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10:45 PM ET, July 15, 2020


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Demotes Brad Parscale, His Campaign Manager, and Elevates 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 …
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.
Discussion: and Politico
Washington Post:
Trump replaces campaign manager as polls show him trailing Biden in presidential race  —  President Trump announced Wednesday night that he is replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with longtime political aide Bill Stepien as national and swing state polls show him falling further behind …
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 …
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Brad Parscale Removed as Trump's Campaign Manager, Bill Stepien Promoted  —  Bill Stepien will be taking over the role.  —  President Donald Trump has removed Brad Parscale as his campaign manager, installing instead Bill Stepien, his former second-in-command, in the role.
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Rose Parade canceled for first time since World War II due to coronavirus
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
NBC News:
Trump's presidential approval rating stays steady: NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls
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
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
White House attempts to discredit Fauci ‘absolutely outrageous’: Gov. Larry Hogan
Discussion: Washington Post
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Pence defends Fauci as a ‘valued member’ of coronavirus task force, amid criticism
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart and Reuters
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 …
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, MSNBC, The Daily Caller and UPI
New York Times:
Twitter Accounts for Biden, Gates, Musk and Others Are Hacked  —  The accounts tweeted that they would double payments in bitcoin sent to a certain cryptocurrency wallet.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One by one, the Twitter accounts of some of the most prominent people in American business …
Discussion: National Review and Variety
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
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.
Washington Post:
Hospital officials, experts say new federal rules for covid-19 reporting will add burdens during pandemic  —  Trump administration officials say the system will allow them to deliver medicines and personal protective equipment faster and more efficiently  —  State health leaders …
Response from IDSA President to New COVID-19 Data Reporting Protocol
Discussion: ABC News
Associated Press:
Coronavirus data is funneled away from CDC, sparking worries
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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, New York Times, UPI and Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Weighs Sweeping Travel Ban on Chinese Communist Party Members  —  The presidential order under consideration would be based on the same statute in the Immigration and Nationality Act used in a 2017 travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.  —  The Trump administration …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
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
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Second Coronavirus Death Surge Is Coming
Damon Linker / The Week:
The ‘Flight 93’ election has ended in disaster
Bethany Blankley / Washington Examiner:
18,000 prisoners to be released by end of August, California Department of Corrections says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Walmart Inc.:
A Simple Step to Help Keep You Safe: Walmart and Sam's Club Require Shoppers to Wear Face Coverings
Carrie Battan / New Yorker:
Desus and Mero Have Conquered Comedy
Wall Street Journal:
Why Arizona Wasn't Ready for Its Coronavirus Surge
 Earlier Items: 
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from hospital
Discussion: UPI, Disrn and The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Trump Raises New Objections to Subpoena Seeking His Tax Returns
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Deepfake used to attack activist couple shows new disinformation frontier