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4:45 AM ET, August 19, 2020


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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Would you mind giving it a crack?’  Bill Clinton leans back and smiles while receiving neck massage from Epstein victim, 22, in never-before-seen photos during trip on pedophile's plane to Africa in 2002 - as he addresses Dem convention TONIGHT  — Bill Clinton is seen enjoying …
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
AOC backs Sanders for president, ignores Biden in brief remarks  —  In one of the shortest speeches of the convention, progressive star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not endorse Biden for president Tuesday but instead nominated his 2020 rival, Bernie Sanders.
Discussion: The Week, Al Jazeera and Axios
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.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Cindy McCain voices appreciation of Biden  —  Cindy McCain, wife of the late Sen. John McCain and a longtime Republican, lent her voice to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, outlining the “unlikely friendship” her husband had with the newly minted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
David Siders / Politico:
Jill Biden outshines Bill Clinton, and more takeaways from Night 2 of the Democratic convention  —  He spoke for fewer than five minutes on the second day of the Democratic National Convention, the “explainer-in-chief” relegated to a distant corner of the first hour.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump declares ‘we won’ on border wall during visit, hits ‘deadly’ Biden immigration plan in Arizona visit  —  'You don't hear about the wall anymore because we won'  —  President Trump on Tuesday declared victory in his fight to build a wall on the southern border, as he visited newly-built structure …
Watch Live: Night 2 of the Democratic National Convention
Discussion: Reuters and Breitbart
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Colin Powell latest Republican to be featured during Democratic convention
Discussion: ABC News, The Week and The Daily Caller
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
The Official 2020 Democratic National Convention Drinking Game
Discussion: ABC News and Bloomberg
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
Bill Clinton Shouldn't Speak at the DNC. Al Gore Should.
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
Sally Yates appears at Democratic convention to rip Trump travel ban
Discussion: Fox News and Reuters
Ivan Pereira / ABC News:
Biden discusses healthcare plan at Dem convention
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Chuck Schumer makes pitch to flip Senate during DNC speech as he accuses Trump of quitting on America
Discussion: Breitbart
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Democrats nominate Joe Biden for president, vowing he will end Trump ‘chaos’
Yael Halon / Fox News:
Hanson: Michelle Obama told Dems to ‘go high’ after her husband ‘tried to destroy a political campaign’
Discussion: Breitbart
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
American Samoa soldiers appearing in uniform during DNC roll call raises questions
Discussion: IJR, The Week and Washington Times
Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
Biden-Harris ticket will collapse between now and election due to these 3 factors
Discussion: Redstate
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Mueller prosecutor says there are new revelations in Senate Russia report  —  Andrew Weissmann, one of the lead prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller's team and the architect of the case against Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, said there is “definitely new information” …
New York Times:   Report Details Manafort's Ties During 2016 Trump Campaign to a Russian Agent
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Bipartisan Senate Report Shows How Trump Colluded With Russia in 2016
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.
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 …
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 …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Republicans preparing $500B virus relief proposal  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders are preparing a slimmed-down virus relief package of roughly $500 billion that will include extended payments for unemployed people and smaller businesses, a GOP senator said Tuesday.
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
U.S. congressman facing campaign finance probe struggles in Florida primary battle
Discussion: Fox News
David Weigel / Washington Post:   Rep. Spano, facing probe of possible 2018 campaign finance violations, is ousted in Florida GOP primary
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
The security guard blurted ‘I love you’ to Joe Biden in an elevator.  One viral video later, she nominated 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 …
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 and The Week
Katherine Gregg /
R.I. calamari will get 30 seconds in spotlight at Democratic National Convention  —  PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island calamari will have a starring role in Tuesday night's roll call at the national Democrats' remote presidential nominating convention.  —  State Democratic Party Chairman Joseph McNamara …
New York Times:   Democrats Nominate Biden for President, Delivering Long-Sought Prize
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, The Week and New York Post
Shawn Wheat / WIBW-TV:
Goodyear responds to zero-tolerance policy slide labeled by employee as discriminatory  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Goodyear employee says the company has put out a new policy that has some calling it not equal for all.  —  A photo seen circulating on social media shows a slide …
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
John Kerry calls Trump's foreign policy a ‘blooper real’ of breakups with allies, ‘love letters to dictators’  —  Kerry goes after Trump's stances on Iran, Russia and climate change  —  Former Secretary of State John Kerry appeared Tuesday evening at the Democratic National Convention …
Discussion: Associated Press
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Democrats Drop Demand To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies From Party Platform  —  Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris each ran on axing subsidies, but the party said including that in the final draft of the platform was an “error.”  —  The Democratic National Committee this week quietly dropped …
Discussion: Vox
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Controversial Women's March Leaders Back in DNC's Good Graces  —  Tamika Mallory spoke briefly during a meeting of the Black Caucus this week, while Linda Sarsour appeared on a livestream for the Muslims and Allies Assembly.  —  Eighteen months after seeming to pull their sponsorship …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
John M. Barry / New York Times:
A Warning for the United States From the Author of ‘The Great Influenza’  —  If we don't get the virus under control, the devastation will get worse.  —  Mr. Barry is the author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.”  —  “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”
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Wilfredo Lee / WPTV:
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony declares victory over Scott Israel in Democratic primary
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Sanders Supporters Realize Their Party Is Bigger Than They Are
Melissa Ryan / Right Wing Watch:
Anti-Muslim Provocateur Laura Loomer a Likely Pick in Republican Primary to Represent Trump's District in Congress
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Rove argues Biden swept to victory in primaries after rocky start by being ‘the most traditional Democrat’
Discussion: Breitbart
The Daily Beast:
Georgia Gov. Reopened State While Health Care Workers Needed Millions of Masks and Gowns
Discussion: Raw Story
BuzzFeed News:
A Facebook Executive Protected Hate Speech In India. Now She Wants Police Protection.
Discussion: Sputnik News
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump questions the legitimacy of any election in which he loses
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Jentleson / New York Times:
What if Trumpism Is the G.O.P.'s Natural State?
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
MyPillow CEO defends promoting unproven COVID-19 “cure”
Discussion: Todd Starnes, Forbes and Breitbart
House Foreign Affairs Committee:
Engel Statement on State Department Temper Tantrum
Discussion: Axios and Foreign Policy
Sean D. Naylor / Yahoo News:
Former counterterrorism chief: Trump defeat may prompt right-wing terror attacks
Brian Faler / Politico:
Businesses warn they won't participate in Trump's payroll tax plan
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
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia voters to be made ‘inactive’ after absentee mail undeliverable
Discussion: TheGrio