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12:05 PM ET, August 16, 2020

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John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Leads Trump, 50% to 41%, in Poll Ahead of Party Conventions  —  President struggles to reach job approval that would make re-election more likely, while opponent draws soft support that could present turnout challenges  —  President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden start …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Biden remains ahead of Trump nationally on eve of conventions in NBC News/WSJ poll  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump continues to trail Democratic challenger Joe Biden nationally as more than 60 percent of voters say America's response to the coronavirus has been unsuccessful …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
CBS News:
Biden solidifies Democratic base support ahead of convention — Battleground Tracker poll  —  Helped by a party that seems unified behind him, Joe Biden leads in our current estimate of the Electoral College — the only count that will matter — as his nominating convention begins.
Allie Bice / Politico:
Sanders defends Harris as vice presidential pick
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
Harry Enten / CNN:
Biden heads into the conventions in a historically strong position
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
House accelerates oversight of Postal Service as uproar grows, demanding top testify at ‘urgent’ hearing  —  The House Oversight Committee announced a hearing for Aug. 24, inviting Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service board of governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan
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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
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
Oversight Committee Calls Postmaster General to Testify at “Urgent” Hearing on Sweeping Operational and Organizational Changes  —  “Over the past several weeks, there have been startling new revelations about the scope and gravity of operational changes you are implementing at hundreds …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
Politico:
Pelosi weighs bringing House back early to address Postal Service crisis
CNN:
Democrats seriously considering bringing House back into session next week over USPS issues
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Tracing Trump's Postal Service obsession — from ‘loser’ to ‘scam’ to ‘rigged election’
Discussion: Vox
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The Most Tremendous Reelection Campaign in American History Ever Inside the chaotic, desperate, last-minute Trump 2020 reboot.  —  For the two and a half years that he was in charge, a Brad Parscale sighting was always news at Trump campaign headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Robert Trump, younger brother of President Trump who filed lawsuit against niece, dies at 71
Jim Mustian / Associated Press:
Robert Trump, the president's younger brother, dead at 71
NBC News:
Trump eyes Putin meeting before November election, say four people familiar with discussions  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has told aides he'd like to hold an in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the November election, according to four people familiar with the discussions.
Discussion: Bloomberg
USA Today:
Trump has a plan to steal the election and it's not clear Democrats have a plan to stop him  —  My only wish for the 2020 election was that it not turn out to be anything like the disaster that was 2016.  Yet as we head into the Democratic National Convention, we've already seen almost everything …
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Harry Enten / CNN:
A big sign Trump is a weak candidate
Discussion: Raw Story
David Wasserman / NBC News:
Here are the Trump battleground states that Harris can help Biden retake … It's too early to tell how much Joe Biden's historic selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate will help boost support for the Democratic ticket among African American voters.
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Nursing Homes With Safety Problems Deploy Trump-Connected Lobbyists  —  Nursing homes, the center of the pandemic, are seeking tax breaks, federal cash infusions and protection against lawsuits.  —  Some want direct government aid.  Others want tax breaks.  Many want protection against lawsuits.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Stacey Abrams, 16 Rising Stars to Keynote Democratic Meeting  — Coveted speaking spot often reserved for one emerging leader  — House members in tight re-election campaigns among the group  —  Seventeen rising Democratic stars will together give the keynote address at the party's convention …
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
Progressive Boston Doctor Seeks to Unseat “Do-Nothing Moderate Democrat” in Congress … With just over two weeks left until the Massachusetts Democratic primary, progressives across the country are focused on the high-profile primaries of Sen. Ed Markey, who is fending off a challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy …
James Altucher:
NYC Is Dead Forever... Here's Why  —  I love NYC.  When I first moved to NYC, it was a dream come true.  Every corner was like a theater production happening right in front of me.  So much personality, so many stories.  —  Every subculture I loved was in NYC.  I could play chess all day and night.
Discussion: Althouse
Ivan Krastev / Foreign Policy:
The Tragic Romance of the Middle-Aged Western Liberal  —  Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies.  —  Anne Applebaum opens her new book, Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
54% approve of Harris selection, including 1 in 4 Republicans: POLL  —  More Americans approve than disapprove by a 25-point margin.  —  More Americans approve than disapprove of Joe Biden's choice of Sen. Kamala Harris for the 2020 Democratic ticket by a 25-point margin, 54-29%, in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Shawn Hubler / New York Times:
As Colleges Move Classes Online, Families Rebel Against the Cost
Margaret Beste / Campus Reform:
Feds launch probe of Stanford, Fordham over alleged undisclosed gifts from China
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Unconventional Democratic convention will juggle hundreds of live feeds to re-create the feel of a party celebration
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Conor Lamb Found a Way to Win in Trump Country. Can Biden Follow His Path?
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
‘Hidden’ Trump Voters Exist. But How Much Impact Will They Have?
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
How NYC championed broken windows policing and threw it away
Mia Cathell / The Post Millennial:
New DA in Portland admits he is ‘old buddies’ with an Antifa militant
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Antifa Goes to Sturgis
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
In Republican Alaska, GOP incumbents face strongest challenges in decades amid the coronavirus pandemic
New York Times:
'We're Clearly Not Doing Enough': Drop in Testing Hampers Coronavirus Response
Discussion: Gothamist
New York Times:
Shifting Dynamics of the Mideast Pushed Israel and U.A.E. Together
SOM - State of Michigan:
Rejected absentee ballot numbers highlight need for legislative changes
Matthew Mauzy / Alert Carolina:
Alert Carolina Emergency Notification: Clusters of COVID-19 cases in Sigma Nu fraternity
Discussion: CBS17.com and The Hill
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Coronavirus spread in Georgia is ‘widespread and expanding,’ says report on leaked WH warning
Rahm Emanuel / Wall Street Journal:
‘Biden Republicans,’ Don't Turn Back
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Axios
 

 
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Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Graydon Carter opens a physical store called Air Mail Newsstand in NYC, as an extension of his digital newsletter Air Mail, selling books, magazines, and more

Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
PE firm Blackstone offers ~$1.5B to purchase Hipgnosis, about 7% higher than the bid made earlier this week by Concord to which Hipgnosis' board had agreed

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards

 
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