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9:40 PM ET, July 13, 2020


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New York Times:
Los Angeles and San Diego Schools to Go Online-Only in The Fall  —  California's two largest districts made the joint call amid a White House push to get children back into classrooms.  —  SACRAMENTO — California's two largest public school districts said Monday that instruction will be remote …
Associated Press:   Trump team eyes school funds boost in next virus aid bill
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Coronavirus spread threatens to overrun school reopening plans
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's rage at Fauci just boomeranged back on him  —  President Trump was probably thrilled when he learned that aides sent reporters opposition-research-style bullet points about Anthony S. Fauci.  After all, we're told, Trump is a “counter-puncher,” and Fauci has made him look bad …
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden campaign slams Trump for ‘disgusting’ attempt to discredit Fauci
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mark Meadows finds it's not so easy being chief
The Daily Beast:
Mary Trump Free to Dish on Her Family and Tell-All Book, Judge Rules  —  A judge has freed Mary Trump from a gag order that prevented her from discussing Trump family drama and promoting her bombshell book.  —  A judge has freed Mary Trump from a gag order, allowing the president's niece …
Discussion: Politico
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Mary Trump scolds media for downplaying Donald's mental disorders
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
New York Times:
Headed to the Convention?  Not I, More Republicans Are Saying  —  “Everybody just assumes no one is going,” said one House member wary of the virus risks.  But other delegates dismissed the health threat and said it was an honor to help nominate President Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Some Republicans Say Florida Convention Is ‘a Risk You Have to Take’  —  But the Texas Supreme Court said the state Republican Party could not force a Houston venue to host its convention.  A new poll in Texas, meanwhile, showed Joe Biden leading President Trump. … Here's what you need to know:
Discussion: Washington Post
Mick Mulvaney / CNBC:
Op-ed: The next stimulus bill should focus on dealing with Covid-19  — If we are going to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars, let's do it to treat the cause of our economic illness, not just the symptoms, writes Mick Mulvaney.  —  By now everyone expects that Congress will pass another stimulus package.
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Trump cites game show host on pandemic while undercutting doctors and questioning their expertise
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Ghislaine Maxwell tried to flee and had a phone wrapped in tin foil to avoid detection when the FBI raided her $1M New Hampshire hideaway  — Ghislaine Maxwell refused to open the front door to the FBI and tried to flee to another room when they raided her $1million home, prosecutors claimed today
New York Times:
Ghislaine Maxwell Tried to Hide When F.B.I. Knocked, Prosecutors Say
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
100,000 mail-in votes went uncounted in California's primary  —  Every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by California election officials during the March presidential primary …
Pam Fessler / NPR:
Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and IJR
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
The Texas Rangers' team name must go  —  As the Washington football team finally gives up its racist slur of a name, there is one major sports team that has avoided the spotlight and resisted meaningful engagement with the violent and racist implications of its name.
New York Times:
Redskins to Drop Name, Yielding to Pressure From Sponsors and Activists  —  The N.F.L. team in Washington announced the move on Monday and will continue its search for a new name and logo.  —  The N.F.L. team in Washington announced Monday that it would drop its logo and “Redskins” …
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump believes Native American community ‘would be very angry’ over Redskins name change, McEnany says
Discussion: The Hill
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
'I Can't Keep Doing This:' Small-Business Owners Are Giving Up  —  More owners are permanently shutting their doors after new lockdown orders, realizing that there may be no end in sight to the crisis.  —  On the last Friday of June, after Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said that bars across …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bloomberg
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California rolls back reopening plans as new outbreaks force major reversal  —  OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down indoor activities across California on Monday in the starkest sign yet that the nation's most populous state is scrambling to prevent months of progress against the coronavirus from evaporating.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Joe Biden makes it clear that the country is ready for big change  —  In a Zoom call with a group of journalists on Monday, former vice president Joe Biden made two things clear: He won't be scared off by accusations he is pursuing an “industrial policy” and he sees the country at an inflection point, ready for big change.
Discussion: Breitbart and Wall Street Journal
Leah Simpson / Daily Mail:
Alaska Airlines flight makes an emergency landing in Seattle after passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man’  — Video shows the man moving through the cabin of Flight 422 bound for Chicago O' Hare yelling that he is going to ‘kill everybody’ and to just ‘accept it’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
Trump administration deep-sixes ‘Deep State’ cash bonuses, cancelling annual awards for career federal government executives  — The Presidential Rank Awards are one of the nation's highest honors for the federal government's career civil servants.  — But the Trump administration …
Priska Neely / Poynter:
I am not your Black unicorn  —  If newsrooms want to make progress with diversity, we must consider the humanity, complexity and goals of individuals.  Here's why I am a journalist.  —  My radio career began in middle school.  For my final project before eighth-grade graduation, I produced …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
NBA Store Allows ‘Defund Police,’ ‘Beware of Jews’ on Custom Jerseys, But Not ‘Free Hong Kong’  —  In keeping with league policy on political statements, the official online store of the NBA does not permit fans to order a custom jersey with the phrase “Free Hong Kong” printed on the back.
