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7:36 AM ET, July 9, 2020

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Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge  —  FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, Tulsa Health Department director Dr. Bruce Dart takes part in a news conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June …
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CNN:
Tulsa sees Covid-19 surge in the wake of Trump's June rally  —  (CNN)The city of Tulsa is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, a little over 2 weeks after President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in an indoor arena there.  —  Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director of the Tulsa Health Department …
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Coronavirus Surge in Tulsa ‘More Than Likely’ Linked to Trump Rally  —  Dr. Bruce Dart, the director of the Tulsa Health Department, said Tulsa County had reported nearly 500 new cases of Covid-19 in the past two days.  —  A surge in coronavirus cases in and around Tulsa, Okla. …
New York Times:
What Will Trump's Rally in New Hampshire Be Like? It's Anyone's Guess
Discussion: Raw Story and The Boston Globe
William Wan / Washington Post:
America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves.  Again.  —  Health-care workers are scrambling for supplies and reusing equipment as the coronavirus pandemic surges  —  Health-care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are encountering shortages of masks, gowns …
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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge
Discussion: Deadline
Washington Post:   Surge in virus hospitalizations strains hospitals in several states
David Maddox / Daily Express:
Trump SHOCK election poll: Black Lives Matter protests will get Trump re-elected  —  THE FALLOUT from the Black Lives Matter protests in the US offers Donald Trump his best chance of winning the Presidential election, a shock poll for the Sunday Express has revealed.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Ella Torres / ABC News:   California couple charged with hate crime for allegedly vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural
NBC New York:
Street in Front of Trump Tower Closes for Black Lives Matter Mural
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Week
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Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
George Floyd warned police he thought he would die because he couldn't breathe, according to body camera transcripts
Discussion: The Hill
Gregg Re / Fox News:
What is the BREATHE Act?  Squad members push wide-ranging bill that slashes police funds, gives reparations
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marja Novak / Reuters:
U.S. first lady Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia  —  ROZNO, Slovenia (Reuters) - A wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated U.S. Independence Day, said the artist who commissioned the sculpture.
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Statue of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia  —  A wooden sculpture of first lady Melania Trump near her hometown in Slovenia was set on fire the night of July 4, according to the artist who commissioned the piece.  —  Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, told Reuters …
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Probes Chinese Exile, Including Work With Former Trump Aide Steve Bannon  —  Feds question source of funds for media company tied to Guo Wengui  —  The FBI is examining exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui and the money used to fund his media efforts in the U.S., including his work with Steve Bannon …
Discussion: Raw Story
Elaine Glusac / New York Times:
On Some Planes, Empty Rows While Passengers Crowd Together  —  Airlines vowed to bring social distancing to the air.  In practice, some are and some aren't.  —  On a June 30 flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Newark, Joy Gonzalez, an aviation engineer based in Seattle …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
As coronavirus surges, Houston confronts its hidden toll: People dying at home … HOUSTON — When Karen Salazar stopped by to check on her mother on the evening of June 22, she found her in worse shape than she expected.  Her mother, Felipa Medellín, 54, had been complaining …
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden proposes $700 billion-plus ‘Buy American’ campaign  —  Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government's regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.
Discussion: Axios
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Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
I Cited Their Study, So They Disavowed It  —  If scientists retract research that challenges reigning orthodoxies, politics will drive scholarship.  —  The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is a peer-reviewed journal that claims to publish “only the highest quality scientific research.”
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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Washington Post:
Facebook closes network of accounts and pages affiliated with Roger Stone for manipulation
CNN:
Jacksonville attorneys file lawsuit to block city from hosting Republican National Convention amid pandemic  —  Hahn: ‘Too early to tell’ if GOP convention will be safe  —  Washington (CNN)Several attorneys in Jacksonville, Florida, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city in an attempt …
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's ‘flexible’ on convention format in Jacksonville
New York Post:
NYPD limits retirement applications amid 400 percent surge this week  —  New York's Finest are putting in for retirement faster than the NYPD can handle — citing a lack of respect and the loss of overtime pay, The Post has learned.  —  A surge of city cops filing for retirement during …
Discussion: Townhall
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
DeVos ‘very seriously’ considering withholding funding from schools that don't reopen  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that she is “very seriously” considering withholding federal funding from schools that don't reopen in the fall.  —  “We are looking at this very seriously.
