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3:20 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 …
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Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Unified will not reopen campuses for start of school year amid coronavirus spike  —  Los Angeles campuses will not reopen for classes on Aug. 18, and the nation's second-largest school system will continue with online learning until further notice, because of the worsening coronavirus surge, Supt.
Discussion: Alternet.org
Bloomberg Law:   Covid-19 Reinvades U.S. States That Already Beat It Back Once
Alison Kosik / CNN:   Cooper Hefner, son of Playboy founder, announces campaign for California Senate
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 …
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ABC News:
White House seeks to discredit Fauci in memo leaked to reporters
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: White House declares open season on Fauci
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Judge seeks more details on Trump's clemency for Roger Stone  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday demanded more information about President Donald Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone.  —  U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered …
Discussion: Axios, Talking Points Memo and CNN
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CNN:   New York should prosecute Roger Stone
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Mary Trump scolds media for downplaying Donald's mental disorders  —  Thank you always for your support.  Please considering subscribing to PRESS RUN for just $6 a month.  —  Ultimately, this newsletter is only possible because of the support of readers like you who are backing a new kind of independent journalism.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Michael Kruse / Politico:   ‘He Is and Always Will Be a Terrified Little Boy’
Richard North Patterson / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Cornered.  Here's Why.  —  The pandemic.  Race relations.  Unemployment.  And more—including his own unlikable self.  —  The electoral dynamics have already hardened.  Donald Trump will lose if everyone who wants to vote can.  His remaining hope is to choose his own electorate.
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
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Chris McGreal / The Guardian:
'He's in trouble here': can Trump win this critical swing state again?
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
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.
Discussion: CBS Baltimore, Althouse and Twitchy
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.
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 …
Collin Binkley / Associated Press:
More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule  —  BOSTON (AP) — More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration's new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students' safety and forces schools …
Discussion: Politico, Denver Post and Breitbart
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New York Times:   Coronavirus Live Updates: 17 States Sue Trump Administration Over Rule That Could Revoke Visas for Foreign Students
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: The Daily Caller and Axios
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 …
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Immunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests  —  Exclusive: King's College London team found steep drops in patients' antibody levels three months after infection  —  People who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months …
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Caller and New York Post
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
Politico:
‘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.
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 …
Discussion: IJR
Chun Han Wong / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Set to Reject Certain Chinese Maritime Claims in South China Sea  —  'China's maritime claims pose the single greatest threat to the freedom of the seas in modern history,' according to a draft of State Department paper  —  HONG KONG—The U.S. plans to formally oppose a swath …
Washington Post:
Within the Taliban, clashing views of Afghanistan's future  —  MARAWARA, Afghanistan — In talks in Doha and in Kabul, the Taliban's leaders have struck a conciliatory tone: Issues of human rights, democracy and power sharing are open for discussion, they said, and will be worked out during peace talks with the Afghan government.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Pandemic Has Accelerated Demands for a More Skilled Work Force  —  Even groups that regularly disagree on labor issues said there should be significant public investment in programs that can upgrade the skills of American workers.  —  Economists, business leaders and labor experts …
Wall Street Journal:
Connecticut Bet Big on the Suburbs.  That Might Finally Pay Off.  —  One of the nation's most troubled states hopes to capitalize on interest from New Yorkers looking to escape the city  —  WESTON, Conn.—It took a global pandemic and a severe economic downturn to do what once seemed impossible …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic  —  The secretive titan behind one of America's largest poultry companies, who is also one of the President's top donors, is ruthlessly leveraging the coronavirus crisis—and his vast fortune—to strip workers of protections.
Andy Blatchford / Politico:
Trudeau ‘sincerely sorry’ for contract to charity with family ties  —  OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says he's sorry he did not recuse himself from a decision to award a sole-source contract to a charity with ties to his family to run a C$900-million government grant program.
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Court refuses to order Houston to host Texas GOP gathering  —  HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Monday upheld Houston's refusal to allow the state Republican convention to hold in-person events in the city due to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The court dismissed an appeal …
Discussion: The Hill
Kyle Daly / Axios:
Online conspiracy theory links child trafficking to Wayfair furniture sales  —  Platforms including Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been playing host to a baseless conspiracy theory that picked up steam over the weekend claiming that furniture e-tailer Wayfair is a front for human trafficking.
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.
 
 
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Robert Gast / The Federalist:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
For now, McAuliffe is on the sidelines of Virginia's 2021 governor race. Some wish he'd stay there.
Michael Warren Davis / The American Conservative:
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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
STUDY: Trump live-tweeted his television nearly 300 times in the first six months of 2020
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
CDC Employees Call Out Agency's ‘Toxic Culture Of Racial Aggressions’
Discussion: National Review, GovExec.com and Axios
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Case for Reopening Schools
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
How Pandemics Wreak Havoc—and Open Minds
New York Times:
Inside the White House, a Gun Industry Lobbyist Delivers for His Former Patrons
Washington Post:
President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims
Discussion: The Guardian