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9:55 PM ET, July 12, 2020

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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows lays traps to find suspected leakers  —  President Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has told several White House staffers he's fed specific nuggets of information to suspected leakers to see if they pass them on to reporters — a trap that would confirm his suspicions.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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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, Florida Politics and The Week
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Texas is a swing state in 2020, new polls reveal
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Washington Post:
Trump's drop in polls has confident Democrats sensing ‘a tsunami coming’ in November
Discussion: Raw Story, Associated Press and The Sun
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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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Aides Undercut Fauci as He Speaks Up on Virus Concerns  —  Administration officials moved to treat the nation's top infectious disease expert as if he were a warring political rival, releasing a list of what they said were questionable statements he had made.
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, Bloomberg, Fox News and The Hill
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 …
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
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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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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Washington Post:
Long delays in getting test results hobble coronavirus response  —  Test results for the novel coronavirus are taking so long to come back that experts say the results across the United States are often proving useless in the campaign to control the deadly disease.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Roger Stone, coronavirus, and the 192 days that may destroy America as we know it  —  From the Electoral College to structural racism, America is feeling painfully aware of its inherent flaws these days.  None looms more ominously now than that awkward moment that is the presidential transition.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
What Donald Trump's ‘Access Hollywood’ Weekend Says About 2020  —  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: Politico, Breitbart and GovExec.com
National Review:
An Indefensible Commutation  —  President Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone.  The timing, late on Friday, suggests internal embarrassment over the move, and we wish there were more.  —  The commutation is a move fully within the president's powers and in keeping …
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Schools Can Open Safely This Fall  —  Staggered schedules and other precautions would help reduce children's low but real risk from Covid.  —  Schools should open in the fall.  It's critical for meeting the educational and social needs of children.  But local officials should have the discretion …
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.
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 …
Phil Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich to Trump: Be More Aggressive ‘Than Nixon or Reagan’  —  He may be the most optimistic American abroad, and when reached by phone Friday from Rome, the former speaker of the House offers an increasingly rare message to stateside Republicans resigning themselves to an ugly November:
 
 
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Douglas London / New York Times:
Trump's Shocking Inaction on Russia
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Thomas Sowell says concept of systemic racism ‘has no meaning,’ warns US could reach ‘point of no return’
Discussion: Breitbart
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
‘Ashamed’ Trump 2016 Voters Explain Why They're Ditching The President
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Graham to Call Special Counsel Mueller to Testify
Discussion: Vox, Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Larry Hogan argues for a ‘bigger tent’ GOP as 2024 rumors swirl
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Detroit Free Press:
Mitch Albom: Anti-Semitic posts — and tepid reactions — should enrage us