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Legend  —  Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Legend, a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative across all federal law enforcement agencies working in conjunction …
Discussion: Just The News
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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Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith joins CNBC as chief general news anchor with new evening show
Discussion: Redstate and IJR
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
This year's Senate races spell disaster for the Republican Party  —  Republicans are beginning to gird themselves for a landslide defeat for President Trump that drags the entire party down.  It could be even worse than they think.  —  Elections in both the House and Senate are increasingly syncing with broader presidential races.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Politico:
Florida Democrats return PPP money amid scandal  —  The Florida Democratic Party announced late Wednesday that it was returning at least $780,000 in small-business loans after its own lawmakers criticized the acceptance of the money as highly questionable if not illegal and unethical.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
CIA Kept Giving Intel to Russia, Got Nothing Back  —  Intelligence sharing with Moscow is a one-way street, according to CIA veterans, but the Trump administration nevertheless saw it as a key step to a closer relationship.  —  Not long before Christmas in 2017, Vladimir Putin …
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
“You Seem To Have No Conscience”: Activists Stop Crown Heights Landlords From Evicting Tenants  —  Community activists staved off an attempted eviction in Crown Heights on Tuesday, following a lengthy stand-off with a landlord who tenants say had illegally harassed them into moving out during the pandemic.
Discussion: New York Post
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 and The Hill
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's culture wars worked in 2016.  His aides worry the world has changed.  —  Donald Trump's team can agree on one thing: The president's latest Twitter outbursts and off-script grievances are hurting his reelection prospects.  —  That's about where the agreement ends.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alicia Adamczyk / CNBC:
32% of U.S. households missed their July housing payments  —  As the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues, almost one-third of U.S. households, 32%, have not made their full housing payments for July yet, according to a survey by Apartment List, an online rental platform.
Discussion: Raw Story
Heather K. Gerken / Yale Law School:
A Message from Dean Gerken on Support for International Students  —  This week, the Trump Administration issued a policy requiring international students to attend in-person classes in order to maintain their visa status.  That policy is senseless and cruel.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Congress's bipartisan national-service bill would be a powerful tonic for what's ailing America  —  Congress is weighing a big idea as it bargains over the next stimulus package: a bipartisan proposal to expand national-service programs to create jobs, help contain the coronavirus pandemic and begin to unify a divided country.
 
 
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Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
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Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Boeing Communications Chief Resigns Over 33-Year-Old Article
Discussion: Mother Jones
Politico:
'People can't ignore it anymore': Across the country, minorities hit hardest by pandemic
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Newsmax Whiffs in Nielsen Ratings Debut, Averages Just 21,000 Viewers in First Week
Politico:
Supreme Court set to decide who can see Trump's tax returns, financial records
Zachary Folk / New York Post:
Oregon man driving stolen car crashes into woman driving another stolen car
John Santucci / ABC News:
Widow of Trump's friend pushes back against Mary Trump SAT allegation, calls it false
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Beinart / New York Times:
I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State
Discussion: Jewish Insider
The National Pulse:
AP: Democrat Congressman Fires Racist Press Aide After National Pulse Investigation
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Steve Mnuchin's Exclusive LA Country Club Got Millions in COVID Relief
Discussion: Geoff Shackelford
New York Post:
NYPD's own stats debunk claims of bail reform leading to spike in gun violence
River Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Reopened Theme Parks Ban Screaming on Roller Coasters. Riders Are Howling.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Stop saying Trump is ‘in denial.’ The truth is much worse.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog