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11:45 AM ET, August 18, 2020

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
On Democratic convention's first night, speakers blame Trump for America's woes
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's speech was like an empathetic neighbor expressing sorrow for what our country has become
Discussion: The Week
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
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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 …
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 …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Senate report finds Manafort passed sensitive campaign data to Russian intelligence officer
Discussion: The Guardian
Associated Press:
Senate panel finds Russia interfered in the 2016 US election
Discussion: Reuters
Politico:   Manafort worked with Russian intel officer who may have been involved in DNC hack, Senate panel says
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
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Louisiana elections chief rolls back COVID-19 excuses for absentee mail-in ballots
Discussion: Raw Story
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Jim Jordan says universal mail-in ballots will cause ‘chaos and confusion’: If you can protest, you can vote in person
Discussion: Breitbart
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:   DeJoy donated big to GOP senators up for re-election; they're still silent on USPS
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.
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Donald Trump / Fox News:
Susan B. Anthony to get posthumous pardon
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Reuters
Associated Press:
Trump to pardon women's suffrage leader Susan Anthony
Discussion: Vox and Axios
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
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
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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: National Review
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.
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Why Alaska's Senate and House races look competitive in 2020  —  From left, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).  Sullivan and Young each have potentially competitive races in 2020.  Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Raw Story
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
 
 
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USA Today:
Don't count on herd immunity for COVID-19 yet. A vaccine is the best way to get there.
CNN:
Dr. Deborah Birx says she wishes US entered coronavirus lockdown like Italy - CNN Video
Kevin Rector / Los Angeles Times:
Police reform advocates scrutinize police unions, calling them obstacles to reform
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.
New York Post:
De Blasio says he didn't know Democratic National Convention was this week
Christian Britschgi / Reason:
Donald Trump and Ben Carson Go Full NIMBY in The Wall Street Journal
Discussion: Power Line and Los Angeles Times
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Axios:
Harris gives Biden ticket a big shot of enthusiasm
Discussion: Washington Post
Sam Baker / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Democrats fear in-person campaigning, voting
Discussion: The Hill
Nancy Levine / Rantt Media:
As QAnon Spreads, Social Media Companies Finally Step Up
Discussion: The Guardian
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
William Barr Disdains Election Deadline With Plan to Report on FBI Probe
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