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8:35 AM ET, July 14, 2020


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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Tucker Carlson to Take Vacation Amid Staffer Controversy … Tucker Carlson, one of Fox News Channel's most-watched hosts, said he would take a pre-planned vacation as his primetime program comes under new scrutiny.  —  Carlson announced his plans Monday in the wake of a new controversy surrounding …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The GOP's future looks more like Tucker Carlson than Larry Hogan
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Biden wades into Texas with first general election TV ad in state  —  Harry Enten on new Trump poll: This is the worst I've seen  —  (CNN)Joe Biden's campaign is debuting its first general election television ad in Texas on Tuesday, dipping its toes in a state long considered a Republican stronghold …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and
Marc Caputo / Politico:   Biden makes sharp pivot toward Latino vote
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
Washington Post:
We don't worry for Dr. Fauci. We worry for the country.
Discussion: STAT, Fox News and New York Times
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans fear return to school  —  Most U.S. parents say it would be risky to send their children back to school in the fall — including a slim majority of Republicans and a staggering nine in 10 Black Americans — in this week's installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
New York Times:
Los Angeles and San Diego Schools to Go Online-Only in The Fall
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
LA Teachers Union Demands Defunding Of Police, Medicare-For-All And Ban On New Charter Schools …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Guardian and NPR
The Daily Beast:
Top Trump Ally Preps a New Assault on Fauci  —  A forthcoming memo, titled “Dr. Wrong,” is the latest broadside against the nation's top infectious disease expert.  —  As Donald Trump and his press secretary sought to downplay the White House's own effort to scapegoat Dr. Anthony Fauci …
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
ABC News:
Down-ballot races across Alabama, Maine and Texas revolve around Trump: 5 things to watch on Tuesday  —  Voters head to the polls for Maine's primaries and runoffs in Alabama and Texas.  —  The presidential primary season might be winding down, but further down the ballot …
Mike Cason /
President Trump talks up Tommy Tuberville on election eve conference call
Discussion: Washington Times
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House to quickly revive legal effort to get Trump's financial records  —  The House is planning to quickly revisit its effort to obtain President Donald Trump's personal financial records, urging the Supreme Court on Monday night to take its final formal steps on the matter so lawmakers can reignite the issue in the lower courts.
Discussion: Raw Story
Maya T. Prabhu / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge throws out Georgia's anti-abortion law
Discussion: Twitchy
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
In Some Countries, Normal Life Is Back.  Not Here.  —  Trump's incompetence has wrecked us.  Where are the calls for him to resign?  —  If you're lucky enough to live in New Zealand, the coronavirus nightmare has been mostly over since June.  After more than two weeks with no new cases …
Jeneen Interlandi / New York Times:
Why We're Losing the Battle With Covid-19  —  The escalating crisis in Texas shows how the chronic underfunding of public health has put America on track for the worst coronavirus response in the developed world.  —  To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Makes U-Turn on Huawei After U.S. Pressure  —  British government gives telecom companies until 2027 to remove Chinese firm's technology from their 5G networks  —  LONDON—The British government said it would bar telecom companies from purchasing new equipment made by China's Huawei Technologies Co …
Nieman Lab:
Hundreds of hyperpartisan sites are masquerading as local news.  This map shows if there's one near you.  —  The growth of partisan media masquerading as state and local reporting is a troubling trend we've seen emerge amid the financial declines of local news organizations.
Arizona Republic:
Photo shows Ducey at party with no masks and no social distancing; Governor's Office claims ‘smear attack’  —  A photo of Gov. Doug Ducey attending a party without donning a mask or practicing social distancing is circulating on social media, raising questions about how closely the Republican leader …
Los Angeles Times:
Orange County votes to reopen schools without masks or increased social distancing  —  Orange County education leaders voted 4 to 1 Monday evening to approve recommendations for reopening schools in the fall that do not include the mandatory use of masks for students or increased social distancing …
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles and Fox News
New York Times:
Headed to the Convention?  Not I, More Republicans Are Saying  —  “Everybody just assumes no one is going,” said one House member wary of the virus risks.  But other delegates dismissed the health threat and said it was an honor to help nominate President Trump.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Mary Trump Free to Dish on Her Family and Tell-All Book, Judge Rules  —  A judge has freed Mary Trump from a gag order that prevented her from discussing Trump family drama and promoting her bombshell book.  —  A judge has freed Mary Trump from a gag order, allowing the president's niece …
Discussion: Politico and PRESS RUN
Gwen Aviles / NBC News:
Men's rights attorney Marc Angelucci's fatal shooting prompts investigation  —  California police say they are investigating the death of a prominent men's rights attorney who was fatally shot at his home over the weekend.  —  County deputies responded to reports of a shooting around 4 p.m. Saturday …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Joe Biden makes it clear that the country is ready for big change  —  In a Zoom call with a group of journalists on Monday, former vice president Joe Biden made two things clear: He won't be scared off by accusations he is pursuing an “industrial policy” and he sees the country at an inflection point, ready for big change.
