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6:30 AM ET, July 16, 2020

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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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CNN:
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: Axios, Alternet.org 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Chief Was Edged Out ‘Weeks Ago.’ Now He's Officially Demoted  —  Bill Stepien will be taking over the role after Trump announced Brad Parscale's demotion.  —  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
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.
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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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.
New York Times:
Twitter Accounts for Biden, Gates, Musk and Others Are Hacked
Discussion: National Review and Variety
Politico:
Hundreds of Trump appointees face a preelection test  —  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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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: Reuters
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 …
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Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Expands Lead as Trump's Approval Drops
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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: WHDH-TV and Fox News
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Roger Stone says McCarthy, Stefanik advocated against preelection 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 Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Mark Osler / The Appeal:   THE ROGER STONE COMMUTATION WAS BAD. CONGRESS SHOULDN'T MAKE THINGS WORSE.
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.
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 …
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idsociety.org:
Response from IDSA President to New COVID-19 Data Reporting Protocol
Discussion: ABC News
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
abc7NY:
NYPD Chief Monahan among injured in NYC protests; dozens arrested  —  LOWER MANHATTAN (WABC) — Protests turned violent on Lower Manhattan on Wednesday and left nearly 40 people arrested and one of the NYPD's top cops covered in blood.  —  Police intended to keep two groups of protesters separate …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line, The Hill and Townhall
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
Chief of White House's ‘Operation Warp Speed’ vaccine effort can keep investing in pharma firms, under IG ruling  —  Advocacy groups and Democratic senators have denounced Moncef Slaoui's financial ties as a conflict of interest  —  The co-director of President Trump's Operation Warp Speed …
Damon Linker / The Week:
The ‘Flight 93’ election has ended in disaster  —  Easily the most influential pro-Trump essay of the 2016 election cycle was “The Flight 93 Election” by the pseudonymous author Publius Decius Mus (later revealed to be author Michael Anton, who went on to serve on Donald Trump's national security council …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
Tyler Bridges / The Advocate:
Democrats still looking for a big-name candidate to challenge Sen. Bill Cassidy's reelection bid  —  With control of the U.S. Senate in play, high-profile Democrats are challenging Republican incumbents running for re-election in state after state this year.  —  But not in Louisiana - at least not so far anyway.
 
 
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Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Slack is fueling media's bottom-up revolution
David Aaro / Fox News:
At least 31 percent of children tested in Florida are positive for COVID-19: report
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and IJR
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump, after backing Biden as VP in '08, '12
Discussion: Breitbart
Politico:
Germany's Altmaier defends Berlin's muted response to China's crackdown in Hong Kong
Discussion: Associated Press
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Public Health Department ousts spokesperson, who says she was seen as too open with reporters
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Public's disconnect from COVID-19 reality worries experts
Discussion: Instapundit
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
How a Famous Harvard Professor Became a Target Over His Tweets
Jon Miltimore / Foundation for Economic Education:
Why Sweden Succeeded in “Flattening the Curve” and New York Failed
CNN:
Al Franken: How Biden wins
Discussion: National Review, The Hill and Mediaite