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10:15 AM ET, July 13, 2020


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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.
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: White House declares open season on Fauci  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IN FLORIDA, some 15,300 CORONAVIRUS cases were reported in the last day.  Health experts are warning of a resurgence of the virus.  Yet, the White House is spending its time slagging ANTHONY FAUCI …
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
Corporate money, Black Lives Matter protests and elites' opinion drove Redskins name change
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Former Mueller prosecutor writing book on investigation  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Axios
NBC News:
No hoax: Why the Russia investigation remains one of Trump's biggest scandals  —  WASHINGTON — The Russia investigation, which began this summer four years ago, is back in the news — with President Trump on Friday commuting Roger Stone's prison sentence, with Robert Mueller's op-ed defending …
CNN:   New York should prosecute Roger Stone
Mike Allen / Axios:
Roger Stone says he plans to campaign for Trump
ABC News:
White House seeks to discredit Fauci in memo leaked to reporters  —  Administration sources say he's sometimes referred to as “Dr. Gloom and Doom.”  —  The White House has taken the unusual step of attacking a member of its coronavirus task force, by providing a document to several media outlets …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
NBC News:
White House seeks to discredit Fauci amid coronavirus surge
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, Fox News and Twitchy
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
New York City reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time since pandemic hit
Discussion: Twitchy, Bloomberg and The Week
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.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mark Meadows finds it's not so easy being chief
Discussion: and Raw Story
New York Times:
Choke Point for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine  —  Before public health officials can manage the pandemic, they must deal with a broken data system that sends incomplete results in formats they can't easily use.  —  Public health officials in Houston are struggling to keep …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
George Soros's Foundation Pours $220 Million Into Racial Equality Push  —  Mr. Soros's group will invest $150 million in grants for Black-led racial justice groups, and another $70 million toward local grants for criminal justice reform and civic engagement opportunities.
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:   Soros-Backed Liberal Groups Raked in Tens of Millions From PPP
Open Society Foundations:
Open Society Foundations Announce $220 Million for Building Power in Black Communities
Discussion: The Hill
‘Adapt immediately or find a new job’: Senate GOP confronts fundraising emergency  —  Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee prepared a slideshow for Senate chiefs of staff full of bleak numbers about the party's failure to compete with Democrats on digital fundraising.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Kruse / Politico:
‘He Is and Always Will Be a Terrified Little Boy’  —  Donald Trump is the damaged product of an absent mother and a sociopathic father.  —  That's in essence Mary Trump's assessment in her ultra-anticipated instant bestseller that's due out Tuesday—Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man.
Discussion: Political Wire and Deadline
Elizabeth Doran / Syracuse Post-Standard:
At least 16 sick after coronavirus exposure at DeWitt in-home day care: ‘Take this seriously ... stay home if sick at all’  —  DeWitt, N.Y. — At least 16 children and adults have come down with the coronavirus after it spread from contact at a DeWitt family in-home child care.
Associated Press:
China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism  —  FILE - This combination of the 2020 file photos shows, from left to right; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. in Washington on May 5, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas in Washington on June 24, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., in Washington on June 2 …
Bloomberg:   China to Sanction U.S. Senators Rubio, Cruz Over Xinjiang
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
Donald Trump Jr's new anti-Biden book misplaces apostrophe in title  —  Liberal Privilege, which he is self-publishing in August, is subtitled 'Joe Biden and the Democrat's Defense of the Indefensible'  —  Donald Trump Jr appears to have forgotten one of the cardinal rules of the apostrophe …
Lawrence Krauss / Wall Street Journal:
The Ideological Corruption of Science  —  In American laboratories and universities, the spirit of Trofim Lysenko has suddenly been woke.  —  In the 1980s, when I was a young professor of physics and astronomy at Yale, deconstructionism was in vogue in the English Department.
Discussion: National Review
David Marchese / New York Times:
Oliver Stone thinks Hollywood has gone crazy.  —  Beginning in 1986 with the release of his films “Salvador” and “Platoon,” Oliver Stone kicked off a decade-long run of remarkable success.  Many of the controversial and stylistically brash films that he made during this era were box-office hits …
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 …
Pam Fessler / NPR:
Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness  —  Toggle more options  —  Mail-in voting, which tens of millions of Americans are expected to use this November, is fraught with potential problems.  Hundreds of thousands of ballots go uncounted each year …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Understanding the mysterious group of Never Trumpers  —  Pundits and operatives studying Never Trumpers tend to treat them like an offshoot of the humanoid family (Homo integrity) or a new civilization in the deep political jungle.  The political anthropologists often wind up confused or exasperated.
Vik Khanna / The Federalist:
How Hospitals' Refusal To Prepare For A Pandemic Screwed America  —  While small business owners and hourly, low-skilled workers suffer from the economic effects of the coronavirus, the hospital industry is richer than ever.  —  When the eventual COVID-19 post-mortem is conducted …
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James Downie / Washington Post:
Betsy DeVos wants you to ignore reality
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and Axios
Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Rich New Yorkers Aren't Filling Out the Census. Poor New Yorkers May Suffer.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see immigration reform as topping Biden agenda
Discussion: Breitbart and ImmigrationProf Blog
Financial Times:
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Douglas London / New York Times:
Trump's Shocking Inaction on Russia
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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Pam Belluck / New York Times:
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