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12:47 PM ET, August 17, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
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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: Sputnik News, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague on House Returning to Save the Postal Service
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A reality-based look at Trump and the Post Office
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Two Democrats call for criminal inquiry of postmaster general
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Here's one way Trump could try to steal the election, voting experts say
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Enthusiasm for Biden grows as former VP holds lead over Trump: Poll  —  A warm reception for Harris and enthusiasm for Biden mark Trump's challenges.  —  A welcome reception for Sen. Kamala Harris and rising enthusiasm for Joe Biden mark President Donald Trump's challenges in the 2020 election …
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll shows Biden, Harris hold double-digit lead over Trump, Pence  —  As the two major political parties prepare to open their national conventions, the race for the White House tilts toward the Democrats, with former vice president Joe Biden holding a double-digit lead nationally …
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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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:
Trump still has a 50 percent problem in the NBC News/WSJ poll  —  WASHINGTON — The good news for President Trump in our latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is that his numbers have improved across the board by about 2 points since July, though that movement is well within the poll's margin of error.
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
State of the presidential race: A deep dive on the polls
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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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Fadel Allassan / Axios:   Cook Political Report downgrades Lindsey Graham's re-election chances
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Why Is John Kasich Speaking At The Democratic Convention?  —  The former Republican presidential candidate will be featured at this week's Democratic National Convention.  He sees his inclusion as a testament to Biden's vision.  —  Copy  —  John Kasich spent decades trying to shape and reshape his beloved Republican Party.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Biden's Democrats Have 80 Days to Save America. Here's What They Need To Do.
Discussion: Fox News and Reuters
Ivan Pereira / ABC News:
Democratic National Convention kicks off with speakers including Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump finalizes drilling plan for iconic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge  —  Plan clears the way for an oil and gas lease auction on the refuge's 1.6 million-acre coastal plain before Trump's first term ends  —  The Trump administration finalized plans Monday to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge …
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The Daily Beast:
White House Staffers Pissed at a Top National Security Aide—for Wearing a Mask in Front of Trump  —  Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger has been way out front on the coronavirus.  Too out front for some colleagues.  —  In May, all West Wing staff were briefly ordered to wear masks at work.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Epstein Victim Claims He Showed Her Off to Trump When She Was 14  —  Jeffrey Epstein introduced her to Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago when she was underage, and the future president allegedly laughed when Epstein declared, “This is a good one, right?”  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story and HillReporter.com
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 …
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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
New York Has Tamed the Virus.  Can It Hold Off a Second Wave?  —  The sustained low rate of infection has surprised local health officials.  But a resurgence may be inevitable, despite the state's and city's best efforts.  —  Health experts in New York City thought that coronavirus cases would be rising again by now.
Discussion: Gothamist
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Republicans are failing to govern  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell listens to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on July 20.  Doug Mills (Pool)/Getty Images  —  Does Mitch McConnell want Trump to be a one-term president?  —  “The single most important thing …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
The Week Old Hollywood Finally, Actually Died  —  The streaming services are in charge, and bringing a ruthless new culture with them.  —  For decades, the best thing about being a Hollywood executive, really, was how you got fired.  Studio executives would be gradually, gently, even lovingly …
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Markey throws shade at Kennedy family in Senate primary brawl  —  BOSTON — Sen. Ed Markey is going where few Massachusetts Democrats have dared to go before.  He's not only attacking his challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, he's throwing shade at the Kennedy family, the state's equivalent of political royalty.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Southeast Asia Detects Mutated Virus Strain Sweeping the World  — Virus mutation detected in cases in Malaysia and Philippines  — The strain is the predominant variant in Europe and the U.S.  —  Southeast Asia is facing a strain of the new coronavirus that the Philippines …
Discussion: Raw Story and Marginal REVOLUTION
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 we were moving to an “emergency” setting, which had these consequences …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
The ‘Rage Moms’ Democrats Are Counting On  —  As millions of American families face an uncertain start to the school year, the anger of women who find themselves expected to be teacher, caregiver, employee and parent is fueling a political uprising.  —  President Bill Clinton introduced America to the …
Discussion: Althouse
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval 42%; Below 50% on Seven Key Issues  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump's job approval rating is 42% in the latest Gallup poll.  This marks a slight improvement from two readings below 40% in June — after nationwide protests on racial injustice …
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Jacobs / VICE:
Kamala Harris' Indian Heritage Could Create a Whole New Voting Bloc  —  Indian Americans vote in significant numbers in swing states Michigan and Pennsylvania, as well as Texas.  —  BJ  —  Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate could help boost turnout among a key voting bloc in 2020: Indian Americans.
Andrew Perez / Too Much Information:
Dems Begin Signaling A Post-Election Surrender On Health Care  —  Biden and every Dem Senate challenger is running on a public option, but party Hill aides quickly start promising a retreat after the health care industry begins attacks.  —  3 hr  —  On the eve of a Democratic National …
 
 
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Top Dem says FBI is prioritizing Trump-sought investigations
Discussion: The Hill
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump elevates Scott Atlas, a doctor with a rosier coronavirus outlook
Discussion: Axios
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Trumpism—A Look Backward and Forward to November
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump says he may hold funeral for late brother at the White House
Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
STUDY: 150 TIMES More Negative News on Trump than Biden
Discussion: Redstate, Fox News and Twitchy
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Why Biden's elevation of Kamala Harris puts a lump in my throat
Discussion: Breitbart and Jacobin
Ben Geman / Axios:
The oil industry faces deepening uncertainty
 Earlier Items: 
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
7 Big Stories Corporate Media Is Ignoring Because The Truth Might Help Trump
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
New York Times Manipulates FBI Lawyer's Guilty Plea To Hide Real Spygate News
Discussion: Redstate
Stephen Wright / Wall Street Journal:
New Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts New Zealand to Postpone Election
Discussion: CNBC and National Review
Rainesford Stauffer / InStyle:
Hallie Jackson Is Back from Maternity Leave in the Nick of Time
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump as Candidate: Racist Attacks, Conspiracy Theories, War on the Post Office
Discussion: Deadline and Slate
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
A Murder, a Conspiracy Theory, and the Lies of Fox News
The Daily Beast:
Diamond & Silk Suggest Fox News Executives ‘Ordered a Hit’ on Them
Discussion: TheGrio