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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.
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 …
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 …
Roll Call:   House cutting recess short to act on Postal Service ‘sabotage’
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump's coup-by-mail is underway. America can't wait until November to fight back
Discussion: Scripting News
Mike Allen / Axios:   Pelosi calls House back to act on Postal Service “sabotage”
William H. McRaven / Washington Post:   Trump is actively working to undermine the Postal Service — and every major U.S. institution
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
Gary Langer / ABC News:
54% approve of Harris selection, including 1 in 4 Republicans: POLL
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
The Daily Beast:
Diamond & Silk Suggest Fox News Executives ‘Ordered a Hit’ on Them  —  ‘DITCH & SWITCH’  —  In their new book, the MAGA star sisters accuse Fox News of a racist double-standard in giving them the boot for saying the same things its white stars regularly claim.
ABC News Public Relations:
ABC NEWS LANDS THE FIRST JOINT NETWORK INTERVIEWS WITH FORMER VP JOE BIDEN AND SEN. KAMALA HARRIS  —  “WORLD NEWS TONIGHT” ANCHOR DAVID MUIR CONDUCTS FIRST JOINT SIT DOWN INTERVIEW WITH BIDEN AND HARRIS, AND “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” CO-ANCHOR ROBIN ROBERTS WILL HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH BIDEN AND HARRIS ON THE HISTORY-MAKING CHOICE
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Democrats know exactly what the campaign is about
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
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.
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels  —  Under emergency coronavirus orders, the Trump administration is using hotels across the country to hold migrant children and families before expelling them.  —  The Trump administration has been using major hotel chains …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
Michelle Locke / Associated Press:
‘Hansel and Gretel’ Unfair to Witches, School Board Told  —  MICHELLE LOCKEJune 1, 1992 GMT  —  WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) _ Hansel and Gretel: Innocent, resourceful children, or messengers of hate?  —  To a witch, the answer is clear.  —  Add the Brothers Grimm classic to the long …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Election newsletter Debates Opinions  —  For nearly a decade, Wisconsin was the center of the Republican Party's universe.  The 2010 election put Gov. Scott Walker in power, with a like-minded legislature eager to transform the state.  Months after that victory, former Wisconsin GOP chairman …
 
 
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Intelligence community has delivered nearly 20 classified election threat briefings to Trump, Biden, RNC, DNC, Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel M. Cohen / The Intercept:
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