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8:40 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.
Chief Justice John Roberts was briefly hospitalized in June after a fall
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
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
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and New York Post
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:
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 …
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
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Companies with Trump ties got coronavirus small business loans
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Biden Should Not Debate Trump Unless ...
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
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 …
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
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, Washington Post and CNN
Emma Jacobs / NPR:
Trudeau Won't Visit Trump. Most Canadians Don't Want To Cross The Border Either
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: Politics K-12 and FOX 2
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.
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
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
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Facebook civil rights audit: ‘Serious setbacks’ mar progress
Discussion: CNBC and One America News Network
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
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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: JONATHAN TURLEY, Fox News and Twitchy
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Off the Kuff
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
Kyle Kashuv / The American Mind:
Buy Guns and Ammo  —  You can't count on the state for your security.  —  Recently I have noticed an interesting new trend taking shape on my phone.  More and more, my liberal friends are texting me with concern for their safety, wondering how to buy a gun.
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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
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
No Americans Are Known to Have Died in Russian Bounty Scheme, U.S. General Says
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
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
McClatchy, a Family Newspaper Business, Heads Toward Hedge-Fund Ownership
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Emphasis on Racial Divides Worries Republicans
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Mike Flynn swears allegiance to QAnon in Fourth of July video
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Post Office Delivery Trucks Keep Catching on Fire
Discussion: Deseret News