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11:20 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 …
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 …
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns At Black Lives Matter Protesters To Speak At RNC
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
theadvertiser:
Louisiana elections chief rolls back COVID-19 excuses for absentee mail-in ballots
Discussion: Raw Story
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:   DeJoy donated big to GOP senators up for re-election; they're still silent on USPS
National Review:   No, the Postal Service Isn't Stealing the Election
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: Associated Press and 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: Politico and The Guardian
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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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump to Michelle Obama: I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Barack
Discussion: Reuters and Fox News
New York Post:   De Blasio says he didn't know Democratic National Convention was this week
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  —  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: 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
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.
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 …
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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
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: Raw Story
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.”
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
 
 
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CNN:
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New York Times:
For Bill Clinton, a Chance to Address a Party That Has Left Him Behind
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
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Alex Nester / Washington Free Beacon:
Ayanna Pressley Calls for ‘Unrest In the Streets’
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Christian Britschgi / Reason:
Donald Trump and Ben Carson Go Full NIMBY in The Wall Street Journal
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Axios:
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Nancy Levine / Rantt Media:
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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
Miles Taylor / Washington Post:
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