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11:50 PM ET, July 9, 2020

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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 …
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Rep. Dan Crenshaw questions Sen. Tammy Duckworth's values in Trump campaign meetup  —  Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas suggested to an online audience this week that Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois agreed with “the destruction of America,” adding his voice to a chorus of Republicans who have questioned …
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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CNN:
Trump implies he's ready to grant clemency to Roger Stone  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump implied in a pair of interviews Thursday that he was ready to grant clemency to Roger Stone, his friend and ally who was convicted of, among other things, lying to Congress and is set to go to prison this month.
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
As Clock Ticks, Trump Hints at Stone Pardon: ‘You Will See . . .’
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Presidents don't usually lose as badly at the Supreme Court as Trump did  —  The justices rejected all of his outlandish arguments — and the next steps could be worse for him  —  Presidents sometimes lose at the Supreme Court.  But rarely do they lose as fundamentally — or as personally — as President Trump lost Thursday.
Discussion: The White House and Raw Story
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Trump Cannot Block Release of Financial Records
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:   How John Roberts Pulled Off a Balancing Act in Trump's Subpoena Cases
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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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
An interview with President Trump: ‘The real hate is the hate from the other side’  —  This column is the first of two I'm writing based on my interview with President Trump on Wednesday.  —  As I walked into to the Oval Office, President Trump was going over new polls — some internal …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Judge asks appeals court to revive Michael Flynn case, permit review of DOJ dismissal  —  The legal saga of President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn continued Thursday when a judge asked the appeals court in Washington to revive his effort to scrutinize the Justice Department's move to drop Flynn's case.
Discussion: The Western Journal
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Judge refuses to dismiss Flynn case, petitions full appellate court
Discussion: Power Line
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Durham, under pressure to wrap up investigation, could ‘punt’ to after Election Day: source  —  Durham is working expeditiously to try to finish the probe by the end of summer  —  EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Attorney John Durham is under pressure to wrap up his investigation into the origins …
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Lawfare:   The Durham Investigation: What We Know and What It Means
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Pentagon chief confirms he was briefed on intelligence about Russian payments to the Taliban  —  (CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support …
Discussion: Raw Story
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The Unburdened Believer  —  On the morning of May 19, Larry Kudlow was booked as a guest on the Fox Business channel.  This in itself wasn't unusual.  As the National Economic Council director, the former CNBC host is a natural show pony in the stable of officials whose duties entail regular appearances …
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
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
WH pushed for ‘correction’ to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in ‘Sharpiegate’ incident, watchdog says
Discussion: Associated Press
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
President Winning-by-Losing Is, in Fact, Losing  —  Donald Trump has made a career of turning bad news into good, but the virus has already defeated him.  —  Soon after the Supreme Court ruled, on Thursday morning, against Donald Trump's effort to stop a Manhattan prosecutor from obtaining his tax returns …
New York Times:
N.Y.C. Paints ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Outside Trump Tower  —  “Well people look at this thing, here.  Those who really are filled with hate, they become empowered by that.  Now we're countering them, letting them understand that we will be at the doorstep of hate, and we will basically …
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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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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.
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.
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.
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” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
How the Trump administration is turning legal immigrants into undocumented ones  —  The Trump administration is turning legal immigrants into undocumented ones.  —  That is, the “show me your papers” administration has literally switched off printers needed to generate those “papers.”
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
As Texas sets 3 more single-day records on coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott predicts next week will ‘look worse’  —  Texans may not be accustomed to wearing masks, but that's ‘the only strategy we have left to avoid having our economy shut down again,’ he pleaded.
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
Biden will heed the CDC on reopening schools, his wife pledges  —  Joe Biden will listen to scientists and the CDC on the best time to safely reopen schools, the presumptive Democratic nominee's wife told teachers union members on Thursday, as the Trump administration continues its aggressive push to have schools fully reopen.
Discussion: CNN, Just The News and Breitbart
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump signs executive order to expand school choice for Hispanic students
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: The Surge in U.S. Cases Is Driven Largely by States That Reopened Early  —  Florida breaks its record for deaths in a single day.  The T.S.A. said more than a thousand of its employees had tested positive.  —  RIGHT NOW The interim president of Bolivia became …
CNN:
Bodycam footage from Phoenix arrest reveals new details about Black man's death in custody  —  Bodycam footage reveals new details in death of Muhammad Muhaymin Jr.  —  (CNN)With at least three officers on his legs and back — and yet another applying a knee to his head and neck …
Discussion: The Root
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump: ‘I expect’ to wear a mask during upcoming Walter Reed hospital visit  —  Trump said “it's fine to wear a mask if it makes you feel comfortable.”  —  President Donald Trump.  Win McNamee/Getty Images  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would likely wear a mask …
KAJA-TV:
Nueces County Medical Examiners Office not taking COVID-19 victims  —  CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Nueces County Medical Examiners Office is not receiving the bodies of those who have died from COVID-19.  —  Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said she received a letter yesterday …
Bloomberg:
U.S. Daily Cases Top 60,000; Record Texas Deaths: Virus Update  —  New U.S. virus cases topped 60,000 in a day for the first time.  Texas, California and Florida all reported a record number of deaths, while Arizona added 4,057 new cases, the most in six days.
ABC News:
Ghislaine Maxwell given paper clothes at correctional center to avoid suicide attempt: Sources  —  Jeffrey Epstein, her associate, died by suicide in jail last August.  —  Ghislane Maxwell, the recently arrested confidant of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was given paper clothes upon checking …
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.”
 
 
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Susan Crabtree / Real Clear Politics:
Kelly Helped Secure Chinese Tech Giant's Stake in Firm
Discussion: Breitbart
Joshua T. Katz / Quillette:
A Declaration of Independence by a Princeton Professor
Discussion: Power Line and Reason
Kyle Morris / Breitbart:
Vandals Cut Down Flag Pole at 9/11 Firefighter Memorial
Lucy Diavolo / Teen Vogue:
Ronald Reagan Wasn't the Good Guy President Anti-Trump Republicans Want You to Believe In
Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Bethany Mandel will not be canceled
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
A Mail Carrier Took People's Absentee Ballot Requests And Switched Their Party To Republican
Discussion: Washington Times
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
Robert Fuller's Death Has Officially Been Declared A Suicide
Discussion: Deseret News
Cassandra Pollock / The Texas Tribune:
Texas GOP sues Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner over canceled in-person convention
Discussion: Off the Kuff, Raw Story and NPR
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Ceballos / Miami New Times:
Trump National Doral Could Become a Hurricane Shelter — Possibly Violating U.S. Constitution
Alexandra Sifferlin / Medium Coronavirus Blog:
This Is What Happens When You Can't Trust Official Coronavirus Advice
Politico:
European Parliament clashes with Merkel over rule of law in budget talks
Dan Bongino / Media Matters for America:
Fox News contributor: “You can take your mask mandate, and shove it right up your ass”
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Police Surveilled George Floyd Protests With Help From Twitter-Affiliated Startup Dataminr