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Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge  —  FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, Tulsa Health Department director Dr. Bruce Dart takes part in a news conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June …
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CNN:
Tulsa sees Covid-19 surge in the wake of Trump's June rally  —  (CNN)The city of Tulsa is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, a little over 2 weeks after President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in an indoor arena there.  —  Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director of the Tulsa Health Department …
New York Times:
What Will Trump's Rally in New Hampshire Be Like? It's Anyone's Guess
Discussion: Raw Story and The Boston Globe
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Probes Chinese Exile, Including Work With Former Trump Aide Steve Bannon  —  Feds question source of funds for media company tied to Guo Wengui  —  The FBI is examining exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui and the money used to fund his media efforts in the U.S., including his work with Steve Bannon …
Discussion: Raw Story
About Facebook:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior  —  Today, we removed four separate networks for violating our policy against foreign interference and coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB).  These networks originated in Canada and Ecuador, Brazil, Ukraine, and the United States.
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Washington Post:
Facebook closes network of accounts and pages affiliated with Roger Stone for manipulation  —  The longtime Trump friend and former campaign adviser used fake accounts and other deceptive tactics to manipulate public debate, the company said  —  Facebook took down a network of more than 100 pages …
David Maddox / Daily Express:
Trump SHOCK election poll: Black Lives Matter protests will get Trump re-elected  —  THE FALLOUT from the Black Lives Matter protests in the US offers Donald Trump his best chance of winning the Presidential election, a shock poll for the Sunday Express has revealed.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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NBC News:
As coronavirus surges, Houston confronts its hidden toll: People dying at home … HOUSTON — When Karen Salazar stopped by to check on her mother on the evening of June 22, she found her in worse shape than she expected.  Her mother, Felipa Medellín, 54, had been complaining …
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 …
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
CIA Kept Giving Intel to Russia, Got Nothing Back
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
New Transcripts Detail Last Moments for George Floyd  —  “They'll kill me.  They'll kill me,” Mr. Floyd said, according to a body camera transcript in court filings by Thomas Lane, a former officer who wants the charges against him dismissed.  —  George Floyd told officers more than 20 times …
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
George Floyd warned police he thought he would die because he couldn't breathe, according to body camera transcripts
Discussion: The Hill
Elaine Glusac / New York Times:
On Some Planes, Empty Rows While Passengers Crowd Together  —  Airlines vowed to bring social distancing to the air.  In practice, some are and some aren't.  —  On a June 30 flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Newark, Joy Gonzalez, an aviation engineer based in Seattle …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Former Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Joins CNBC to Host Evening Newscast  —  ‘The News with Shepard Smith’ will debut this fall on the cable news business channel  —  CNBC has signed former Fox News journalist Shepard Smith to anchor a new one-hour evening news program, the network said Wednesday.
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Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith joins CNBC as chief general news anchor with new evening show
Discussion: Redstate and IJR
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge  —  Five months into the pandemic, the U.S. still hasn't solved the problem.  The dearth of supplies is affecting a broad array of health facilities, renewing pleas for White House intervention.
Discussion: Deadline
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William Wan / Washington Post:   America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves. Again.
Marja Novak / Reuters:
U.S. first lady Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia  —  ROZNO, Slovenia (Reuters) - A wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated U.S. Independence Day, said the artist who commissioned the sculpture.
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Statue of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Biden immigration plan grants citizenship to 11 million illegal immigrants  —  Says immigration enforcement infected by ‘systemic racism’  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday formally embraced citizenship rights for 11 million illegal immigrants and a full erasure …
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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
This year's Senate races spell disaster for the Republican Party  —  Republicans are beginning to gird themselves for a landslide defeat for President Trump that drags the entire party down.  It could be even worse than they think.  —  Elections in both the House and Senate are increasingly syncing with broader presidential races.
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“We Have to Be Prepared for Trump Losing”: As Chaos Engulfs Trump Campaign, Ingraham, Other Loyalists Look For the Next Thing  —  Trump's COVID bungling and ugly rhetoric are baked in—and against all advice, he's thinking of commuting Roger Stone's sentence.  A campaign shake-up is still on the table—but can anything help?
