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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 …
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.
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Kanishka Singh / Reuters:   Kanye West breaks ranks with Trump, vows to win presidential race
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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ABC News:
Biden slams Trump's handling of COVID-19 crisis as US hits 3 million cases
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Despite risks, Trump invests big in attacks on Biden's age
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
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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.
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  —  Far-right commentator Jack Posobiec is a current host on One America News Network (OANN), an information network widely known to distort facts and which has been embraced by President Trump.
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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Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Shepard Smith Returning to Cable News With CNBC Show
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Week
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:   Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith joins CNBC as chief general news anchor with new evening show
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 …
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 …
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
Jennifer Szalai / New York Times:
All in the Family Dynamics: Donald Trump's Niece on the President's Clan  —  Robert Trump, baby brother of Donald Trump, has had a curious turn in the spotlight these last couple of weeks, as he has repeatedly tried to prevent the publication of “Too Much and Never Enough,” a new memoir by his and the president's niece, Mary L. Trump.
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Sun and The Week
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:   A Guided Tour Into the Troubled Mind of Donald Trump
John Wagner / Washington Post:
CDC will issue new guidance on school openings, Pence says, after criticism from Trump  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue new guidance on school openings, Vice President Pence said Wednesday, hours after President Trump criticized earlier recommendations as …
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump threatens to cut funding for schools, slams CDC reopening guidelines as too tough and expensive
Discussion: TheBlaze
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
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 …
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, Political Wire and The Hill
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
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.
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
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
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.
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Venezuelan refugee hits back after Ilhan Omar calls for dismantling America's ‘system of oppression’  —  He said Democrats have a hidden agenda behind their police reform protests  —  A Venezuelan refugee pushed back strongly on Ilhan Omar's anti-capitalism statements, claiming on …
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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Lara Trump-RNC robocall called mail-in voting safe and secure while President railed against it  —  (CNN)While President Donald Trump has continuously railed against voting by mail, a Republican National Committee robocall in April voiced by his daughter-in-law Lara Trump said voting by mail could be done “safely and securely.”
Matthew Herper / STAT:
A flawed Covid-19 study gets the White House's attention — and the FDA may pay the price  —  Studies in thousands of people on multiple continents now show the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not help patients hospitalized with Covid-19 live longer.  But on Tuesday the White House …
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 …
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 …
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
Tonja Renée Stidhum / The Root:
Exclusive: Oprah Winfrey, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lionsgate and The New York Times to Adapt The 1619 Project Into Film, TV Programming and More  —  On August 14, 2019, on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans' arrival into the English colonies that would become the United States, The New York Times launched The 1619 Project.
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Democrats Must Reject the GOP's Only-for-Trump Stimulus Plan  —  There was a fateful moment in December 2010, a few weeks after the Democratic supermajority in Congress suffered a historic defeat in the midterms, when a reporter asked then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid if he was concerned …
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: Associated Press, WRIC-TV and Fox News
Max Cohen / Politico:
Miami's Republican mayor won't commit to voting for Trump  —  Miami's Republican Mayor Francis Suarez refused to commit on Wednesday to voting for President Donald Trump in November.  —  “I want to see what both candidates have to offer for the urban communities before making up my mind …
 
 
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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
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Baltimore Sun:
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John Solomon / Just The News:
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New York Post:
NYPD's own stats debunk claims of bail reform leading to spike in gun violence
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court ruling on Trump's tax returns, financial records to come Thursday
Discussion: Associated Press
CNBC:
U.S. reports record single-day spike of 60,000 new coronavirus cases
New York Times:
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