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August 17th Playbook

The Trump campaign announces that the president will visit Old Forge on Thursday. Here is the Playbook.

August 14th Ups & Downs: A senior legal advisor to Trump’s campaign purposely misgenders Dr. Rachel Levine, while a Dem state House candidate and Biden campaign surrogate apologizes after old racist and sexist tweets are reported on. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Trump To Visit Old Forge on Thursday: A release from Trump’s campaign said that the president plans to deliver remarks on former Vice President Joe Biden’s “record of failure,” just hours before Biden formally accepts the presidential nomination from the Democratic Party.

Harrisburg & DC   
New York Times: How Biden Could Learn From Conor Lamb’s Victory in Trump Country
AP: Schools get state guidance about handling COVID-19 outbreaks
AP: Postal service warning needed action, election official says
AP: Democrats aim to keep Greens off fall statewide ballot
AP: States can’t afford Trump’s jobless aid plan, governor says
AP: Private, charter schools worry bus cuts will strand students
AP: In settlement, county to launch $2.8M mask-wearing campaign
AP: Pennsylvania investigate sex abuse claims at care facility
AP: Report: Pennsylvania falls behind in Chesapeake Bay cleanup
Inquirer: USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of ‘overwhelming’ risk to voters 
Inquirer: Can Trump win again without winning the most votes? Yes. Pennsylvania shows how. 
Inquirer: A Bucks County election sparks a familiar question: Is Fitzpatrick a moderate?
Inquirer: Medical marijuana sales soar amid COVID-19, making Pa. one of the nation’s fastest growing cannabis markets 
Inquirer: Democratic National Convention: Start time, speakers, how to watch and stream opening night 
Spotlight PA: Are antigen tests the silver bullet to Pa.‘s coronavirus testing delays? Not so fast. 
Spotlight PA: Spotlight PA joins forces with PA Post to become largest statewide news organization in Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf ends standoff: Lebanon County to promote mask-wearing in exchange for CARES Act cash
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What postal delays and lawsuits mean for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Wolf admin asks Supreme Court to extend mail-in voting deadlines
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Postal Service tells 46 states, including Pa., mail-in ballots could be delayed
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘I wanted to make sure our voices were heard loud and clear’: LGBTQ group works to build acceptance in rural Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Some key reads as kids head back to school | Five for Your Weekend
WITF: Classes At PA’s State-Owned Universities Will Be Mostly Held Online In Fall
Patriot News: Lebanon agrees to launch pro-mask campaign in return for Wolf releasing $12.8 million in federal funds
Patriot News: 660 new coronavirus cases reported in Pa.
PLSReporter: Wolf administration seeks vote by mail extension, citing post office concerns
PLSReporter: Wolf asks for extension of federal unemployment benefits in letter to Congress
PLSReporter: Wolf, Lebanon County reach agreement on federal coronavirus funds
Fox News: Pennsylvania takes ballot precautions after Postal Service hints at delivery delays
Fox News: Trump to campaign in swing states during Democratic National Convention  
Fox News: Philadelphia weekend gun violence leaves 4 dead, 15 wounded
Fox News: EPA announces new rules to reduce methane regulation, assures science will back changes
WHYY Newsworks: First-time Pa. DNC delegates prepare to nominate Joe Biden virtually
StateImpactPA: In Pittsburgh, EPA’s Andrew Wheeler announces methane rollbacks for oil and gas
The Michael Smerconish Program: Sec. Boockvar on Mail-In Voting: “My Biggest Concern…Is All the Misinformation”
The Michael Smerconish Program: Sec. Boockvar: “Return Your Ballot As Soon As You Possibly Can”
The Michael Smerconish Program: Sec. Boockvar: “The Postal Service Put It in Writing to Me…’We Are Experiencing Delays'”
The Michael Smerconish Program: Sec. Boockvar: “We’re Encouraging Businesses to Give Their Staff [Election Day] Off”
The Michael Smerconish Program: Sec. Boockvar: “You May Be Sent in a Different [Voting] Process If You Show Up Without a Mask”
The Hill: Trump planning event to counter Biden acceptance speech
The Hill: Democrats featuring ‘rising stars’ in convention keynotes
The Hill: Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states
The Hill: USPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted
The Hill: Biden targets Latino voters with first ad featuring Harris
Politico: Can the Democratic Party Hold Together?
Morning Call: Wolf administration task force releases health disparities report; ‘We’re not playing on a level playing field’
CNN: Trump to speak near Biden’s hometown on the night he is expected to accept the Democratic nomination
CNN: Pennsylvania AG won’t let Trump ‘undermine the vote’ in his state
CNN: Stacey Abrams among rising Democratic Party stars to deliver joint keynote address during DNC
CNN: Will college football be a game changer for Trump?
CNN: Trump campaign plans aggressive digital ad buy to counter DNC
Tribune Review: Sens. Casey, Toomey demand U.S. Health Secretary Azar take action to protect nursing homes
Post-Gazette: Dems prepare for the nation’s first ‘virtual’ convention 
Post-Gazette: Volant farmer to speak at Democratic convention on why he’s switching to Biden
Huffington Post: USPS Warns At Least 2 States That Mail-In Ballots May Not Be Delivered On Time

