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10:25 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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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.
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, Washington Post and Althouse
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:   Michelle Obama's speech was like an empathetic neighbor expressing sorrow for what our country has become
FiveThirtyEight:   DNC, Day 1: Live Updates And Analysis
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.
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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
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:   DeJoy donated big to GOP senators up for re-election; they're still silent on USPS
Wall Street Journal:
Nancy Pelosi Goes Politically Postal
National Review:   No, the Postal Service Isn't Stealing the Election
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: Fox News, CNN, Just The News and The Hill
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
On Centennial of 19th Amendment, Trump Pardons Susan B. Anthony  —  President Trump's pardon of the famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony comes as women celebrate the 100th anniversary of their right to vote, and Joseph R. Biden Jr. benefits from a yawning gender gap.
Discussion: Sean Hannity and The Daily Caller
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Donald Trump / Fox News:
Susan B. Anthony to get posthumous pardon  —  President Trump announced Tuesday morning he will give a posthumous pardon to Susan B. Anthony, one of history's biggest figures in the women's suffrage movement.  —  The announcement came 100 years to the day after the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Associated Press:
Trump to pardon women's suffrage leader Susan Anthony
Discussion: Axios
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: Axios, Political Wire and Spectator USA
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Low-energy virtual Democratic Convention fails to inspire
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Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Why John Kasich, A Lifelong Republican, Is Helping Launch Joe Biden's Democratic Party
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
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: Political Wire and Bloomberg
Kevin Rector / Los Angeles Times:
Police reform advocates scrutinize police unions, calling them obstacles to reform  —  Activists in the growing movement for police reform in the U.S. have for months targeted large police budgets as a central impediment to change, flooding streets and municipal Zoom meetings with demands to “defund the police.”
New York Post:
De Blasio says he didn't know Democratic National Convention was this week  —  The convention.  What convention?  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday night claimed he was unaware the Democratic National Convention was taking place this week.  —  The mayor on NY1 said he's been so preoccupied …
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Fed up with anti-maskers, mask advocates are demanding mandates, fines — and common courtesy.  —  Susan van Vonno has strong feelings about masks.  At 82, with a compromised immune system, she has little patience for bellicose anti-maskers who refuse to cover their faces because they believe it infringes on their personal liberty.
Ashish Prashar / Fast Company:
If businesses want to promote justice, they can help end the prison-industrial complex  —  Thousands of businesses are invested in the U.S. prison system.  As Americans call for justice from police departments and governments, there's also pressure for companies to play a role.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump Might Cheat.  Activists Are Getting Ready.  —  Election sabotage needs to be met with the largest protests yet.  —  This summer, a bipartisan group of former government officials, political professionals, lawyers and journalists held a series of war game exercises about how the 2020 election might go wrong.
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 …
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Why Alaska's Senate and House races look competitive in 2020  —  Two independent candidates could give Democrats a fighting chance in Alaska.  —  For evidence that Democrats have expanded their map of competitive US Senate and House races, look no further than Alaska.
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Los Angeles Times
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 …
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.
 
 
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New York Times:
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Axios:
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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
William Barr Disdains Election Deadline With Plan to Report on FBI Probe
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
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CNN:
Trump retweets Russian propaganda about Biden that US intel agencies say is intended to influence 2020 election
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘We know where you live, beware’: The 911 call of a household put on blast by Tucker Carlson
Discussion: Raw Story