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4:40 AM ET, July 15, 2020


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Grace Segers / CBS News:
Asked why Black Americans are killed by police, Trump responds, “So are White people”  —  Watch more from Catherine Herridge's interview with President Trump on the “CBS Evening News” at 6:30 p.m. ET, and on “CBS This Morning” from 7 to 9 a.m. ET.  —  Washington — In an interview with CBS News …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The White House Called a News Conference.  Trump Turned It Into a Meandering Monologue.  —  The president spoke in the Rose Garden for 63 minutes.  He spent only six of those minutes answering questions from reporters.  —  WASHINGTON — In theory, President Trump summoned television cameras …
Discussion: The Week and The Wrap
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Elder Abuse at the White House  —  Tuesday's Rose Garden press conference was . . . something else.  —  What did we just see?  And who thought this would be a good idea?  —  Donald Trump is sinking in the polls, failing spectacularly at the worst crisis of his presidency …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump uses Rose Garden event for extended campaign-like attack on Biden
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Trump uses Rose Garden as substitute rally venue in onslaught against Biden
Discussion: Breitbart
Virginia Kruta / The Daily Caller:   Rasmussen: Is Joe Biden Capable Of Debating Donald Trump? Only 54% Say Yes
Kyle Olson / Breitbart:
Joe Biden Refuses to Take Questions from Reporters for 2nd Time in Under a Week
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 54% Think Biden Capable of Debating Trump
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Times
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Longtime columnist and blogger Andrew Sullivan resigns from New York magazine  —  New York (CNN Business)Columnist and blogger Andrew Sullivan is leaving New York magazine, his professional home since 2016, he announced Tuesday.  —  “This will be my last week at New York Magazine,” Sullivan tweeted.
Jodi Rudoren / The Forward:
I don't recognize the NYT that Bari Weiss quit  —  I do not recognize the New York Times that Bari Weiss describes in her resignation letter, and it terrifies me.  —  This is not to say I do not believe Bari's description of her experience, nor that I did not see some of what she laments …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York Times Will Move Part of Hong Kong Office to Seoul  —  A sweeping national security law passed by China in June has unsettled news organizations and created uncertainty about the city's prospects as a hub for journalism in Asia.  —  The New York Times said on Tuesday that it would relocate …
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Bari Weiss Resigns From New York Times Opinion Post  —  In a letter posted online Tuesday, she cites “bullying by colleagues” and an “illiberal environment.”  —  Bari Weiss, a writer and editor for the opinion department of The New York Times, has resigned from the paper, citing “bullying by colleagues” and an “illiberal environment.”
Frida Ghitis / Washington Post:   Can Taiwan survive a second Trump term?
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Bari Weiss Is Leaving the New York Times
Dominic Green / Spectator USA:   Source: ‘Dozens of instances of bullying and harassment’ at New York Times
Tiffany Littler / KSNT-TV:
3 felony criminal charges filed against Steve Watkins  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Tuesday he's filed criminal charges against Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins.  This follows an investigation by the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office.