Philly Voice: Here’s all the Philly-area speakers at the 2020 Democratic National Convention 
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania seeks to extend mail-in voting deadline due to potential Postal Service delivery issues 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We’re losing too many talented, bright people’: Philly’s next managing director vows to combat violence 
WHYY Newsworks: First-time Pa. DNC delegates prepare to nominate Joe Biden virtually
Inquirer: Philly coalition organizes to educate ‘skeptical’ Latino voters about November election 
Inquirer: Philly leaders and police want residents to turn in their guns in a new campaign to combat violence
Inquirer: Philly has fewer businesses per capita than other big East Coast cities, report says 
Inquirer: ‘Secret weapon’: Kamala Harris’ sorority sisters rallying locally and nationally to get her and Biden elected
Inquirer: Changes to the Postal Service leave an Upper Darby mail carrier exhausted, yet eager to serve his residents
Inquirer: Many private schools are planning to open in person as public schools are stuck online
Inquirer: Philly again tops 20 shooting victims in another weekend of gun violence
Inquirer: More trash delays expected this week in Philly and Delco; crowd of Villanova students causes concern as colleges resume   
Philadelphia Magazine: Is It Just Me, or Do the Philly Feds Really Hate Larry Krasner? 
Philadelphia Gay News: Judge issues favorable ruling in trans antibias case
Philadelphia Tribune: Negotiations at an ‘impasse’ between city and encampment leaders
Philadelphia Tribune: Concerned parents speak up about racism, discrimination at Waldorf School of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Tribune: SDP expands technology support center, unveils registration options for new students
KYW Newsradio: Student-run initiative pushes for affordable ‘tiny houses’ to alleviate Philly homelessness
KYW Newsradio: School District finalizes plans for daily student screen time
KYW Newsradio: USPS offers subscribers preview of mail on the way
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘The city has no clue’: Bodega bar owner calls for more clarity on Covid-19 regulations after forced shutdown
Billy Penn: This map compares poverty rate with shooting rate across Philadelphia

Daily Local News: Chester County Commissioners urge Wolf to shut down pipeline construction
Daily Local News: Harris an ‘uplifting’ choice, say Chester County Democrats; GOP points to ‘extreme views’
Daily Local News: Democratic delegates ready for virtual convention
Daily Local News: More than $1.6M awarded for affordable housing in Chester, Delaware counties
Daily Local News: Chester County employees getting reminders about mask mandate
Inquirer: A Bucks County election sparks a familiar question: Is Fitzpatrick a moderate?
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County hires new firm to handle mail-in ballots ahead of election
Delco Daily Times: Supporters rally to ‘Back the Blue’ in Parkside
Delco Daily Times: Montgomery County has 2nd lowest coronavirus positivity rate in region, behind Bucks
Delco Daily Times: Interboro regrets ‘diversions’ after Ridley BLM rally
Delco Daily Times: Mayor Barbarann Keffer updates Upper Darby residents about trash pickup
KYW Newsradio: Upper Darby continues to mitigate sanitation workers’ COVID-19 quarantine
KYW Newsradio: Montco directs $15 million in federal funds to area schools
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Community College receives $420K CARES Act grant for job skills training
Bucks Local News: Rally to be held in support of Central Bucks teachers, support staff and aides

