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8:05 PM ET, July 9, 2020

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New York Times:
Michael Cohen Returned to Jail in Dispute Over Trump Book  —  President Trump's former personal lawyer balked at signing an agreement not to publish a book while serving his sentence at home, his legal adviser said.  —  Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's onetime lawyer and fixer …
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Washington Post:
Judge asks appeals court to revive Michael Flynn case, permit review of DOJ dismissal
Discussion: The Western Journal
Washington Post:
Michael Cohen taken back into federal custody
Discussion: National Review, CNBC and Townhall
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Michael Cohen taken back into federal custody
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
DeSantis Is Said to Quietly Hinder Fund-Raising for Trump Convention  —  A personal dispute has prompted Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, to discourage donors from contributing, people familiar with the discussions said.  His top fund-raiser denies any attempt to undercut the convention.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Trump Cannot Block Release of Financial Records  —  Two rulings clear the way for prosecutors in New York to see President Trump's financial records, but the justices stopped Congress for now.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for prosecutors …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Manhattan prosecutor may pursue Trump's financial records, denies Congress access for now  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Trump's assertion that he enjoys absolute immunity from investigation while in office, allowing a New York prosecutor to pursue …
Josh Chafetz / New York Times:
Don't Be Fooled, Trump Is a Winner in the Supreme Court Tax Case  —  His taxes will probably not become public before the election.  And that is what he most cares about.  —  Mr. Chafetz is a law professor.  —  The first reports on Thursday's Supreme Court decisions dealing with the subpoenas …
USA Today:
Supreme Court gives Native Americans jurisdiction over eastern half of Oklahoma  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the eastern half of Oklahoma can be considered Native American territory, a decision the state previously warned could create “civil, criminal and regulatory turmoil.”
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New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Nearly Half of Oklahoma Is Indian Reservation  —  The 5-4 decision could reshape criminal justice in eastern Oklahoma by preventing state authorities from prosecuting Native Americans  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled by a 5-4 margin that nearly half …
Washington Post:
Supreme Court says much of eastern Oklahoma remains Indian land
Discussion: Associated Press
Tammy Duckworth / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson Doesn't Know What Patriotism Is  —  Neither does President Trump.  —  Ms. Duckworth is a Democratic senator from Illinois.  —  A little over 240 years ago, two of my ancestors put on the uniform of George Washington's Continental Army and marched into battle …
Discussion: Axios
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump's Impeachment Revenge: Alexander Vindman Is Bullied Into Retiring  —  Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, in full-dress Army uniform and with a Purple Heart pinned to his chest, ended his opening statement during the impeachment hearings on President Trump last fall by addressing his father.
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Milley says Confederates committed ‘treason,’ backs review of Army base names  —  Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Thursday condemned Confederate leaders as traitors and said he supports a review of Army bases named after those who fought against the Union, a viewpoint that puts him at odds with the commander in chief.
Discussion: National Review and New York Times
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:   Joint Chiefs chairman condemns Confederate symbols
NBC News:
Gen. Milley tells Congress U.S. ‘perhaps’ not doing enough to stop Russia in Afghanistan
Discussion: Associated Press
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Inside Geoffrey Berman's closed-door testimony  —  Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, was expected to say in closed-door testimony today that Attorney General Bill Barr repeatedly urged him to take another job, warned him that getting fired would not be good for his resume …
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Eric Levai / The Daily Dot:
White House press secretary's parents received millions in PPP loans  —  She's criticized ‘welfare recipients’ before.  —  White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's parents received millions of dollars in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, according to data released by the Small Business Administration this week.
