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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum  —  New York (CNN Business)Editor's note: This article quotes racist, homophobic and sexist language, much of which has not been censored.  —  The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Says He ‘Aced’ Cognitive Test, but White House Won't Release Details  —  President Trump has repeatedly ridiculed Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s fitness to be president.  Mr. Biden's campaign has called it a smear that has backfired.  —  President Trump on Thursday volunteered to Sean Hannity …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
What's on the Cognitive Test That Trump Brags He ‘Aced?’  Drawing a Cube, Correctly Identifying a Camel, and More!  —  President Donald Trump bragged that he recently “aced” a cognitive test, but if you're wondering what hurdles of the mind did he overcome in the process …
Fox News:
Trump expected to commute Roger Stone sentence, days before prison term set to begin  —  Roger Stone told Fox News he is ‘praying’ for Trump to intervene ahead of his prison sentence.  —  President Trump is expected to announce that he will commute Roger Stone's sentence …
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Politico:
Trump commutes sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone  —  Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after being found guilty on seven felony charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller amid the Russian collusion investigation.  —  Former Trump adviser Roger Stone.
Washington Post:
Trump commutes sentence of confidant Roger Stone. …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Rally Postponed, Campaign Says, Citing Weather  —  The event was set to be held in Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday.  The campaign delayed it amid ongoing concerns about President Trump attracting only small crowds at his events.  —  WASHINGTON — Amid ongoing concerns …
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Los Angeles Times:
Trump scrubs rally as campaign struggles to reboot
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Diamond / Politico:
‘You get made fun of’: Trump campaign office shuns masks, social distancing  —  Inside the Trump campaign's headquarters this week, a team of cleaners scrubbed down surfaces and disinfected equipment — a recognition that coronavirus has found its way into the heart of the president's reelection bid …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Appointment of Richard P. Donoghue as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General; Designation of Seth D. DuCharme as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York  —  Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the appointment …
Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott warns if spread of COVID-19 doesn't slow, “the next step would have to be a lockdown”  —  Abbott has repeated that warning multiple times in local television interviews this week.  —  Copy link … With Texas continuing to break records for new coronavirus deaths …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Eschaton, Raw Story and ABC13
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Houston Chronicle:   Gov. Abbott didn't listen to coronavirus warnings and Texans died
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Goya Foods CEO won't apologize in face of boycott, backlash for pro-Trump remarks: ‘Suppression of speech’  —  Bob Unanue praised Trump during an event at the White House  —  Goya Foods President and CEO Bob Unanue said on Friday that he is not backing down in the face of a boycott over his visit to the White House.
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New York Times:
Amazon Makes Employees Delete TikTok From Phones, Citing Security Risk  —  TikTok, owned by Chinese company Bytedance, has been under scrutiny as a potential national security threat.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones …
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Anthony Fauci: ‘We are living in the perfect storm’  —  The straight-talking scientist on keeping the peace with Trump and the hunt for a Covid-19 vaccine  —  I hear Anthony Fauci before I see him.  Out of view of our video call, he asks his tech assistant: “Have you wiped down the table?”
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
What Women Want  —  Here's what women who voted for Trump in 2016 are saying about him now.  —  One of the great mysteries of 2016 was why so many women voted for Donald Trump.  —  Despite being caught on a hot mic talking about grabbing women “by the pu**y,” nearly 20 sexual assault allegations …
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Tim Alberta / Politico:
Elissa Slotkin Is Sounding the Alarm.  Will Democrats Listen?  —  When one of Elissa Slotkin's staffers passed along a New York Times report alleging that Russia had put bounties on the heads of American troops in Afghanistan—and that President Donald Trump either did not consume …
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Erdogan Signs Decree Allowing Hagia Sophia to Be Used as a Mosque Again  —  The decree came after a Turkish court revoked the site's 80-year-old status as a museum and is likely to provoke an international furor.  —  ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree Friday ordering Hagia Sophia …
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Ayla Jean Yackley / Politico:
Turkey reconverts Hagia Sophia from museum to mosque
Discussion: UNESCO, EEAS and The Hill
Washington Post:
Trump the victim: President complains in private about the pandemic hurting him  —  Callers on President Trump in recent weeks have come to expect what several allies and advisers describe as a “woe-is-me” preamble.  —  The president rants about the deadly coronavirus destroying …
The Objective:
A More Specific Letter on Justice and Open Debate  —  On Tuesday, 153 of the most prominent journalists, authors, and writers, including J. K. Rowling, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Brooks, published an open call for civility in Harper's Magazine.  They write, in the pages …
Bloomberg Law:
DOL Officials Exposed to Virus During White House-Led Interviews  —  Listen  —  A team of Labor Department senior political leaders is now quarantining after being exposed to the novel coronavirus during interviews with White House staffers this week, four sources with knowledge of the situation told Bloomberg Law.
