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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 …
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden is advertising in Texas. That's ominous for Trump.
Discussion: NPR, Washington Times and The Dispatch
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Is the Republican Party a lost cause?  —  And if so, should it be?  —  Let me be definitive and unequivocal: I don't know.  —  On the one hand, with embarrassingly few exceptions at every level, the Republican party is Donald Trump's party.  So in many ways it deserves to be a lost cause.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Associated Press:
‘Find something new’: White House-backed ad campaign's advice to jobless  —  WASHINGTON — A new White House-backed ad campaign aims to encourage people who are unemployed or unhappy in their jobs or careers to go out and “find something new.”  —  The opening ad in the “Find Something New” …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Joe Biden for President:
THE BIDEN PLAN TO BUILD A MODERN, SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND AN EQUITABLE CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE  —  At this moment of profound crisis, we have the opportunity to build a more resilient, sustainable economy - one that will put the United States on an irreversible path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Pivots to Self-Pity With Polls Sinking, Pandemic Worsening  — President lists personal grievances in interviews, events  — Trump sees himself as a cheerleader but is prone to complaints  —  President Donald Trump swept to power by championing the hardships of forgotten men and women …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Amanda Becker / Washington Post:
Lincoln Project video editor is out over crude tweets about female anatomy  —  A video editor who shaped the buzzy Lincoln Project ads needling President Trump is no longer affiliated with the Republican organization over a series of past tweets in which he used offensive slang for female anatomy to insult political rivals.
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
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.
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Sam Baker / Axios:   More Republicans say they're wearing masks
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 …
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Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Fight for control of U.S. Senate starts with Maine, Texas, Alabama primaries
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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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.
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 …
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Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Electoral College: The Fringe of the Map Expands  —  Editor's Note: This is the first of two issues of the Crystal Ball this week.  We'll be back Thursday with our regularly-scheduled issue.  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — President Trump's position has been perilously weak for a month and a half.
Discussion: Public Policy Polling and The Hill
Robert Guaderrama / FOX 35 Orlando:
Orlando Health confirms state COVID-19 report has errors  —  Some Florida labs report 100 percent positivity rates  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health released its daily coronavirus testing report showing a statewide positivity rate of 11 percent, but FOX 35 News quickly noticed some shocking positivity rates.
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Donald Trump, Jr.'s arrest record for “public intoxication” is now public  —  Donald Trump, Jr., the outspoken son of President Donald Trump, was arrested on February 25, 2001 in New Orleans on a charge of “public intoxication.”  To my knowledge, the arrest records have never been made public.
Discussion: HillReporter.com
Washington Post:
White House signals openness to unemployment compromise as crucial deadline looms for 30 million Americans  —  Some Republican lawmakers have said the benefits should cease, while others have called for modest changes  —  Senior Trump administration officials have begun signaling their willingness …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Daily Kos
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 …
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Sen. Josh Hawley Says He ‘Took on an Asian Trafficking Ring’ and ‘Freed a Dozen Women in Sex Slavery.’ That's Not True.  —  When Missouri police raided several Springfield massage parlors in 2017, as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tells it, it was a righteous rescue mission led by a promising young attorney general …
Jon Haworth / ABC News:
Squirrel tests positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado  —  Symptoms of plague include sudden high fever, chills, headache, and nausea.  —  Public health officials have announced that a squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the bubonic plague.  —  The town of Morrison, Colorado …
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.
Discussion: NPR
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly to cancel all large events through February, including Mummers and Thanksgiving parades  —  Philadelphia officials are expected to announce Tuesday that all large, public events will not be permitted through the end of February, spelling a fall and winter without the Broad Street Run …
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
10 Theses About Cancel Culture  —  What we talk about when we talk about “cancellation.”  —  Cancel culture is destroying liberalism.  No, cancel culture doesn't exist.  No, it has always existed; remember when Brutus and Cassius canceled Julius Caesar?  No, it exists but it's just a bunch …
Discussion: Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
White House Weighs Scaling Back Rules on Foreign Students Studying Online  —  Trump administration officials discuss revising restriction that would force some students to leave U.S.  —  WASHINGTON—The White House is considering scaling back new rules the Trump administration unveiled …
Discussion: The Federalist
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: Fox News
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 …
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
'Here's your check': Trump's massive payouts to farmers will be hard to pull back  —  Government payments to farmers have surged to historic levels under President Donald Trump as the Agriculture Department floods the industry with cash to stem the financial losses from Trump's tariff fights and the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Fauci Is Honest and Competent—so Naturally, Trump Hates Him
Mark Ballard / The Advocate:
Louisiana AG Jeff Landry tests positive for coronavirus, won't meet with Mike Pence
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Rickert / madison.com:
Police, family saying little about investigation of alleged hate crime
Discussion: Big League Politics
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson Ambushed Over Bush Support By Colbert's Cartoon Anchors
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Trump's attacks on mail-in voting could lead to nightmare scenario, election expert warns
Discussion: Political Wire
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly raised $12.8 million in Q2
Discussion: The Hill
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Wall Street Journal:
Record Numbers of Americans Try to Buy Guns
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Mitch McConnell Signals Limits on Race-Related Policy Changes
Discussion: Politico
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Throw the Bums Out  —  Earlier this month, New York Governor …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
America shuts down again — choosing reality over Trump's false claims
Discussion: WGN-TV and Raw Story
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Newsroom or PAC? Liberal group muddies online information wars
Discussion: Breitbart