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Mary Trump's Book Gives ‘Crazy Uncle’ a Whole New Meaning
Lawfare:
The Durham Investigation: What We Know and What It Means  —  In May 2019, Attorney General William Barr tapped Connecticut's U.S. Attorney John Durham to look into issues related to the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation.  Durham is a longtime federal prosecutor in Connecticut known …
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Washington Post:
CDC feels pressure from Trump as rift grows over coronavirus response  —  The June 28 email to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was ominous: A senior adviser to a top Health and Human Services Department official accused the CDC of “undermining the President” …
Associated Press:
Missing Seoul mayor's body found after massive search  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police say the body of the missing mayor of South Korea's capital, Seoul, has been found.  They say Park Won-soon's body was located in hills in northern Seoul early Friday, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, Mediaite and The Week
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Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
An interview with President Trump: ‘The real hate is the hate from the other side’  —  The president speaks on Confederate monuments, cancel culture and his critics in the media.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Steve Martin / New York Times:
Carl Reiner, Perfect  —  The director and funnyman taught Steve Martin about film and comedy, but it's Reiner's advice on a completely different subject that he cherishes.  —  I've known only two perfect people in my life.  One is that son of a bitch Martin Short; the other is Carl Reiner.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Researcher Charged with Illegally Using U.S. Grant Funds to Develop Scientific Expertise for China  —  A rheumatology professor and researcher with strong ties to China has been ordered held without bond to face a charge of grant fraud for not disclosing that he was engaged in a sophisticated scheme …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
TikTok Turns to Dem Lobbyists to Fight Potential Trump Ban
Discussion: Morning Consult, TechCrunch and WHDH-TV
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 …
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
White House reporter tests positive for COVID-19 after attending briefings  —  A White House reporter has tested positive for the coronavirus after attending two press briefings this week.  —  The news follows a national surge in COVID-19 diagnoses, though new cases in Washington, DC, remain low.
National Review:
It's Come to This — We Must Defend Matt Yglesias  —  Oh, for goodness' sake, they're going to make us defend Matthew @#$%&!ing Yglesias.  —  We can think of a dozen reasons to criticize Yglesias, but the Vox writer currently is under fire for signing a letter critical of “cancel culture.”
Washington Post:
Investigation rebukes Commerce Department for siding with Trump over forecasters during Hurricane Dorian  —  Report confirms Commerce officials responded to orders from the White House.  —  The Commerce Department inspector general issued a delayed and harshly critical report laying …
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
David Folkenflik / NPR:
U.S. Broadcasting Agency Will Not Extend Visas For Its Foreign Journalists  —  Dozens of foreign nationals working as journalists in the U.S. for Voice of America, the federal government's international broadcaster, will not have their visas extended once they expire, according to three people with knowledge of the decision.
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
NYPD retirements surge over 400 percent amid tensions with mayor  —  The New York Police Department (NYPD) is reporting a surge in retirements amid tensions between officers and city officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).  —  In the last week alone, 179 NYPD officers have filed …
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Judge bars Richmond from removing more Confederate statues; Ashe family urges memorial's removal  —  The Richmond judge who blocked Virginia from removing the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue has granted an injunction that bars the city from continuing to remove Confederate iconography.
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Bongino / Media Matters for America:
Fox News contributor: “You can take your mask mandate, and shove it right up your ass”  —  Corporate TV news needs to break its cycle of shallow coverage of extreme weather  —  The most notorious anti-vax groups use Facebook to lay the groundwork against the novel coronavirus vaccine
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 
 
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Alexandra Sifferlin / Medium Coronavirus Blog:
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Discussion: HillReporter.com
Bloomberg:
U.S. Daily Cases Top 60,000; Record Texas Deaths: Virus Update
NBC News:
New audio of police interviews sheds light on police probe of fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor
Discussion: Courier-Journal and The Root
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
I was arrested, jailed and assaulted by a guard. My ‘crime’? Being a journalist in Trump's America
ABC News:
Attorney General Bill Barr's interview with ABC News: Transcript
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
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jsonline:
Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds most lame-duck laws, throws out provisions on government documents
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Chinese Entity and Officials Pursuant to Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's America Is Slipping Away
Discussion: Raw Story
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
I've Seen a Future Without Cars, and It's Amazing