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6:35 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 …
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: Political Wire
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, CNN and Fox News
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Mark Meadows  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington—President Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows appears to have violated the Hatch Act twice during separate interviews with Fox News, according to a complaint sent today to the Office of Special Counsel …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The first governor to contract the coronavirus was also among the most cavalier about it
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
John McWhorter / The Atlantic:
The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility  —  I must admit that I had not gotten around to actually reading Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility until recently.  But it was time to jump in.  DiAngelo is an education professor and—most prominently today—a diversity consultant who argues …
Discussion: Althouse
Allison McCann / New York Times:
64 Videos Show the N.Y.P.D. Meeting Protesters With Fists, Clubs and Body Slams  —  The videos below contain scenes of graphic violence.  Scroll to watch or skip ahead.  —  Punches, tackles, beatings and shoves.  —  At the height of the recent Black Lives Matter marches in New York City …
Discussion: BKLYNER, Reason and Discourse Blog
Arden Farhi / CBS News:
Trump says he'd welcome Michael Flynn back to the White House  —  Washington — Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn lasted less than a month on the job as President Trump's first national security adviser before being fired in February 2017 for lying to the vice president about his interactions with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.
Max Cohen / Politico:   Trump says he would welcome Michael Flynn back to his administration
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, The Hill and Mediaite
Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks  —  The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida GOP doctors Trump tweet to solve mail-in voting problem  —  MIAMI — President Donald Trump's harsh rhetoric against mail-in voting is causing a big problem for Florida Republicans, who once dominated the practice here.  —  So the state GOP came up with a solution …
Washington Post:
Trump administration, congressional Republicans eye tying school aid to reopening in next funding bill  —  The debate comes as Congress prepares for next round of coronavirus relief talks.  —  The White House and Senate Republicans are developing plans to prod schools to reopen …
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Walmart will start requiring all customers to wear masks  —  New York (CNN Business)Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is the latest national chain to require all customers to wear masks.  —  The change will start next week.  Starbucks (SBUX)said last week that it will require customers …
Texas Readies Morgue Trucks in Preparation for Virus Surge  — FEMA sends 22 units as officials seek places to store bodies  — 'Why won't people see what's happening?' asks a county judge  —  Along the Texas coast outside Corpus Christi, Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales surveyed …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Twitchy
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Two crimes benefited Trump's campaign in 2016.  Ever since, the president has worked to block scrutiny of those schemes.  —  A porn star was paid to keep silent about her alleged dalliance years earlier with a presidential candidate, which a judge has agreed was an illegal violation of campaign finance laws.
Wall Street Journal:
Why Arizona Wasn't Ready for Its Coronavirus Surge  —  State leaders didn't prepare when cases were low and are now struggling to cope; ‘Everyone needed to do more’  —  In the state with the highest per-capita rate of Covid-19 cases in America over the past week, Arizonans are waiting …
The Andrew Neil Show ends as BBC News unveils cuts  —  The Andrew Neil Show will disappear from BBC schedules as part of cuts to the corporation's news operation.  —  The political discussion programme had already been off the air during the Covid-19 crisis and will not return.
Anthony Leonardi / Washington Examiner:
Ted Cruz: Bari Weiss resignation reveals New York Times is propaganda  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said the resignation of Bari Weiss, who was an opinion editor and writer for the New York Times, reveals the paper is a propaganda outlet.  —  In an interview with the Washington Examiner discussing …
The Intercept:
Progressive Wave Rolls Through Texas With Big Wins in Dallas, Austin, and Houston  —  The recent wave of progressive primary victories rolled into Texas on Tuesday evening, with Candace Valenzuela and Mike Siegel pulling into strong leads against centrist opponents for the chance to flip Republican-held suburban districts.
Discussion: NBC News and FiveThirtyEight
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Christopher Peak / NPR:
Investigation Uncovers Missteps In Washington, D.C.'s Coronavirus Response
Discussion: The Root and The Week
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from hospital
Discussion: UPI, Disrn and The Gateway Pundit
Fox News:
Supreme Court police vehicle set ablaze, 1 person in custody
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump's window is closing
Ryan Nunn /
Large income losses loom for many workers when Pandemic Unemployment Compensation expires
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Former Manhattan Federal Prosecutor Fired by Trump to Teach at Stanford
 Earlier Items: 
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
The Cowardice of Open Letters
Discussion: Common Dreams and Quillette
Nicholas Grossman / Arc Digital:
Free Speech Defenders Don't Understand the Critique Against Them
Discussion: Lawfare, Redstate and The Guardian
Alabama Gov. Ivey issues statewide mask mandate in public spaces, beginning Thursday
Discussion: WBRC-TV and National Review
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Host Joy Reid Faces Revived Libel Claim Upon Big Appellate Decision