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1:15 AM ET, August 18, 2020

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Washington Post:
On Democratic convention's first night, speakers blame Trump for America's woes  —  The virtual event showcases dozens of testimonials, culminating in an indictment from Michelle Obama  —  Democrats kicked off their virtual nominating convention Monday with a focused denunciation of President Trump …
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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 …
FiveThirtyEight:
DNC, Day 1: Live Updates And Analysis  —  FiveThirtyEight Debate Club: Do We Even Need Political Conventions Anymore?  —  FiveThirtyEight Debate Club: What's The Best State In The U.S.?
Associated Press:
Five takeaways from first night of the Democratic convention  —  In another profound way that the coronavirus pandemic has upended American life, the Democratic National Convention started Monday with no convening.  Instead, Democrats opted for the first virtual convention as the party begins …
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:   Transcript: Michelle Obama's DNC speech
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Biden Leads Trump in Wisconsin as Democratic Convention Begins
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
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Joined by some Republicans, Democrats tout Biden's leadership as convention opens
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and The Daily Beast
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
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: Axios, Fox News, Breitbart, The Hill and Politico
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ABC News:
Multiple states ready suit against Trump admin over mail-in voting fears
Discussion: emptywheel and The Daily Caller
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Sixty Seconds to Self-Sabotage The DNC's choice of who to feature speaks volumes about the party's inability to see its own future.  —  When the Democratic National Committee released its schedule for its big socially distanced convention this week, we learned that New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Why John Kasich, A Lifelong Republican, Is Helping Launch Joe Biden's Democratic Party
New York Times:   No Applause, No Crowds: Democrats Begin a Most Unusual Convention
Jeff Hampton / Virginian-Pilot:
‘The mystery is over’: Researchers say they know what happened to ‘Lost Colony’  —  BUXTON, N.C. — The English colonists who settled the so-called Lost Colony before disappearing from history simply went to live with their native friends — the Croatoans of Hatteras, according to a new book.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — GOP Convention Speakers to Include Nick Sandmann, Gov. Kristi Noem  —  Covington Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann, who was viciously smeared by the establishment media and has won settlements from the Washington Post and CNN, will speak at the Republican National Convention …
Discussion: Washington Times
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: Raw Story and Reuters
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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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Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump-backed transgender athlete ban paused in Idaho
Discussion: Associated Press
Susannah Luthi / Politico:   Judge halts Trump's rollback of transgender health protections
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
New York Post:
Jill Biden's ex-husband accuses her of affair with Joe in 1970s  —  Jill Biden's ex-husband has accused the potential first lady of having an affair with Joe Biden and says they lied about how they met in the 1970s, according to a bombshell new report.  —  Bill Stevenson on Monday accused …
WAVY-TV:
Sen. Lucas charged with two felonies for June incident at the Portsmouth Confederate monument  —  PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY/AP) — Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene announced during a Monday afternoon press conference that State Sen. Louise Lucas has been charged with two felonies for an incident …
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS rebukes GAO's deeply flawed attempt to revive its partisan impeachment efforts with baseless report  —  On Monday the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of General Counsel (OGC) responded to the baseless legal opinion issued by the Government Accountability Office on Friday.
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Fox News:
DHS fires back at ‘baffling’ GAO claim that Wolf was appointed invalidly
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘We know where you live, beware’: The 911 call of a household put on blast by Tucker Carlson  —  When a cable-news host such as Tucker Carlson decides to attack a previously low-profile person on his highly rated Fox News show, the effect is immediate.  That's one takeaway from a 911 transcript obtained …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jon Seidel / Chicago Sun-Times:
Special prosecutor finds ‘substantial abuses of discretion’ in Jussie Smollett case as he concludes investigation  —  Jussie Smollett leaving court in March 2019 after charges were dropped.  Sun-Times file  —  Special Prosecutor Dan Webb did not find evidence to support filing criminal charges …
Jon Miltimore / Real Clear Politics:
MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine  —  This past week Minnesota became the second state to reject regulations that effectively ban the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine for use by COVID-19 patients.  —  The decision, which comes two weeks after the Ohio Board …
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Woman whose father died of COVID: ‘His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump’  —  Kristin Urquiza, whose father died in Arizona in June from COVID-19, delivered a blistering rebuke of Trump's handling of the pandemic.  —  Urquiza told the story of her father, Mark Anthony Urquiza …
Discussion: Slate, Breitbart and Axios
 
 
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Mike Spector / Reuters:
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Gov. Cuomo uses coronavirus briefing approach to attack Trump in DNC speech
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
Trump retweets Russian propaganda about Biden that US intel agencies say is intended to influence 2020 election
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Canadian finance minister resigns amid contracting scandal
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump campaign starts selling 2020 face masks
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Biden super PAC hosting virtual convention pre-show for donors with guests including Mary Trump
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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
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
This is the future Joe Biden wants
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Nicolle Wallace won't just be a never-Trumper as her role expands at MSNBC
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