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Legend  —  Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Legend, a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative across all federal law enforcement agencies working in conjunction …
Discussion: Just The News
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
“You Seem To Have No Conscience”: Activists Stop Crown Heights Landlords From Evicting Tenants  —  Community activists staved off an attempted eviction in Crown Heights on Tuesday, following a lengthy stand-off with a landlord who tenants say had illegally harassed them into moving out during the pandemic.
Discussion: New York Post
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Jack Posobiec's Rise Tied to White Supremacist Movement  —  Jack Posobiec, a correspondent for One America News Network (OANN) whose work has been embraced by President Trump, collaborated for years with white supremacists, neo-fascists and antisemites, a Hatewatch investigation has determined.
New York Post:
NYPD limits retirement applications amid 400 percent surge this week  —  New York's Finest are putting in for retirement faster than the NYPD can handle — citing a lack of respect and the loss of overtime pay, The Post has learned.  —  A surge of city cops filing for retirement during …
Zachary Folk / New York Post:
Oregon man driving stolen car crashes into woman driving another stolen car  —  A police chase in Oregon ended when a driver fleeing authorities in a stolen car crashed into a woman driving another stolen car.  —  The debacle took place Monday when police responded to a report …
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Exclusive: Vindman to retire from military.  His lawyer blames White House ‘campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation’  —  (CNN)Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is retiring from the US Army after more than 21 years …
Alicia Adamczyk / CNBC:
32% of U.S. households missed their July housing payments  —  As the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues, almost one-third of U.S. households, 32%, have not made their full housing payments for July yet, according to a survey by Apartment List, an online rental platform.
Discussion: Raw Story
River Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Reopened Theme Parks Ban Screaming on Roller Coasters.  Riders Are Howling.  —  Japan's park recommendations aim to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but thrill seekers find keeping quiet isn't easy  —  TOKYO—At the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park recently, the chief executive …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
New York Post:
NYPD's own stats debunk claims of bail reform leading to spike in gun violence  —  State bail reform and coronavirus-related releases from city jails are not driving this year's surge in shootings, the NYPD's own data shows — despite the insistence of department brass to the contrary.
John Santucci / ABC News:
Widow of Trump's friend pushes back against Mary Trump SAT allegation, calls it false  —  Pam Shriver, widow of Joe Shapiro, says allegation is “unfair.”  —  In the new book from Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, one of the most explosive allegations is that the president hired …
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Supreme Court set to decide who can see Trump's tax returns, financial records  —  The Supreme Court is set to unveil its decision on Thursday about whether Congress gets to see President Donald Trump's tax returns and financial records, a ruling that could reshape the balance of power between lawmakers …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's ‘flexible’ on convention format in Jacksonville  —  With coronavirus cases exploding in Florida, President Trump said he is “flexible” about the need for a traditional indoor Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month.
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
DeVos ‘very seriously’ considering withholding funding from schools that don't reopen  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that she is “very seriously” considering withholding federal funding from schools that don't reopen in the fall.  —  “We are looking at this very seriously.
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Mike Pence's Plan to Save Trump—And Himself  —  In private moments, Donald Trump has told aides that he rescued Mike Pence from a potentially embarrassing defeat by pulling him out of a tough reelection bid in the 2016 Indiana governor's race and putting him on the ticket, a former White House official told me.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Stop saying Trump is ‘in denial.’ The truth is much worse.  —  To paraphrase George Orwell, when it comes to President Trump's bottomless malevolence and depravity, accurately describing what's right in front of our noses is a constant struggle — and a perfect example of this is the ubiquitous claim …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
Peter Beinart / New York Times:
I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State  —  For decades I argued for separation between Israelis and Palestinians.  Now, I can imagine a Jewish home in an equal state.  —  Mr. Beinart is editor at large of Jewish Currents.  —  I was 22 in 1993 when Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat shook hands …
Discussion: Jewish Insider and Jewish Currents
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's attacks on Sen. Tammy Duckworth are as disgusting as they are predictable  —  For those who haven't completely lost their ability to be appalled, Tucker Carlson's smears this week of Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth can fairly be described as shocking.
Lauren Hirsch / CNBC:
Storied apparel brand Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy as it seeks a buyer and closes dozens of stores  — Brooks Brothers, founded in 1818, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday.  — The retailer, which generated more than $991 million in sales last year, has more than 200 stores in North America and 500 worldwide.
 
 
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