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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.
Discussion: Axios, Alternet.org and Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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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.
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Laura Wagner / VICE:
Bari Weiss Is Leaving the New York Times  —  The writer and editor has self-expelled from the newspaper, she tells VICE.  —  Laura Wagner  —  Bari Weiss, a writer and editor for the embattled New York Times Opinion section, is leaving the paper.  —  When reached by phone …
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 …
Dominic Green / Spectator USA:   Source: ‘Dozens of instances of bullying and harassment’ at New York Times
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New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Breaks Its Record for Most Deaths in a Day
Discussion: Florida Phoenix and The Verge
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump Administration Asserts Control Over Coronavirus Data
Discussion: HillReporter.com
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 …
Virginia Kruta / The Daily Caller:
Rasmussen: Is Joe Biden Capable Of Debating Donald Trump?  Only 54% Say Yes  —  Only 54% of likely voters believe former Vice President Joe Biden is up to the task of debating President Donald Trump.  —  A poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports said that in a national survey of 1000 likely voters …
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Kyle Olson / Breitbart:
Joe Biden Refuses to Take Questions from Reporters for 2nd Time in Under a Week
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump uses Rose Garden event for extended campaign-like attack on Biden
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill and Breitbart
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.
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: National Review and Instapundit
Billie Kanfer / Data For Progress:
Joe Biden Moves Left on Climate, Voters Love To See It  —  By Danielle Deiseroth, Marcela Mulholland and Julian Brave NoiseCat  —  Today, former Vice President Joe Biden released two new plans, building on his “Build Back Better” platform and updating the climate plan first released by his campaign last year.
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New York Times:
Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan
Discussion: The Week
Joe Biden for President:
THE BIDEN PLAN TO BUILD A MODERN, SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND AN EQUITABLE CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE
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 Hill and Raw Story
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
For Sessions, No Amount of Campaigning Could Overcome Trump in Alabama  —  The former attorney general, running for his old Senate seat in Alabama, struggled to persuade voters to see past the president's anger after he recused himself from the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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.
Washington Post:
We ran the CDC.  No president ever politicized its science the way Trump has.  —  The administration is undermining public health  —  As America begins the formidable task of getting our kids back to school and all of us back to work safely amid a pandemic that is only getting worse …
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Esther Wang / The Slot:
Ivanka Has Some Advice for Unemployed Workers: Just Find a New Job!  —  Ivanka Trump, who has coasted through life largely on the coattails of her tarnished family name, has some advice for struggling workers in the U.S. right now—just “find something new!”
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Associated Press:
‘Find something new’: White House-backed ad campaign's advice to jobless
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kanye's Short-Lived Attempt to Get on the 2020 Ballot  —  On July 4, Kanye West tweeted that he was running for president.  It was treated as one of his typical grandiloquent pronouncements.  The tweet sparked a lot of opinion pieces, cable news segments, and even a question in an Oval Office interview with Donald Trump.
Edgar Sandoval / New York Times:
I Went Home to Texas to Cover the Virus.  Then My Family Got It.  —  Edgar Sandoval knew he was well prepared to report on the spread of the coronavirus on the Texas-Mexico border.  He was going home.  Little did he know exactly what he would find.  —  MCALLEN, Texas …
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 …
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, Axios and Breitbart
Reade Pickert / BloombergQuint:
America's Jobless Are About to Lose Their $600-a-Week Lifeline  —  (Bloomberg) — In about two weeks millions of Americans could lose a crucial economic lifeline of this pandemic: $600 a week in extra federal unemployment benefits.  —  Bloomberg  —  Missing BloombergQuint's WhatsApp service?
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Trump's Convention?  ‘Everybody Just Assumes No One Is Going’  —  After changing cities, the R.N.C. finds itself back where it began: the middle of a coronavirus hot spot.  It's Tuesday, and this is your politics tip sheet.  Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday.
The Texas Tribune:
Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff  —  Many Texas hospitals are no longer accepting transfer patients in order to maintain space for a surge that's expected to come.  In some parts of the state, it's already here.  —  Copy link
Discussion: NBC News and Fox News
Jodi S. Cohen / ProPublica:
A Teenager Didn't Do Her Online Schoolwork.  So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention.  —  A 15-year-old in Michigan was incarcerated during the coronavirus pandemic after a judge ruled that not completing her schoolwork violated her probation.  “It just doesn't make any sense,” said the girl's mother.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Atomwaffen Division Leader Pleads Guilty to Swatting Conspiracy  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former leader of the white supremacist group Atomwaffen Division pleaded guilty today to charges related to his role in a conspiracy that conducted multiple swatting events targeting journalists …
Tamar Lapin / New York Post:
Jimmy Fallon welcomes Gov. Andrew Cuomo during first show back in studio  —  Jimmy Fallon was back in 30 Rock studios for Monday night's episode of NBC's “The Tonight Show” after nearly four months away due to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared as a guest via Zoom …
Politico:
Dunford withdraws as pick to lead coronavirus oversight commission  —  Retired Gen. Joseph Dunford, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, has withdrawn from consideration to lead a congressional commission tasked with overseeing the Trump administration's implementation …
Discussion: The Hill
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson Ambushed Over Bush Support By Colbert's Cartoon Anchors  —  Rick Wilson, the co-founder of anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, was ambushed on Monday night by the cartoon anchors on Stephen Colbert's parody news show Tooning Out the News.
Discussion: Twitchy
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP Governors Losing Residents' Support on COVID-19  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are broadly positive about the way their state governors are handling the COVID-19 crisis, but that sentiment has slipped in the past month as virus cases have skyrocketed in parts of the country.
 
 
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Stanley Kurtz / The American Mind:
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
If you aren't filled with rage at Trump, you aren't paying attention
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
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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’
Em Steck / CNN:
Senior Trump campaign lawyer critical of mail-in ballots voted by mail three times
Discussion: The Hill
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Fed's Brainard Sees Substantial Economic Risks and Slow Recovery
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Freedom Caucus member tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill
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It's time to cancel ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Here's what should replace it
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Timothy Lloyd / Reuters:
FBI concerned over laundering risks in private equity, hedge funds - leaked document
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
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