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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 …
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: Scripting News
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: POLITICUSUSA, Daily Kos and The Week
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 …
CBS News:
Biden solidifies Democratic base support ahead of convention — Battleground Tracker poll
Discussion: The Week
USA Today:
Trump has a plan to steal the election and it's not clear Democrats have a plan to stop him
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Natasha S. Alford / TheGrio:
Kamala Harris has a message for voters who aren't feeling her and Joe Biden  —  EXCLUSIVE: In an interview with theGrio, Sen. Harris explains why showing up to vote is a life or death matter in the age of COVID-19.  —  Loading the player...  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has a message …
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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 …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
‘May rent.  June rent.  Late fees.  Penalties.’ … There's no room for disbelief in my position.  I've had other people tell me: “Really?  They're evicting you during a pandemic?  That's crazy.”  I don't know.  Maybe it is.  I haven't had time to sit and feel sorry.
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.
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
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
Luke Kenton / Daily Mail:
'I'm leaving, you guys won': Moment furious Seattle cop tells activist he's quitting because of constant unrest caused by BLM protests - just days after city's Chief of Police resigned over huge budget cut  — While the circumstances surrounding the video remain unclear, the officer …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
Caroline Graham / Daily Mail:
Hollywood's Apocalypse NOW: Rich and famous are fleeing in droves as liberal politics and coronavirus turn City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals  —  Gold's Gym has become synonymous with the Hollywood Dream.  —  Set just a few hundred yards from the ocean …
New York Times:
Trump's Policies Are a Boon to the Super Rich.  So Where Are All the Seven-Figure Checks?  —  Only a small fraction of the president's top donors from 2016 have given as much to his re-election effort.  —  Timothy Mellon, reclusive heir to a Pittsburgh banking fortune …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 and Viking Pundit
New York Times:
Milwaukee's Lost Mega-Event: 'It's the Ghost Convention Now'  —  The Democratic convention starts Monday.  But none of the leading participants will be in Milwaukee, the host city.  Hotels there were closed and the bars of America's most beer-loving city were eerily barren.
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
 
 
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Dave Lawler / Axios:
The U.S. is far behind other rich countries in coronavirus response
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / NPR:
‘Hatemonger’ Tracks How Right-Wing Media Shaped Trump Policy Architect Stephen Miller
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The convention that could bend history
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Calls for nationwide sickout as Arizona school district cancels reopening
Shibley Telhami / Brookings:
The Biden factor in the UAE-Israel deal
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Politico:
Esper eyes $2.2 billion cut to military health care
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Sean Keenan / New York Times:
Barred From a Confederate Shrine, Protesters Scuffle in Georgia
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Harry Enten / CNN:
Biden heads into the conventions in a historically strong position
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Nursing Homes With Safety Problems Deploy Trump-Connected Lobbyists
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How Biden Could Learn From Conor Lamb's Victory in Trump Country
David Wasserman / NBC News:
Here are the Trump battleground states that Harris can help Biden retake
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Stacey Abrams, 16 Rising Stars to Keynote Democratic Meeting
Ivan Krastev / Foreign Policy:
The Tragic Romance of the Middle-Aged Western Liberal
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Robert S. Trump, the President's Younger Brother, Dies at 71
 

 
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