WESA: Protesters, City Officials Want Answers Regarding Arrest During Saturday Demonstration 
WESA: State Asks To Extend Mail-In Ballot Deadline, Citing ‘Significant Risk’ Of Mail Delays
City Paper: Congressional candidate Sean Parnell thinks idea of independent women is “nonsense”
City Paper: Pittsburgh Police, Peduto respond to protest marshal arrested by rifle-carrying officers in unmarked van during Saturday protest
City Paper: In Pittsburgh, Trump’s EPA announces methane rule rollback for gas wells, pipelines
City Paper: PHOTOS: Protesters respond to marshal’s arrest with march to Mayor Peduto’s home
City Paper: PHOTOS: “Civil Saturday” protest disrupted when marshal is arrested by heavily armed Pittsburgh Police in unmarked van
City Paper: Local restaurant owner who made transphobic post now compares Gov. Wolf and Levine to Nazis
KDKA: Police Tactics Used In Oakland Arrest Sparks Anger, Protests, Calls For Mayor Bill Peduto’s Resignation
KDKA: Protesters Call For Mayor Peduto’s Resignation After Arrest Of Protester In Oakland
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Has ‘Serious Concerns’ With Plainclothes Officers’ Arrest Of Protester Into Unmarked Vans
KDKA: Member Of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet Visits Pittsburgh Area Businesses 
KDKA: Pittsburgh-Area Restaurant Owner Posts Picture Depicting Gov. Tom Wolf And Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine As Nazis 
KDKA: Monessen Mayor Matt Shorraw Issues Mid-Year ‘State Of The City’ Address 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 74 New Coronavirus Cases, 21 More Hospitalizations
Tribune Review: Angry crowd shows up at Mayor Peduto’s home challenging Pittsburgh police arrest of protester 
Tribune Review: Mayor Peduto, Pittsburgh public safety leaders address protest arrest in Oakland 
Tribune Review: Braddock restaurant owner apologizes for comparing Gov. Wolf, Levine to Nazis 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 74 new coronavirus cases, 4 new deaths
Post-Gazette: Arrest of protester by plainclothes Pittsburgh officers creates furor 
Post-Gazette: Dems prepare for the nation’s first ‘virtual’ convention 
Post-Gazette: Should the USPS run like a business? Yearslong dispute roils mail delivery ahead of 2020 elections 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County treasurer warns residents of potential tax scams 
Post-Gazette: Braddock restaurant owner posts photo depicting Health Secretary Levine, Governor Tom Wolf as Nazis 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 74 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths 

Observer-Reporter: SBA Administrator hopes there will be a second round of relief for small businesses
Observer-Reporter: Two new COVID-19 deaths reported in Washington County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Richland rally urges officials to ‘Let Them Play’ scholastic sports despite virus
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Blair, Cambria virus caseloads jump over weekend; Blair sets weekly record
Pittsburgh Business Times: Due to recent prison outbreaks, Fayette and Union counties currently would fall under state recommendation for no in-class instruction 
Post-Gazette: Volant farmer to speak at Democratic convention on why he’s switching to Biden
Tribune Review: 11 new coronavirus cases reported in Westmoreland County
Altoona Mirror: Huntingdon creates county CARES funding
Altoona Mirror: Logan Township enacts burning ban

Times-Tribune: President Donald Trump to campaign in Old Forge on Thursday
Times-Tribune: From Scranton to Washington, Biden’s friends share childhood memories
Times-Tribune: NEPA delegates staying home as Biden nomination approaches
Times-Tribune: In-person learning options in NEPA vary by community
Times-Tribune: No new COVID-19 deaths reported in NEPA Sunday
Citizens Voice: Trump to campaign in Old Forge on Thursday
Citizens Voice: From Scranton to Washington, Biden’s friends share childhood memories
Citizens Voice: Local Democrats excited for convention 
Citizens Voice: Nine new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
The Times Leader: Trump announces campaign stop in Old Forge
The Times Leader: Cartwright: Virtual conference focuses on importance of Social Security
The Times Leader: Luzerne County making progress filling Children and Youth caseworker vacancies
The Times Leader: 9 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 660 statewide

