes his mark as part of a motley GOP crew
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ghaith Al-Omari / NBC News:
Israel-UAE deal achieves a Middle East rarity: It's win-win-win, Palestinians included
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
John Sexton / HotAir:
California Democrats Propose A Wealth Tax Which Taxes You Even After You Leave The State
Discussion: CBS San Francisco