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7:00 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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Harry Enten / CNN:
Texas is a swing state in 2020, new polls reveal
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
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Benjamin Wermund / Houston Chronicle:
Sen. Cornyn as Texas reports 550 child cases: 'We still don't know' if kids can get, transmit COVID  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said during a TV interview Thursday that it's unclear whether children can get and transmit COVID-19.  That same day, Texas reported more than 550 COVID infections in children 9 and younger.
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Trump's Health Officials Warn More Will Die as Covid Cases Rise  —  They struck a sober note on Sunday's news programs, strongly urging the vast majority of people in hard-hit cities and states to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.  —  Two of the Trump administration's top health officials …
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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.
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Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN suspends Adrian Wojnarowski, its star NBA reporter, after profane email to senator
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Outkick
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.
NBC New York:
New York City Without Coronavirus Deaths Four Months After First Report  —  New York City health officials reported zero deaths related to the novel coronavirus four months after the state's first official death was recorded on March 11.  —  According to initial data reported by the NYC Department …
Discussion: Axios
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Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:   Beginning to build a fairer city: Five steps for de Blasio or, more likely, the next mayor
Ben Smith / New York Times:
While America Looks Away, Autocrats Crack Down on Digital News Sites  —  Independent journalism is on the defensive, from Hungary to Malaysia.  —  Like many American media types, I spent a lot of time last week reading heated arguments about free speech.  I was wondering if I, too …
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.
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Phil Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich to Trump: Be More Aggressive ‘Than Nixon or Reagan’
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.
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 …
Nick Cohen / The Guardian:
Anne Applebaum: how my old friends paved the way for Trump and Brexit  —  In a powerful new book, the journalist and historian reveals how her former friends and colleagues became agents of populism  —  Anne Applebaum can look at the wreck of democratic politics and understand it with a completeness few contemporary writers can match.
Kevin Blackistone / Washington Post:
As Confederate monuments fall, don't forget Bree Newsome's athletic act of protest in 2015  —  It was, quite literally, the most athletic activist feat during an era in which we have come to celebrate the notion of athlete activism, whatever that is.  —  But Bree Newsome Bass chuckled …
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 …
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Amy Spiro / Jewish Insider:
Nick Cannon spreads antisemitic conspiracy theories online  —  LOOSE CANNON  —  TV host references ‘Rothschild’ control and claims that Black people are ‘the true Hebrews’  —  Video of TV host and actor Nick Cannon spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories and praising virulent antisemite Louis Farrakhan …
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: Politico, Breitbart and GovExec.com
Amanda Prestigiacomo / The Daily Wire:
Young Mother Shot To Death After Telling BLM Supporters ‘All Lives Matter,’ Family Says  —  Last Sunday, a young mother from Indianapolis, Indiana, Jessica Doty Whitaker, was shot to death after allegedly getting into an argument about Black Lives Matter and language.
Discussion: Redstate and The Gateway Pundit
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Cassandra Fairbanks / The Gateway Pundit:
Young White Mother Killed By Black Lives Matter Mob for Allegedly Saying 'All Lives Matter …
Discussion: Big League Politics
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Police Wrestle With Surge in Crime in U.S. Cities Amid Defunding Efforts
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
What Donald Trump's ‘Access Hollywood’ Weekend Says About 2020
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Roger Stone, coronavirus, and the 192 days that may destroy America as we know it
CNN:
Superintendent for one of US's largest public school systems has a message for DeVos …
Discussion: East Bay Times
Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
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Kathleen Gray / New York Times:
Trump vs. the Women Who Lead Michigan: A Battle With 2020 Implications
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Larry Hogan argues for a ‘bigger tent’ GOP as 2024 rumors swirl
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox News' Howard Kurtz Addresses Tucker Carlson Head Writer Resigning: Online Posts Showed ‘Very Ugly Stuff’
Leah Litman / Washington Post:
Think this was a liberal term at the Supreme Court? You probably missed some cases.
Seth Klamann / Casper Star-Tribune:
As reopening plan that calls for face coverings, school board members express resistance
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
It's Trump's call on what the GOP convention will look like
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
They lost the Civil War and fled to Brazil.  Their descendants refuse to take down the Confederate flag.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tammy Duckworth bursts into VP contention
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Why New York Times praises ‘cancel culture’ but skips over its own racist history
Michael Hobbes / HuffPost:
Don't Fall For The ‘Cancel Culture’ Scam
Discussion: National Review