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5:20 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
Harry Enten / CNN:
Texas is a swing state in 2020, new polls reveal  —  (CNN)New CBS News/YouGov polls show President Donald Trump is in trouble in three states he won in 2016.  He's tied with former Vice President Joe Biden in Arizona (46% to 46%), a state he won by four points in 2016.
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Washington Post:
Trump's drop in polls has confident Democrats sensing ‘a tsunami coming’ in November
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 and The Hill
Superintendent for one of US's largest public school systems has a message for DeVos: 'You can't put every kid back in a school'  —  Inside Fairfax County's plan to reopen schools  —  (CNN)The signage reminding students to stay 6 feet apart is already on the floors.  The plexiglass is up in the front office.
Discussion: East Bay Times
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
Parscale hits a rough patch as Trump's campaign manager  —  Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale had an unusual cameo in the president's first television ad of the year: Sandwiched among images of Trump and Vice President Pence, the bearded Parscale appears twice, taking a selfie with supporters and hugging girls in red ball caps.
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.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN suspends Adrian Wojnarowski, its star NBA reporter, after profane email to senator
Discussion: The Hill and Outkick
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.
Phil Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich to Trump: Be More Aggressive ‘Than Nixon or Reagan’
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Graham to Call Special Counsel Mueller to Testify  —  Mr. Graham's move comes after Mr. Mueller penned an opinion article defending Russia probe, conviction of Roger Stone  —  WASHINGTON—The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Donald Trump's ‘Access Hollywood’ Crisis Playbook  —  On a Friday, the world heard vulgar audio of Mr. Trump boasting about forcing himself on women.  By Sunday night, the episode that was supposed to doom him had begun to recede.  —  Donald J. Trump, down and unwilling to get out, saw only one way back up: Go lower.
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
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.
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 …
Kelly Kennedy / WOIO:
37-year-old Port Clinton war vet dies from COVID-19 complications on Fourth of July  —  Richard Rose in April posted on Facebook that he would not wear a mask.  He passed away due to COVID-19 three months later.  —  PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WOIO) - Richard Rose was only 37 years old when he died …
Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
The inside story of how California failed mass coronavirus testing  —  The disease investigators arrived at the apartment in street clothes, carrying their gowns, gloves and face shields in Whole Foods bags.  They didn't knock on the door.  —  Instead, they called the resident …
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
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
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Roger Stone, coronavirus, and the 192 days that may destroy America as we know it
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Republicans Who Want to Destroy Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
Kathleen Gray / New York Times:
Trump vs. the Women Who Lead Michigan: A Battle With 2020 Implications
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
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
It's Trump's call on what the GOP convention will look like
 Earlier Items: 
Cassandra Fairbanks / The Gateway Pundit:
Young White Mother Killed By Black Lives Matter Mob for Allegedly Saying 'All Lives Matter …
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
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’
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
How to Reopen Schools: What Science and Other Countries Teach Us
Discussion: Townhall, MinnPost and