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7:10 AM ET, July 8, 2020


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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.
CNN:   Chief Justice John Roberts was briefly hospitalized in June after a fall
New York Times:
Mary Trump's Book Accuses the President of Embracing ‘Cheating as a Way of Life’  —  The president's niece, Mary L. Trump, is the first to break ranks with the family and release a tell-all memoir.  —  Mary L. Trump, President Trump's niece, plans to publish a tell-all family memoir next week …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Won't Release His Grades Because He Cheated On The SATs  —  A new book from Mary Trump says that Donald Trump cheated on the SATs and only got into Wharton through cheating and his father's money.  —  Via The Washington Post: … Trump has threatened his high school, colleges …
Discussion: Raw Story, Washington Post and Mediaite
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Mary Trump Book Claims Trump Praised Her Breasts and His Own Sister Called Him a Clown
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Psychological disorders and family squabbles: 9 details from the book by Donald Trump's niece
Discussion: The Week
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.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Biden coasts to victory in New Jersey, Delaware primaries, NBC News projects  —  Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primaries in New Jersey and his home state of Delaware, NBC News projects.  —  The pair of wins Tuesday night allows Biden, who is already the presumptive Democratic nominee …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Week
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Polls have closed in unprecedented New Jersey primary election
Discussion: The Hill
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 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.
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Axios and Political Wire
Michael Wines / New York Times:   As November Looms, So Does the Most Litigious Election Ever
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
No Americans Are Known to Have Died in Russian Bounty Scheme, U.S. General Says  —  Mideast commander calls intelligence ‘worrisome,’ but says officials haven't connected U.S. casualties to payments to Taliban by Moscow  —  A top U.S. military official confirmed Tuesday that U.S. intelligence assessed …
Politico:   Lawmakers paralyzed over response to Russian bounty intel
Luis Martinez / ABC News:   US General confident Iraqis will ask American troops remain in Iraq
Brian Fung / CNN:
Facebook ad boycott organizers met with Zuckerberg.  It didn't go well  —  (CNN Business)Civil rights and activist groups blasted Facebook's leadership on Tuesday after meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives to discuss the demands of a large advertiser boycott that now includes hundreds of brands.
Discussion: Twitchy
New York Times:
Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott
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.
Collin Binkley / ABC News:
DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is assailing plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer …
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Trump Pledges To ‘Pressure’ Governors To Reopen Schools Despite Health Concerns
Discussion: The Hill, Politics K-12 and FOX 2
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
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Dr. Fauci contradicts Trump's boasts about lower COVID death rate — and calls it a ‘false narrative’  —  Even as documented cases of COVID-19 have surged in recent weeks, President Donald Trump has so far taken comfort from the fact that the number of deaths related to the disease have so far not surged with it.
Discussion: The Week and POLITICUSUSA
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
They Can't Stomach Trump.  They're Sufficiently Comfortable With Biden.  —  Some voters who disliked both nominees in 2016 chose a third-party candidate instead.  Now, many of them are shunning President Trump and are ready to back Joe Biden.  —  In Florida in 2016, J.C. Planas …
Discussion: Morning Consult
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.
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
David Waldstein / New York Times:
Should Racial and Ethnic Slurs Count in Scrabble Tournaments?  —  The fight against systemic racism has taken aim at Scrabble.  An agreement is at hand to bar offensive terms, though some players endorse using them for points.  —  Josephine Flowers became a ranked, competitive Scrabble player …
Emma Jacobs / NPR:
Trudeau Won't Visit Trump.  Most Canadians Don't Want To Cross The Border Either  —  When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau turned down an invitation to the White House this week, it sent a message in line with the current mood in Canada: This is not a good time to travel between Canada and the United States …
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Sweden Has Become the World's Cautionary Tale  —  Its decision to carry on in the face of the pandemic has yielded a surge of deaths without sparing its economy from damage — a red flag as the United States and Britain move to lift lockdowns.  —  LONDON — Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe …
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
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 and The Daily Caller
U.S. Department of Justice:
Seven Arrested, Facing Federal Charges After Weekend Riots at Hatfield Federal Courthouse (Photo)  —  PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that seven people have been arrested and face federal charges for their roles in weekend riots at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
At least 5 Republican senators say they will not attend GOP convention  —  At least five GOP senators have said they will not attend next month's Republican National Convention in Jacksonville either due to coronavirus concerns or political reasons.  —  Why it matters: For some …
Washington Post:
Florida invited the nation to its reopening — then it became a new coronavirus epicenter  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As the coronavirus savaged other parts of the country, Florida, buoyed by low infection rates, seemed an ideal location for a nation looking to emerge from isolation.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
McClatchy, a Family Newspaper Business, Heads Toward Hedge-Fund Ownership  —  In keeping with a nationwide industry trend, a finance firm seems poised to take control of the publisher of The Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee.  —  The McClatchy family has been in journalism since 1857 …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘MacGyver,’ ‘Magnum P.I.’ Boss Peter Lenkov Fired at CBS  —  The network has parted ways with one of its top showrunners after an investigation into what sources say were multiple claims that he created a toxic work environment.  —  Following an investigation into multiple claims …
Discussion: Variety, The Hill and The Wrap
William Davis / The Daily Caller:
Ilhan Omar Calls For The ‘Dismantling’ Of US Economy, Political System  —  Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar called for the “dismantling” of the U.S. economy and political system Tuesday.  —  “As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting …
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Post Office Delivery Trucks Keep Catching on Fire  —  Hundreds of the iconic Post Office delivery trucks have caught on fire in recent years, thanks to a 30-year-old fleet and a manufactured budget crisis.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  On April 30, 2016, a United States Post Office letter carrier in Fall River …
Discussion: Deseret News
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Ilhan Omar has paid new husband's consulting firm $878,000, filings show  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar has continued quietly funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to her new husband's consulting film, including a $189,000 windfall in March — just weeks after they announced they had tied the knot, campaign data shows.
Discussion: Twitchy and Fox News
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Jon Lockett / The Sun:
ALL EYES ON HER Ghislaine Maxwell …
Discussion: New York Post, The Lid and Vanity Fair
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBCUniversal News Group chairman wants a 50% diverse work force
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
William Gallo / Voice of America:
Trump Says He'd Meet with Kim Jong Un Again
The Texas Tribune:
EMILY's List adds to massive spending on behalf of MJ Hegar in Democratic runoff against Royce West
USA Today:
Prioritize COVID aid for child care and schools to help parents and the economy: GOP leader
Discussion: Washington Times
Robert Frank / CNBC:
The billionaires and country clubs that received small business loans from the government
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David Kaufman / LEVEL:
The Unintentional Racism Found in Traffic Signals
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Emphasis on Racial Divides Worries Republicans
Nick Nicholas /
Preaching to the Choir  —  It's unfortunate that the people …
Discussion: HuffPost
Kevin M. Kruse / Vanity Fair:
Why a Biden Administration Shouldn't Turn the Page on the Trump Era
Daniel Dale / CNN:
A list of people and things Donald Trump tried to get canceled before he railed against ‘cancel culture’
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
NBC News:
Trump ‘going with his gut’ in fanning racism, frustrating some White House aides
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Mike Flynn swears allegiance to QAnon in Fourth of July video
Discussion: Talking Points Memo