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9:15 AM ET, July 16, 2020


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Replaces Brad Parscale as Campaign Manager, Elevating Bill Stepien  —  The replacement of Mr. Parscale with Mr. Stepien, who had served as deputy campaign manager, comes as the president has struggled in public and private polling.  —  President Trump on Wednesday shook up his re-election team …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Replaces Campaign Manager  —  The president said Bill Stepien, a longtime aide, will succeed Brad Parscale, who remains as a senior adviser  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump announced on Wednesday that he is replacing his campaign manager less than four months before the November election …
Discussion: Axios
Trump shakes up campaign leadership as he struggles in latest polls  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump shook up his campaign leadership on Tuesday, announcing he was promoting Bill Stepien to be his campaign manager and demoting Brad Parscale, who had been serving in that role.
The Daily Beast:   Trump Campaign Chief Was Edged Out ‘Weeks Ago.’ Now He's Officially Demoted
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Even if the Polls Are Really Off, Trump Is Still in Trouble
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Expands Lead as Trump's Approval Drops
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
As Trump refuses to lead, America tries to save itself
Discussion: The Hill
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp bans cities, counties from mandating masks  —  By Jeremy Redmon - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution J. Scott Trubey - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Willoughby Mariano - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  Georgia governor extends coronavirus restrictions while encouraging use of face masks
Local mask mandates ‘suspended’ by Gov. Kemp's executive order  —  Atlanta mayor defends decision to roll back city to Phase 1, mask mandate  —  ATLANTA - Governor Brian Kemp is overruling local governments that have issued mandatory mask laws in a new executive over issued Wednesday.
Trump team launches a sweeping loyalty test to shore up its defenses  —  In the middle of a devastating pandemic and a searing economic crisis, the White House has an urgent question for its colleagues across the administration: Are you loyal enough to President Donald Trump?
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Frantically Plots New Ways to Make Him Feel Good About Himself  —  From the campaign trail to combating coronavirus, the goal is to please the boss.  —  On Tuesday night, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro—whom Donald Trump affectionately calls “my Peter” …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Fauci: ‘Bizarre’ White House Behavior Only Hurts the President
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The bill is coming due for those who sold their souls to Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Twitter Is Removing Images of Internal Tool Sources Say Enables Account Takeover  —  After a wave of account takeovers, screenshots of an internal Twitter user administration tool are being shared in the hacking underground.  —  Joseph Cox  —  On Wednesday, a wave of high profile accounts including …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Second Coronavirus Death Surge Is Coming  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  There is no mystery in the number of Americans dying from COVID-19.  —  Despite political leaders trivializing the pandemic …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Republican convention in Jacksonville will be scaled back next month  —  The Republican Party will hold a scaled-back convention in Jacksonville, Fla., next month that includes a mix of outdoor and indoor venues, according to a letter sent to delegates.  —  The Thursday letter …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC restricts convention attendance as Florida coronavirus cases climb
Discussion: Axios
Dr. Fauci Says, “With All Due Modesty, I Think I'm Pretty Effective.”  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife, Dr. Christine Grady, speak with CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell about a potential COVID-19 vaccine, working with the White House, and what life is like at home.
Discussion: Twitchy, WHDH-TV and Fox News
Inspector general: Medicare chief broke rules on her publicity contracts  —  A top Trump administration health official violated federal contracting rules by steering millions of taxpayer dollars in contracts that ultimately benefited GOP-aligned communications consultants …
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kanye West Is Officially on the Ballot in Oklahoma  —  Ye's running.  —  Kanye West is officially on the ballot as a presidential candidate in the state of Oklahoma.  Only hours after the rapper filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, he formally entered the presidential campaign.
