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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 …
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Washington Post:
Democratic Convention 2020 live updates: First night turns to issues of race and justice  —  The latest: Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, whose endorsement of Joe Biden helped start him on his road to the nomination, is speaking.  —  Democrats are gathering, mostly virtually …
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 …
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
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
Bloomberg:
Bernie Sanders Sets Aside Firebrand Role for Rare Turn as Party Unifier
Discussion: The Week and ABC News
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: Fox News, Axios, Politico and 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: Raw Story and Reuters
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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
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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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 Is John Kasich Speaking At The Democratic Convention?
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
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:
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
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.
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: IJR, The Mahablog, The Hill and Raw Story
WAVY-TV:
BREAKING: 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Jon Seidel / Chicago Sun-Times:
Special prosecutor finds ‘substantial abuses of discretion’ in Jussie Smollett case as he concludes investigation  —  Special Prosecutor Dan Webb did not find evidence to support filing criminal charges against Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx or any other prosecutor.
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump campaign starts selling 2020 face masks  —  The Trump campaign announced it had started selling face masks on Monday, saying President Trump “urges all patriotic Americans to wear a face cover when they are unable to socially distance.”  —  Why it matters: Trump initially refused …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Ousts Three Top Producers (EXCLUSIVE)  —  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has overhauled its senior production team in the wake of accusations of racial insensitivity, sexual misconduct and other problems in the work environment at the long-running daytime talk show.
 
 
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Department of Homeland Security:
DHS rebukes GAO's deeply flawed attempt to revive its partisan impeachment efforts with baseless report
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Canadian finance minister resigns amid contracting scandal
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Biden super PAC hosting virtual convention pre-show for donors with guests including Mary Trump
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
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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
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
US intelligence indicates Iran paid bounties to Taliban for targeting American troops in Afghanistan