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7:20 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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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 and Reuters
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.?
New York Times:
No Applause, No Crowds: Democrats Begin a Most Unusual Convention  —  Driven online because of the coronavirus crisis, Democrats presented a program that spanned the ideological gamut from socialists to Republicans, all hailing their nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
Transcript: Michelle Obama's DNC speech  —  Michelle Obama's DNC speech: Full video  —  (CNN)Read former first lady Michelle Obama's speech from the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery:  —  Good evening, everyone.  It's a hard time, and everyone's feeling it in different ways.
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's speech was like an eloquent neighbor expressing sorrow for what our country has become
Discussion: The Week
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Biden Leads Trump in Wisconsin as Democratic Convention Begins
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Joined by some Republicans, Democrats tout Biden's leadership as convention opens
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Sanders claims America threatened by ‘authoritarianism’ in dire convention speech
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Aide: Michelle Obama to stress Biden's competency, character
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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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 …
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.
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Why John Kasich, A Lifelong Republican, Is Helping Launch Joe Biden's Democratic Party
Fox News:
Mike Bloomberg pledges $60M to help House Democrats win in November
Discussion: Breitbart
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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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
Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump-backed transgender athlete ban paused in Idaho  —  A federal judge decided Monday to temporarily block an Idaho law that bars transgender women from participating in school sports and requires testing if an athlete's sex is in question.  —  Idaho's “Fairness in Women's Sports Act” …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Kia Rahnama / Politico:
How the Supreme Court Dropped the Ball on the Right to Protest
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Judge halts Trump's rollback of transgender health protections
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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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Fox News:
First in expected flood of lawsuits against USPS, Trump filed in NY federal court  —  About 76% of Americans are eligible to cast their ballots by mail without any ‘excuse’ this November, the lawsuit says  —  The first in an expected flood of lawsuits against the U.S. Postal Service …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and The Daily Caller
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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
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 …
CNN:
Trump retweets Russian propaganda about Biden that US intel agencies say is intended to influence 2020 election  —  Trump retweets debunked Russian propaganda about Biden  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday night retweeted Russian propaganda about former Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
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: Axios, Slate, KNSD-TV and Breitbart
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
 
 
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Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
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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
Jon Miltimore / Real Clear Politics:
MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Canadian finance minister resigns amid contracting scandal
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 Earlier Items: 
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
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
The Intercept:
Massachusetts State Party Leader Told College Democrats to Destroy Communication Records
Discussion: WBUR, Boston.com and American Prospect
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
A Republican central to Trump's reelection campaign led secret talks to remove him from the 2016 ballot, sources say
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
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Discussion: io9