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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.
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 …
Bloomberg Law:
Covid-19 Reinvades U.S. States That Already Beat It Back Once
Discussion: update.covid19.ca.gov
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's attacks on Fauci and other experts reinforce that he'd rather Americans be confused than concerned
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.
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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.
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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USA Today:
Judge in Roger Stone case wants more information about the scope of clemency
Discussion: Axios
CNN:   New York should prosecute Roger Stone
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
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New York Times:
Ghislaine Maxwell Tried to Hide When F.B.I. Knocked, Prosecutors Say
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California closes churches, gyms for most residents as virus surges  —  OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered every county in California to halt indoor dining and bars, and he shut down churches, gyms and hair salons for 80 percent of the population as the state struggles to control its coronavirus spread.
Discussion: Axios
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Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:   California to close indoor restaurants, movie theaters and bars statewide as coronavirus cases rise
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
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:
2020 Election Live Updates: Republicans Say Florida Convention Is ‘a Risk You Have to Take’  —  Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general, is making a last appeal to Alabama voters in an attempt to win back his old Senate seat.  A new poll in Texas shows Joe Biden leading President Trump.
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Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Court refuses to order Houston to host Texas GOP gathering
Discussion: The Hill
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
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’
Associated Press:
US to reject nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is poised to escalate its actions against China by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly …
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Chun Han Wong / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Set to Reject Certain Chinese Maritime Claims in South China Sea
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 …
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 …
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
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
Discussion: 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Mediaite and 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.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mark Meadows finds it's not so easy being chief  —  The same night President Donald Trump announced Mark Meadows would serve as his fourth chief of staff, he told donors at a fundraiser that the North Carolina congressman could be “my James Baker” — the legendary aide and Cabinet member to three Republican presidents.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
McConnell Says GOP Will Pitch Its Own Stimulus Plan Next Week
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Super-rich call for higher taxes on wealthy to pay for Covid-19 recovery
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Hill
Robert Gast / The Federalist:
Lost Cause: A Special Forces Soldier's Case For Leaving Afghanistan
Washington Post:
Within the Taliban, clashing views of Afghanistan's future
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Pandemic Has Accelerated Demands for a More Skilled Work Force
Michael Warren Davis / The American Conservative:
Brooks Brothers, R.I.P.
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Confederate Symbolism in the Military Stretches Far Beyond Flags, Base Names
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic
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Bryan Pietsch / New York Times:
Man, 30, Dies After Attending a ‘Covid Party,’ Texas Hospital Says
Kyle Daly / Axios:
Online conspiracy theory links child trafficking to Wayfair furniture sales
Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
CDC Employees Call Out Agency's ‘Toxic Culture Of Racial Aggressions’
Discussion: National Review, GovExec.com and Axios
Wall Street Journal:
Connecticut Bet Big on the Suburbs. That Might Finally Pay Off.
Pam Fessler / NPR:
Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Elizabeth Doran / Syracuse Post-Standard:
At least 16 sick after coronavirus exposure at DeWitt in-home day care: 'Take this seriously …
New York Times:
Inside the White House, a Gun Industry Lobbyist Delivers for His Former Patrons
Discussion: Politico