South Central 
Lebanon Daily News: Pa. to give Lebanon County CARES Act money; county will spend $2.8M to promote face masks
York Dispatch: Poll: Quarter of voters unfamiliar with congressional challenger DePasquale
York Dispatch: Pa. union president: Postal leader is sabotaging mail-in voting, removing equipment
York Dispatch: Black Lives Matter marchers take stand against York Catholic policies
York Dispatch: ‘Standing our ground’: Crowd gathers in New Freedom to support tenants ordered out of VFW homes
York Dispatch: 30 new cases of COVID-19 reported in York County on Sunday
York Daily Record: Protesters: York Catholic has ‘illusion of inclusion’  
Patriot News: Lebanon agrees to launch pro-mask campaign in return for Wolf releasing $12.8 million in federal funds
Patriot News: ‘Save Our Children’ protest in Harrisburg calls for action against child predators
Patriot News: Flap over Black Lives Matter mask leads to protest against York Catholic High School
Patriot News: Carlisle’s annual budget is down $341,000 so far this year: report
Carlisle Sentinel: COVID-19 cuts several Carlisle budget items, although taxes remain stable
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: York sees COVID spike Sunday as Cumberland County sees only 7 new cases
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Country Day students use own money, share the joy of back-to-school in supplies giveaway
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sunday’s COVID-19 updates: Statewide death toll reaches 7.4K, Lancaster County surpasses 400

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: PIAA moving forward with plans for fall season following meeting with Gov. Wolf’s office
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Transportation Commission approves $274.8 million in Berks transportation projects
Reading Eagle: 38 new coronavirus cases for Berks County reported by state Friday; Pennsylvania case numbers continue to climb this week
Express Times: Spotlight PA partnership brings work of unrivaled team of investigative reporters to
Express Times: PIAA makes its case for high school sports; governor’s office stresses local choice
Express Times: Around 300 Northampton County businesses share $4M in COVID-19 assistance
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 660 cases as state nears 125K total cases | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (08/16/2020)
Morning Call: Postal Service warning it cannot guarantee ballots being delivered on time changes things for Pa. election officials
Morning Call: From the editor: The Morning Call is not going anywhere 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley school districts receive $1.6 million in pandemic support
Morning Call: Allentown School District buying 3,500 hot spots for remote learning
Morning Call: Bethlehem police invite public to comment on its performance during reaccreditation process
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 660 new cases, 3 deaths

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller calls for transparency, accountability and better safety in federal prisons
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County two new COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: Erie police reform about ‘transparency,’ not defunding 
Erie Times-News: Erie loses mail-sorting machines in USPS purge 
Erie Times-News: State reports 660 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths
Pittsburgh Business Times: Due to recent prison outbreaks, Fayette and Union counties currently would fall under state recommendation for no in-class instruction 
Centre Daily Times: Facing backlash, Penn State changes offending language in COVID-19 Compact with students
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 case of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 16