Melissa Brunner / WIBW-TV:
DA charges Watkins with voter fraud  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins faces criminal charges of voter fraud.  —  Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay said Tuesday he filed four counts against Watkins: Interference with Law Enforcement, Providing False Information …
Politico:   Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins charged with voter fraud
USA Today:
Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on: Peter Navarro  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.  —  In late January, when I was making the case on behalf …
Washington Post:
Sessions loses runoff in Alabama as Trump helps vanquish a key supporter he came to despise  —  They stood center stage before a cheering crowd of thousands five years ago, shaking hands in a half embrace that seemed to cement a political and ideological bond that would serve as the foundation for Donald Trump's presidency
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
Jeff Sessions Lost His Race To Get Back To The US Senate
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
For Sessions, No Amount of Campaigning Could Overcome Trump in Alabama
New York Times:   Sessions Pays the Price for Incurring Trump's Wrath, Losing Alabama Senate Race
Jane Coaston / Vox:
Tommy Tuberville wins the Alabama GOP Senate primary, defeating Jeff Sessions
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data  —  Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington, raising questions about transparency.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Breaks Its Record for Most Deaths in a Day
Discussion: The Verge
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Trump sporting more natural gray hairdo amid the pandemic  —  WASHINGTON — As the rest of the nation endures missed appointments with their hairdressers and beauticians, President Trump has also started sporting a more natural look.  —  At a briefing in the Rose Garden on Tuesday …
NBC News:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized with infection  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruther Ginsburg was admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday for treatment of a possible infection.  —  Ginsburg was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for possible infection
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for possible infection
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Robby Soave / Reason:
Museum Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men  —  Until last week, Gary Garrels was senior curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).  He resigned his position after museum employees circulated …
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Mike Levine / ABC News:
A message for President Donald Trump from his niece: ‘Resign’  —  In exclusive, Mary Trump said she saw “first hand” what shaped her uncle.  —  Speaking about her influential uncle for the first time since the publication of her explosive new book, Mary Trump — President Donald Trump's niece …
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and The Hill
John M. Barry / New York Times:
The Pandemic Could Get Much, Much Worse.  We Must Act Now.  —  A comprehensive shutdown may be required in much of the country.  —  Mr. Barry is the author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.”  —  When you mix science and politics, you get politics.
Russell E. Travers / Washington Post:
I'm a former civil servant.  We are professionals, not a ‘deep state.’  —  Russell E. Travers retired from the civil service this month after being removed as the acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center.  —  I retired from the federal civil service this month.
Christian Cooper / Washington Post:
Why I have chosen not to aid the investigation of Amy Cooper  —  Christian Cooper is a writer and editor and a board member of New York City Audubon.  —  On May 25, when I was birding in the Ramble section of New York's Central Park, I asked a woman whose dog was off his leash to please put him back on, as the area's rules require.
Em Steck / CNN:
Senior Trump campaign lawyer critical of mail-in ballots voted by mail three times  —  (CNN)A top Trump campaign adviser and lawyer who has criticized voting-by-mail and warned without evidence that it could lead to election fraud previously voted by mail at least three times.
Discussion: The Hill
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Sara Gideon Wins Nomination to Challenge Susan Collins in Maine  —  Ms. Gideon, backed by the Senate Democratic campaign arm and outside political groups, had long been the favorite to challenge Senator Collins, the sole remaining New England Republican in Congress.
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
JAMA Network:
Universal Masking to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission—The Time Is Now  —  John T. Brooks, MD1; Jay C. Butler, MD1; Robert R. Redfield, MD1  —  In this issue of JAMA, Wang et al present evidence that universal masking of health care workers (HCWs) and patients can help reduce transmission …
Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press:
First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing  —  FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine by Moderna for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Townhall and The Week
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Source: Spain is Customer of NSO Group  —  The Guardian and El Pais reported NSO Group's malware was used to target prominent politicians in Spain.  Now a former employee says that Spain has been an NSO Group customer.  —  The cellphones of several politicians in Spain …
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NBC News:
Federal stockpile is thin amid coronavirus surge, internal documents show
Business Insider:
Russia used Trump's intelligence sharing to try to assassinate Chechen dissidents in Europe, sources say
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Black conservatives kick off campaign to save Emancipation Memorial
Discussion: Breitbart
Stanley Kurtz / The American Mind:
Taking Back the Academy
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
If you aren't filled with rage at Trump, you aren't paying attention
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘law and order’ is a code for maintaining personal power
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Postal Service memos detail ‘difficult’ changes, including slower mail delivery
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Geraldo Rivera Blasts Judge for Denying Bail to Ghislaine Maxwell: She ‘Chickened Out’
 Earlier Items: 
Reade Pickert / BloombergQuint:
America's Jobless Are About to Lose Their $600-a-Week Lifeline
Dunford withdraws as pick to lead coronavirus oversight commission
Discussion: The Hill
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Atomwaffen Division Leader Pleads Guilty to Swatting Conspiracy
Edgar Sandoval / New York Times:
I Went Home to Texas to Cover the Virus. Then My Family Got It.
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kanye's Short-Lived Attempt to Get on the 2020 Ballot