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About.usps.com:
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Statement  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued the following statement today:  —  “The United States Postal Service will play a critical role this year in delivering election mail for millions of voters across the country.
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Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postmaster general announces he is ‘suspending’ policies that were blamed for causing mail delays  —  The U.S. Postal Service will halt its controversial cost-cutting initiatives until after the election — canceling service reductions, reinstating overtime hours and ceasing the removal …
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 …
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
David Rothkopf / NBC News:
Trump's USPS defunding efforts prove 2020 fix is already in. Democrats need to act like it.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
Postmaster General DeJoy to Testify Before Senate Panel Friday
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
DeJoy donated big to GOP senators up for re-election; they're still silent on USPS
Discussion: DSCC
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, Breitbart and The Week
New York Times:
G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia  —  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 …
republicanleader.senate.gov:
McConnell on Intelligence Committee's Investigation: Our Adversaries Want to Undermine Our System of Government  —  'Russia, China, Iran, and other foreign actors want to influence our politics, interfere with our elections, and stoke fear and division among Americans.
CNN:
Bipartisan Senate report details Trump campaign contacts with Russia in 2016, adding to Mueller findings
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Senate report finds Manafort passed sensitive campaign data to Russian intelligence officer
Discussion: Law & Crime
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Putin Ordered 2016 Democratic Hack, GOP-Led Panel Concludes
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
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's unhinged Twitter meltdown shows Michelle Obama drew blood  —  President Trump unleashed a torrent of rage tweets about Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic convention that was spectacularly cringeworthy even by his standards — but it only underscored how effectively the former …
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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
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
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: Daily Kos and Bloomberg
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Bill Chappell / NPR:
Trump's Claim Of A New Zealand Surge Is ‘Patently Wrong,’ Ardern Says
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia voters to be made ‘inactive’ after absentee mail undeliverable  —  Tens of thousands of Georgia voter registrations are on track to be changed to inactive status because absentee ballot applications mailed to them last spring were undeliverable.  —  These voters will still be able …
New York Times:
On Centennial of 19th Amendment, Trump Pardons Susan B. Anthony and Targets 2020 Election  —  President Trump's pardon of the famed suffragist came as women celebrated the 100th anniversary of their right to vote, and in the middle of his attacks on the prospect of mail-in voting.
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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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Axios:
Harris gives Biden ticket a big shot of enthusiasm  —  The addition of Kamala Harris to the Democratic ticket provided Joe Biden with the biggest surge of online enthusiasm he's seen in the entire campaign, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Reuters:
Indians erect banners, pray for Kamala Harris to win U.S. election
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Forget the Trump tweets.  This is the Trump action that might actually kill us.  —  If you want to understand the long-term consequences of the Trump presidency, forget his Twitter feed.  Instead, think about methane.  —  Methane is the main ingredient of natural gas.
Discussion: High Country News
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Welcomes Sudan's Openness to Peace Deal: ‘The Whole Region Will Benefit’  —  Netanyahu and Sudan's leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had agreed to normalize ties in February  —  Collage of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem, January 23, 2020 and Sudan's Abdel Fatah al-Burhan …
Discussion: The National Interest
 
 
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Louisiana elections chief rolls back COVID-19 excuses for absentee mail-in ballots
Discussion: Raw Story
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Why Alaska's Senate and House races look competitive in 2020
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Yoav Gonen / THE CITY:
Chirlane McCray Nearly Doubled Her Official Staff Payroll With Undisclosed Taxpayer-Funded Hires
Discussion: New York Post and National Review