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10:25 AM ET, July 8, 2020


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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
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 …
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:   No Americans Are Known to Have Died in Russian Bounty Scheme, U.S. General Says
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 and Associated Press
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 …
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 …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
A Guided Tour Into the Troubled Mind of Donald Trump  —  Mary Trump is a clinical psychologist and the president's niece — and her new book peels back the layers of a dysfunctional family that shaped her uncle.  —  Mary Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and the niece of the president …
New York Times:
The Inside Story of Why Mary Trump Wrote a Tell-All Memoir  —  President Trump's niece was a family outcast.  Her new book casts a cold light on the relatives she describes as dysfunctional.  —  For most of her life, Mary L. Trump was shunted aside by her own family.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Sun, IJR and NBC News
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Florida Politics
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.”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sam Levine / The Guardian:   'It's egregious': thousands of mail-in ballots could be rejected over small errors
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, CNBC and Axios
David Hall / Wall Street Journal:   New Coronavirus Cases Hit Daily Record in U.S., With 60,000
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
GOP State Lawmaker Demands Americans ‘STOP GETTING TESTED’ For Coronavirus  —  Nino Vitale railed against wearing masks and ranted about “living in a dictatorship” in a Facebook post.  —  A GOP state lawmaker in Ohio ― one of several states currently seeing a spike …
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
Trump threatens to cut federal funds from schools that don't reopen  —  Education secretary slams “adults who are fear mongering and making excuses” for not reopening.  —  During a White House roundtable discussion, President Donald Trump warned that he would “put pressure” on reluctant governors.
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 …
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
‘Disgusting, sickening’: Joe Biden slams Donald Trump for questioning potential running mate …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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
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.
Christina Prignano Globe / The Boston Globe:
Another Trump rally is being targeted by fake signups driven by Twitter and TikTok ― this time in New Hampshire
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
Texas shatters daily record with over 10,000 new coronavirus cases  —  Texas has once again broken its single-day record for new coronavirus cases.  The state reported 10,028 new cases Tuesday as officials warned that hospitals are reaching capacity.  —  The previous daily record was 8,260 new cases on July 4.
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:   Texas says new coronavirus cases jumped by more than 10,000 for the first time
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
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Harvard and M.I.T. Fight Proposed Limit on Foreign Students' Visas  —  Amid a push to reopen schools, a Trump administration directive would require in-person classes.  —  RIGHT NOW Brooks Brothers, the oldest U.S. apparel brand in continuous operation …
Discussion: WHDH-TV
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Facebook civil rights audit: ‘Serious setbacks’ mar progress  —  A two-year audit of Facebook's civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network's progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias.  —  Facebook hired the audit's leader …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Facebook ad boycott organizers met with Zuckerberg. It didn't go well
Discussion: Twitchy
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Tech CEO apologizes for racist tirade against Asian American family caught on video  —  For a few moments after the camera began recording, the white man smirked silently in his seat at an upscale California restaurant.  Then, he gave the family at the next table the middle finger and unleashed an anti-Asian tirade.
Discussion: The Hill, ABC7, The Sun and Mediaite
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump wants tax breaks to lure baseball fans back, but incentive could misfire with attendance still barred  —  White House officials say tax incentives could help jumpstart travel and entertainment, but a disconnect exists as many industries remain in flux  —  Senior White House economic …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Erdogan Talks of Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, to International Dismay  —  The World Heritage site was once a potent symbol of Christian-Muslim rivalry, and it could become one once more.  —  ISTANBUL — Since it was built in the sixth century, changing hands from empire to empire …
Discussion: Althouse
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
D.C. is a 68-square-mile monument to Columbus.  Here's what we could rename it.  —  Christopher Columbus never explored the waters of the Chesapeake — until Saturday.  —  Protesters in Baltimore, on the Fourth of July, pulled down a statue of the Italian sailor in the city's Little Italy …
Discussion: CNN
Philip Carl Salzman /
Defund the Police?  How About We Defund the Universities  —  Our universities have nurtured and foisted on America and Canada an extreme radicalism that vilifies American and Canadian history, society, and culture.  This radicalism stems in the first instance from identity grievance studies programs …
NBC News:
Trump's insistence on school reopening is missing one thing: A plan  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump appears to be making the same mistake with schools that he did when he called for the U.S. economy to reopen last spring: He's not putting safety first.  —  On Tuesday, the president called …
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
Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus  —  (CNN)Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus.  —  Bolsonaro himself announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday.
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 …
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Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:
Conservative Sites Pull Articles, Twitter Suspends Accounts After Daily Beast Investigation
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD investigates ‘blue flu’ claims after officers call in sick over July 4 holiday
NBC News:
Nearly half the employees at an Arizona ICE detention center have tested positive for COVID-19
Discussion: The Hill
Francesca Donner / New York Times:
7 Inequities: A Weeklong Look at the Biases Women Face
John Bickley / The Daily Wire:
The New York Times Dropped Millions On Facebook To Advertise The 1619 Project...While Trying …
Discussion: The Wrap
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Kashuv / The American Mind:
Buy Guns and Ammo
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Drivers Are Hitting Protesters as Memes of Car Attacks Spread
Discussion: The Crime Report
William Gallo / Voice of America:
Trump Says He'd Meet with Kim Jong Un Again
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
Discussion: Townhall
The Markup:
Anatomy of a Fake News Headline
David Kaufman / LEVEL:
The Unintentional Racism Found in Traffic Signals
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
Case Against Amy Cooper Lacks Key Element: Victim's Cooperation
Discussion: New York Post