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8:35 PM ET, July 15, 2020


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QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  July 15, 2020 - Biden Widens Lead Over Trump To 15 Points In Presidential Race, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Trump Job Approval Rating Drops To 36 Percent  —  As coronavirus cases surge and states rollback re-openings, former Vice President Joe Biden opens …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Leads But Many Anticipate Secret Trump Vote  —  Democrat strong in swing counties; close House ballot  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden holds a 13 point lead over Donald Trump among all registered voters in Pennsylvania according to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Biden opens up 11-point national lead over Trump in NBC News/WSJ poll  —  WASHINGTON — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a double-digit lead nationally over President Donald Trump, with 7 in 10 voters saying the country is on the wrong track, and majorities disapproving …
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Expands Lead as Trump's Approval Drops  —  Voters increasingly dislike president's performance during coronavirus pandemic, but majority of voters back his handling of economy  —  WASHINGTON—Former Vice President Joe Biden's lead over President Trump reached double-digits this month …
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
NBC News:
Trump's presidential approval rating stays steady: NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls
Discussion: One America News Network and CNBC
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Fauci: ‘Bizarre’ White House Behavior Only Hurts the President  —  Anthony Fauci isn't about to quit, despite the White House's clumsy attempts to stain his public image.  More so now than at any other point in their uneasy partnership, it seems that if President Donald Trump wants to be rid of Fauci, he'll need to fire him.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The bill is coming due for those who sold their souls to Trump  —  Between President Trump's Rose Garden rant on Tuesday (which Mary L. Trump should definitely include in the paperback version of her book delving into her uncle's erratic behavior) and the White House's excuse …
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Pence defends Fauci as a ‘valued member’ of coronavirus task force, amid criticism
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart and Reuters
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
White House attempts to discredit Fauci ‘absolutely outrageous’: Gov. Larry Hogan
Discussion: Washington Post
NBC News:
Biden, Gates, Musk: Bitcoin scam breaches some of world's most prominent Twitter accounts  —  The Twitter accounts of Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Elon Musk and many other high-profile people and companies became pawns Wednesday in one of the most visible cyberscams in the internet's history.
Discussion: Reuters, The Daily Caller and UPI
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack  —  The scams appear to be part of a widespread hacking operation affecting multiple accounts  —  The Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread …
Tulsa World:
Kevin Stitt ‘pretty shocked’ to be first governor to test positive for COVID-19 … OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt has tested positive for COVID-19, he confirmed Wednesday.  —  The news comes after the state recently reopened but is seeing record spikes in cases.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The first governor to contract the coronavirus was also among the most cavalier about it
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Threat of a Trump without rallies triggers fears across GOP
Discussion: Raw Story and Vanity Fair
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announces he has tested positive for coronavirus
Discussion: Redstate
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump defends Goya post that watchdogs call unethical  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump on Wednesday defended tweeting a photo of herself holding up a can of Goya beans to buck up a Hispanic-owned business that she says has been unfairly treated, arguing that she has “every right” to publicly express her support.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Mark Meadows
Discussion: The Hill
George Will / Washington Post:
The nation is in a downward spiral.  Worse is still to come.  —  Because of his incontinent use of it, the rhetorical mustard that the president slathers on every subject has lost its tang.  The entertainer has become a bore, and foretelling his defeat no longer involves peering into a distant future …
Discussion: Mediaite
Response from IDSA President to New COVID-19 Data Reporting Protocol  —  Thomas M. File, Jr., M.D., FIDSA — President, Infectious Diseases Society of America  —  Reports that the administration has established a procedure that would remove the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Discussion: ABC News
USA Today:
Trump administration orders hospitals to send coronavirus data to Washington, not CDC
Discussion: The Root
Associated Press:
Coronavirus data is funneled away from CDC, sparking worries
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
With Dueling Environmental Events, Trump and Biden Define the Race  —  President Trump traveled on Wednesday to the new political battleground of Georgia to blast away at one of the nation's cornerstone conservation laws, vowing to speed construction projects by limiting legally mandated environmental reviews …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Politico and The Daily Caller
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Trump announces ‘top to bottom overhaul’ of major environmental law
Discussion: Gray DC and Breitbart
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR Radio Ratings Collapse As Pandemic Ends Listeners' Commutes  —  Broadcast ratings for nearly all of NPR's radio shows took a steep dive in major markets this spring, as the coronavirus pandemic kept many Americans from commuting to work and school.  The network's shows lost roughly …
NBC News:
White House officials sent document to Pentagon criticizing Vindman after impeachment testimony … WASHINGTON — The National Security Council sent a list of allegations about Lt. Col. Alex Vindman to the Pentagon after he testified before the House in impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump …
Jon Miltimore / Foundation for Economic Education:
Why Sweden Succeeded in “Flattening the Curve” and New York Failed  —  Coronavirus deaths have slowed to a crawl in Sweden.  With the exception of a single death on July 13, no deaths in this nation of 10 million have been reported since July 10.  —  But the debate over Sweden's approach …
Discussion: STAT
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Public's disconnect from COVID-19 reality worries experts  —  The United States is being ravaged by a deadly pandemic that is growing exponentially, overwhelming health care systems and costing thousands of lives, to say nothing of an economic recession that threatens to plague the nation for years to come.
