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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 …
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: Raw Story
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:   Pelosi calls House back 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
Joseph Marks / Washington Post:   Pelosi calls House lawmakers back to vote on post office legislation
Roll Call:   House interrupting recess to act on Postal Service ‘sabotage’
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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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
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
A Murder, a Conspiracy Theory, and the Lies of Fox News  —  He was almost home.  In the early-morning hours of July 10th, 2016, Seth Rich walked alone across northwest Washington, D.C., making calls to his friends and family, thinking about his future.  —  Like so many idealistic twentysomethings …
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 …
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 were moving to an “emergency” setting, which had these consequences …
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.
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico governor loses primary of pro-statehood party  —  LOÍZA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vázquez on Sunday acknowledged losing the primary of her pro-statehood party to Pedro Pierluisi, who briefly served as the U.S. territory's governor last year amid political turmoil.
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
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 …
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
 
 
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