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3:30 PM ET, July 15, 2020


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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.
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 …
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
Los Angeles Times:
With Trump, invective obscures his policy messages  —  Throughout American history, incumbent presidents have typically run for a second term by highlighting policy accomplishments.  But President Trump is far from typical — uniquely disinterested in most policy matters and, instead …
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.
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 …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Threat of a Trump without rallies triggers fears across GOP  —  In the days after President Donald Trump's poorly attended rally in Tulsa, Okla., senior campaign aides repeatedly assured their optics-obsessed boss it was a one-off debacle.  —  They demoted a longtime staffer who had managed logistics for the failed campaign comeback.
Discussion: Raw Story and Vanity Fair
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Biden maintains lead over Trump in 2020 swing states, new CNBC/Change Research poll says
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Oklahoma governor tests positive for coronavirus after hosting Trump rally
CNN:   Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announces he has tested positive for coronavirus
Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Oklahoma's governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story
The Frontier:
Oklahoma governor tests positive for the coronavirus
Discussion: New York Post
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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 …
New Poll Shows 50+ Iowa Voters Broadly Support Option to Vote Absentee
Caitlin Huey-Burns / CBS News:   Election Day could turn into “Election Week” with rise in mail ballots
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 …
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 …
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Will Biden's War on the Suburbs Become a Campaign Issue?
Discussion: Power Line
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference
Discussion: Breitbart and Vanity Fair
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
Mark Hemingway / The Federalist:   What To Read Instead Of ‘White Fragility’
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 …
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
Alabama Gov. Ivey issues statewide mask mandate in public spaces, beginning Thursday  —  After days of an “alarming” upward climb in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday she will enforce a statewide mask order.  —  The move was an about-face …
Discussion: National Review and WBRC-TV
Lori Jhons / Office of the Governor of Alabama:
Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
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: Reason
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
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 …
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.
Nicholas Grossman / Arc Digital:
Free Speech Defenders Don't Understand the Critique Against Them  —  On cancel culture, the Harper's letter, the counter letter, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Bari Weiss, hypocrisy, and more  —  A few days after spearheading a open letter in Harper's defending free speech and denouncing cancel culture …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Host Joy Reid Faces Revived Libel Claim Upon Big Appellate Decision  —  MSNBC's Joy Reid, who just a week ago earned a promotion to nightly news anchor, is on the losing end of a big appellate decision that will shape the rules of many cases involving free speech.
Washington Post:
Trump wants the CIA to cooperate with Russia.  We tried that.  It was a disaster.  —  Putin doesn't want a constructive relationship with the United States.  He just wants to beat us.  —  There has been justifiable outrage after news reports surfaced about Russian intelligence services paying the Taliban …
Discussion: Business Insider and Defense One
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
GOP congressman faces felony charges over alleged voter fraud  —  The first sign of trouble came in December 2019, when the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Rep. Steve Watkins (R-Kan.) listed a UPS Store on his election documents and voter-registration form as his residential address.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
President Trump's ‘dysfunctional’ upbringing created ‘dangerous situation’ for America, niece claims  —  Mary Trump says Donald and siblings were taught to view people as “expendable.”  —  President Donald Trump grew up in a “dysfunctional” family that believed “money stood in” …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The rise and humiliating fall of Jeff Sessions, a cautionary tale for other Republicans  —  If there was one establishment figure in Washington who understood Trumpism, it was Jeff Sessions.  But Sessions is also the Washington figure who most clearly paid a political price for not seeming loyal enough to President Trump.
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and Reuters
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 …
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.”
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 …
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
Nick Cannon Dropped by ViacomCBS After Making Anti-Semitic Comments … In the June 30 episode of “Cannon's Class,” the actor and TV host interviewed Professor Griff, a rapper who was a part of Public Enemy before leaving the group after making anti-Semitic remarks.
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
Trump Is Donating Ventilators to Countries That Don't Need or Can't Use Them  —  Nearly 8,000 ventilators are destined for foreign countries as part of Trump's plan to make the U.S. “king of ventilators.”  But public health experts worry the machines are crowding out more urgently needed aid.
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Al Franken: How Biden wins
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Seattle to Hire ‘Social Justice’ Advocates for Administrative Roles
Discussion: Jacobin
USA Today:
In historic move, North Carolina city approves reparations for Black residents
Discussion: Fox News
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
The Cowardice of Open Letters
Discussion: Common Dreams and Quillette
Washington Post:
As the coronavirus crisis spins out of control, Trump issues directives — but still no clear plan
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Major LGBTQ rights group breaks with Sen. Susan Collins, endorses Democratic opponent Sara Gideon
Discussion: Roll Call
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
QAnon Devotees Plan Rally At Republican National Convention
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 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Uhl / The Nation:
The US Military Is Using Online Gaming to Recruit Teens
Melissa Roberto / Fox News:
Kanye West drops presidential bid: report
Discussion: Breitbart, The Wrap, Vanity Fair and Disrn
Eleanor Watson / CBS News:
Trump heads to Georgia, one of the new 2020 battleground states
Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
As pandemic rages in U.S., border stays closed - and Canadians approve
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian announces plans to cut 180 jobs
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data