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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: Breitbart, Reuters and The Week
NBC News:
Manafort associate is Russian spy, may have helped coordinate e-mail hack-and-leak, report says  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee said in a report released Tuesday that a key associate of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is a Russian intelligence officer who may have helped coordinate …
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Senate Intel says FBI gave ‘unjustified credence’ to Steele dossier, Russia ‘took advantage’ of Trump transition team  —  Committee released the fifth and final volume of its five-part report on Russian interference in the 2016 election  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee found that the FBI gave …
republicanleader.senate.gov:   McConnell on Intelligence Committee's Investigation: Our Adversaries Want to Undermine Our System of Government
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Senate Intel Panel Found ‘Absolutely No Evidence’ Of Collusion, Faced Roadblocks In Probe Of Steele Dossier
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Putin Ordered 2016 Democratic Hack, GOP-Led Panel Concludes
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 …
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
Washington Post:
At least 20 states plan to sue the 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 of delays …
David Rothkopf / NBC News:
Trump's USPS defunding efforts prove 2020 fix is already in. Democrats need to act like it.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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CNN:
Transcript: Michelle Obama's DNC speech
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Capitol and tried to get Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to retake their oaths on the Bible  —  Republican congressional candidate and right-wing pundit Marjorie Taylor Greene is a bigot both on and offline.  —  In February 2019, she visited Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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
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 …
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Alice Johnson's Life Sentence Was Commuted by Trump. Now She Will Speak at His Convention.
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
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 …
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
No, COVID-19 Is Not a Metaphor  —  The opening night of the Democrats' virtual convention was the beginning of a coronation for Joe Biden, but it was also a victory march for Andrew Cuomo, New York's governor and a supposed hero of the coronavirus pandemic.  “For all the pain and all the tears …
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Andrew Busch / The American Mind:
Sleepwalking into Secession  —  We have flirted with disaster before.  Now we must avert it.  —  Recently, the New York Times reported on a set of simulations run by a bipartisan group called the Transition Integrity Project.  Both the Project itself and the mainstream media reports …
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, Bloomberg, IJR, Axios and Al Jazeera
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Bill Chappell / NPR:
Trump's Claim Of A New Zealand Surge Is ‘Patently Wrong,’ Ardern Says
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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: NBC News and Washington Post
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Reuters:
Indians erect banners, pray for Kamala Harris to win U.S. election
Discussion: The Hill
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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Sumathi Reddy / Wall Street Journal:
Men Urged to Limit Alcohol to One Drink a Day Amid New Concerns  —  A federal committee's recommendation for new U.S. dietary guidelines comes as a 20-year rise in Americans' drinking accelerates during the pandemic  —  Men should consume no more than one alcoholic drink a day …
Washington Post:
Virginia Sen. L. Louise Lucas charged with felonies over Portsmouth's Confederate Monument protest  —  RICHMOND — Portsmouth police on Monday charged state Sen. L. Louise Lucas with being part of a conspiracy to topple the city's Confederate Monument, drawing outrage from political allies …
Discussion: Axios and WAVY-TV
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 …
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.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic convention draws 18.7 million TV viewers, down 28% from 2016  —  MSNBC had the largest prime-time audience on the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but overall viewing of the party's virtual gathering on Monday was down significantly from four years ago.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Brian Faler / Politico:
Businesses warn they won't participate in Trump's payroll tax plan
Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago cops are retiring at ‘unheard of’ twice the usual rate
Noa Landau / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Welcomes Sudan's Openness to Peace Deal: ‘The Whole Region Will Benefit’
Discussion: The National Interest
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
The N.R.A. and Wayne LaPierre's Next Foe: One of Their Own
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Forget the Trump tweets. This is the Trump action that might actually kill us.
Discussion: High Country News
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
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump Might Cheat. Activists Are Getting Ready.
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
Is This Real? Why Some Are Calling the DNC Outro Monday Night ‘The Moment Trump Won Re-Election’
Yoav Gonen / THE CITY:
Chirlane McCray Nearly Doubled Her Official Staff Payroll With Undisclosed Taxpayer-Funded Hires
Discussion: New York Post and National Review