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9:25 AM ET, July 8, 2020


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Randall Lane / Forbes:
Kanye West Says He's Done With Trump—Opens Up About White House Bid, Damaging Biden And Everything In Between  —  Kanye West's Fourth of July declaration, via Tweet, that he was running for president lit the internet on fire, even as pundits were trying to discern how serious he was.
Gil Kaufman / Billboard:
Kanye West Has a Cool Slogan, But No Actual Paperwork on File in Presidential Run  —  There are, however, what appear to be at least two fake filings using West's name.  —  Kanye West has shared the catchy slogan for his purported presidential run: #2020Vision.
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and New York Post
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How United Are Democrats?  A 96-0 Data Point Offers a Hint  —  Polling shows Biden is not facing any serious defections from his left flank.  —  Joe Biden has emerged from a contested Democratic primary with surprising party unity and without any serious threat on his left flank …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized last month after injuring his head in a fall  —  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. suffered a fall at a Maryland country club last month that required an overnight stay in the hospital, a Supreme Court spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday night.
New York Times:
Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate.’ Reaction Is Swift.  —  An open letter published by Harper's, signed by luminaries including Margaret Atwood and Wynton Marsalis, argued for openness to “opposing views.”  The debate began immediately.  —  The killing of George Floyd …
New York Times:
The Inside Story of Why Mary Trump Wrote a Tell-All Memoir  —  President Trump's niece was a family outcast.  Her new book casts a cold light on the relatives she describes as dysfunctional.  —  For most of her life, Mary L. Trump was shunted aside by her own family.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, IJR and Raw Story
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:   A Guided Tour Into the Troubled Mind of Donald Trump
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
US coronavirus mortality rate not lowest in world, despite Trump claim: FACT CHECK  —  The president has made false statements about the virus's mortality rate.  —  President Donald Trump and his White House have repeatedly claimed this week, falsely, that the United States has the lowest novel coronavirus mortality rate in the world.
Discussion: Toronto, Axios and Washington Post
Emma Jacobs / NPR:
Trudeau Won't Visit Trump. Most Canadians Don't Want To Cross The Border Either
NBC News:
Trump administration gives formal notice of withdrawal from WHO
Discussion: The Federalist, BBC and Breitbart
Tim Stelloh / NBC News:
Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student she later married, dies at 58  —  Mary Kay Letourneau, the former Seattle-area teacher who married a man she was convicted of raping when he was in sixth grade, has died of cancer, her lawyer said Tuesday.  She was 58.
New York Times:
Churches Were Eager to Reopen.  Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.  —  The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps.  More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities.  —  PENDLETON, Ore. — Weeks after President Trump demanded …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
DeVos demands ‘fully operational’ schools in the fall: ‘Not a matter of if’  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday told the country's governors in a conference call that she expects schools to be “fully operational” come the fall, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Trump Pledges To ‘Pressure’ Governors To Reopen Schools Despite Health Concerns
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
‘Disgusting, sickening’: Joe Biden slams Donald Trump for questioning potential running mate Tammy Duckworth's patriotism after she lost both legs in combat in Iraq  — Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump for questioning potential running mate Tammy Duckworth's patriotism
Discussion: Breitbart
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Biden Should Not Debate Trump Unless ...
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Trump Pushed CIA to Give Intelligence to Kremlin, While Taking No Action Against Russia Arming Taliban  —  Why would the Russian government think it could get away with paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers?  One answer to that question may be the extraordinary response …
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:   No Americans Are Known to Have Died in Russian Bounty Scheme, U.S. General Says
New Hampshire's GOP governor defends Trump's rally — but isn't attending  —  (CNN)New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu assured reporters Tuesday that President Donald Trump's upcoming rally in the state could be pulled off safely and without a mandatory mask order, even as he was unlikely to attend himself.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
New July 2020 Electoral College Ratings  —  This election is looking more like a Democratic tsunami than simply a Blue wave.  President Trump, mired in some of the lowest job approval ratings of his presidency, is trailing Biden by significant margins in key battleground states like Pennsylvania …
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Facebook civil rights audit: ‘Serious setbacks’ mar progress  —  A two-year audit of Facebook's civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network's progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias.  —  Facebook hired the audit's leader …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Facebook ad boycott organizers met with Zuckerberg. It didn't go well
Discussion: Twitchy
Trump administration's planned purge of international students serves a cruel purpose  —  Covid-19 could force international students out of US  —  Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in New York and author of the book “The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness.”  Follow her on Twitter.
Washington Post:
Trump's attacks on mail voting are turning Republicans off absentee ballots  —  President Trump's relentless attacks on the security of mail voting are driving suspicion among GOP voters toward absentee ballots — a dynamic alarming Republican strategists, who say it could undercut their own candidates, including Trump himself.
