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7:30 PM ET, August 18, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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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 …
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bipartisan Senate Report Shows How Trump Colluded With Russia in 2016  —  Throughout the Trump era, the Senate Intelligence Committee has walked a careful line.  The Republican-controlled committee has taken Russian interference seriously and conducted at least somewhat bipartisan investigations …
New York Times:   G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia
NBC News:   Manafort associate is Russian spy, may have helped coordinate e-mail hack-and-leak, report says
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Senate Intel Panel Found ‘Absolutely No Evidence’ Of Collusion, Faced Roadblocks In Probe Of Steele Dossier
Axios:
Senate report finds Manafort passed campaign data to Russian intelligence officer
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Week
republicanleader.senate.gov:   McConnell on Intelligence Committee's Investigation: Our Adversaries Want to Undermine Our System of Government
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 …
Eric Cortellessa / Washington Monthly:
Susan Collins Engineered the USPS Disaster She's Now Protesting  —  Trump may be trying to sabotage the election, but the war against the Postal Service goes back decades.  —  At this point, it should come as no surprise that the vast majority of Congressional Republicans have responded …
Discussion: Data For Progress, DV Journal and CNN
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
Discussion: TheBlaze
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Cindy McCain video on Joe Biden to air at DNC  —  WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Cindy McCain is going to bat for Joe Biden, lending her voice to a video set to air during Tuesday night's Democratic National Convention programming focused on Biden's close friendship with her late husband, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
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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 …
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
The Official 2020 Democratic National Convention Drinking Game
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Balloon Juice
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: The Week and Raw Story
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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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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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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
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Republicans to renew push for coronavirus stimulus deal with smaller aid package  —  The revised measure would represent a scaled-back version of the $1 trillion HEALS Act introduced by Republicans at the end of July  —  Congress is stuck repeating the same thing over and over again each day; Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.
Discussion: The US Sun
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Republicans preparing $500B virus relief proposal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Devan Cole / CNN:
Former DHS official: Trump will ‘align with dictators around the world’ if he wins  —  (CNN)A former senior Trump administration official who is endorsing Joe Biden's presidential campaign said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump wins a second term he will “align with dictators around the world.”
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
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Indians erect banners, pray for Kamala Harris to win U.S. election  —  PAINGANADU, INDIA (Reuters) - Indians in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which U.S. vice president hopeful Kamala Harris visited as a kid, erected banners, held special prayers and wished her success.
Discussion: The Hill
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Axios:
Harris gives Biden ticket a big shot of enthusiasm
Discussion: Fox News, NBC News and Washington Post
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 …
 
 
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Cortney O'Brien / Townhall:
The DNC Is Apparently Including Liz Warren in Tonight's Native American Caucus Meeting
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
MyPillow CEO defends promoting unproven COVID-19 “cure”
Discussion: Forbes, Breitbart and Raw Story
Politico:
Pompeo aide orders State Department to provide Biden, Russia probe documents
Discussion: Raw Story
Sean D. Naylor / Yahoo News:
Former counterterrorism chief: Trump defeat may prompt right-wing terror attacks
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
Washington Post:
Virginia Sen. L. Louise Lucas charged with felonies over Portsmouth's Confederate Monument protest
Discussion: Axios
 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
Sumathi Reddy / Wall Street Journal:
Men Urged to Limit Alcohol to One Drink a Day Amid New Concerns
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Pro-Trump Russiagate Doc in the Works From Daughter of Hollywood Legend (Exclusive)
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the Country