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Nick Harper:
Stop Panicking about the Post Office  —  A lot of fear and misinformation has been spreading throughout social media the past few days about the post office.  People seem to think the sky is falling.  But they're missing a lot of important context.  —  I am here to tell you that yes …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Pelosi calls House back to act on Postal Service “sabotage”  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats on Sunday evening that the House will be called back from August recess — likely on Saturday, Axios is told — to act to “save the Postal Service.”  —  Why it matters: Democratic lawmakers …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Biden and Trump matchup tightens as enthusiasm hits new high  —  (CNN)Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump among registered voters has significantly narrowed since June, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, even as the former vice president maintains an advantage over the President …
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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 …
Natasha S. Alford / TheGrio:
Kamala Harris has a message for voters who aren't feeling her and Joe Biden
Gary Langer / ABC News:
54% approve of Harris selection, including 1 in 4 Republicans: POLL
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Democrats know exactly what the campaign is about
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
CBS News:
Biden solidifies Democratic base support ahead of convention — Battleground Tracker poll
Discussion: The Week
Allie Bice / Politico:
Sanders defends Harris as vice presidential pick
Discussion: NBC News, Axios, Reuters and The Hill
Matthew Rink / Erie Daily Times-Morning News:
Erie loses mail-sorting machines in USPS purge  —  Two of Erie's six delivery bar code sorters, which can sort 36,000 pieces of mail an hour, were unplugged in recent weeks.  —  The U.S. Postal Service in recent weeks unplugged two of its six delivery bar code sorters from its East 38th Street processing facility in Erie.
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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
Discussion: Scripting News
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, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
We'll Protect America's Suburbs  —  We reject the ultraliberal view that the federal bureaucracy should dictate where and how people live.  —  The crime and chaos in Democrat-run cities have gotten so bad that liberals are even getting out of Manhattan's Upper West Side.
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.
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.
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 …
Alyson Krueger / New York Times:
Rapid Testing Is the New Velvet Rope  —  Determined to proceed with parties and events this summer, hosts are adding screenings at the door.  But such measures are hardly a guarantee of safety, medical experts warn.  —  Dr. Asma Rashid, who runs a members-only medical concierge service in the Hamptons …
Dave Lawler / Axios:
The U.S. is far behind other rich countries in coronavirus response  —  Over the past several weeks, the coronavirus has killed Americans at six times the average rate in other rich countries.  And we're recording about eight times more infections.  —  Why it matters: The virus burned through …
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / NPR:
‘Hatemonger’ Tracks How Right-Wing Media Shaped Trump Policy Architect Stephen Miller  —  Toggle more options  —  Stephen Miller is the architect of Donald Trump's extreme policies on immigration.  —  And leaked emails have shown him pushing white-power ideology cloaked in pseudo-science.
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden won't lease a “campaign plane,” breaking a candidate tradition for decades  —  The “campaign plane” is becoming another casualty of the pandemic.  —  Driving the news: Joe Biden's team hasn't booked any air travel — and thus has no need to lease an aircraft with the Democratic nominee's name …
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: Rod Dreher, Althouse and Viking Pundit
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump eyes new unproven coronavirus “cure”  —  To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to approve an extract from the oleander plant as a dietary supplement to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.
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
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
 
 
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Intelligence community has delivered nearly 20 classified election threat briefings to Trump, Biden, RNC, DNC, Congress
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David Wasserman / NBC News:
Here are the Trump battleground states that Harris can help Biden retake
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Trump has a plan to steal the election and it's not clear Democrats have a plan to stop him
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