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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, POLITICUSUSA and MSNBC
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.
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
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
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.
Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Oklahoma's governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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
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.”
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
Nick Cannon Dropped by ViacomCBS After Making Anti-Semitic Comments
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 Death 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 …
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 …
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from hospital  — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Wednesday, one day after she was admitted with a possible infection, a Supreme Court spokesperson said in a statement.
Discussion: UPI, Disrn and The Gateway Pundit
USA Today:
Trump administration orders hospitals to send coronavirus data to Washington, not CDC  —  The Trump administration ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all COVID-19 patient information to a central database in Washington, starting Wednesday …
Discussion: The Root
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
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Former Manhattan Federal Prosecutor Fired by Trump to Teach at Stanford  —  Geoffrey S. Berman will be a visiting professor of law at Stanford Law School.  —  Geoffrey S. Berman, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who was abruptly fired last month by 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.
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.
Fox News:
Supreme Court police vehicle set ablaze, 1 person in custody  —  The suspect was taken into police custody with minor injuries that were sustained when setting the car ablaze  —  A Supreme Court police car was set ablaze on Wednesday afternoon outside the high court and police have a suspect in custody, Fox News is told.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Major LGBTQ rights group breaks with Sen. Susan Collins, endorses Democratic opponent Sara Gideon  —  The Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBTQ rights advocacy organization, is opposing Sen. Susan Collins's reelection bid in Maine and endorsing her Democratic opponent, Sara Gideon.
Discussion: Roll Call
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Christopher Peak / NPR:
Investigation Uncovers Missteps In Washington, D.C.'s Coronavirus Response
Discussion: The Root and The Week
Deevon Rahming / KARE-TV:
Minneapolis park board will vote to repeal nudity ordinance
Discussion: Power Line and Twitchy
Ryan Nunn /
Large income losses loom for many workers when Pandemic Unemployment Compensation expires
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
The Cowardice of Open Letters
Nicholas Grossman / Arc Digital:
Free Speech Defenders Don't Understand the Critique Against Them
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Trump Is Donating Ventilators to Countries That Don't Need or Can't Use Them
Washington Post:
As the coronavirus crisis spins out of control, Trump issues directives — but still no clear plan
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
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The rise and humiliating fall of Jeff Sessions, a cautionary tale for other Republicans
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and Reuters