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6:55 PM ET, August 17, 2020

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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 …
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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: Vox, Fox News, The Daily Caller and The Hill
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Biden Leads Trump in Wisconsin as Democratic Convention Begins  —  Former VP's 6-point edge includes backing from the oldest voters, moderates and college-educated whites  — Biden leads Trump 49% to 43% among likely voters in Wisconsin.  — Trump has a 12-point advantage …
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Why Is John Kasich Speaking At The Democratic Convention?
Bloomberg:
Bernie Sanders Sets Aside Firebrand Role for Rare Turn as Party Unifier
Discussion: The Week and ABC News
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
Daniella Genovese / Fox News:   DNC convention speakers: What to know about Sen. Amy Klobuchar
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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CNN:
Former senior Trump administration official endorses Joe Biden  —  (CNN)Miles Taylor, a former senior Trump administration official, endorsed Joe Biden's presidential campaign on Monday, becoming one of the highest-ranking former Trump administration officials to do so.
Discussion: The Week
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump's former Homeland Security chief of staff endorses Joe Biden
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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.
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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.
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg pledges $60 million to help House Democrats
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Politico
Ron Trevino / WBNS-TV:
USPS delivery delays leave 82-year-old Texas man without heart medication for a week
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: Reuters and Raw Story
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Former CIA Officer Arrested and Charged with Espionage  —  Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, was arrested on Aug. 14, 2020, on a charge that he conspired with a relative of his who also was a former CIA officer to communicate classified information …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘Anonymous’ urges a vote for Biden  —  “Anonymous” is trolling President Donald Trump one more time.  —  The self-described “senior Trump administration official,” who anonymously trashed the president's leadership in a 2018 op-ed and a 2019 best-selling book, is calling for voters to throw …
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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:
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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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
‘Siloed’: NBC/WSJ poll shows how GOP, Dems hold widely different views on voting
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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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Top Dem says FBI is prioritizing Trump-sought investigations
Discussion: Just Security and The Hill
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Biden Heads Into Convention With Diminished but Still Sizable Lead  —  Recent polls show him with an edge of eight to nine percentage points among likely voters.  —  A wave of new national surveys shows that Joe Biden maintains a significant if slightly diminished lead over Donald J. Trump …
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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 …
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 Mahablog, Raw Story, IJR and The Hill
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Jeet Heer / The Nation:
QAnon Is the Future of the Republican Party
Discussion: Redstate and Vanity Fair
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
A Republican central to Trump's reelection campaign led secret talks to remove him from the 2016 ballot, sources say  — Katie Walsh worked as Reince Priebus' chief of staff at the Republican National Committee in 2016 and led secret talks to pull Donald Trump off the presidential ballot, sources told Insider.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Magazine
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 …
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 …
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: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
The Intercept:
Massachusetts State Party Leader Told College Democrats to Destroy Communication Records … The executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, as the scandal around congressional candidate Alex Morse began to implode, told student leaders to delete records of communications between themselves …
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
 
 
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Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
Biden's ‘dark’ side: How Democrats are embracing secret money and the Citizens United decision to defeat Trump
Morning Consult:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Fox News:
DHS fires back at ‘baffling’ GAO claim that Wolf was appointed invalidly
Discussion: The Hill
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Associated Press:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Gothamist
Stephanie Murray / Politico:
Markey throws shade at Kennedy family in Senate primary brawl