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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Replaces Brad Parscale as Campaign Manager, Elevating 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 up his re-election team …
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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 …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
As Trump refuses to lead, America tries to save itself  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump isn't leading America much as its pandemic worsens.  But that's not stopping Walmart — along with Kroger, Kohl's, and city and state leaders and officials — from making the tough decisions that the President has shirked.
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 …
Discussion: Axios
The Daily Beast:   Trump Campaign Chief Was Edged Out ‘Weeks Ago.’ Now He's Officially Demoted
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Even if the Polls Are Really Off, Trump Is Still in Trouble
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Expands Lead as Trump's Approval Drops
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp bans cities, counties from mandating masks  —  By Jeremy Redmon - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution J. Scott Trubey - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Willoughby Mariano - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  Georgia governor extends coronavirus restrictions while encouraging use of face masks
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WAGA-TV:
Local mask mandates ‘suspended’ by Gov. Kemp's executive order  —  Atlanta mayor defends decision to roll back city to Phase 1, mask mandate  —  ATLANTA - Governor Brian Kemp is overruling local governments that have issued mandatory mask laws in a new executive over issued Wednesday.
Politico:
Trump team launches a sweeping loyalty test to shore up its defenses  —  In the middle of a devastating pandemic and a searing economic crisis, the White House has an urgent question for its colleagues across the administration: Are you loyal enough to President Donald Trump?
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Frantically Plots New Ways to Make Him Feel Good About Himself  —  From the campaign trail to combating coronavirus, the goal is to please the boss.  —  On Tuesday night, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro—whom Donald Trump affectionately calls “my Peter” …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Fauci: ‘Bizarre’ White House Behavior Only Hurts the President
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Republican convention in Jacksonville will be scaled back next month  —  The Republican Party will hold a scaled-back convention in Jacksonville, Fla., next month that includes a mix of outdoor and indoor venues, according to a letter sent to delegates.  —  The Thursday letter …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   RNC restricts convention attendance as Florida coronavirus cases climb
Fadel Allassan / Axios:   RNC to restrict attendance at Florida convention amid coronavirus surge
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 …
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Second Coronavirus Death Surge Is Coming  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  There is no mystery in the number of Americans dying from COVID-19.  —  Despite political leaders trivializing the pandemic …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
Locking America Down Again Is Exactly What China Wants Because It Will Ruin Us  —  Stop trying to make lockdowns happen again.  The world can't afford it.  —  The governors of Texas and California, the nation's two most populous states, recently reimposed coronavirus lockdowns despite falling death rates …
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FA RSS:   China Is Done Biding Its Time
InStyle:
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.
Discussion: Twitchy, WHDH-TV and Fox News
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Ivanka Trump's ‘let them eat cake’ economics  —  The First Daughter channels Marie Antoinette as she lectures unemployed Americans  —  America's National Association of Manufacturers gave Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, its prestigious Alexander Hamilton award this year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Inspector general: Medicare chief broke rules on her publicity contracts  —  A top Trump administration health official violated federal contracting rules by steering millions of taxpayer dollars in contracts that ultimately benefited GOP-aligned communications consultants …
David Moye / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Poses With Goya Products One Day After Ivanka Tweets Support  —  Both pics may violate federal regulations that forbid government employees to use their positions, titles or authority to endorse products.  —  President Donald Trump may be setting himself for a new gig …
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and The Hill
Daniel Bergner / New York Times:
‘White Fragility’ Is Everywhere.  But Does Antiracism Training Work?  —  Robin DiAngelo's best seller is giving white Americans a new way to talk about race.  Do those conversations actually serve the cause of equality?  —  To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Discussion: Althouse and The Federalist
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Kanye West Is Officially on the Ballot in Oklahoma  —  Ye's running.  —  Kanye West is officially on the ballot as a presidential candidate in the state of Oklahoma.  Only hours after the rapper filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, he formally entered the presidential campaign.
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Who Funds The Lincoln Project?  Exactly Whom You Expect  —  If The Lincoln Project was exclusively campaigning against Donald Trump, one might be tempted to believe it wasn't merely an arm of the Democratic Party.  If one of its co-founders, John Weaver, hadn't been registered …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Mary Trump says the U.S. has devolved into a version of her ‘incredibly dysfunctional family’  —  Mary L. Trump, President's Trump's niece, said that watching the country's leadership devolve into “a macro version of my incredibly dysfunctional family” was one of the factors that compelled …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
UK says Russia sought to interfere in 2019 election by leaking documents online  —  British foreign secretary says Russia amplified an illicitly acquired NHS dossier on social media  —  Russian actors “sought to interfere” in last winter's general election by amplifying an illicitly acquired NHS dossier …
BBC:
Coronavirus: Russian hackers target Covid-19 vaccine research  —  Russian hackers are targeting organisations trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine, a group of national security services has warned.  —  The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said the hackers “almost certainly” …
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 …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Biden's pitch is an implicit but devastating punch at Trump  —  Perhaps we shouldn't make too much of President Trump's verbal miscue during his 54-minute rant in the Rose Garden on Tuesday charging that former vice president Joe Biden's platform had “gone so far right” when the president clearly intended to say “so far left.”
Discussion: The Wrap, Power Line and The Bulwark
Emma L. Briant / Brookings:
We need tougher action against disinformation and propaganda  —  Twitter finally started fact checking Trump's tweets in May, but their fact-checking is unlikely to have much effect given the president's parallel attacks against the media and platforms.  Such attacks reduce trust among …
Roger Stone / The Daily Caller:
Adam Schiff Just Can't Stop Lying  —  Adam Schiff just can't stop lying.  The California huckster was at it again when President Donald Trump, in an act of both justice and mercy, commuted the death sentence I received at the hands of the deep state in a Soviet-style show trial in Washington, DC back in January.
 
 
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
GOPers Are Trying to Recruit QAnon Voters And Using This YouTube Show to Do It
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
In Shadow of Pandemic, U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Resurge to Record
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Congress edges toward deal to extend federal unemployment subsidy in coronavirus bill
Discussion: The Guardian and POLITICUSUSA
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Myth of Trump as a Centrist Dealmaker
Chrissy Clark / Washington Free Beacon:
University's Anti-Bigotry Reading List Includes Book That Equates Conservatism With Racism
Discussion: Redstate
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Slack is fueling media's bottom-up revolution
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
Chief of White House's ‘Operation Warp Speed’ vaccine effort can keep investing in pharma firms, under IG ruling
 Earlier Items: 
Tyler Bridges / The Advocate:
Democrats still looking for a big-name candidate to challenge Sen. Bill Cassidy's reelection bid
Damon Linker / The Week:
The ‘Flight 93’ election has ended in disaster
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Roger Stone says McCarthy, Stefanik advocated against preelection clemency
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Public's disconnect from COVID-19 reality worries experts
Deevon Rahming / KARE-TV:
Minneapolis park board will vote to repeal nudity ordinance
Michael Powell / New York Times:
How a Famous Harvard Professor Became a Target Over His Tweets
George Will / Washington Post:
The nation is in a downward spiral. Worse is still to come.
Discussion: Alternet.org and Mediaite