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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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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 …
Dominic Green / Spectator USA:   Source: ‘Dozens of instances of bullying and harassment’ at New York Times
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Administration Walks Back Rule That Would Have Stripped Some Foreign Student Visas  —  Florida broke its record for most deaths in a single day, and Republicans are rethinking their convention there.  People in England will be required to wear masks inside shops and supermarkets.
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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
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 …
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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
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
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.
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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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
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NBC News:
Federal stockpile is thin amid coronavirus surge, internal documents show
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
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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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.
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 and Axios
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 …
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Geraldo Rivera Blasts Judge for Denying Bail to Ghislaine Maxwell: She ‘Chickened Out’  —  “They are punishing her before conviction,” he grumbled.  “She has never been held liable in a civil suit, never been convicted of a crime.  She is not Jeffrey Epstein.”
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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?
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Em Steck / CNN:
Senior Trump campaign lawyer critical of mail-in ballots voted by mail three times  —  (CNN)A top Trump campaign adviser and lawyer who has criticized voting-by-mail and warned without evidence that it could lead to election fraud previously voted by mail at least three times.
Discussion: The Hill
Timothy Lloyd / Reuters:
FBI concerned over laundering risks in private equity, hedge funds - leaked document  —  AUSTIN/NEW YORK(Thomson Reuters Regulator Intelligence) - *To read more by the Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence team click here: bit.ly/TR-RegIntel  —  The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation believes firms …
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 …
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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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
Jody Rosen / Los Angeles Times:
It's time to cancel ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Here's what should replace it
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
New York Times:
Judge Upends Harvey Weinstein Settlement, Questioning Its Approach
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Daily Caller
Politico:
Dunford withdraws as pick to lead coronavirus oversight commission
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Hamilton Nolan / In These Times:
There Is No Plan (For You)  —  Unemployment, evictions …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Electoral College: The Fringe of the Map Expands
Bloomberg:
Trump Pivots to Self-Pity With Polls Sinking, Pandemic Worsening
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Jon Haworth / ABC News:
Squirrel tests positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado
Noga Tarnopolsky / The Daily Beast:
Israeli Data Show School Openings Were a Disaster That Wiped Out Lockdown Gains