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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi, Schumer, Maloney, Peters Statement Calling on Postmaster General and Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Testify About Postal Service Sabotage  —  Washington, D.C. - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney …
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 …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump's coup-by-mail is underway.  America can't wait until November to fight back  —  First, they came for the mailboxes.  —  The once-fantastical notion of a political or military coup in the United States has long lingered in the American imagination.  Older Boomers might remember …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
State officials rush to shore up confidence in Nov. 3 election as voters express new fears about mail voting  —  President Trump's unprecedented attacks on the U.S. Postal Service amid widespread mail delays across the country are shaking voters' faith that their ballots will be counted …
Associated Press:
House Dems summon postal leaders to hearing on mail delays
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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: Daily Kos
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, Axios and Washington Times
CBS News:
Biden solidifies Democratic base support ahead of convention — Battleground Tracker poll
Discussion: The Week
Harry Enten / CNN:
Biden heads into the conventions in a historically strong position
Discussion: Mediaite
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: POLITICUSUSA, Axios and Bloomberg
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 and New York Post
Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:
Bill Barr Injures Back While Trying to Lift Mailbox Into Truck  —  WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Attorney General William Barr suffered what was described as a “severe back strain” while trying to lift a mailbox into a pickup truck on Saturday.  —  According to Barr, he tried to give the mailbox …
Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
Suburban Housewives Take a Hard Pass on Trump's Cringeworthy Ploy  —  After Trump tweeted that “suburban housewives” would be voting for him, those same housewives mobilized against him the best way they knew how—on Facebook.  —  Earlier this week, President Donald Trump tweeted what many saw …
Discussion: Raw Story
Shibley Telhami / Brookings:
The Biden factor in the UAE-Israel deal  —  On the face of it, the deal announced by President Donald Trump on the normalization of Israel-United Arab Emirates (UAE) ties was something that his administration can claim as an achievement.  From the point of view of the administration's project in the Middle East, it is.
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
‘Hidden’ Trump Voters Exist.  But How Much Impact Will They Have?  —  Republicans insist that millions of Americans want to vote for Trump but won't admit it.  Polling experts tell a different story.  —  MOORESVILLE, N.C. — It wasn't the most obvious spot for a flag that people usually buy to make a big statement.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
Facebook algorithm found to ‘actively promote’ Holocaust denial … Facebook's algorithm “actively promotes” Holocaust denial content according to an analysis that will increase pressure on the social media giant to remove antisemitic content relating to the Nazi genocide.
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Incited Her to Kidnap Her Son and Then Hid Her From the Law  —  ON THE RUN  —  Beguiled by far-right conspiracy theories that foster care was a front for child sex-trafficking, Cyndie Abcug allegedly planned to kidnap her son.  Then she went on the run.  —  Part Two of a Two-Part Series
Politico:
Esper eyes $2.2 billion cut to military health care  —  Pentagon officials working on Defense Secretary Mark Esper's cost-cutting review of the department have proposed slashing military health care by $2.2 billion, a reduction that some defense officials say could effectively gut …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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 …
John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Iran ‘Snapback’ Isn't Worth the Risk  —  It would weaken the Security Council veto, which serves U.S. interests at the U.N.  —  For the U.S., there is one point of high principle worth dying in a ditch for at the United Nations: Never impair the Security Council veto.
 
 
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The convention that could bend history
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Calls for nationwide sickout as Arizona school district cancels reopening
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Tax Agenda Hinges on Democratic Control of Senate
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Barred From a Confederate Shrine, Protesters Scuffle in Georgia
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As Colleges Move Classes Online, Families Rebel Against the Cost
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Feds launch probe of Stanford, Fordham over alleged undisclosed gifts from China
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Unconventional Democratic convention will juggle hundreds of live feeds to re-create the feel of a party celebration
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The Tragic Romance of the Middle-Aged Western Liberal
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Antifa Goes to Sturgis
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Robert S. Trump, the President's Younger Brother, Dies at 71
 

 
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