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9:35 AM ET, August 18, 2020

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Washington Post:
On Democratic convention's first night, speakers blame Trump for America's woes  —  The virtual event showcases dozens of testimonials, culminating in an indictment from Michelle Obama  —  Democrats kicked off their virtual nominating convention Monday with a focused denunciation of President Trump …
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — GOP Convention Speakers to Include Nick Sandmann, Gov. Kristi Noem  —  Covington Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann, who was viciously smeared by the establishment media and has won settlements from the Washington Post and CNN, will speak at the Republican National Convention …
New York Times:
No Applause, No Crowds: Democrats Begin a Most Unusual Convention  —  Driven online because of the coronavirus crisis, Democrats presented a program that spanned the ideological gamut from socialists to Republicans, all hailing their nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Discussion: Politico, Althouse and Washington Post
CNN:
Transcript: Michelle Obama's DNC speech  —  Michelle Obama's DNC speech: Full video  —  (CNN)Read former first lady Michelle Obama's speech from the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery:  —  Good evening, everyone.  It's a hard time, and everyone's feeling it in different ways.
Associated Press:
Five takeaways from first night of the Democratic convention  —  In another profound way that the coronavirus pandemic has upended American life, the Democratic National Convention started Monday with no convening.  Instead, Democrats opted for the first virtual convention as the party begins …
Discussion: Washington Post and Reuters
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
Day 1 Of The Digital DNC: A Night Of GOP, Moderate Outreach Falls Flat  —  After months of riots assaulting the Founders, America-was-never-great speeches, and national anthem protests, the convention went another direction, kicking off with the Constitution, then the Pledge of Allegiance.
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's speech was like an eloquent neighbor expressing sorrow for what our country has become  —  Michelle Obama returned to the political stage looking like the first lady that she was rather than the cultural celebrity that she has become.  But as soon as she began to speak …
FiveThirtyEight:   DNC, Day 1: Live Updates And Analysis
David Rothkopf / NBC News:
Trump's USPS defunding efforts prove 2020 fix is already in.  Democrats need to act like it. … These are times unlike any other we have faced in our lives.  A pandemic is ravaging our population, 1 in 5 households in the U.S. are food -insecure, and tens of millions of our neighbors worry that they will not be able to pay the rent.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Root
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Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Senate will hold Postal Service hearing with DeJoy on Friday, as mail delay fears grow  —  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Friday about the U.S. Postal Service's vote-by-mail financial requirements, according to two people familiar with the decision.
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:   DeJoy donated big to GOP senators up for re-election; they're still silent on USPS
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo book on COVID-19 response out in October  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has gained a national following through his management of the coronavirus pandemic, is writing a book that looks back on his experiences, and includes leadership advice and a close look …
Discussion: Political Wire and Spectator USA
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump campaign ad attacks Biden's mental faculties  —  President Trump's re-election campaign launched its most brutal ad of the 2020 election overnight, suggesting Joe Biden has experienced severe mental decline over the past four years.  —  Driving the news: The digital ad …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Sanders claims America threatened by ‘authoritarianism’ in dire convention speech
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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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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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New York Post:   De Blasio says he didn't know Democratic National Convention was this week
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Biden Leads Trump in Wisconsin as Democratic Convention Begins
Jeff Hampton / Virginian-Pilot:
‘The mystery is over’: Researchers say they know what happened to ‘Lost Colony’  —  BUXTON, N.C. — The English colonists who settled the so-called Lost Colony before disappearing from history simply went to live with their native friends — the Croatoans of Hatteras, according to a new book.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Sixty Seconds to Self-Sabotage The DNC's choice of who to feature speaks volumes about the party's inability to see its own future.  —  When the Democratic National Committee released its schedule for its big socially distanced convention this week, we learned that New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Why John Kasich, A Lifelong Republican, Is Helping Launch Joe Biden's Democratic Party
Kia Rahnama / Politico:
How the Supreme Court Dropped the Ball on the Right to Protest  —  In recent months, American cities have seen widespread protests denouncing police brutality against unarmed Black people.  Local and national law enforcement agencies, responding to crowds of unprecedented size and scale …
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Bianca Quilantan / Politico:
Trump-backed transgender athlete ban paused in Idaho
Discussion: Associated Press
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Judge halts Trump's rollback of transgender health protections
Discussion: American Greatness and Axios
Christian Britschgi / Reason:
Donald Trump and Ben Carson Go Full NIMBY in The Wall Street Journal  —  Few political transformations have been more remarkable to witness than Ben Carson's constant ping-ponging on housing policy.  The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary can't seem to make up his mind …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
William Barr Disdains Election Deadline With Plan to Report on FBI Probe  — DOJ guidelines warn about public comments 60 days before vote  — Barr says deadline is moot because Biden, Trump aren't focus  —  Attorney General William Barr is promising more revelations from a probe …
Yoav Gonen / THE CITY:
Chirlane McCray Nearly Doubled Her Official Staff Payroll With Undisclosed Taxpayer-Funded Hires  —  The city's First Lady officially has eight employees who support ThriveNYC and other projects.  But at least 14 people on the government payroll work on her team, ahead of a potential Brooklyn borough president run.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘We know where you live, beware’: The 911 call of a household put on blast by Tucker Carlson  —  When a cable-news host such as Tucker Carlson decides to attack a previously low-profile person on his highly rated Fox News show, the effect is immediate.  That's one takeaway from a 911 transcript obtained …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
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Axios:
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Politico:
Trump rejects Pentagon's proposed cuts to military health care
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Jon Miltimore / Real Clear Politics:
MN Governor Quietly Reverses Course on Hydroxychloroquine
Discussion: Power Line
CNN:
Trump retweets Russian propaganda about Biden that US intel agencies say is intended to influence 2020 election
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump campaign starts selling 2020 face masks
Discussion: The Hill
Luke O'Brien / Politico:
Putin's Washington  —  Even money, lots and lots of money, can't buy him love.  A story of lobbying and its limits.
Discussion: The Federalist
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Former CIA officer charged with spying for China
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