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8:35 AM ET, August 17, 2020

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague on House Returning to Save the Postal Service  —  The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services: delivering prescriptions, Social Security checks, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans …
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William H. McRaven / Washington Post:
Trump is actively working to undermine the Postal Service — and every major U.S. institution  —  William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014.  —  In the 1997 film “The Postman,” set in post-apocalyptic America …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Fernando Alfonso III / CNN:
Voters in North Carolina have received absentee ballot request forms in the mail with Trump's face on them  —  (CNN)Given the crisis facing the United States Postal Service before a presidential election, the last thing John Herter expected to receive in the mail Saturday was an absentee ballot request form …
Discussion: Sputnik News, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A reality-based look at Trump and the Post Office  —  The news is filled with reports of President Trump's “assault” on the United States Postal Service.  The president, Democrats and some in the media say, is deliberately slowing mail delivery and crippling the Postal Service so that it cannot handle …
Matthew Rink / Erie Daily Times-Morning News:   Erie loses mail-sorting machines in USPS purge
Joseph Marks / Washington Post:
Pelosi calls House lawmakers back to vote on post office legislation
Discussion: The Week, Slate and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
State officials rush to shore up confidence in Nov. 3 election as voters express new fears about mail voting
Roll Call:   House interrupting recess to act on Postal Service ‘sabotage’
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Trump's finger-pointing on USPS is latest attempt to rewrite history in real time
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Post and IJR
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump's coup-by-mail is underway. America can't wait until November to fight back
Discussion: Gothamist and Scripting News
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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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Election advantage stays with Biden; enthusiasm deficit eases, but remains: POLL  —  A warm reception for Harris and enthusiasm for Biden mark Trump's challenges.  —  A welcome reception for Sen. Kamala Harris and rising enthusiasm for Joe Biden mark President Donald Trump's challenges in the 2020 election …
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll shows Biden, Harris hold double-digit lead over Trump, Pence  —  As the two major political parties prepare to open their national conventions, the race for the White House tilts toward the Democrats, with former vice president Joe Biden holding a double-digit lead nationally …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
State of the presidential race: A deep dive on the polls
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump narrows gap with Biden, new poll shows
Discussion: Associated Press
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: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
US intelligence indicates Iran paid bounties to Taliban for targeting American troops in Afghanistan  —  US intelligence: Iran paid bounties to Taliban to target US troops  —  Washington (CNN)US intelligence agencies assessed that Iran offered bounties to Taliban fighters for targeting American …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
South Carolina Senate Moves From Likely to Lean Republican  —  Ever since he launched his underdog bid against veteran GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison has needed a lot of things to go right to be genuinely competitive in a place as heavily Republican as the Palmetto State.
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
From emergency to active threat: We have again switched settings in our coverage of Donald Trump  —  On March 19 of this year we alerted readers to a shift in our coverage of Donald Trump's presidency.  We said then that we were moving to an “emergency” setting, which had these consequences …
Brian Reisinger / National Review:
Unite or Die: The Making of the Badger State Battleground  —  An inside account of how the Wisconsin conservative movement learned to punch above its weight in a blue state — and what it will take to keep up the fight  —  t was April 15, 2010, and there wasn't a moment to spare.
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Election newsletter Debates Opinions
Discussion: Althouse
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Death Valley soars to 130 degrees, potentially Earth's highest temperature since at least 1931  —  Typically, such blazing heat records fall during July, which is the Northern Hemisphere's hottest month  —  In the midst of a historic heat wave in the West, the mercury in Death Valley …
Sydney Pereira / Gothamist:
49 People Shot In 72 Hours As Wave Of Gun Violence Continues In NYC  —  Forty-nine people were shot over the course of 72 hours in NYC between Thursday and Saturday, compared to eight shooting victims over the same time period last year, according to preliminary NYPD statistics sent to Gothamist Sunday morning.
Discussion: New York Post and CBS New York
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.
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 …
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 …
Rainesford Stauffer / InStyle:
Hallie Jackson Is Back from Maternity Leave in the Nick of Time  —  The chief White House correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC anchor on her impeccably-timed maternity leave, having a newborn in the midst of a global pandemic, and covering the general election from her makeshift basement studio.
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.
 
 
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Stephanie Murray / Politico:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Edward Snowden raked in over $1.2 million in speaking fees, agent says
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Biden's Democrats Have 80 Days to Save America. Here's What They Need To Do.
Discussion: Reuters and Fox News
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico governor loses primary of pro-statehood party
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Bianca Vázquez Toness Globe / The Boston Globe:
Your child's a no-show at virtual school? You may get a call from the state's foster care agency
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
A Murder, a Conspiracy Theory, and the Lies of Fox News
ABC News Public Relations:
ABC NEWS LANDS THE FIRST JOINT NETWORK INTERVIEWS WITH FORMER VP JOE BIDEN AND SEN. KAMALA HARRIS
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Michelle Locke / Associated Press:
‘Hansel and Gretel’ Unfair to Witches, School Board Told
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden won't lease a “campaign plane,” breaking a candidate tradition for decades
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dave Lawler / Axios:
The U.S. is far behind other rich countries in coronavirus response
Discussion: Reuters
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / NPR:
‘Hatemonger’ Tracks How Right-Wing Media Shaped Trump Policy Architect Stephen Miller
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
‘May rent. June rent. Late fees. Penalties.’
John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Iran ‘Snapback’ Isn't Worth the Risk
Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:
Bill Barr Injures Back While Trying to Lift Mailbox Into Truck
 

 
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