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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump's 2016 campaign chair was a ‘grave counterintelligence threat,’ had contact with Russian intelligence, Senate panel finds  —  The Trump campaign chairman's contacts with Kremlin-linked officials posed a “grave counterintelligence threat,” according to the final volume …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and Forbes
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Bipartisan Senate report describes 2016 Trump campaign eager to accept help from foreign power  —  WASHINGTON — In a thousand-page bipartisan report released Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee said the Trump administration obstructed its investigation with “novel claims” of executive privilege.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Senate made criminal referral of Trump Jr., Bannon, Kushner and two others to federal prosecutors  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican and Democratic chairmen of the Senate Intelligence Committee made criminal referrals of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Erik Prince and Sam Clovis …
New York Times:   G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Bipartisan Senate Report Shows How Trump Colluded With Russia in 2016
NBC News:
Manafort associate is Russian spy, may have helped coordinate e-mail hack-and-leak, report says
Discussion: The Week
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Senate Intel Panel Found ‘Absolutely No Evidence’ Of Collusion, Faced Roadblocks In Probe Of Steele Dossier
Politico:
Pompeo aide orders State Department to provide Biden, Russia probe documents
Discussion: Raw Story
republicanleader.senate.gov:   McConnell on Intelligence Committee's Investigation: Our Adversaries Want to Undermine Our System of Government
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Putin Ordered 2016 Democratic Hack, Republican-Led Senate Panel Says
About.usps.com:
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Statement  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued the following statement today:  —  “The United States Postal Service will play a critical role this year in delivering election mail for millions of voters across the country.
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Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postmaster general announces he is ‘suspending’ policies that were blamed for causing mail delays  —  The U.S. Postal Service will halt its controversial cost-cutting initiatives until after the election — canceling service reductions, reinstating overtime hours and ceasing the removal …
Washington Post:
At least 21 states plan to sue the Postal Service over service delays, threat to election  —  At least 21 states plan to file lawsuits this week against the U.S. Postal Service and its new postmaster, Louis DeJoy, seeking to reverse service changes that have prompted widespread reports of delays …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP and Trump ties run deep on the U.S. Postal Service's board of governors  — Most members of the U.S. Postal Service's board of governors have numerous ties to the Republican Party as well as President Donald Trump's associates and administration.  — The Postal Service's leadership …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Eric Cortellessa / Washington Monthly:
Susan Collins Engineered the USPS Disaster She's Now Protesting
Discussion: Data For Progress, DV Journal and CNN
David Rothkopf / NBC News:
Trump's USPS defunding efforts prove 2020 fix is already in. Democrats need to act like it.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Cheyenne Roundtree / Daily Mail:
The President and the Epstein victim: Bill Clinton leans back and smiles while receiving neck massage from Chauntae Davis, 22, in never-before-seen photos during trip on pedophile's plane to Africa in 2002  — Bill Clinton is seen enjoying a neck massage from a Jeffrey Epstein victim in never …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Michelle Obama's DNC Speech Leaves Stephen Colbert Speechless  —  The “Late Show” host just couldn't bring himself to make fun of the former first lady.  —  As the only late-night host to go live after the Democratic National Convention Monday night, Stephen Colbert had jokes ready …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's unhinged Twitter meltdown shows Michelle Obama drew blood  —  President Trump unleashed a torrent of rage tweets about Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic convention that was spectacularly cringeworthy even by his standards — but it only underscored how effectively the former …
New York Times:
On Centennial of 19th Amendment, Trump Pardons Susan B. Anthony and Targets 2020 Election
The Daily Beast:
TV News Networks Worried About Airing Two Hours of Trump's Convention  —  Sources said the networks have given DNC officials a new reason they won't air their event in full: Because they'd also have to air Trump's in full—lies, warts, and all.  —  Over the last few U.S. presidential election cycles …
Discussion: Raw Story
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David Bauder / Associated Press:   Television viewership down for unconventional convention
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
After Reopening, Notre Dame to Move Classes Online Due to Coronavirus Cases  —  The school reopened last week, but male senior students who attended off-campus parties are leading a Covid-19 surge  —  The University of Notre Dame is canceling in-person classes and moving them online …
House Foreign Affairs Committee:
Engel Statement on State Department Temper Tantrum  —  Bronx, NY—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement:  —  “As the Committee gets closer to answers on a range of pressing oversight issues, Secretary Pompeo has tried to thwart us at every turn.
