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9:20 AM ET, July 15, 2020


 Top Items: 
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The White House Called a News Conference.  Trump Turned It Into a Meandering Monologue.  —  The president spoke in the Rose Garden for 63 minutes.  He spent only six of those minutes answering questions from reporters.  —  WASHINGTON — In theory, President Trump summoned television cameras …
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 …
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Elder Abuse at the White House  —  Tuesday's Rose Garden press conference was . . . something else.  —  What did we just see?  And who thought this would be a good idea?  —  Donald Trump is sinking in the polls, failing spectacularly at the worst crisis of his presidency …
NBC News:
Inside the Trump campaign's struggle to land a punch on Biden
Discussion: MSNBC
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pro-Biden super PAC American Bridge hires Mike Bloomberg's digital firm Hawkfish
Discussion: Politico
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:   Biden maintains lead over Trump in 2020 swing states, new CNBC/Change Research poll says
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump uses Rose Garden event for extended campaign-like attack on Biden
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr / Washington Times:   Insignificant Never Trumpers have no reason to vote for Biden
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Trump uses Rose Garden as substitute rally venue in onslaught against Biden
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Jodi Rudoren / The Forward:
I don't recognize the NYT that Bari Weiss quit  —  I do not recognize the New York Times that Bari Weiss describes in her resignation letter, and it terrifies me.  —  This is not to say I do not believe Bari's description of her experience, nor that I did not see some of what she laments …
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Bari Weiss Resigns From New York Times Opinion Post  —  In a letter posted online Tuesday, she cites “bullying by colleagues” and an “illiberal environment.”  —  Bari Weiss, a writer and editor for the opinion department of The New York Times, has resigned from the paper, citing “bullying by colleagues” and an “illiberal environment.”
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.
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Bari Weiss Was Too Honest for the New York Times  —  The woke staff of the Grey Lady couldn't handle her independent mind and centrist politics.  Is the right any better?  —  Bari Weiss brought keen intelligence and broadminded liberalism to the editorial pages of the New York Times.
Discussion: The Federalist
Judith Miller / City Journal:
The Illiberal Liberal Media
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.
Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins charged with voter fraud
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:   Kansas Republican charged with three felonies in voter fraud investigation
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data  —  Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington, raising questions about transparency.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida GOP doctors Trump tweet to solve mail-in voting problem  —  Republicans privately fear the president is endangering one of the secrets to the party's success in the nation's biggest swing state.  —  In Florida general elections, about one-third of ballots are cast by mail …
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
Washington Post:
Sessions loses runoff in Alabama as Trump helps vanquish a key supporter he came to despise  —  They stood center stage before a cheering crowd of thousands five years ago, shaking hands in a half embrace that seemed to cement a political and ideological bond that would serve as the foundation for Donald Trump's presidency
Discussion: Reuters, Mediaite and
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Sara Gideon Wins Nomination to Challenge Susan Collins in Maine
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian announces plans to cut 180 jobs  —  Revenues expected to be down by more than £25m as effects of pandemic hit media industry  —  The Guardian has announced plans to make job cuts in both editorial and commercial roles, as the economic shock caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the media industry.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Threat of a Trump without rallies triggers fears across GOP  —  The president doesn't want to talk about the virus.  He wants big, boisterous rallies — but the virus keeps interfering.  —  In the days after President Donald Trump's poorly attended rally in Tulsa, Okla. …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 Week, Raw Story and The Hill
Mike Levine / ABC News:
President Trump's ‘dysfunctional’ upbringing created ‘dangerous situation’ for America, niece claims
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CDC Director Warns Fall, Winter Will Likely Be 'One of the Most Difficult Times We've Experienced in American Public Health'  —  CDC director Robert Redfield said in a new interview Tuesday he's concerned about the public health challenges the United States may be facing in the fall and winter.
Discussion: Geoff Shackelford
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 …
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Trump sporting more natural gray hairdo amid the pandemic  —  WASHINGTON — As the rest of the nation endures missed appointments with their hairdressers and beauticians, President Trump has also started sporting a more natural look.  —  At a briefing in the Rose Garden on Tuesday …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Loving Cartoonist Sues The Anti-Defamation League for Defamation  —  Ben Garrison insists the ADL knew his drawing of Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster being controlled by George Soros was based on fact.  —  Pro-Trump cartoonist Ben Garrison is suing the Anti-Defamation League for... defamation.
Simon Van Dorpe / Politico:
EU Court annuls €13B Irish tax bill for Apple  —  The EU General Court ruled today that the European Commission was wrong to order Ireland to claw back €13 billion in unpaid taxes plus interest from Apple .  —  The judges overruled the 2016 decision by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager …
Wall Street Journal:   Apple Wins Major Tax Battle Against EU
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Breonna Taylor protesters sat on the Kentucky attorney general's lawn.  Police charged 87 with felonies.  —  Sitting on the green grass of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's front lawn, dozens of peaceful protesters in matching face masks and T-shirts on Tuesday afternoon chanted, “Breonna Taylor, say her name!”
Jason Farago / New York Times:
Andrew Cuomo Ascends to the Mountaintop With His Pandemic Poster  —  The retro political artwork on “New York Tough” is peak Cuomo, summing up the state's battle against the coronavirus.  But is it art?  —  Mao Zedong wrote poetry.  Bill Clinton played saxophone.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Why Mainstream Unions Shouldn't Represent the Cops  —  Bargaining for the police and for African Americans is an exercise in self-negation.  —  Let's try to figure out the position of one of America's biggest unions—the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), chiefly a union of supermarket employees—on police reform.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York Times Will Move Part of Hong Kong Office to Seoul  —  A sweeping national security law passed by China in June has unsettled news organizations and created uncertainty about the city's prospects as a hub for journalism in Asia.  —  The New York Times said on Tuesday that it would relocate …
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
South Dakota Is Sharing Driver's License Info To Help Find Out Who's A Citizen  —  To help figure out the U.S. citizenship status of every adult living in the country, the Trump administration has been accumulating driver's license information from states including South Dakota, NPR has learned.
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
A Trump official went on a QAnon show to recruit campaign volunteers
Discussion: New Republic
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump remains in too-close-to-call runoff with Ted Cruz's pick
Discussion: NBC News and Off the Kuff
Briana Bierschbach / Star Tribune:
Primary challenge to Rep. Ilhan Omar attracts big money
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Two in three Americans want to see Trump's tax returns, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows
Discussion: The Hill
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Mondaire Jones Rides Insurgent Wave to a House Primary Win in N.Y.
Ben S. Bernanke / New York Times:
Give States Billions, and You Help the Entire Country
Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Business Insider:
Russia used Trump's intelligence sharing to try to assassinate Chechen dissidents in Europe, sources say
Discussion: Washington Post
Russell E. Travers / Washington Post:
I'm a former civil servant. We are professionals, not a ‘deep state.’
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
If you aren't filled with rage at Trump, you aren't paying attention
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘law and order’ is a code for maintaining personal power
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Geraldo Rivera Blasts Judge for Denying Bail to Ghislaine Maxwell: She ‘Chickened Out’
Reade Pickert / BloombergQuint:
America's Jobless Are About to Lose Their $600-a-Week Lifeline
Robby Soave / Reason:
Museum Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men
John M. Barry / New York Times:
The Pandemic Could Get Much, Much Worse. We Must Act Now.