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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
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
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 …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:   Facebook shuts down pages and accounts tied to GOP operative Roger Stone for posting misinformation
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 …
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.
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Southern Poverty Law Center:   SPLC Investigation: Far-right OANN Anchor Jack Posobiec's Rise Tied to White Supremacist Movement
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:   Twitter Gave Free Rein for Jack Posobiec To Publish Antisemitic Hate and Disinformation
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
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Shepard Smith Returning to Cable News With CNBC Show
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Week
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.
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 …
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
Cassandra Pollock / The Texas Tribune:
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner directs city to explore legal options for canceling in-person GOP convention  —  The Republican Party of Texas' in-person convention is scheduled to happen in Houston next week.  —  As the Republican Party of Texas moves forward with plans …
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:   Texas Republicans Are Throwing a Huge Convention in the Middle of a Coronavirus Spike
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 …
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 …
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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
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Partisanship Drives Latest Shift in Race Relations Attitudes  —  Majority hopeful that movement will have a positive impact  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Republicans have turned negative while non-Republicans have held firm in their support of the movement sparked by the death of George Floyd and other incidents involving racial justice.
Discussion: Washington Post
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ABC News:
Unfair policing of African Americans a ‘widespread phenomenon,’ Attorney General Barr says
Discussion: National Review
David Maddox / Daily Express:
Trump SHOCK election poll: Black Lives Matter protests will get Trump re-elected
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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
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
Politico:
Pandemic looms over Trump trade day with Mexican president  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday celebrated the beginning of the new North American trade pact, symbolically signing his signature trade deal with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a ceremony at the White House.
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CNN:   Trudeau led his country out of a pandemic while Trump's lack of leadership leaves the US in deep crisis
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.
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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.
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.
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
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Warning of serious brain disorders in people with mild coronavirus symptoms  —  UK neurologists publish details of mildly affected or recovering Covid-19 patients with serious or potentially fatal brain conditions  —  Doctors may be missing signs of serious and potentially fatal brain disorders triggered …
Discussion: Raw Story
ABC News:
Trump campaign considers displaying statues at future rallies: Sources  —  The president criticized those calling for removal of controversial monuments.  —  A potential new addition to President Trump's future rallies: statues.  —  The idea has been discussed by White House and Trump campaign aides …
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
The truth about Trump's call to reopen schools  —  (CNN)While there are no easy answers with regard to how to get schools open, there are very clearly some wrong ones.  —  President Donald Trump has refused to sign an executive order requiring people wear masks in public (which he could very easily do).
Discussion: Twitchy and TheBlaze
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Biden Should Not Debate Trump Unless ...  Here are two conditions the Democrat should set.  —  I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump.  He should do it only under two conditions.  Otherwise, he's giving Trump unfair advantages.  —  First, Biden should declare that he will take part …
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: Reason, The Week and Daily Kos
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Republicans invite Parler CEO to rumble with Silicon Valley giants  —  In a potential presage of fireworks to come, two House Republicans have asked the head of an upstart social media network to weigh in on the House Judiciary Committee's bipartisan antitrust investigation into tech giants.
The Appeal:
D.C. Is Poised To Abolish Felony Disenfranchisement  —  If the mayor signs the bill, D.C. would join Maine and Vermont in allowing incarcerated people to vote.  —  The burgeoning national movement to abolish criminal disenfranchisement reached a major milestone on Tuesday …
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Trump Should Yank Federal Funds From Every School That Refuses To Open This Fall  —  It does not serve the public good to fund education systems that are not educating children.  —  Government schools and their unions are attempting to hold K-12 children hostage for billions more taxpayer dollars …
Discussion: WRIC-TV, Associated Press and Fox News
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Politico and Associated Press