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8:40 AM ET, August 19, 2020


 Top Items: 
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
AOC backs Sanders for president, ignores Biden in brief remarks  —  In one of the shortest speeches of the convention, progressive star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not endorse Biden for president Tuesday but instead nominated his 2020 rival, Bernie Sanders.
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Cindy McCain video on Joe Biden to air at DNC  —  WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Cindy McCain is going to bat for Joe Biden, lending her voice to a video set to air during Tuesday night's Democratic National Convention programming focused on Biden's close friendship with her late husband, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Would you mind giving it a crack?’  Bill Clinton leans back and smiles while receiving neck massage from Epstein victim, 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 …
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Bittersweet Return to the Democratic Convention  —  The party's 2016 standard-bearer will return to the stage on Wednesday to promote Joseph R. Biden Jr. and confer her legacy on Kamala Harris, the vice-presidential nominee.  —  Hillary Clinton, whose presidential candidacy …
Discussion: Just The News
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Cindy McCain voices appreciation of Biden  —  Cindy McCain, wife of the late Sen. John McCain and a longtime Republican, lent her voice to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, outlining the “unlikely friendship” her husband had with the newly minted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Bipartisan majority of Americans want more money for Postal Service: Reuters/Ipsos Poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bipartisan majority of Americans want the government to spend more money on the U.S. Postal Service, and most agree that mail delivery will be a vital part of the November election …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Watch Live: Night 2 of the Democratic National Convention
Discussion: Reuters and Breitbart
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
Sally Yates appears at Democratic convention to rip Trump travel ban
Discussion: CBS News, Fox News and Reuters
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Colin Powell latest Republican to be featured during Democratic convention
Discussion: The Week, The Daily Caller and ABC News
Ivan Pereira / ABC News:
Biden discusses healthcare plan at Dem convention
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News and The Hill
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Democrats nominate Joe Biden for president, vowing he will end Trump ‘chaos’
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Times and The Hill
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Chuck Schumer makes pitch to flip Senate during DNC speech as he accuses Trump of quitting on America
Discussion: Breitbart
Yael Halon / Fox News:
Hanson: Michelle Obama told Dems to ‘go high’ after her husband ‘tried to destroy a political campaign’
Discussion: Breitbart
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
Bill Clinton Shouldn't Speak at the DNC. Al Gore Should.
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
American Samoa soldiers appearing in uniform during DNC roll call raises questions
Discussion: IJR, The Week and Washington Times
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
The Official 2020 Democratic National Convention Drinking Game
Discussion: ABC News and Bloomberg
Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
Biden-Harris ticket will collapse between now and election due to these 3 factors
Discussion: Redstate
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Mueller prosecutor says there are new revelations in Senate Russia report  —  Andrew Weissmann, one of the lead prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller's team and the architect of the case against Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, said there is “definitely new information” …
New York Times:   Report Details Manafort's Ties During 2016 Trump Campaign to a Russian Agent
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Republicans preparing $500B virus relief proposal  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders are preparing a slimmed-down virus relief package of roughly $500 billion that will include extended payments for unemployed people and smaller businesses, a GOP senator said Tuesday.
Mitch McConnell: US House's Postal Service bill may be negotiating opportunity
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, New York Times and Reuters
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
U.S. congressman facing campaign finance probe struggles in Florida primary battle
Discussion: Fox News
David Weigel / Washington Post:   Rep. Spano, facing probe of possible 2018 campaign finance violations, is ousted in Florida GOP primary
Washington Post:
Calamari, Rhode Island's controversial state appetizer, becomes an unexpected star of Democratic convention  —  There was an Ohio union worker alarmed over the economy, a New York nurse decrying the coronavirus pandemic, and a Tennessee college student honoring the state's history-making vote for the 19th Amendment.
Discussion: New York Post
Katherine Gregg /
R.I. calamari will get 30 seconds in spotlight at Democratic National Convention  —  PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island calamari will have a starring role in Tuesday night's roll call at the national Democrats' remote presidential nominating convention.  —  State Democratic Party Chairman Joseph McNamara …
New York Times:
Democrats Nominate Biden for President, Delivering Long-Sought Prize
Discussion: The Week
Eric Cortellessa / Washington Monthly:
Susan Collins Engineered the USPS Disaster She's Now Protesting  —  Trump may be trying to sabotage the election, but the war against the Postal Service goes back decades.  —  At this point, it should come as no surprise that the vast majority of Congressional Republicans have responded …
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Statement
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Senate made criminal referral of Trump Jr., Bannon, Kushner and two others to federal prosecutors  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican and Democratic chairmen of the Senate Intelligence Committee made criminal referrals of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Erik Prince and Sam Clovis …
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
The security guard blurted ‘I love you’ to Joe Biden in an elevator.  One viral video later, she nominated him for president.  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — She was last seen blurting “I love you” to Joe Biden as she escorted him in an elevator to an editorial board meeting at the New York Times last December …
Shawn Wheat / WIBW-TV:
Goodyear responds to zero-tolerance policy slide labeled by employee as discriminatory  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Goodyear employee says the company has put out a new policy that has some calling it not equal for all.  —  A photo seen circulating on social media shows a slide …
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
John Kerry calls Trump's foreign policy a ‘blooper real’ of breakups with allies, ‘love letters to dictators’  —  Kerry goes after Trump's stances on Iran, Russia and climate change  —  Former Secretary of State John Kerry appeared Tuesday evening at the Democratic National Convention …
Discussion: Associated Press
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Democrats Drop Demand To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies From Party Platform  —  Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris each ran on axing subsidies, but the party said including that in the final draft of the platform was an “error.”  —  The Democratic National Committee this week quietly dropped …
Discussion: The Week and Vox
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
After Reopening, Notre Dame to Move Classes Online Due to Coronavirus Cases  —  The school reopened last week, but male senior students who attended off-campus parties are leading a Covid-19 surge  —  The University of Notre Dame is canceling in-person classes and moving them online …
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and New York Post
The Daily Beast:
TV News Networks Worried About Airing Two Hours of Trump's Convention  —  Sources said the networks have given DNC officials a new reason they won't air their event in full: Because they'd also have to air Trump's in full—lies, warts, and all.  —  Over the last few U.S. presidential election cycles …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Chuck Rocha / New York Times:
Joe Biden's Secret Untapped Weapon  —  How he could win the Latino vote ... and the presidency.  —  Mr. Rocha is the author of the book “Tío Bernie: The Inside Story of How Bernie Sanders Brought Latinos Into the Political Revolution.”  —  In less than four years …
Discussion: Latino Rebels
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Daniel McCarthy / The American Conservative:
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Craig Torres / Bloomberg:
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Wilfredo Lee / WPTV:
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony declares victory over Scott Israel in Democratic primary
Melissa Ryan / Right Wing Watch:
Anti-Muslim Provocateur Laura Loomer a Likely Pick in Republican Primary to Represent Trump's District in Congress
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Rove argues Biden swept to victory in primaries after rocky start by being ‘the most traditional Democrat’
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Controversial Women's March Leaders Back in DNC's Good Graces
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
BuzzFeed News:
A Facebook Executive Protected Hate Speech In India. Now She Wants Police Protection.
Discussion: Sputnik News
John M. Barry / New York Times:
A Warning for the United States From the Author of ‘The Great Influenza’
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump questions the legitimacy of any election in which he loses
Discussion: Raw Story
House Foreign Affairs Committee:
Engel Statement on State Department Temper Tantrum
Discussion: Axios and Foreign Policy