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
Trump Raises New Objections to Subpoena Seeking His Tax Returns  —  The effort came less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the Manhattan district attorney to demand the records.  —  Days after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a defeat to President Trump …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Renews Fight Against Subpoena Into Taxes After Court Loss
Walmart Inc.:
A Simple Step to Help Keep You Safe: Walmart and Sam's Club Require Shoppers to Wear Face Coverings  —  From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus and priority has been and continues to be on the health and safety of our associates, members and customers.
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Walmart will start requiring all customers to wear masks
USA Today:
In historic move, North Carolina city approves reparations for Black residents  —  ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In an extraordinary move, the Asheville City Council has apologized for the North Carolina city's historic role in slavery, discrimination and denial of basic liberties to Black residents …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Fox News
Michael Powell / New York Times:
How a Famous Harvard Professor Became a Target Over His Tweets  —  The outcry over free speech and race takes aim at Steven Pinker, the best-selling author and well-known scholar.  —  Steven Pinker occupies a role that is rare in American life: the celebrity intellectual.
Michael Tesler / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Trump — Not Biden — Might Have An Enthusiasm Problem  —  The Trump campaign has found its silver lining in an avalanche of awful polling numbers: Voters who support Donald Trump are enthusiastic about his candidacy.  —  Polls consistently show that Trump's supporters are more excited …
Deevon Rahming / KARE-TV:
Minneapolis park board will vote to repeal nudity ordinance  —  On Wednesday, the park board will take its first of three votes needed to repeal the ordinance with a final reading and vote set for mid August.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis park nudity ordinance is turning heads, and you might see some changes.
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Public Health Department ousts spokesperson, who says she was seen as too open with reporters  —  A longtime spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Public Health said she was ousted Wednesday, and she believes it was partly because she was seen as too aggressive in sharing information with the media.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / Hollywood Reporter:
Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?  —  The Hollywood Reporter columnist calls out the hateful outbursts against Jews by Ice Cube, DeSean Jackson and others and explains how the muted response “perpetuates racism” and contributes to an overall “Apatholypse.”
Al Franken: How Biden wins  —  Al Franken, a Democrat, is a writer, former Senator, and currently host of the Al Franken podcast.  In the Senate, he served on the Judiciary, Health, Education, Labor, and Pension, Energy and Natural Resources, and Indian Affairs committees.
Discussion: National Review, Mediaite and The Hill
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Deepfake used to attack activist couple shows new disinformation frontier  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oliver Taylor, a student at England's University of Birmingham, is a twenty-something with brown eyes, light stubble, and a slightly stiff smile.  —  Online profiles describe him as a coffee lover …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Roger Stone says McCarthy, Stefanik advocated against pre-election clemency  —  Roger Stone on Wednesday accused two top House allies of President Donald Trump of privately advocating against Trump's decision to keep him out of prison last week.  —  House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: Raw Story
Carrie Battan / New Yorker:
Desus and Mero Have Conquered Comedy  —  The duo on transforming TV, dealing with cops, and how to be funny without being a jerk.  —  If there were a Guinness World Record for comic abundance, it would probably be held by Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, the beloved Bronx comedy duo known as Desus and Mero.
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John McWhorter / The Atlantic:
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