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10:20 AM ET, August 17, 2020

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague on House Returning to Save the Postal Service  —  The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services: delivering prescriptions, Social Security checks, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans …
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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: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A reality-based look at Trump and the Post Office  —  The news is filled with reports of President Trump's “assault” on the United States Postal Service.  The president, Democrats and some in the media say, is deliberately slowing mail delivery and crippling the Postal Service so that it cannot handle …
Matthew Rink / Erie Daily Times-Morning News:
Erie loses mail-sorting machines in USPS purge
Discussion: NBC News and The Moderate Voice
USA Today:
USPS badly needs an overhaul, but not smack in the middle of the Trump-Biden campaign
Discussion: The Guardian and POLITICUSUSA
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Democrats say they are ramping up USPS investigation and call on top officials to testify
Discussion: The Week, Gothamist and Medium
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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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Election advantage stays with Biden; enthusiasm deficit eases, but remains: 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
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 …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
State of the presidential race: A deep dive on the polls
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:   Trump narrows gap with Biden, new poll shows
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:
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
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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Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:   Interior Secretary to Approve Oil Drilling in Alaska's Arctic Refuge
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Fox News
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.
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
The Daily Beast:
Diamond & Silk Suggest Fox News Executives ‘Ordered a Hit’ on Them  —  ‘DITCH & SWITCH’  —  In their new book, the MAGA star sisters accuse Fox News of a racist double-standard in giving them the boot for saying the same things its white stars regularly claim.
Discussion: TheGrio
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.
Rainesford Stauffer / InStyle:
Hallie Jackson Is Back from Maternity Leave in the Nick of Time  —  The chief White House correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC anchor on her impeccably-timed maternity leave, having a newborn in the midst of a global pandemic, and covering the general election from her makeshift basement studio.
Brian Reisinger / National Review:
Unite or Die: The Making of the Badger State Battleground  —  An inside account of how the Wisconsin conservative movement learned to punch above its weight in a blue state — and what it will take to keep up the fight  —  t was April 15, 2010, and there wasn't a moment to spare.
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Election newsletter Debates Opinions
Discussion: Althouse
Stephen Wright / Wall Street Journal:
New Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts New Zealand to Postpone Election  —  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the national election scheduled for Sept. 19 will now be held on Oct. 17  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand—New Zealand delayed a national election by about a month after a coronavirus outbreak …
Discussion: CNBC and National Review
Ben Geman / Axios:
The oil industry faces deepening uncertainty  —  The oil industry is facing an immense amount of uncertainty, even for a sector that bobs along in the currents of global markets and geopolitics despite its enormous power.  —  The big picture: As Democrats hold their convention this week …
 
 
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Andrew Perez / Too Much Information:
Dems Begin Signaling A Post-Election Surrender On Health Care
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Epstein Victim Claims He Showed Her Off to Trump When She Was 14
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Republicans are failing to govern
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Hemingway / The Federalist:
Did Media Matters Shill So Hard For Hillary That It Broke The Law?
Discussion: Instapundit
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump as Candidate: Racist Attacks, Conspiracy Theories, War on the Post Office
Discussion: Deadline and Slate
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Markey throws shade at Kennedy family in Senate primary brawl
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Edward Snowden raked in over $1.2 million in speaking fees, agent says
Discussion: The Guardian
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
A Murder, a Conspiracy Theory, and the Lies of Fox News
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels
Alyson Krueger / New York Times:
Rapid Testing Is the New Velvet Rope
Wall Street Journal:
We'll Protect America's Suburbs
Discussion: National Review and Just The News
Dave Lawler / Axios:
The U.S. is far behind other rich countries in coronavirus response
Discussion: Reuters
 

 
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