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2:50 PM ET, July 5, 2017

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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF  —  (CNN)The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump's tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified …
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
What the hell were you thinking, CNN? … CNN has screwed up royally this time.  —  The news group published a report Tuesday, titled “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF,” and we're not even sure where to start.  —  But we'll try:
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
As U.S. and South Korea conduct military exercises, North Korea's leader taunts Trump over ICBM  —  BEIJING — Tensions over North Korea's July 4 missile test mounted Wednesday, with U.S. and South Korean forces conducting military exercises and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appearing to taunt the president of the United States.
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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
‘Self-Restraint’ Is Only Thing Stopping War With North Korea, U.S. General Says
New York Times:
Aides' Biggest Worry on Trump's Europe Trip: A Meeting With Putin  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has been briefed repeatedly.  His advisers have alerted him to the web of potential risks, complex issues and diplomatic snags.  —  But even his top aides do not know precisely what Mr. Trump …
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David Filipov / Washington Post:
What Russia hopes to gain from this week's Putin-Trump meeting
Discussion: EURACTIV.com
David Weigel / Washington Post:
At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care  —  EASTPORT, Maine — For the 15th year, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) spent July 4 marching through this town of 1,331, a short boat ride away from Canada.  She walked and waved, next to marching bands and Shriner-driven lobster boats.
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Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
NPR Tweeted The Declaration Of Independence And Some Trump Supporters Were Offended  —  In celebration of the 4th of July, National Public Radio tweeted out the Declaration of Independence in a series of more than 100 tweets on Tuesday. … Many people responded with praise for the historic document, and thanked NPR for sharing it.
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Bob Collins / NewsCut:
NPR's tweets expose a thin grasp of American history  —  Were those bomb-throwing leftists at NPR trying to undermine the nation and start a revolution?  What could possibly explain this kind of talk on the Fourth of July? … For more than an hour yesterday, NPR tweeted this un-American gibberish.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Police Officer Is Shot and Killed in ‘Unprovoked Attack’ in the Bronx  —  A police officer was shot and killed early Wednesday while sitting in a police vehicle in the Bronx, in what the New York City police commissioner called an “unprovoked attack” and an assassination.  The gunman was killed, the police said.
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NBC4 Washington:
NJ Sand Sculpture Mocks Gov. Christie's Viral Beach Outing  —  The sand sculpture appeared in the wake of a state government shutdown largely blamed on the governor  —  Jersey Shore Sand Sculpture Mocks Gov. Chris Christie  —  A giant sand sculpture of Gov. Chris Christie lounging in a chair …
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Aida Chavez / The Hill:
Jersey Shore sand sculpture mocks Christie's beach trip
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Majority of voters back Trump travel ban  —  A clear majority of voters support President Donald Trump's travel ban on visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  Polling on the travel restrictions has varied wildly since …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Investigators explore if Russia colluded with pro-Trump sites during US election  —  Questions raised as to whether Trump supports coordinated with Moscow to spread bogus stories aimed at discrediting Hillary Clinton  —  The spread of Russian-made fake news stories aimed at discrediting Hillary Clinton …
Mark Zuckerberg:
Priscilla and I spent the weekend around Homer, Alaska as part of the Year of Travel challenge.  It's beautiful here.  —  One thing that stood out to us is how different Alaska's social safety net programs are in a way that provides some good lessons for the rest of our country.
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
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Ali Breland / The Hill:   Zuckerberg: Universal basic income is a ‘bipartisan idea’
Kimberly Dozier / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Commandos Running Out of ISIS Targets … U.S. special operations forces have removed roughly 50 top ISIS leaders off the battlefield since President Donald Trump took office, down from 80 killed in the last six months of the Obama administration, according to figures obtained by The Daily Beast.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Caller
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
White House gender pay gap more than triples under Trump  —  The pay gap between male and female White House staffers has more than tripled in the first year of the Trump administration, according to an analysis by economist Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
Robert Leonard / New York Times:
Want to Get Rid of Trump?  Only Fox News Can Do It  —  KNOXVILLE, Iowa — President Trump's administration is in crisis, consumed by fears of what Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the election, might find.  Everyone's lawyering up — even the lawyers have lawyers.
Jon Levine / Mediaite:
A GOP Congressman Made a Selfie Video From Inside Auschwitz — It's as Bad as You Think  —  There are few places more hallowed than the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  More than a million people, mostly Jews, were killed there during the second world war, many in the camp's infamous gas chambers.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Bernie Sanders is the Democrats' real 2020 frontrunner  —  He's staffing up, touring the country, and still drawing record crowds.  —  Amid a swirl of speculation about Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and practically everyone else under the sun …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Seth Rich Murder Conspiracy Is Being Used to Sell Face Cream … Trump campaign email vendors are marketing an anti-aging cream with the help of conspiracy theories surrounding the 2016 murder of a Democratic Party staffer.  —  The ad hawking the wrinkle-fighting formula is very clearly a scam.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
Steve Bannon is out of Trump's doghouse  —  Not a lot of people in the White House are having fun these days.  But one top official is having a blast — inviting friends over for lunch, joking about good times from the campaign, plotting 2018 and even 2020.
 
 
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Reuters:
China's bloggers, filmmakers feel chill of internet crackdown
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Scalise ‘out of bed’
Discussion: WJHL and The Daily Caller
Washington Times:
The brilliant wrestling match tweet
Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio has gone four months with no Tampa office, so where is he keeping records?
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Nikil Saval / New York Times:
Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore?
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jennifer G. Hickey / Fox News:
Food stamp rolls plummet in states that restore work requirements
Stan Collender / Forbes:
The Big Hurt: Serious Pain Ahead For Trump & The GOP Congress
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WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Protesters Take Rep. Paulsen's Parade Spot After No-Show
Discussion: Shareblue and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Ivanka Trump Replies on Paid Family Leave
Discussion: Politico, Axios and The Daily Caller
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
State Department Workers Vent Grievances Over Trump, Tillerson, Cite Longer-Term Issues
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Lawrence Meyers / Townhall.com:
Why They Hate Trump So Much  —  One of the reasons the Leftists …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How accelerating change is deepening our political divisions
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Another big-time Trump donor eyes buying up Time
Ryan Martin / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana GOP asked Facebook for Obamacare horror stories. The responses were surprising.