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5:30 PM ET, July 13, 2020

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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
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Mahablog
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden campaign slams Trump for ‘disgusting’ attempt to discredit Fauci
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Mark Meadows finds it's not so easy being chief
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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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” …
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.
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump believes Native American community ‘would be very angry’ over Redskins name change, McEnany says
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
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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 …
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:   California to close indoor restaurants, movie theaters and bars statewide as coronavirus cases rise
Bloomberg Law:
Covid-19 Reinvades U.S. States That Already Beat It Back Once
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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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 and The Daily Caller
CNN:
New York should prosecute Roger Stone
Discussion: Alternet.org
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  —  On the day of her arrest, Ms. Maxwell, a longtime companion of Jeffrey Epstein, refused to answer the door and fled to another room, according to a new court filing.  —  When F.B.I. agents went to arrest Ghislaine Maxwell …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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’
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
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Associated Press:
US to reject nearly all Chinese 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 …
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 …
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
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: The Hill and IJR
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
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
 
 
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Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
The Anti-Semitism We Didn't See  —  DeSean Jackson's Hitler moment …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Cohen / The Appeal:
THE FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY HAS THE VENEER OF RESPECTABILITY.  BUT IT'S JUST AS FLAWED AS THE STATES' KILLING MACHINES.
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
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Pandemic Has Accelerated Demands for a More Skilled Work Force
Collin Binkley / Associated Press:
More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Daly / Axios:
Online conspiracy theory links child trafficking to Wayfair furniture sales
Wall Street Journal:
Connecticut Bet Big on the Suburbs. That Might Finally Pay Off.
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
Donald Trump Jr's new anti-Biden book misplaces apostrophe in title
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
Washington Post:
President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims
Discussion: The Guardian