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3:45 PM ET, July 12, 2020

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CBS News:
Virus outbreak reshapes presidential race in Sun Belt — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  The coronavirus outbreak is reshaping the presidential race in three key Sun Belt states.  Joe Biden is now leading President Trump by six points in Florida, and the two are tied in Arizona …
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and Florida Politics
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Washington Post:
Trump's drop in polls has confident Democrats sensing ‘a tsunami coming’ in November  —  President Trump's management of this summer's crises has triggered what Democrats detect as a tectonic shift in the political landscape, with party leaders suddenly bullish about not only taking …
Discussion: Alternet.org
Harry Enten / CNN:
Texas is a swing state in 2020, new polls reveal
Discussion: The Hill
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Joe Biden builds lead over Donald Trump in reliably red Texas, as voters sour on handling of virus  —  Amid rollbacks of state's COVID-19 reopenings, Gov. Greg Abbott's luster also dims.  In past 7 days, 82% of Texans wore a mask, a new DMN-UT-Tyler poll finds.
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert S. Mueller III / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller: Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so  —  Robert S. Mueller III served as special counsel for the Justice Department from 2017 to 2019.  —  The work of the special counsel's office — its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions — should speak for itself.
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Betsy DeVos: Schools that don't reopen shouldn't get federal funds  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told “Fox News Sunday” that public schools that don't reopen in the fall should not get federal funds, and that the money should be redirected to families who can use it to find another option for their children.
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CNN:
Superintendent for one of US's largest public school systems has a message for DeVos …
Discussion: East Bay Times
Washington Post:
Coronavirus update: Florida shatters single-day infection record with 15,300 new cases
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox News' Howard Kurtz Addresses Tucker Carlson Head Writer Resigning: Online Posts Showed ‘Very Ugly Stuff’  —  Fox News' Howard Kurtz took time on Sunday to acknowledge the news that the network fired Tucker Carlson's lead writer in light of his deeply offensive, unearthed comments.
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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's chief writer resigns over racist and sexist posts, the latest trouble for Fox's most controversial star
Discussion: Mediaite and Variety
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney World Opens Its Gates, With Virus Numbers Rising  —  Thousands of giddy visitors streamed into the Florida resort on Saturday, as Disney tried to prove it can safely operate at a highly dangerous time.  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a Magic Kingdom hair salon …
NBC News:
White House seeks to discredit Fauci amid coronavirus surge  —  The White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, as it works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings in the U.S. coronavirus response.
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USA Today:
Fact check: Trump campaign accused of T-shirt design with similarity to Nazi eagle  —  The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol  —  President Donald Trump's campaign website recently unveiled a T-shirt that has come under fire because of design similarities between its logo and a Nazi symbol.
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Trump rips private Texas border wall built by his supporters  —  HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a privately built border wall in South Texas that's showing signs of erosion months after going up, saying it was “only done to make me look bad,” …
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and GovExec.com
Detroit Free Press:
Mitch Albom: Anti-Semitic posts — and tepid reactions — should enrage us  —  These days, you can lose your job for a tweet.  You can lose it for a retweet, or a spouse's tweet.  If your message is considered racist or hateful, it can bring an onslaught of condemnation …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tammy Duckworth bursts into VP contention  —  CHICAGO — Tammy Duckworth is no longer an afterthought in the Democratic veepstakes.  —  The Illinois senator and Purple Heart recipient has landed squarely in the conversation after a high-profile clash with Tucker Carlson last week and her advocacy …
Seth Klamann / Casper Star-Tribune:
As reopening plan that calls for face coverings, school board members express resistance  —  As part of its plan to reopen schools this fall, the Natrona County School District will require staff and students to wear masks when they're within 6 feet of each other.
Ryan Glasspiegel / Outkick:
Woj Suspended By ESPN … At press time, we were unable to determine the length of the suspension for the NBA insider as it's being held close to the vest.  —  After sending the email, Wojnarowski wrote the following apology:  —  ESPN issued the following statement: “This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Larry Hogan argues for a ‘bigger tent’ GOP as 2024 rumors swirl  —  As rumors swirl that Larry Hogan is eyeing a run for president in 2024, the Republican governor of Maryland has some advice for the post-Trump GOP: Be more like me.  —  “I don't know what the future holds in November …
Discussion: Associated Press
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
They lost the Civil War and fled to Brazil.  Their descendants refuse to take down the Confederate flag.  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — To Marina Lee Colbachini, it was a family tradition.  Each spring, she would join the throngs who descended on a nondescript city in southern Brazil …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Fred Barnes / Washington Examiner:
If Trump wants to win, he has to be more disciplined  —  President Trump is a gift that keeps on giving, but not always in a way that improves his prospects for winning a second term.  On the contrary, he often insists on helping his political opponents and the press cling to the anti-Trump narrative they cherish.
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
‘Ashamed’ Trump 2016 Voters Explain Why They're Ditching The President  —  Republicans who voted for Trump say they are “riddled with guilt” in the spot set to air on Fox News.  —  Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 explain why they are turning their backs on the president this November in a critical new ad.
Cassandra Fairbanks / The Gateway Pundit:
Young White Mother Killed By Black Lives Matter Mob for Allegedly Saying ‘All Lives Matter,’ National Media Fully Ignores  —  A 24-year-old mother was killed by a Black Lives Matter mob in Indianapolis last week, allegedly for saying “All Lives Matter.”  —  Unlike Charlottesville …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
It's Trump's call on what the GOP convention will look like  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of insisting that the Republican National Convention go off as scheduled despite the pandemic, President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the late August event will not be the four-night infomercial …
 
 
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Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
The inside story of how California failed mass coronavirus testing
Kathleen Gray / New York Times:
Trump vs. the Women Who Lead Michigan: A Battle With 2020 Implications
Discussion: Alternet.org
Leah Litman / Washington Post:
Think this was a liberal term at the Supreme Court? You probably missed some cases.
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Beginning to build a fairer city: Five steps for de Blasio or, more likely, the next mayor
Spectrum News NY1:
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte: 4 Percent of Mail-In Ballots Could be Thrown Out Because of Postmarking Issues
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why New York Times praises ‘cancel culture’ but skips over its own racist history
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign
Discussion: Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Hobbes / HuffPost:
Don't Fall For The ‘Cancel Culture’ Scam
Discussion: National Review
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
Trump isn't secretly winking at QAnon. He's retweeting its followers.
Ella Torres / ABC News:
30-year-old dies after attending ‘COVID party’ thinking virus was a ‘hoax’
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
The Threat to American Democracy That Has Nothing to Do With Trump
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us
Discussion: Townhall, MinnPost and HillReporter.com
David Lynch / Washington Post:
After the fastest recession in U.S. history, the economic recovery may be fizzling
Discussion: Raw Story
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
‘Blood on his hands’: In scathing obituary, woman blames governor for her father's covid-19 death
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times and NBC News