Cassandra Pollock / The Texas Tribune:
Texas GOP convention will happen in person — but Republican leaders will speak via video  —  As the state has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, calls have been growing over the past week for the party to cancel its Houston event.  —  The Republican Party of Texas is moving forward …
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
In Interview, Trump Vows to Counter the Left's ‘Culture War’  —  At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the Fourth of July, President Trump redrew the battle lines of the election, describing the contest not just as a referendum on his handling of the economy or his response to the coronavirus …
Robert Redford: This is who gets my vote in 2020  —  Robert Redford is an actor, director, producer and trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group.  —  The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.  View more opinion articles on CNN.
Discussion: Deadline
Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus  —  (CNN)Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus.  —  Bolsonaro himself announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Harvard and M.I.T. Fight Proposed Limit on Foreign Students' Visas  —  Amid a push to reopen schools, a Trump administration directive would require in-person classes.  —  RIGHT NOW Brooks Brothers, the oldest U.S. apparel brand in continuous operation …
Discussion: WHDH-TV
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Erdogan Talks of Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, to International Dismay  —  The World Heritage site was once a potent symbol of Christian-Muslim rivalry, and it could become one once more.  —  ISTANBUL — Since it was built in the sixth century, changing hands from empire to empire …
Discussion: Althouse
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump wants tax breaks to lure baseball fans back, but incentive could misfire with attendance still barred  —  White House officials say tax incentives could help jumpstart travel and entertainment, but a disconnect exists as many industries remain in flux  —  Senior White House economic …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Park Police did not record their radio transmissions during Lafayette Square operation on June 1  —  Critical record of how police launched sweep against protesters is lost  —  Audio of the forceful push led by U.S. Park Police to sweep protesters out of Lafayette Square on June 1 …
Discussion: The Hill
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
GOP State Lawmaker Demands Americans ‘STOP GETTING TESTED’ For Coronavirus  —  Nino Vitale railed against wearing masks and ranted about “living in a dictatorship” in a Facebook post.  —  A GOP state lawmaker in Ohio ― one of several states currently seeing a spike …
David Kaufman / LEVEL:
The Unintentional Racism Found in Traffic Signals  —  Just because something doesn't use an offensive mascot doesn't mean it can't reinforce a broken system  —  Washington D.C.'s pro football team.  Aunt Jemima pancake products.  Eskimo Pies.  They're all examples of the everyday racism …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
Texas says new coronavirus cases jumped by more than 10,000 for the first time  — Texas reported more than 10,000 additional Covid-19 cases Tuesday, a record-breaking daily surge.  — There were 9,268 people in the state's hospitals with Covid-19 as of Tuesday, another daily record.
John Bickley / The Daily Wire:
The New York Times Dropped Millions On Facebook To Advertise The 1619 Project...While Trying To Bully Facebook Into Censoring Others  —  The New York Times' massive campaign to pressure social media giants into restricting freedom of information — particularly dissemination from sources …
Discussion: The Wrap
Tara Dublin /
Ghislaine Maxwell Said to Be On Suicide Watch  —  The Curse of Jeffrey Epstein continues with word that his associate-madam Ghislaine Maxwell is now on suicide watch in her New York prison cell soon after we learned she was willing to trade information for a reduced sentence.
Discussion: New York Post, The Lid and Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Companies with Trump ties got coronavirus small business loans  — Multiple businesses with ties to President Donald Trump received millions of dollars in small business relief loans backed by the administration.  — Trump is linked to the firms and their executives through business deals conducted …
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
Case Against Amy Cooper Lacks Key Element: Victim's Cooperation  —  Ms. Cooper, who is white, is charged with filing a false police report after she claimed a Black bird-watcher threatened her in Central Park during a dispute over her dog.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's decision …
Discussion: New York Post
State Rep. Vernon Jones / The Daily Caller:
I Am Black And I Am A Democrat.  But 'I Ain't' Voting For Joe Biden This November  —  Since that day in May when I announced I would support Donald Trump for president, my motives have been questioned, my integrity assailed, even my intelligence challenged.  That's okay.
Discussion: Townhall
David Harrison / Wall Street Journal:
Recession Forces Spending Cuts on States, Cities Hit by Coronavirus  —  Education takes the brunt of reductions; governments have cut 1.5 million jobs since March, with more expected  —  State and local governments from Georgia to California are cutting money for schools …
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Daniel Montes / KTVU-TV:
San Francisco supervisor introduces ‘CAREN’ Act to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Drivers Are Hitting Protesters as Memes of Car Attacks Spread
Trump veterans flock to K Street despite ‘drain the swamp’ vow
Discussion: NBC News
William Gallo / Voice of America:
Trump Says He'd Meet with Kim Jong Un Again
David Waldstein / New York Times:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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