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2:20 PM ET, August 17, 2020

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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
Discussion: The National Interest
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Biden Heads Into Convention With Diminished but Still Sizable Lead
Discussion: Washington Post and WGN-TV
CNN:
CNN Poll: Biden and Trump matchup tightens as enthusiasm hits new high
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
Discussion: Sputnik News and Raw Story
Ron Trevino / WBNS-TV:
USPS delivery delays leave 82-year-old Texas man without heart medication for a week
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A reality-based look at Trump and the Post Office
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Here's one way Trump could try to steal the election, voting experts say
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:
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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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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
John Kasich, a ‘Deeply Worried’ Republican, Steps Up for Biden
Discussion: Washington Post
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Democrats to kick off convention with show of unity for Biden; some Republicans to speak
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump heads to Midwest as Dems open convention
Discussion: ABC News
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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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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Supporters More Likely Than Trump's to Vote by Mail, Poll Shows  —  New Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey finds Democrats are more confident than Republicans that November results would be tallied accurately  —  Supporters of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden are more likely …
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
State of the presidential race: A deep dive on the polls
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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: IJR, The Hill and Raw Story
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.
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NBC News:   PLAN YOUR VOTE: A state-by-state guide to voting by mail and early in-person voting
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
Associated Press:
Norway Arrests Citizen Suspected of Spying for Russia  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Norwegian citizen has been arrested after allegedly meeting with a Russian intelligence officer in an Oslo restaurant, Norway's domestic intelligence agency said Monday.  —  The man was arrested Saturday …
Greg Sargent / Associated Press:
As Trump's efforts to corrupt the election get worse, Biden plans a response  —  At best, President Trump and his minions are engaged in one of the most brazen and far-reaching voter suppression schemes of the modern era.  At worst, depending on how it evolves, they might be hatching a plot …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Top Dem says FBI is prioritizing Trump-sought investigations  —  A top senator is accusing the FBI of keeping Democrats in the dark about the agency's disclosures to Republican-led Senate committees, revealing that the FBI later made a mea culpa and pledged not to repeat the apparent violations of congressional oversight norms.
Discussion: The Hill and Just Security
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
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