Discussion: Axios and Foreign Policy
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Capitol and tried to get Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to retake their oaths on the Bible  —  Republican congressional candidate and right-wing pundit Marjorie Taylor Greene is a bigot both on and offline.  —  In February 2019, she visited Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roger Stone drops appeals of felony convictions  —  Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone has unexpectedly dropped the appeal of his seven federal felony convictions for seeking to thwart a House investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.  —  Stone's lawyers submitted …
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Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia voters to be made ‘inactive’ after absentee mail undeliverable  —  Tens of thousands of Georgia voter registrations are on track to be changed to inactive status because absentee ballot applications mailed to them last spring were undeliverable.  —  These voters will still be able …
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
The security guard blurted “I love you” to Joe Biden in an elevator.  One viral video later, she will nominate him for president  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — She was last seen blurting “I love you” to Joe Biden as she escorted him in an elevator to an editorial board meeting at the New York Times last December …
Sean D. Naylor / Yahoo News:
Former counterterrorism chief: Trump defeat may prompt right-wing terror attacks  —  The former head of the National Counterterrorism Center said he would not be surprised if right-wing domestic terrorist groups stage attacks in the United States around this November's presidential election.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
No, COVID-19 Is Not a Metaphor  —  The opening night of the Democrats' virtual convention was the beginning of a coronation for Joe Biden, but it was also a victory march for Andrew Cuomo, New York's governor and a supposed hero of the coronavirus pandemic.  “For all the pain and all the tears …
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo book on COVID-19 response out in October
Andrew Busch / The American Mind:
Sleepwalking into Secession  —  We have flirted with disaster before.  Now we must avert it.  —  Recently, the New York Times reported on a set of simulations run by a bipartisan group called the Transition Integrity Project.  Both the Project itself and the mainstream media reports …
Axios:
Harris gives Biden ticket a big shot of enthusiasm  —  The addition of Kamala Harris to the Democratic ticket provided Joe Biden with the biggest surge of online enthusiasm he's seen in the entire campaign, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.
Discussion: Fox News, NBC News and Washington Post
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Reuters:
Indians erect banners, pray for Kamala Harris to win U.S. election
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Faler / Politico:
Businesses warn they won't participate in Trump's payroll tax plan  —  A raft of big-name business groups is warning many employers won't participate in President Donald Trump's payroll tax deferral plan.  —  Calling it “unworkable,” they said in a letter Tuesday to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …
Sumathi Reddy / Wall Street Journal:
Men Urged to Limit Alcohol to One Drink a Day Amid New Concerns  —  A federal committee's recommendation for new U.S. dietary guidelines comes as a 20-year rise in Americans' drinking accelerates during the pandemic  —  Men should consume no more than one alcoholic drink a day …
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the Country  —  Las Vegas casinos, open for months now, are a likely hotbed for the spread of COVID-19.  For many reasons, contact tracing has proved next to impossible as tourists return to homes across the U.S.
 
 
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Jacob Ogles / Florida Politics:
Fake text says Byron Donalds dropped out of CD 19 race (he most certainly did not)
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Republicans to renew push for coronavirus stimulus deal with smaller aid package
Discussion: Associated Press and The US Sun
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
MyPillow CEO defends promoting unproven COVID-19 “cure”
Discussion: Forbes, Breitbart and The Week
The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott, other Texas leaders want to freeze property tax revenues for cities that cut police budgets
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic convention draws 18.7 million TV viewers, down 28% from 2016
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Virginia Sen. L. Louise Lucas charged with felonies over Portsmouth's Confederate Monument protest
Discussion: Axios and WAVY-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
The N.R.A. and Wayne LaPierre's Next Foe: One of Their Own
Discussion: Raw Story
Rainesford Stauffer / InStyle:
Inside 6 Female Reporters' Wild 18-Hour Days, from Trump's First Tweet to Radical Self-Care
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's convention marks 2024 starting gun
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Pro-Trump Russiagate Doc in the Works From Daughter of Hollywood Legend (Exclusive)
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi Quarantines 2,035 Students, Teachers as 444 Test Positive for COVID-19