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8:45 AM ET, July 9, 2020

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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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Joy Reid Takes Nightly Anchor Slot at MSNBC  —  She becomes one of the few Black women to anchor a major American evening news program.  The move was made by new leadership at NBC News, which runs the liberal-leaning cable network.  —  Joy Reid, who rose to television fame as a sharp critic …
Discussion: Axios, Mediaite, Twitchy and Variety
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Joy Reid named new MSNBC host for 7 p.m. hour  —  MSNBC has picked Joy Reid to fill one of the network's most important pieces of real estate, the 7 p.m. hour that was vacated by longtime host Chris Matthews in early March.  —  When Reid debuts her new show, “The ReidOut,” on July 20 …
NBC New York:
Street in Front of Trump Tower Closes for Black Lives Matter Mural  —  Work on what President Trump called a “symbol of hate” was supposed to start last week before being postponed abruptly  —  New York City will start painting “Black Lives Matter” on Fifth Avenue directly in front …
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David Maddox / Daily Express:
Trump SHOCK election poll: Black Lives Matter protests will get Trump re-elected
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ella Torres / ABC News:   California couple charged with hate crime for allegedly vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural
William Wan / Washington Post:
America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves.  Again.  —  Health-care workers are scrambling for supplies and reusing equipment as the coronavirus pandemic surges  —  Health-care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are encountering shortages of masks, gowns …
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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge
Discussion: Deadline
Washington Post:   Surge in virus hospitalizations strains hospitals in several states
New York Times:
Where's Trump's Financial Disclosure?  The White House Blames the Pandemic  —  The annual report was due last week under federal ethics rules, but the White House says it needs more time.  The president was already given a 45-day extension.  —  President Trump's annual financial disclosure report …
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Maegan Vazquez / CNN:   Trump granted another 45-day extension to file annual financial disclosure
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: New York Post and The Daily Caller
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
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
I Cited Their Study, So They Disavowed It  —  If scientists retract research that challenges reigning orthodoxies, politics will drive scholarship.  —  The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is a peer-reviewed journal that claims to publish “only the highest quality scientific research.”
Discussion: TheBlaze
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: CNN and Raw Story
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump who?  Senate GOP candidates in tight races avoid any mention of the president in campaign ads.  —  In his most recent television ad, Colorado's Cory Gardner cheerfully touts an outdoor conservation bill he recently wrote.  Arizona's Martha McSally denounces “communist China” in her 30-second clips.
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden proposes $700 billion-plus ‘Buy American’ campaign  —  Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government's regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.
Discussion: Axios
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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
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
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 …
CNN:
Jacksonville attorneys file lawsuit to block city from hosting Republican National Convention amid pandemic  —  Hahn: ‘Too early to tell’ if GOP convention will be safe  —  Washington (CNN)Several attorneys in Jacksonville, Florida, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city in an attempt …
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's ‘flexible’ on convention format in Jacksonville
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Townhall
Politico:
Florida Democrats return PPP money amid scandal  —  The Florida Democratic Party announced late Wednesday that it was returning at least $780,000 in small-business loans after its own lawmakers criticized the acceptance of the money as highly questionable if not illegal and unethical.
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
CIA Kept Giving Intel to Russia, Got Nothing Back  —  Intelligence sharing with Moscow is a one-way street, according to CIA veterans, but the Trump administration nevertheless saw it as a key step to a closer relationship.  —  Not long before Christmas in 2017, Vladimir Putin …
CNN:
Manhattan federal prosecutor ousted by Barr to testify before House panel  —  White House now says Trump was involved in firing US attorney  —  (CNN)Geoffrey Berman, the former US attorney in Manhattan fired last month following a tense standoff with Attorney General William Barr …
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Boeing Communications Chief Resigns Over 33-Year-Old Article  —  Niel Golightly stepped down after an employee complained about an article he wrote in 1987 that said women should not serve in combat.  He said those views do not reflect his opinion today.  —  Boeing's communications chief resigned …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's culture wars worked in 2016.  His aides worry the world has changed.  —  Donald Trump's team can agree on one thing: The president's latest Twitter outbursts and off-script grievances are hurting his reelection prospects.  —  That's about where the agreement ends.
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
 
 
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Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
Rudy Giuliani Calls New York Police After Being Pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen
Discussion: Page Six and Deadline
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Congress's bipartisan national-service bill would be a powerful tonic for what's ailing America
Associated Press:
‘A hot mess’: Americans face testing delays as virus surges
Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
‘The Second Wave’ of COVID Hits Israel Like a Tsunami
Heather K. Gerken / Yale Law School:
A Message from Dean Gerken on Support for International Students
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
DeVos ‘very seriously’ considering withholding funding from schools that don't reopen
Politico:
'People can't ignore it anymore': Across the country, minorities hit hardest by pandemic
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Newsmax Whiffs in Nielsen Ratings Debut, Averages Just 21,000 Viewers in First Week
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Supreme Court set to decide who can see Trump's tax returns, financial records
Discussion: Washington Post
Zachary Folk / New York Post:
Oregon man driving stolen car crashes into woman driving another stolen car
John Santucci / ABC News:
Widow of Trump's friend pushes back against Mary Trump SAT allegation, calls it false
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Beinart / New York Times:
I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State
Discussion: Jewish Insider
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Steve Mnuchin's Exclusive LA Country Club Got Millions in COVID Relief
Discussion: Geoff Shackelford
Alicia Adamczyk / CNBC:
32% of U.S. households missed their July housing payments
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
River Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Reopened Theme Parks Ban Screaming on Roller Coasters. Riders Are Howling.