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12:40 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 …
Robert S. Mueller III / Washington Post:
Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so  —  Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so  —  We made every decision in Stone's case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law.  — By Robert S. Mueller III-
Washington Post:
The once-mocked ‘Never Trump’ movement becomes a sudden campaign force  —  The grainy first-person testimonial arrived at 2 a.m. in late June.  A 40-year-old man with a thick southern accent — shirtless, the red ember of his cigarette glowing in the green twilight between drags — looked into his smartphone and began talking.
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 …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:   The Republicans Who Want to Destroy Trump
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.
Washington Post:
Coronavirus update: Florida shatters single-day infection record with 15,300 new cases  —  Florida on Sunday reported a record 15,300 new coronavirus cases, the most by any state in a single day since the pandemic reached the United States.  —  The staggering number was the result …
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.
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News condemns former Tucker Carlson writer for ‘horrific’ racist, sexist comments  —  Blake Neff, a writer for “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” has resigned from the top-rated Fox News show amid reports he posted racist, sexist and homophobic comments to an online forum under a pseudonym.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:   Tucker Carlson's chief writer resigns over racist and sexist posts, the latest trouble for Fox's most controversial star
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Horrendous’: Fox News Condemns Racist, Sexist Comments Made By Tucker Carlson's Top Writer in Internal Memo
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Rep. Adam Schiff blasts GOP for failing to stand up to Trump, not defending the ‘rule of law’  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff appears on ABC's “This Week.”  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., blasted Republicans for failing to stand …
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Washington Post
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why this Roger Stone commutation is not as controversial as some think
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Sun
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.
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
Michael Hobbes / HuffPost:
Don't Fall For The ‘Cancel Culture’ Scam  —  Anecdotes are not data, free speech is not under attack — and elite journalists should find something else to write about.  —  On Monday, 153 prominent writers, academics and public figures signed their names to a statement entitled “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.”
Discussion: National Review
Ella Torres / ABC News:
30-year-old dies after attending ‘COVID party’ thinking virus was a ‘hoax’  —  The man told nurses, “I think I made a mistake.”  —  “I think I made a mistake.  I thought this was a hoax, but it's not.”  —  Those were the final words of a 30-year-old patient who died at Methodist Hospital …
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 …
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
Victoria Taft /
Portland Rioters Surround Car and Driver Shoots His Way Out
Discussion: Power Line
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why New York Times praises ‘cancel culture’ but skips over its own racist history  —  In a recent article about Mount Rushmore, The New York Times said of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt that “each of these titans of American history has a complicated legacy.”
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
Trump isn't secretly winking at QAnon.  He's retweeting its followers.  —  On July Fourth, before President Donald Trump spoke to the nation from the White House lawn, he spoke indirectly to another community on Twitter: QAnon.  —  That afternoon, he retweeted 14 tweets from accounts supporting …
David Lynch / Washington Post:
After the fastest recession in U.S. history, the economic recovery may be fizzling  —  United Airlines announced plans to lay off more than one-third of its 95,000 workers.  Brooks Brothers, which first opened for business in 1818, filed for bankruptcy.  And Bed Bath and Beyond said it will close 200 stores.
Discussion: Raw Story
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us  —  The pressure to bring American students back to classrooms is intense, but the calculus is tricky with infections still out of control in many communities.  —  As school districts across the United States consider whether …
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Protests Rock Russian Far East With Calls for Putin to Resign  —  Tens of thousands took to the streets in Russia's usually somnolent hinterland after the arrest of a popular regional governor.  —  MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of people protested in Russia's Far East on Saturday in a rare display …
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials …
New York Times:   Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Wears a Mask Publicly for the First Time
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Sarah R. Champagne / The Texas Tribune:
As Texas morgues fill up, refrigerator trucks are on the way in several counties
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
The Threat to American Democracy That Has Nothing to Do With Trump
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Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
‘Blood on his hands’: In scathing obituary, woman blames governor for her father's covid-19 death
Discussion: NBC News
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Reza Aslan Reveals How CNN's Jeff Zucker and Trump ‘Canceled’ Him Over a Tweet
 Earlier Items: 
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New York Times:
Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership
Discussion: The National Interest
Josh Blackman / Reason:
Why do law professors do what they do?
Martyn Mclaughlin / Scotsman:
Revealed: Trump plans to build new ‘world class coastal retreat’ in Scotland
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's family racks up arrests for drugs, drunk driving — but no jail time
Discussion: The Sun
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Cases Jump in Sun Belt Nursing Homes
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Top Experts: DOJ's Bureau of Prison Blocking Michael Cohen Book about Trump Violates First Amendment