This keeblerhead just lost his Alabama GOP Senate primary to Tommy Tuberville.
This Keeblerhead just lost his Alabama GOP Senate primary to Tommy Tuberville. (Tuberville, coincidentally, is also, historically, a Keebler elf surname.)GETTY IMAGES/MARK WILSON
Ivanka Trump has a suggestion for jobless Americans: "Find something new."


Quit day-dreaming about Phase 3 or 4 or Beyond: Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that he is temporarily pausing counties from advancing to new, more relaxed phases of the state's coronavirus restrictions. (Here's that original four-phased plan, as a refresher.) He also said that counties would have to roll back to previous phases if Washington doesn't get a grip on coronavirus infections. Heavy sigh.

Washington state reported 547 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours: Five additional deaths were also reported. This brings the total number of cases to 42,304 and the total number of deaths to 1,404, as of July 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized early this morning: She's apparently doing okay.

Polls are closing in Texas, Maine, and Alabama: The states are holding primaries and runoffs today. Jeff Sessions is out (of the race, not the closet), among other updates.

This was a real Sessions tweet sent out yesterday: Sorry bub, it's over!

The thing that worries me the most about the theoretical post-Trump era is the threat of a QAnon caucus. The QAnon conspiracy wing of the GOP party, designated by the FBI as a "potential domestic terrorism threat," has ~12-or-so candidates running for Congress. These fuggin' ghouls are vowing, among other things, to "take [the] global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out" and defeat the Democrats who allegedly extract hormones from children's blood??? I thought we agreed to leave Pizzagate in 2016??? Some analysis from the NY Times:

Even as [GOP] party leaders publicly distance themselves from the movement, they are quietly supporting some QAnon-linked candidates — demonstrating the thin line they are trying to walk between radical elements among their base and the moderate voters they need to win over.

Precisely how many candidates are running under the banner of QAnon is somewhat open to interpretation — estimates range to more than a dozen, with many more defeated in primaries — and nearly all are expected to lose in November. Some candidates have clear connections to the movement and use its language and hashtags on social media and in real-world appearances.

And here's our president, who apparently doesn't think Black people being killed by police is a problem:

Some clarification on that, via Rolling Stone:

According to studies cited by CBS News, black men are 3-3.5 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement than white men. If “more” white men have been killed by law enforcement, it’s because they make up a substantially larger portion of the population.

Big if true: Using your older sibling's ID to buy booze has never been easier. At least the kids are wearing masks.

Longtime incumbent Rep. Frank Chopp is up for reelection again: He's facing off against Jessi Murray and Sherae Lascelles. We're endorsing—

Okay, I know I said our primary election endorsements were going to drop tomorrow morning, but the Stranger Election Control Board's endorsement feature has been pushed back to Friday. Blame COVID-19 and/or God for the delay. Also, your ballots are being mailed to you tomorrow! Ballot drop boxes open Thursday!

Andrew Sullivan is leaving New York magazine: The announcement follows Bari Weiss' exit from the New York Times. There's a lot of speculation and groaning over their next moves.

Another win for WA AG Bob Ferguson & Co., via AP:

Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The officer killed after a police chase last night in Bothell has been identified: The officer, Jonathan Shoop, had been with the department for a little over a year. “I’ve worked here over 25 years and we’ve never had an officer shot,” said Bothell police Capt. Mike Johnson. The suspect was arrested early this morning.

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Amazon's got a new grocery toy: It's called the “Dash Cart,” and it "uses cameras, sensors and a scale to automatically detect and log items on a digital display behind the handle. The technology makes it possible for shoppers to leave the store without going through a traditional checkout line," reports GeekWire. These carts are expected to be used at the conventional grocery stores that Amazon has been building and acquiring, separate from its freaky Amazon Go Grocery stores.

Need to chill? Smoke some green, then listen to Green, then read a little about it.