Judge clears tell-all book for publication
A New York appellate judge ruled that Simon & Schuster could go ahead with its plans to release a tell-all book by Mary L. Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, reversing a lower court’s decision from this week that had temporarily halted publication. The decision by the judge, Alan D. Scheinkman, means that Simon & Schuster can move forward in publishing the book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” which is scheduled to be released at the end of July. Scheinkman’s ruling, however, put off addressing a central aspect of the bitter spat about the manuscript: whether, by writing the book, Mary Trump violated a confidentiality agreement put in place nearly 20 years ago after a struggle over the will of her grandfather, Fred Trump Sr., Donald Trump’s father. Scheinkman ruled that Simon & Schuster was not a party to — and thus could not be bound by — the confidentiality agreement.
Five-term incumbent unseated in Colorado
Lauren Boebert, a political novice and gun-rights activist who has spoken approvingly of the pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon, claimed an upset primary victory against Rep. Scott Tipton of Colorado, unseating a five-term incumbent endorsed by Trump. Boebert, 33, is the owner of Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., and has gained attention in recent days for defying pandemic restrictions by keeping her restaurant open. She encourages employees in her restaurant to openly carry guns. Gun rights have been at the center of the state’s political clashes for years after new restrictions imposed after mass shootings.
President holding fundraiser in Florida
Trump is set to hold a high-dollar dinner at a private residence in Hillsboro Beach, Fla., next week to raise money for his campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation sent to top GOP donors, his first in-person fundraiser since mid-June. The invitation does not name the owner of the home hosting the $580,600-per-couple event. The fundraiser would inject millions of dollars into Trump’s re-election coffers at a time when presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s high-dollar fundraising is ramping up. But it could also bring the president additional scrutiny for holding an event in a coronavirus hot spot.
Trump campaign reshuffles top staff
Trump’s campaign has named Jeff DeWit as its chief operating officer, replacing Michael Glassner less than five months before the election and as polls show him lagging his Democratic challenger. The reshuffle, according to two people familiar with the matter, came as top donors were becoming more concerned over the management of the campaign and Trump’s falling poll numbers. The re-election operation has struggled to respond to crises, including the coronavirus pandemic, the economic damage it has wrought and the growing demands for racial justice.