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Wall Street Journal:   Labor Department Officials Quarantine After Meeting With White House Staffer Who Tested Positive for Covid-19
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook Mulls Political-Ad Blackout Ahead of U.S. Election  — Limiting political ads may help curb spread of misinformation  — Decision on ban has not yet been made, people familiar say  —  Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network …
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Broad disapproval for Trump's handling of coronavirus, race relations: POLL  —  Evaluation of Trump's oversight of the COVID-19 crisis reached a new low.  —  President Donald Trump is facing broad disapproval for his management of the two major crises gripping the nation …
Washington Post:
Touting criticized study, White House presses FDA to authorize hydroxychloroquine — again  —  Trade adviser Peter Navarro leads the effort with support from Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer, and Laura Ingraham's show on Fox News.  —  White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is leading …
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Why Isn't California Criticized Like Florida on Covid-19?  —  It's a blue state, of course.  But the virus doesn't discriminate based on party affiliation.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  6:52  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet  —  Post  —  Email
New York Times:
Wall Street Journal Staff Members Push for Big Changes in News Coverage  —  A letter from a group of Journal reporters and editors calls for “more muscular reporting about race and social inequities,” as well as skepticism toward business and government leaders.
Jonathan Greenberg / Washington Post:
Twelve signs Trump would try to run a fascist dictatorship in a second term  —  He lies about voter fraud, admires authoritarians, tries to suppress free speech and uses the law against those who would hold him accountable.  —  People have debated whether Donald Trump is fascist since he announced he was running for president.
Discussion: Twitchy
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Biden campaign taps Aaron Keyak to lead Jewish outreach  —  YOU'RE HIRED  —  The Biden presidential campaign has hired Aaron Keyak, former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), as its Jewish outreach director, Jewish Insider has learned.  —  In an online job listing published …
New York Times:
How ICE Helped Spread the Coronavirus  —  These four immigrants have something in common.  They were recently deported from the United States, and they all had the coronavirus.  Even as extreme measures were taken around the world to stop the spread of Covid-19, Immigration and Customs Enforcement …
Discussion: The Crime Report
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong: ‘I know how they treat whistleblowers’  —  Li-Meng Yan told Fox News that she believes China knew about the coronavirus well before it claimed it did.  She says her supervisors also ignored research …
Discussion: The Lid and National Review
Will Feuer / CNBC:
U.S. reports record single-day spike of 63,200 new cases of coronavirus  — It's the second time this week the U.S. topped its record for coronavirus cases reported in a 24-hour period.  — Cases were growing, on average, by at least 5% in 36 states and the District of Columbia as of Thursday …
Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
A plasma shot could prevent coronavirus.  But feds and makers won't act, scientists say  —  It might be the next best thing to a coronavirus vaccine.  —  Scientists have devised a way to use the antibody-rich blood plasma of COVID-19 survivors for an upper-arm injection …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
A top terrorism fighter's dire warning  —  America's intelligence agencies risk slipping back into dangerous pre-9/11 habits, a recently departed top counterterrorism official is warning in his first public remarks on the matter.  —  Russell Travers, former head of the U.S. government's hub …
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: New Cases Set a World Record, Led By the U.S.  —  The United States was the biggest source of new infections and the U.S. death toll is on the rise.  In states like Ohio that had been progressing, the virus is resurgent.  —  RIGHT NOW Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas …
Margaret Carlson / The Daily Beast:
The Woman Who May Send Joni Ernst Back to Castrating Pigs  —  The plain-spoken Democratic Senate nominee tells Iowans how Social Security helped save her after personal tragedy.  No wonder it's a close race.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Theresa Greenfield is a 56-year-old Des Moines real estate …
 
 
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Doug Palmer / Politico:
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Anna Schecter / NBC News:
Twitter suspends more than 50 white nationalist accounts
CNN:
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Twitter Defends Giving David Duke a Platform: He's ‘Not Currently a Member of the KKK’
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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Trump Is Selling White Grievance. The Suburbs Aren't Buying It.
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Axelrod / New Jersey Online:
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Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
A small, mostly white Virginia town put up a ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner.  Ginni Thomas denounced it.