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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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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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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” …
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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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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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.
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
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.
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
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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.
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
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
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
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 …
CNN:
Daniel Lewis Lee executed after Supreme Court clears the way for first federal execution in 17 years  —  (CNN)Daniel Lewis Lee, a convicted killer, was executed Tuesday morning in the first federal execution in 17 years after the Supreme Court issued an overnight ruling that it could proceed.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House to quickly revive legal effort to get Trump's financial records
Discussion: Raw Story
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: POLITICUSUSA and Politico
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: Daily Kos
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.  —  As a state attorney, the young GOP senator oversaw raids of more than a dozen massage parlors, but didn't secure a single sex trafficking conviction.
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
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Pelosi “absolutely” would skip August recess to reach coronavirus stimulus deal  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNN on Tuesday she would “absolutely” be willing to forego the House's August recess to reach a deal for another relief package to help the country battle the health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Record Numbers of Americans Try to Buy Guns  —  Buyers and gun store owners cite the coronavirus pandemic, George Floyd's killing and efforts to defund the police  —  MINNEAPOLIS—Americans are buying guns in record numbers.  —  The new coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest after the killing …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly raised $12.8 million in Q2
Discussion: The Hill
CBS New York:
In Wake Of Continued Gun Violence, Prominent Members Of Black Community Call On NYPD To Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit
Discussion: National Review
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Mitch McConnell Signals Limits on Race-Related Policy Changes
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Throw the Bums Out  —  Earlier this month, New York Governor …
Morgan Jerkins / HarperCollins Publishers:
Wandering in Strange Lands
Robert O'Brien / New York Post:
President Trump is standing up for US sovereignty against the global swamp
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Adam Harris / The Atlantic:
First Comes Police Reform. Then Comes Everything Else.
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
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
Peter Thiel's New Man In The Defense Department
Arizona Republic:
Photo shows Ducey at party with no masks and no social distancing; Governor's Office claims ‘smear attack’
Discussion: HillReporter.com