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2:05 PM ET, August 19, 2020


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Washington Post:
Postal Service blocked lawmakers from key evidence on DeJoy's selection, Schumer says  —  The Senate's top Democrat says he has new evidence that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin intervened in the postmaster general appointment process  —  The U.S. Postal Service blocked congressional lawmakers …
Olivia Rubin / ABC News:
Photos appear to show mail sorting machines in parts in US postal facility  —  Images come as controversy grows over post office, mail-in voting.  —  As questions over recent changes implemented at the U.S. Postal Service continue to mount, new images obtained by ABC News appear …
Discussion: WJLA-TV and KTUL-TV
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Postal union officials: 10 mail-sorting machines removed in Michigan  — Mass mail-sorting machines in Detroit, Pontiac and Grand Rapids decommissioned  — U.S. Postal Services faces questions about slower mail service amid cost-cutting measures  — Postal union leader says fewer machines …
U.S. House releases legislation to safeguard mail-in ballots
Discussion: The Hill
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Meadows says postmaster general did not discuss pausing changes with Trump
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and IJR
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:   USPS Quietly Added Rule Prohibiting Workers From Signing Mail-In Ballots As Witnesses
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
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Bittersweet Return to the Democratic Convention
Discussion: NBC News and Just The News
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:   Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Shaky Unity of the Democratic National Convention
James Oliphant / Reuters:
Kamala Harris to turn prosecutorial skills on Trump in historic speech
Associated Press:
Far-Right Extremist Laura Loomer Wins Florida Republican Primary  —  She is looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel in a district that includes President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A far-right social media provocateur whose hate speech got her banned …
Discussion: Palm Beach Post
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
The Republican Party of Florida is backing Laura Loomer, a “proud Islamophobe” who said she's in favor of “more” migrant deaths  —  The Republican Party of Florida recently expressed its support for right-wing commentator and congressional candidate Laura Loomer, who has described herself as a …
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 …
Max Cohen / Politico:
Trump calls for Goodyear boycott after company bans MAGA attire among employees  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday promoted a boycott of Goodyear, angrily reacting to a viral company policy that banned employees from wearing “MAGA Attire.”  —  “Don't buy GOODYEAR TIRES - They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS.
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Joe Biden is already planning a failed presidency  —  In 2008, after eight years of a George W. Bush administration that had done staggering damage to the United States and the world, a moderate Democrat ascended to the presidency, promising that he would set things right.
Wall Street Journal:   Joe Biden United the Democrats—It's Not Likely to Last
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Democrats Drop Demand To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies From Party Platform
Discussion: Vox and The Verge
Hallie Jackson / MSNBC:
Ex-DHS Official: Trump wanted to trade Puerto Rico for Greenland  —  A former Chief of Staff with the Department of Homeland Security, Miles Taylor, joins Hallie Jackson to discuss his tenure working in the Trump administration.  Taylor, who has recently begun speaking out about what he witnessed …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
As it turns out, there really was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia  —  The investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III ended anticlimactically.  Although Mueller's report detailed evidence of Russian interference and the Trump team's welcome receipt of help from Moscow …
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:   Russiagate Was Not a Hoax  —  Rereading the Mueller report more than a year after its publication …
Kate Grise / CNN:
Trump campaign sues New Jersey over mail-in voting plans  —  How mail-in-voting could change the 2020 election  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's reelection campaign sued New Jersey Tuesday over the state's decision to use a hybrid voting model for November's election …
Justin Clark / Wall Street Journal:
The Trump Campaign Is Suing New Jersey
Discussion: Fox News, Law & Crime and The Hill
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Tim Kaine predicts Senate breakthrough in Covid relief after RNC  —  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Wednesday said the Senate will likely be motivated to work towards a deal on coronavirus relief shortly after next week's Republican National Convention, with a deal hopefully soon after Labor Day.
Discussion: Reuters, VICE, Mediaite and Washington Times
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Madison Cawthorn Is the Future of the Republican Party  —  In a June primary, a photogenic Zoomer Republican named Madison Cawthorn beat a candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump to fill the North Carolina House seat formerly occupied by his chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Allies Fear That He's Ditched the Working Class for ‘Boaters’ and Housewives  —  In 2016, the billionaire media celebrity was able to brand himself as a savior of the working class.  Four years later, he's obsessed with the stock market and boaters.  —  President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Thau / Redstate:
The Case for Masks, School Closings, & Social Isolation Just Collapsed!  —  The purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.  When people are forced to remain silent …
CNN Poll: Most Americans embarrassed by US response to coronavirus  —  Poll: Majority of Americans embarrassed by US pandemic response  —  (CNN)Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say the US response to the coronavirus outbreak makes them feel embarrassed, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS …
Discussion: Forbes, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19  —  Editor's Note: Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Lauren Nichols has been sick with COVID-19 since March 10, shortly before Tom Hanks announced his diagnosis …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
USA Today:
Two women say ex-Washington RB Derrius Guice raped them at LSU when he was a freshman  —  Two former Louisiana State University students said recently released Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice raped them months apart in 2016, when he was a rising star freshman on the LSU football team.
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Democratic Convention Is a Reality Check for Trump
Tami Luhby / CNN:
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Sergei Kuznetsov / Politico:
Lukashenko hangs tough in Belarus
Des Moines Register:
Woodbury County Auditor joins Johnson, Linn auditors in facing Trump campaign lawsuit over absentee ballot request forms
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Casper Star-Tribune:
Kanye West officially gathering signatures to join Wyoming ballot as officials field concerns
Discussion: The Hill
Daniel John Sobieski / American Thinker:
Andrew Cuomo, Serial Killer
Discussion: TheBlaze and Fox News
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From Tehran to the Trump admin by way of Bais Yaakov
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Israel raises concerns with U.S. about new Saudi nuclear facility
Erica Pandey / Axios:
1 in 5 college students don't plan to go back this fall
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Democrats are against Trump — but what are they for?  —  Watching the long slog of the second night …
Discussion: Fox News
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
'He's Destroyed Conservatism': The Republican Case Against Trump's GOP
Discussion: Raw Story
Helen Raleigh / The Federalist:
What Corporate Media Won't Tell You About Trump's Historic Middle East Peace Deal
Discussion: Ilan Berman
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Cops Who Charged Civil Rights Leaders With Felonies Try To Sideline Progressive Prosecutor
Discussion: Washingtonian and Washington Post