Discussion: Breitbart and Wall Street Journal
Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
Israeli Data Show School Openings Were a Disaster That Wiped Out Lockdown Gains  —  Of 1,400 Israelis diagnosed with COVID-19 last month, 657 (47 percent) were infected in schools.  Now 2,026 students, teachers, and staff have it, and 28,147 are quarantined.
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
'I Can't Keep Doing This:' Small-Business Owners Are Giving Up  —  More owners are permanently shutting their doors after new lockdown orders, realizing that there may be no end in sight to the crisis.  —  On the last Friday of June, after Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said that bars across …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bloomberg
NBC News:
U.S. units of Chinese companies got coronavirus bailout money  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has awarded coronavirus relief loans to several subsidiaries of Chinese companies, including one linked to the Chinese military that drew scrutiny from Congress, according to data released by the Treasury Department.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Mueller considered publicly condemning the DOJ over reversing the Flynn prosecution: report  —  On Monday, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller considered publicly rebuking Attorney General William Barr's Justice Department following their move to drop charges …
Discussion: CNN, and Redstate
New York Times:
The QAnon Candidates Are Here.  Trump Has Paved Their Way.  —  The conspiracy theorists accuse Democrats and even fellow Republicans of being beholden to a cabal of bureaucrats, pedophiles and Satanists.  President Trump has cheered them on.  —  A Republican Senate candidate recently declared herself …
Biden to Call for $2 Trillion in Spending on Clean Energy  — Plan would create 100% clean electricity standard by 2024  — Earlier proposal aimed for $1.7 trillion over 10 years  —  Joe Biden on Tuesday will call for setting a 100% clean-electricity standard by 2035 and investing $2 trillion …
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and The Week
Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
Joe Biden Is Promising Progressive Policies.  Who's Going to Hold Him to It?  —  Inside the scramble to fill the Biden administration with liberal wonks.  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.
Are Americans ‘Mad as Hell’?  —  “I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!”  That's the famous phrase that instantly entered the American lexicon, courtesy of Paddy Chayefsky, the writer of the 1976 Oscar-winning movie, “Network.”  —  The film, which starred Faye Dunaway …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
NBA Store Allows ‘Defund Police,’ ‘Beware of Jews’ on Custom Jerseys, But Not ‘Free Hong Kong’  —  In keeping with league policy on political statements, the official online store of the NBA does not permit fans to order a custom jersey with the phrase “Free Hong Kong” printed on the back.
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Trump administration to recommend National Guard as option to help hospitals report coronavirus data  —  The Trump administration is poised to ask governors to consider sending in the National Guard to hospitals to help improve data collection about novel coronavirus patients, supplies and capacity …
Discussion: Raw Story
Former Gov. Greitens rushes to scene to help victims of deadly shooting near Saint Louis University  —  One of the victims died and the other victim's condition is not known as this time  —  ST. LOUIS — One person is dead after a double shooting near Saint Louis University Monday night.
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Associated Press:
‘Find something new’: White House-backed ad campaign's advice to jobless
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jodi S. Cohen / ProPublica:
A Teenager Didn't Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention.
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
Peter Thiel's New Man In The Defense Department
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Drugmakers will start coronavirus vaccine production by end of summer, Trump health officials say
The Guardian:
Phone of top Catalan politician ‘targeted by government-grade spyware’
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Biden cites quote made famous by Mao Zedong during fundraiser
Steve Clemons / The Hill:
Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Chris Christie
 Earlier Items: 
Priska Neely / Poynter:
I am not your Black unicorn
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
Trump administration deep-sixes ‘Deep State’ …
Associated Press:
100,000 mail-in votes went uncounted in California's primary
Amid rising coronavirus cases, the Trump campaign struggles to get its rally machine going
Discussion: Raw Story
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
The Anti-Semitism We Didn't See  —  Like DeSean Jackson …
Discussion: Washington Post
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Castro to challenge party elders for committee chair amid reckoning on foreign policy
Discussion: The Hill
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California rolls back reopening plans as new outbreaks force major reversal