John Fetterman and Gisele Barreto Fetterman: Give young immigrants chance for American dream
Mary Jo Daley: Here’s where Pa. Republicans are missing an important mark on schools reopening
Larry Krasner: The District Attorney’s Office is using cash bail strategically
Inquirer Editorial Board: Trump’s assault on Postal Service and voting is a plot against American democracy  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: City government: Is anyone home? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t rush the census 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t politicize the arts 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A long way to November 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Entitled fans should take a rest
John L. Micek: Meet the retired Philly poli.sci prof who’s raising $350K to flip the Pa. House | Friday Morning Coffee
Charles McElwee: Pennsylvania’s impact on 2020 election comes down to Luzerne vs. Chester Counties 
Tien Sydnor-Campbell: Pa. bill would protect those with chronic health conditions from little-known insurance practice 
Salena Zito: The presidential race gets all the attention, but state races make all the difference
Salena Zito: Your connection to military history is waiting
Peter R. Kowey and Thomas Martin: The pandemic proves why Pa. needs to update its tele-health laws
Gregory J. Wallance: Desecrating Gettysburg
Andrew Szalay and Mike McKenna: The need to expand housing access for all county residents
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Time to stop Philly’s murderdemic?
Keith Burris: Believing in the country
Candis Watts Smith: After the civil rights era, white Americans failed to support systemic change to end racism. Will they now?
David Shribman: It’s the new, old Democratic Party’s time to shine
Will Bunch: Trump’s coup-by-mail is underway. America can’t wait until November to fight back
Paul Muschick: With no stimulus package deal, how can Congress skip town?
Helen Ubiñas: Through rain, shine, and now, a pandemic, this woman shows our commitment to good shouldn’t waver
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Even at home, there’s pandemic pandemonium
Matthew Jordan: Movie theaters are on life support – how will the film industry adapt?
Tim Hartman: While states look for help, Congress heads home | Editorial Cartoon
Gene Therapy: Media among those called out in Mary Trump’s book about The Donald
Andrea Wittchen: When should we open schools? When it’s safe

38 Responses

  1. New poll came out from CNN. Biden will win the popular vote and will win the electoral vote. Epic sky screaming , crying rooms and coloring rooms from all the snowflake low iq voters. The flaming racist snowflakes will call for impeachment and Moscow Mitch McPharma will have a nervous break down.

    I speak for all. Trump is the Orange anus!

  2. New poll came out from CNN. Biden will win the popular vote but Trump will win the electoral vote. Epic sky screaming , crying rooms and coloring
    rooms . Al Green will call for another impeachment and
    Maxine Waters will have a nervous break down.

    I speak for all . Trump is the man !

  3. Trump is a better challenger than an incumbent. Aside for intense partisans he not clicking with the populace. The double digit lead Biden has will hold. Trump wants to win but it seems he was always bored with governance.

  4. Trump hasn’t done anything in 43 years . Why vote for Trump? Anyone ? What has the Orange Anus done ?

  5. Joe hasn’t done anything in 43 years . Why vote for Joe ? Anyone ? What has Joe Bin Hiden done ?

    1. Joe is my friend and that’s about it . Agree , what has Joe done ? I need a drink now bye .

      1. Joe is my friend and that’s wonderful. Jow has done so much over the years. I think Pence is drinking again. Bye

    1. Joe looks waxy these days . Death is near . Vote Trump , he’s healthy and had no cognitive issues . Joe had oatmeal on his face again .

      1. Trump looks waxy and extremely orange these days . Death is near . Vote Biden , he’s healthy and had no cognitive issues . Trump had oatmeal on his face again

          1. ‘Joe doesn’t come out of his basement, and he hasn’t taken one question,’ the president says

          2. Trump doesn’t come out of his bunker, and he hasn’t taken one question and storms out of press conferences when he gets a tough question,’ the magician says

        1. I love anuses. Its why I am so deeply confused about my own sexuality and lash out at Dr. Levine.

  6. Trump wants everyone to wear die 24/7. A vote for Trump is a vote for a communist pig . MAGA and Q are very bad!

      1. I lash out only because of my step dad. He still visits me for special treats at night.

  7. Joe wants everyone to wear a mask 24/7. A vote for Joe is a vote for a communist pig . MAGA , Q !

  8. All you anti mask snowflakes…. But I don’t wanna, it itches my face… Wah wah wah. Bunch of fing babies.

  9. Trump is such a bumbling moron. Failed schools, failed businesses, failed books, failed Presidency.

  10. Joe drew about 15 people when he went
    Scranton . Trump will draw thousands . Get the picture ?
    Landslide Victory . MAGA baby !!!!

    1. Orange Anus drew about 15 people when he went
      Scranton. Biden will draw thousands . Get the picture ?
      Landslide Victory. Biden baby !!!!

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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