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12:00 PM 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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Pete Williams / NBC News:
In win for Trump, Supreme Court allows plan for religious limits to Obamacare contraceptive coverage  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the Trump administration to give the nation's employers more leeway in refusing to provide free birth control for their workers under the Affordable Care Act.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   Supreme Court ruling on Trump's tax returns, financial records to come Thursday
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court strengthens religious protection from discrimination lawsuits
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 …
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.”
Sam Levine / The Guardian:   'It's egregious': thousands of mail-in ballots could be rejected over small errors
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Contemptor and NPR
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
‘Disgusting, sickening’: Joe Biden slams Donald Trump for questioning potential running mate …
Discussion: Breitbart
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump threatens to cut funding for schools, slams CDC reopening guidelines as too tough and expensive  — Trump tweets that he may withhold federal funding from schools that do not resume in-person classes this fall.  — Moments later Trump says his own CDC's guidelines for safely reopening schools …
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 …
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: Washington Post, Toronto and CNBC
CNBC:   U.S. reports record single-day spike of 60,000 new coronavirus cases
David Hall / Wall Street Journal:
New Coronavirus Cases Hit Daily Record in U.S., With 60,000
Discussion: Defense One
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.
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 …
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.
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: ABC7, The Hill, The Sun and Mediaite
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 …
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: The Week and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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
Allyson Waller / New York Times:
Woman Says She Was Fired Because Her Children Disrupted Her Work Calls  —  Drisana Rios of San Diego said in a lawsuit that she lost her job with an insurance brokerage firm after a supervisor complained that her children were being noisy during meetings.  —  A California woman has sued …
John Bickley / The Daily Wire:
The New York Times Dropped Millions On Facebook To Advertise The 1619 Project...While Trying To Bully Facebook Into Censoring Others  —  The New York Times' massive campaign to pressure social media giants into restricting freedom of information — particularly dissemination from sources …
Discussion: The Root and The Wrap
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
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump ignores recent calamities in his push to open schools  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's new push to open schools shows he's learned nothing from calamities sparked by his demands for premature state openings.  —  The coronavirus pandemic is again rearing out of control …
Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:
Conservative Sites Pull Articles, Twitter Suspends Accounts After Daily Beast Investigation  —  The group of fake accounts planted pro-United Arab Emirates opinion articles in various right-wing publications.  —  A Middle East propaganda network that duped conservative media went dark …
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Schools, Nation's Largest District, Will Not Fully Reopen in Fall  —  Classroom attendance in September will be limited to only one to three days a week in an effort to continue to curb the outbreak, the mayor said.  —  About four months after 1.1 million New York City children …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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.
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
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.
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Most Americans believe Russia targeted U.S. soldiers, want sanctions in response, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows
Discussion: Washington Times
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Snowden Faces Possible Sanctions in Suit Over Tell-All Book
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Why Congress is unlikely to do anything about the Russian bounty intel
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Raw Story
NBC News:
Trump's insistence on school reopening is missing one thing: A plan
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
D.C. is a 68-square-mile monument to Columbus. Here's what we could rename it.
Discussion: CNN
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump wants tax breaks to lure baseball fans back, but incentive could misfire with attendance still barred
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Kashuv / The American Mind:
Buy Guns and Ammo
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
In Interview, Trump Vows to Counter the Left's ‘Culture War’
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Drivers Are Hitting Protesters as Memes of Car Attacks Spread
Discussion: The Crime Report
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: Breitbart and Townhall