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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 and Washington Times
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.
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” …
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David Knowles / Yahoo News:
Ivanka Trump tells workers to ‘Find Something New’ — because old jobs aren't coming back
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.
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: Washington Post and Raw Story
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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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Christina Maxouris / CNN:
Miami is now the coronavirus epicenter as cases surge, expert says
Discussion: WHDH-TV
Sam Baker / Axios:   More Republicans say they're wearing masks
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Week and Daily Kos
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.
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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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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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, The Hill and The Daily Caller
NBC News:
Federal stockpile is thin amid coronavirus surge, internal documents show  —  WASHINGTON — The federal government may not have the capacity to supply medical professionals with personal protective equipment amid the latest surge in coronavirus cases, according to internal administration documents obtained by NBC News.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
There Is No Plan (For You)  —  Unemployment, evictions, business failure, a pandemic and health crises are all here at once.  The federal government doesn't care.  —  Consider the astounding confluence of social and economic crises that are all barreling towards the American people at this moment.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘A lot of uncertainty’: Staffers at renowned McClatchy newspapers mull bankruptcy sale to tabloid-owning hedge fund  —  America's newest newspaper baron is a hedge fund whose co-founder and chief executive has ties to President Trump's most tabloid-worthy stories and whose publishing assets include the National Enquirer.
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
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
DeSantis Says Florida Has a COVID-19 ‘Blip.’ Nurses Say It's Far Worse.
Discussion: Alternet.org
Robby Soave / Reason:
Museum Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Fauci Is Honest and Competent—so Naturally, Trump Hates Him
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Trump's attacks on mail-in voting could lead to nightmare scenario, election expert warns
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
 Earlier Items: 
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly to cancel all large events through February, including Mummers and Thanksgiving parades
Discussion: Fox News
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
'Here's your check': Trump's massive payouts to farmers will be hard to pull back
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Makes U-Turn on Huawei After U.S. Pressure
New York Times:
The QAnon Candidates Are Here. Trump Has Paved Their Way.
Jeneen Interlandi / New York Times:
Why We're Losing the Battle With Covid-19
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