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11:05 PM ET, July 13, 2020


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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
Mike Cason /
President Trump talks up Tommy Tuberville on election eve conference call  —  President Donald Trump spoke on an election eve conference call tonight with Tommy Tuberville, who carries the president's endorsement into Tuesday's runoff against Jeff Sessions for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
New York Times:
Some Republicans Say Florida Convention Is ‘a Risk You Have to Take’
Discussion: Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Top Trump Ally Preps a New Assault on Fauci  —  A forthcoming memo, titled “Dr. Wrong,” is the latest broadside against the nation's top infectious disease expert.  —  As Donald Trump and his press secretary sought to downplay the White House's own effort to scapegoat Dr. Anthony Fauci …
Discussion: Washington Post
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden campaign slams Trump for ‘disgusting’ attempt to discredit Fauci
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
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:
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 …
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
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House to quickly revive legal effort to get Trump's financial records  —  The House is planning to quickly revisit its effort to obtain President Donald Trump's personal financial records, urging the Supreme Court on Monday night to take its final formal steps on the matter so lawmakers can reignite the issue in the lower courts.
Discussion: Raw Story
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The GOP's future looks more like Tucker Carlson than Larry Hogan  —  Even if President Trump is defeated on Nov. 3 — a probability but not a certainty — don't expect him to cede the political stage willingly.  No matter the outcome, it is likely he will continue to tweet and hold rallies.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:   Tucker Carlson to Take Vacation Amid Staffer Controversy
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
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: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
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
Nieman Lab:
Hundreds of hyperpartisan sites are masquerading as local news.  This map shows if there's one near you.  —  The growth of partisan media masquerading as state and local reporting is a troubling trend we've seen emerge amid the financial declines of local news organizations.
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
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Mueller considered publicly condemning the DOJ over reversing the Flynn prosecution: report  —  On Monday, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller considered publicly rebuking Attorney General William Barr's Justice Department following their move to drop charges …
Discussion: CNN, and Redstate
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden cites quote made famous by Mao Zedong during fundraiser  —  Joe Biden cited a quote made famous by Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong during a digital fundraising speech with former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.  —  “We've got to get real economic relief into women's hands now …
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 …
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.
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
Arizona Republic:
Photo shows Ducey at party with no masks and no social distancing; Governor's Office claims ‘smear attack’  —  A photo of Gov. Doug Ducey attending a party without donning a mask or practicing social distancing is circulating on social media, raising questions about how closely the Republican leader …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump administration to recommend National Guard as an option to help hospitals report covid-19 data  —  The Trump administration is poised to ask governors to consider sending in the National Guard to hospitals to help improve data collection about coronavirus patients, supplies and capacity …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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Jacob M. Schlesinger / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Offers Big Government Plan to Address Racial Inequality
Discussion: Breitbart
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Raising Climate Fears
Discussion: Common Dreams
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden makes sharp pivot toward Latino vote
Associated Press:
Trump team eyes school funds boost in next virus aid bill
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
US budget deficit surges to record-high of $864B in June after coronavirus spending
Discussion: Reuters and Fox Business
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
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Where it's at  —  The 2016 election was the biggest upset …
Discussion: HISTORY and Breitbart
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Super-rich call for higher taxes on wealthy to pay for Covid-19 recovery
Discussion: Common Dreams, Fox News and The Hill
Alison Kosik / CNN:
Cooper Hefner, son of Playboy founder, announces campaign for California Senate
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Within the Taliban, clashing views of Afghanistan's future
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Why Joe Biden Has His Eye on Karen Bass
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Warns That Biden Presidency Would Be Disaster (for Ratings)