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5:35 AM ET, July 13, 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 Week, Raw Story and The Hill
USA Today:
Washington NFL team to announce retirement of ‘Redskins’ nickname, reveal new name Monday  —  Just less than two weeks after one of his most prominent corporate sponsors urged him to change the name of his football team, Washington owner Daniel Snyder plans to announce the retirement of the …
Washington Post:
Redskins to retire team name Monday; new name to be revealed later  —  The Washington Redskins plan to announce Monday morning that they will change their team name, three people with knowledge of the situation confirmed Sunday night.  The team is not expected to reveal a new name until a later date.
Discussion: The Wrap and The Week
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, The Hill, Bloomberg, Fox News and Twitchy
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Week, IJR and Mediaite
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.
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: The Hill and Axios
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Joe Biden builds lead over Donald Trump in reliably red Texas, as voters sour on handling of virus
Discussion: Jewish Insider, Raw Story and The Hill
CBS News:
Virus outbreak reshapes presidential race in Sun Belt — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
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.
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 …
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Trump Insists Obama Played More Golf as President.  The Numbers Say Otherwise.  —  President Donald Trump is apparently none too happy that people are criticizing him for playing golf as a pandemic is raging in the United States.  The commander in chief took to Twitter Sunday to defend …
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 …
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN suspends Adrian Wojnarowski, its star NBA reporter, after profane email to senator  —  ESPN suspended its top NBA reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, after he sent a profane email to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), multiple people familiar with the situation said Sunday.
New York Post:
NYC sees 15 shootings in 15-hour span as gun violence surge continues  —  New York City's plague of gun crime continued this weekend — with 15 people shot in the same number of hours since midday Saturday, police sources told The Post.  —  The shootings — including a 21-year-old man left fighting …
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Caroline Linton / CBS News:
Houston leaders call for lockdown as county reports more than 27,600 active coronavirus cases  —  Houston leaders are calling for another lockdown as the number of active cases of the coronavirus in the county increased to more than 27,600 on Sunday.  Houston's Harris County …
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 …
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.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Defeat the radical St. Louis prosecutor, support Mary Pat Carl  —  Kimberly Gardner is the St. Louis prosecutor who caused a warrant to be served on the McCloskeys, the couple that brandished, but did not fire, guns when a mob broke into their property and threatened them.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Liar, Liar, Nation on Fire
Katie Weston / Daily Mail:
Ghislaine Maxwell ‘has tapes of two prominent US politicians having sex with minors’ …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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
Amy Spiro / Jewish Insider:
Nick Cannon spreads antisemitic conspiracy theories online
Phil Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich to Trump: Be More Aggressive ‘Than Nixon or Reagan’
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
‘Ashamed’ Trump 2016 Voters Explain Why They're Ditching The President
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Graham to Call Special Counsel Mueller to Testify
Discussion: The Week, Vox and The Gateway Pundit
Superintendent for one of US's largest public school systems has a message for DeVos …
Discussion: East Bay Times
Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
The inside story of how California failed mass coronavirus testing
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Larry Hogan argues for a ‘bigger tent’ GOP as 2024 rumors swirl
Discussion: Associated Press
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