Daniel Bergner / New York Times:
‘White Fragility’ Is Everywhere.  But Does Antiracism Training Work?  —  Robin DiAngelo's best seller is giving white Americans a new way to talk about race.  Do those conversations actually serve the cause of equality?  —  To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Discussion: Althouse and The Federalist
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Ivanka Trump's ‘let them eat cake’ economics  —  The First Daughter channels Marie Antoinette as she lectures unemployed Americans  —  America's National Association of Manufacturers gave Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, its prestigious Alexander Hamilton award this year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Mary Trump says the U.S. has devolved into a version of her ‘incredibly dysfunctional family’  —  Mary L. Trump, President's Trump's niece, said that watching the country's leadership devolve into “a macro version of my incredibly dysfunctional family” was one of the factors that compelled …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Who Funds The Lincoln Project?  Exactly Whom You Expect  —  If The Lincoln Project was exclusively campaigning against Donald Trump, one might be tempted to believe it wasn't merely an arm of the Democratic Party.  If one of its co-founders, John Weaver, hadn't been registered …
Discussion: Power Line, The Hill and Townhall
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 …
Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
UK says Russia sought to interfere in 2019 election by leaking documents online  —  British foreign secretary says Russia amplified an illicitly acquired NHS dossier on social media  —  Russian actors “sought to interfere” in last winter's general election by amplifying an illicitly acquired NHS dossier …
Roger Stone / The Daily Caller:
Adam Schiff Just Can't Stop Lying  —  Adam Schiff just can't stop lying.  The California huckster was at it again when President Donald Trump, in an act of both justice and mercy, commuted the death sentence I received at the hands of the deep state in a Soviet-style show trial in Washington, DC back in January.
NYPD Chief Monahan among injured in NYC protests; dozens arrested  —  LOWER MANHATTAN (WABC) — Protests turned violent on Lower Manhattan on Wednesday and left nearly 40 people arrested and one of the NYPD's top cops covered in blood.  —  Police intended to keep two groups of protesters separate …
Emma L. Briant / Brookings:
We need tougher action against disinformation and propaganda  —  Twitter finally started fact checking Trump's tweets in May, but their fact-checking is unlikely to have much effect given the president's parallel attacks against the media and platforms.  Such attacks reduce trust among …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Biden's pitch is an implicit but devastating punch at Trump  —  Perhaps we shouldn't make too much of President Trump's verbal miscue during his 54-minute rant in the Rose Garden on Tuesday charging that former vice president Joe Biden's platform had “gone so far right” when the president clearly intended to say “so far left.”
Discussion: The Wrap, Power Line and Breitbart
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
Chief of White House's ‘Operation Warp Speed’ vaccine effort can keep investing in pharma firms, under IG ruling  —  Advocacy groups and Democratic senators have denounced Moncef Slaoui's financial ties as a conflict of interest  —  The co-director of President Trump's Operation Warp Speed …
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: and Mediaite
Damon Linker / The Week:
The ‘Flight 93’ election has ended in disaster  —  Easily the most influential pro-Trump essay of the 2016 election cycle was “The Flight 93 Election” by the pseudonymous author Publius Decius Mus (later revealed to be author Michael Anton, who went on to serve on Donald Trump's national security council …
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Slack is fueling media's bottom-up revolution  —  On the evening of June 6, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet entered the chat.  —  Times employees were in open revolt following the publication of an op-ed by US Senator Tom Cotton arguing for a military crackdown in response to protests in American cities.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Roger Stone says McCarthy, Stefanik advocated against preelection 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 Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Chrissy Clark / Washington Free Beacon:
University's Anti-Bigotry Reading List Includes Book That Equates Conservatism With Racism
Discussion: Redstate
China Is Done Biding Its Time
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump, after backing Biden as VP in '08, '12
Discussion: Breitbart
Germany's Altmaier defends Berlin's muted response to China's crackdown in Hong Kong
Tyler Bridges / The Advocate:
Democrats still looking for a big-name candidate to challenge Sen. Bill Cassidy's reelection bid
Washington Post:
Hospital officials, experts say new federal rules for covid-19 reporting will add burdens during pandemic
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Public Health Department ousts spokesperson, who says she was seen as too open with reporters
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
How a Famous Harvard Professor Became a Target Over His Tweets
Jon Miltimore / Foundation for Economic Education:
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