Discussion: Twitchy
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Americans' Face Mask Usage Varies Greatly by Demographics  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — It has been more than three months since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reversed course and recommended that Americans wear face masks in public to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Castro to challenge party elders for committee chair amid reckoning on foreign policy  —  Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas will announce this week that he will compete for the chairmanship of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, according to congressional aides familiar with his planning …
Discussion: The Hill
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
The Anti-Semitism We Didn't See  —  Like DeSean Jackson, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver who is being condemned for posting a fake Adolf Hitler quote on his Instagram feed last week, I too have had an ill-advised Hitler moment.  —  In 2008, I was a general columnist for …
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Clemons / The Hill:
Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Chris Christie  —  The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Read excerpts from the interview below.  —  Clemons: Tell us about the nonprofit you and your wife set up, a revolving fund for small businesses in your community.
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Dr. John Gartner: “Donald Trump is the most successful bio-terrorist in human history”  —  Psychologist and former Johns Hopkins professor on Trump's pandemic conduct: “He is a first-degree mass murderer”  —  The June 6 edition of the German newsweekly Der Spiegel described Donald Trump as a …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Why Joe Biden Has His Eye on Karen Bass  —  The first time Representative Karen Bass heard Joe Biden talk about the car crash that killed his wife and infant daughter, she dropped into her chair, overwhelmed.  —  It was 2008, and Bass was watching the Democratic National Convention video introducing Biden …
Maya T. Prabhu / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge throws out Georgia's anti-abortion law  —  A federal judge on Monday struck down Georgia's anti-abortion law approved by the General Assembly last year, calling it unconstitutional.  —  District Judge Steve C. Jones wrote in his ruling that the law — which would have outlawed …
Discussion: Twitchy
Amid rising coronavirus cases, the Trump campaign struggles to get its rally machine going  —  Washington (CNN)With just four months until Election Day, the Trump campaign is struggling to deploy what was supposed to be a chief feature of the President's reelection effort — the signature Trump rally.
Discussion: Raw Story
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden makes sharp pivot toward Latino vote  —  Dogged over his relatively weak support among Latinos in both the primary and general elections, Joe Biden is conducting a massive turnaround campaign, hiring a rash of Hispanic operatives, spending $1 million in Spanish-language outreach and …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Warns That Biden Presidency Would Be Disaster (for Ratings)  —  Last month, when asked what new goals he would accomplish in a second term, President Trump rambled so incoherently his allies responded with public distress.  The answer was so bad that his unofficial spokesperson Sean Hannity offered …
Alison Kosik / CNN:
Cooper Hefner, son of Playboy founder, announces campaign for California Senate  —  Cooper Hefner talks about growing up in the Playboy Mansion  —  (CNN)The son of the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is jumping into the political ring.  —  Cooper Hefner announced Monday that he's launching …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
American Airlines ‘reviewing’ matter after Dem operative tweets pic of Ted Cruz flying without mask  —  Cruz's office said he complied with the mask rule but temporarily removed it while drinking coffee  —  American Airlines is reviewing an incident in which Sen. Ted Cruz was photographed …
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
US budget deficit surges to record-high of $864B in June after coronavirus spending  —  June saw the federal government's largest monthly budget deficit to date as coronavirus relief programs exploded and tax revenue was slashed by millions of job losses.  —  The Treasury Department said Monday …
Discussion: Reuters and Fox Business
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Raising Climate Fears
Discussion: Common Dreams
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The GOP's future looks more like Tucker Carlson than Larry Hogan
Melanie Grayce West / Wall Street Journal:
New York Pushes to Track Some U.S. Visitors to Stem Coronavirus Spread
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Judiciary Committee releases transcript of Geoffrey Berman testimony
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
US will restart visa services, State Department says, amid Trump's efforts to restrict immigration
Discussion: Associated Press
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Wasserman Schultz pitches new spending panel on equity, justice, diversity
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Where it's at  —  The 2016 election was the biggest upset …
Discussion: HISTORY and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Super-rich call for higher taxes on wealthy to pay for Covid-19 recovery
Discussion: Fox News, Common Dreams and The Hill
Washington Post:
Within the Taliban, clashing views of Afghanistan's future
Andy Blatchford / Politico:
Trudeau ‘sincerely sorry’ for contract to charity with family ties
Michael Warren Davis / The American Conservative:
Brooks Brothers, R.I.P.
New York Times:
Choke Point for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine