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3:20 PM ET, August 17, 2020

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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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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.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
‘Siloed’: NBC/WSJ poll shows how GOP, Dems hold widely different views on voting
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Two Democrats call for criminal inquiry of postmaster general
NBC News:   PLAN YOUR VOTE: A state-by-state guide to voting by mail and early in-person voting
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: Fox News, The Daily Caller and The Hill
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Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll shows Biden, Harris hold double-digit lead over Trump, Pence
CNN:
Unconventional convention a crucial moment for Biden
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:
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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Ron Trevino / WBNS-TV:
USPS delivery delays leave 82-year-old Texas man without heart medication for a week
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A reality-based look at Trump and the Post Office
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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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
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.
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 …
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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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
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.
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
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
Michael Gold / New York Times:
N.Y. Gyms and Fitness Studios Can Reopen on Aug. 24, Cuomo Says  —  Health clubs and studios will be limited to a third of their total capacity and must meet state requirements before reopening, the governor said.  —  Gyms in New York, which have remained shuttered for months even as the state …
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
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 …
Harvest Prude / world.wng.org:
Rising Republican star faces accusations from women  —  Several women complain of aggressive sexual behavior from young North Carolina congressional candidate  —  Madison Cawthorn, a 25-year-old Republican nominee, will become one of the youngest members of Congress in history if voters in western North Carolina elect him in November.
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
This is the future Joe Biden wants  —  But can he break from his past to get there?  —  When I asked Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Joe Biden's 2020 campaign, what the former vice president's plan for his first 100 days in office was, her answer was blunt.  —  “Wouldn't everybody like to know?”
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Elizabeth Bruenig / New York Times:   Despite Everything, Bernie Sanders Still Believes
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 …
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: Boston.com and The Hill
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: Just Security and The Hill
 
 
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Tulsa World:
‘Taking our town back’: Norman recall group says it has enough signatures to remove mayor
Discussion: Fox News and Just The News
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: New York Magazine
Associated Press:
Norway Arrests Citizen Suspected of Spying for Russia
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Nicolle Wallace won't just be a never-Trumper as her role expands at MSNBC
Murray Waas / The New York Review of Books:
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump elevates Scott Atlas, a doctor with a rosier coronavirus outlook
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval 42%; Below 50% on Seven Key Issues
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Why Biden's elevation of Kamala Harris puts a lump in my throat
Discussion: Breitbart and Jacobin
Ben Jacobs / VICE:
Kamala Harris' Indian Heritage Could Create a Whole New Voting Bloc
Ben Smith / New York Times:
The Week Old Hollywood Finally, Actually Died
Andrew Perez / Too Much Information:
Dems Begin Signaling A Post-Election Surrender On Health Care
Discussion: Jacobin and The Hill
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
7 Big Stories Corporate Media Is Ignoring Because The Truth Might Help Trump
New York Times:
The ‘Rage Moms’ Democrats Are Counting On
Discussion: Althouse
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
From emergency to active threat: We have again switched settings in our coverage of Donald Trump
Discussion: The Moderate Voice