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12:35 AM ET, August 16, 2020

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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: CNN, The Hill, Reuters, Raw Story and Axios
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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: Redstate
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
Axios:
Pelosi considers recalling House for Postal Service vote  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders discussed the possibility of bringing the House back early to act on what they see as a crisis with the Postal Service, a House Democratic aide told Axios Saturday.
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” …
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Democrats Prepare for an Unprecedented Convention
Discussion: TalkLeft and Breitbart
Rae Yost / KCLO-TV:   Rural South Dakotan shares concerns about potential delays, loss of postal service
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Robert S. Trump, the President's Younger Brother, Dies at 71  —  A loyal spokesman for the family, he shunned the spotlight and had “zero sense of entitlement.”  —  Robert S. Trump, the younger brother of President Trump, died on Saturday night at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
Discussion: CNN, Axios and Al Jazeera
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Jim Mustian / Associated Press:
Robert Trump, the president's younger brother, dead at 71  —  President Donald Trump's younger brother, Robert Trump, has died after being hospitalized in New York  —  NEW YORK — President Donald Trump's younger brother, Robert Trump, a businessman known for an even keel that seemed almost incompatible …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Robert Trump, younger brother of President Trump who filed lawsuit against niece, dies at 71  —  Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Trump, said in 2016 that he supported his sibling's candidacy “one thousand percent.”  The brothers were photographed embracing on election night.
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Antifa Goes to Sturgis  —  Earlier today, a handful of Antifa goofs decided to take their anti-American shtick to the annual biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.  If this sounds like a bad idea to you, you are right.  —  Actually, the bikers were commendably well-behaved.
SOM - State of Michigan:
Rejected absentee ballot numbers highlight need for legislative changes  —  Majority of rejections could be easily fixed with changes to law  —  The majority of disenfranchised voters in last week's statewide primary could easily have had their votes counted with small changes in law, preliminary data on rejected ballot numbers show.
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Kyle Olson / Breitbart:
Michigan Rejects 846 Mailed Ballots ‘Because the Voter Was Dead’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Shifting Dynamics of the Mideast Pushed Israel and U.A.E. Together  —  Prime Minister Netanyahu's quest to open relations with Arab countries without settling the Palestinian conflict long seemed quixotic.  External events changed the equation.  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin …
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Reuters:   Israel-UAE deal could open up U.S. weapons sales to Gulf kingdom, experts say
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In Republican Alaska, GOP incumbents face strongest challenges in decades amid the coronavirus pandemic  —  Five months ago, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) appeared before more than 50 seniors in a town north of Anchorage and dismissed the surging coronavirus pandemic as “the beer virus” that was built mostly on “hysteria” by the media.
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.
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
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Teen leading in Kansas race admits blackmail, revenge porn … TOPEKA, Kan. — Democrats are scrambling to deal with the strong possibility that a 19-year-old candidate for a Kansas House seat in Kansas City will unseat a veteran lawmaker despite making incendiary comments on social media …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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: Fox News, The Hill and Axios
New York Times:
'We're Clearly Not Doing Enough': Drop in Testing Hampers Coronavirus Response  —  For the first time during the pandemic, the United States saw a downward trend in the number of coronavirus tests conducted each day.  —  For months, public health experts and federal officials …
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
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
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
 
 
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Daniel Newhauser / Minnesota Reformer:
Congressman spent tax dollars on vendor owned by a member of his staff
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow skips Durham probe's guilty plea — despite previous Russia obsession
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Ex-Wife and a Kennedy Push Wild Bill Gates Coronavirus Conspiracy
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kanye West Is Trying to Get on the Ballot in Two More Purple States
John O. McGinnis / City Journal:
On the Ground … When Authority Vanishes  —  Chicago's leaders have surrendered to vandals.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
A Dictatorship in Belarus Is Shaken
Discussion: Washington Post
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Latest Assault on the Law Comes From George W. Bush's Torture Lawyer
Discussion: Raw Story
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
New CDC guidance says Covid-19 rates in children ‘steadily increasing’
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Washington Post:
A Florida school district wanted to wait to reopen school buildings. Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to cut its funding.
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
Discussion: NBC News and The Indian Express
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Promotes Pedo-Ring Conspiracy Theories. Now They're Stealing Kids.
 

 
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