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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: 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.
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
New York Times:
G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russian Interference  —  A nearly 1,000-page report confirmed the special counsel's findings at a moment when President Trump's allies have sought to undermine that inquiry.  —  WASHINGTON — A sprawling report released Tuesday …
CNN:
Bipartisan Senate report details Trump campaign contacts with Russia in 2016, adding to Mueller findings  —  Nadler: Trump lied to Mueller, committed a crime  —  (CNN)The Senate Intelligence Committee released Tuesday the most comprehensive and meticulous examination to date explaining …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Senate report finds Manafort passed sensitive campaign data to Russian intelligence officer
Discussion: The Guardian
republicanleader.senate.gov:   McConnell on Intelligence Committee's Investigation: Our Adversaries Want to Undermine Our System of Government
Politico:
Manafort was ‘grave counterintelligence threat’ due to Russian contacts, Senate panel says
Discussion: New York Post
Associated Press:
Senate panel finds Russia interfered in the 2016 US election
Discussion: Reuters
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:   Putin Ordered 2016 Democratic Hack, GOP-Led Panel Concludes
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: BuzzFeed News
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Washington Post:
At least 20 states plan to sue the U.S. Postal Service over service delays, threat to election  —  At least 20 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 …
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.
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
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
DeJoy donated big to GOP senators up for re-election; they're still silent on USPS
Discussion: DSCC
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns At Black Lives Matter Protesters To Speak At RNC  —  Lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who face felony gun charges, will reportedly endorse Donald Trump in their convention address.  —  A white couple from St. Louis facing felony weapons charges …
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
5 key moments from the Democratic National Convention's first night
Discussion: Reuters
Washington Post:
On Democratic convention's first night, speakers blame Trump for America's woes
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.
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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's speech was like an empathetic neighbor expressing sorrow for what our country has become
Discussion: The Week
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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Roger Stone / Stone Cold Truth:
WHY I DECIDED TO WITHDRAW THE APPEAL OF MY UNJUST CONVICTION IN THE MUELLER WITCH HUNT  —  On the strong advice of my attorneys and after giving the decision considerable thought, I have reluctantly decided to dismiss the appeal of what I believe to be a wrongful conviction in a trial tainted …
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, Just The News and The Hill
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Donald Trump / Fox News:
Susan B. Anthony to get posthumous pardon
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Reuters
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Trump warns of a ‘big surge’ of coronavirus in New Zealand, which had just recorded nine new cases  —  While the novel coronavirus continues to surge through the United States, President Trump noted on Monday that other countries have also seen recent rises.  Case in point, he told supporters at a Minnesota airport: New Zealand.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
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Bill Chappell / NPR:
Trump's Claim Of A New Zealand Surge Is ‘Patently Wrong,’ Ardern Says
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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: Raw Story and The Moderate Voice
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.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
What Happens When Ex-Navy SEALS Go Full QAnon?  —  BETTER ASK NOW  —  Former special forces soldiers are flirting with a wide array of conspiracy theories, including QAnon.  They also seem to be uniquely suited to pivoting to IRL violence.  —  A man filmed leaving the area …
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
Is This Real?  Why Some Are Calling the DNC Outro Monday Night ‘The Moment Trump Won Re-Election’  —  This cannot be real.  Did two hours of watching the Democratic National Convention cause me to lose my mind.  President Trump was blamed by one woman for causing her father's death from COVID.
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 …
 
 
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Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia voters to be made ‘inactive’ after absentee mail undeliverable
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Pro-Trump Russiagate Doc in the Works From Daughter of Hollywood Legend (Exclusive)
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi Quarantines 2,035 Students, Teachers as 444 Test Positive for COVID-19
Quint Forgey / Politico:
DNC Chair Perez on Trump's in-person campaign events: ‘Ask the family of Herman Cain’
USA Today:
Don't count on herd immunity for COVID-19 yet. A vaccine is the best way to get there.
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Louisiana elections chief rolls back COVID-19 excuses for absentee mail-in ballots
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Dr. Deborah Birx says she wishes US entered coronavirus lockdown like Italy - CNN Video
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Why Alaska's Senate and House races look competitive in 2020
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump Might Cheat. Activists Are Getting Ready.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Fed up with anti-maskers, mask advocates are demanding mandates, fines — and common courtesy.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Yoav Gonen / THE CITY:
Chirlane McCray Nearly Doubled Her Official Staff Payroll With Undisclosed Taxpayer-Funded Hires
Discussion: National Review
Axios:
Harris gives Biden ticket a big shot of enthusiasm
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Post
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
William Barr Disdains Election Deadline With Plan to Report on FBI Probe