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8:06 PM ET, August 17, 2020

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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Democratic Party chair wants to end presidential caucuses  —  Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said Monday that the handful of 2020 presidential caucuses should be the last the party ever holds.  —  He didn't specifically name Iowa, which for decades has led off the nominating calendar …
Discussion: Fox News, Bloomberg and The Hill
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Biden Leads Trump in Wisconsin as Democratic Convention Begins  —  Former VP's 6-point edge includes backing from the oldest voters, moderates and college-educated whites  — Biden leads Trump 49% to 43% among likely voters in Wisconsin.  — Trump has a 12-point advantage …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Enthusiasm for Biden grows as former VP holds lead over Trump: Poll
Discussion: Vox, Fox News, The Daily Caller and The Hill
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Why Is John Kasich Speaking At The Democratic Convention?
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows Biden ahead of Trump by 11 points among registered voters — his largest lead yet
Discussion: YouGov
Bloomberg:
Bernie Sanders Sets Aside Firebrand Role for Rare Turn as Party Unifier
Discussion: The Week and ABC News
Washington Post:
Democratic Convention 2020 live updates: Virtual gathering kicks off tonight; Trump makes false election claims
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
Miles Taylor / Washington Post:
At Homeland Security, I saw firsthand how dangerous Trump is for America  —  Miles Taylor served at the Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, including as chief of staff.  —  After serving for more than two years in the Department of Homeland Security's leadership during …
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CNN:
Former senior Trump administration official endorses Joe Biden  —  (CNN)Miles Taylor, a former senior Trump administration official, endorsed Joe Biden's presidential campaign on Monday, becoming one of the highest-ranking former Trump administration officials to do so.
Discussion: The Week
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump's former Homeland Security chief of staff endorses Joe Biden
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg pledges $60 million to help House Democrats  —  Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg plans to spend $60 million to strengthen the Democratic House majority in November, roughly matching the money he invested in flipping control of the House in 2018, according to a Bloomberg adviser familiar with the plans.
Discussion: The Hill
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
DeJoy agrees to testify amid Dem fury over Postal Service changes  —  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to House Democrats' request for him to testify next week about his controversial Postal Service changes that have raised hackles around the nation, according to two people familiar with the matter.
ABC News:
Multiple states ready suit against Trump admin over mail-in voting fears
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Former CIA officer charged with spying for China  —  A 15-year veteran of the CIA was charged Monday with selling U.S. secrets to China then unwittingly admitting his spying to the FBI.  —  The method prosecutors said they used to get him to reveal the nature of his espionage was worthy of a spy novel itself.
Discussion: Reuters and Raw Story
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Former CIA Officer Arrested and Charged with Espionage  —  Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, was arrested on Aug. 14, 2020, on a charge that he conspired with a relative of his who also was a former CIA officer to communicate classified information …
Discussion: Just The News and The Daily Caller
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   Former CIA officer charged with giving China classified info
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘Anonymous’ urges a vote for Biden  —  “Anonymous” is trolling President Donald Trump one more time.  —  The self-described “senior Trump administration official,” who anonymously trashed the president's leadership in a 2018 op-ed and a 2019 best-selling book, is calling for voters to throw …
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ELLE:
Cardi B In Conversation With Joe Biden  —  Cardi B: Oh, snap.  Is this real?  —  Hi, Biden, how are you?  —  Joe Biden:  —  How are you?  The name's Joe.  —  CB: Well, hello there, Joe.  —  Cardi virtually meets Biden's daughter, Ashley, who is a fan.  —  JB:
NBC News:
Go to map  —  Source: NBC News Decision Desk and NBC News Data Graphics.  Information was collected by contacting state and local election officials, monitoring official websites, executive orders from governors, announcements from government officials and secretaries of state offices.
Discussion: io9
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
‘Siloed’: NBC/WSJ poll shows how GOP, Dems hold widely different views on voting
Kia Rahnama / Politico:
How the Supreme Court Dropped the Ball on the Right to Protest  —  In recent months, American cities have seen widespread protests denouncing police brutality against unarmed Black people.  Local and national law enforcement agencies, responding to crowds of unprecedented size and scale …
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
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Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Judge halts Trump's rollback of transgender health protections
Discussion: Reuters
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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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Top Dem says FBI is prioritizing Trump-sought investigations
Discussion: Just Security and The Hill
Jeet Heer / The Nation:
QAnon Is the Future of the Republican Party  —  Even if Trump loses in November, the influence of this unhinged conspiracy theory will only grow.  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican nominee for Georgia's 14th Congressional District, is a harbinger of her party's post-Trump future.
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Republicans are failing to govern
Discussion: The Mahablog, Raw Story, IJR and The Hill
Lee Brown / New York Post:
BLM mob beat white man unconscious after making him crash truck: video  —  A mob of Portland Black Lives Matter and Antifa militants forced a white man to crash his truck, and then punched and kicked him unconscious, disturbing footage shows.  —  A series of clips on social media shows …
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
A Republican central to Trump's reelection campaign led secret talks to remove him from the 2016 ballot, sources say  — Katie Walsh worked as Reince Priebus' chief of staff at the Republican National Committee in 2016 and led secret talks to pull Donald Trump off the presidential ballot, sources told Insider.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Magazine
The Intercept:
Massachusetts State Party Leader Told College Democrats to Destroy Communication Records … The executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, as the scandal around congressional candidate Alex Morse began to implode, told student leaders to delete records of communications between themselves …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Biden super PAC hosting virtual convention pre-show for donors with guests including Mary Trump  — The flyer says the pre-show episodes are presented by American Bridge, a super PAC backing Biden, and Media Matters, a left leaning nonprofit that scrutinizes many of Trump's conservative allies in the media.
Greg Sargent / Associated Press:
As Trump's efforts to corrupt the election get worse, Biden plans a response  —  At best, President Trump and his minions are engaged in one of the most brazen and far-reaching voter suppression schemes of the modern era.  At worst, depending on how it evolves, they might be hatching a plot …
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 …
 
 
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump campaign starts selling 2020 face masks
Discussion: The Hill and TheBlaze
Associated Press:
California governor demands probe of power blackouts
Luke O'Brien / Politico:
Putin's Washington  —  Even money, lots and lots of money, can't buy him love.  A story of lobbying and its limits.
Discussion: The Federalist
Morning Consult:
Across the Political Spectrum, the USPS Brand is as Strong as Ever
Discussion: Washington Post
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: For Georgia delegates, an all-important convention began with a Zoom call
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
This is the future Joe Biden wants
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Harvest Prude / world.wng.org:
Rising Republican star faces accusations from women
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Nicolle Wallace won't just be a never-Trumper as her role expands at MSNBC
Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
The Trump Obstruction of Justice Mueller Missed?
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
New York Has Tamed the Virus. Can It Hold Off a Second Wave?
Discussion: Gothamist
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Epstein Victim Claims He Showed Her Off to Trump When She Was 14
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
White House Staffers Pissed at a Top National Security Aide—for Wearing a Mask in Front of Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire