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10:35 PM ET, August 18, 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 …
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.
David Siders / Politico:
What we're looking for on Night 2 of the Democratic convention  —  On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, the party laid out its overarching message: If you don't like Donald Trump, you have a home with us.  —  Starting tonight through Thursday, the goal is to round out its nominee, Joe Biden.
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
AOC backs Sanders for president, ignores Biden in brief remarks
Discussion: Axios
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
Bill Clinton Shouldn't Speak at the DNC. Al Gore Should.
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
The Official 2020 Democratic National Convention Drinking Game
Discussion: ABC News
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Colin Powell latest Republican to be featured during Democratic convention
Discussion: ABC News, The Daily Caller and Forbes
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump declares ‘we won’ on border wall during visit, hits ‘deadly’ Biden immigration plan in Arizona visit
Discussion: Reuters, Breitbart and The Hill
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:   Denver health care activist only Colorado resident speaking at Democratic convention
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic convention draws 18.7 million TV viewers, down 28% from 2016
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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” …
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 …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
The Senate Report on Trump and Russia Is a Triumph for Truth  —  Here are welcome facts on the president's connections with 2016 election meddling.  —  One of Trumpism's enduring scars will be the social fissures it's widened by waging war on objective reality and public faith in bedrock institutions.
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
Senate report finds Manafort passed campaign data to Russian intelligence officer
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Week
NBC News:
Manafort associate is Russian spy, may have helped coordinate e-mail hack-and-leak, report says
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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 …
Washington Post:
At least 21 states plan to sue the Postal Service over service delays, threat to election
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP and Trump ties run deep on the U.S. Postal Service's board of governors
Discussion: TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Postmaster general announces he is ‘suspending’ policies blamed for mail delays
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
US Postal Service delays force Department of Veterans Affairs to shift prescription delivery methods
Discussion: Raw Story and Task & Purpose
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 …
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: Washington Post
Adam Jentleson / New York Times:
What if Trumpism Is the G.O.P.'s Natural State?
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
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
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: New York Post, The Week and Mediaite
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 …
Rank-and-file Dems press Pelosi for more votes on coronavirus aid
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: TheGrio
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
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
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.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
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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
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: Todd Starnes, Forbes and Breitbart
Sean D. Naylor / Yahoo News:
Former counterterrorism chief: Trump defeat may prompt right-wing terror attacks
 Earlier Items: 
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
Andrew Busch / The American Mind:
Sleepwalking into Secession  —  We have flirted with disaster before.  Now we must avert it.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
The N.R.A. and Wayne LaPierre's Next Foe: One of Their Own
Discussion: Raw Story