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5:20 PM ET, July 2, 2020

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NBC New York:
Jeffrey Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, Sources Say  —  Maxwell was accused in a civil suit of allegedly helping Epstein traffic underage girls; he died by suicide awaiting trial last year  —  Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and heiress who became a confidante …
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on child sex abuse conspiracy, perjury charges
Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
His troops have suffered a very different fate.  —  Only a few hours had passed since President Trump pardoned 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and the men of 1st Platoon were still trying to make sense of how it was even possible.  —  How could a man they blamed for ruining their lives …
Discussion: Alternet.org and Balloon Juice
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
More Voters Rule Out Trump Than Biden  —  Mixed results on who has presidential ‘stamina’  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Half of the nation's electorate says they have ruled out voting for Donald Trump in November, while 4 in 10 say the same about Joe Biden.  Biden currently holds a 12 point lead …
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Max Cohen / Politico:
Poll: Biden maintains double-digit lead over Trump
Discussion: Breitbart, The Guardian, Axios and The Hill
Joshua Blank / The Texas Politics Project:
New UT/Texas Politics Project poll finds Trump leading Biden by 4 in Texas amidst dour views …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
As coronavirus surges, Fox News shifts its message on masks  —  WASHINGTON — When Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said this week on Fox News that Americans needed to wear face masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus, anchor Sandra Smith did not challenge him on the science.
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Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Tucker Carlson for President?  GOP donors and conservative media are taking the idea seriously  — Tucker Carlson's rise to the king of cable news aligns with growing chatter he could run for president in 2024.  — Republican donors in New York last month began talking up the possibility …
Discussion: Forbes and Redstate
Bobby Burack / Outkick:
Tucker Carlson is Working Among All Ages, Because He's Not Supposed to
Discussion: Redstate
CNN:
Justice Department considering replacing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr ally  —  (CNN)The Justice Department is considering replacing the US attorney in Brooklyn with a senior department official close to Attorney General William Barr, officials briefed on the matter said.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:   Brooklyn U.S. attorney heads to top DOJ role
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Herman Cain is receiving treatment for coronavirus at an Atlanta hospital  —  (CNN)Former 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is receiving treatment for coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted to his Twitter account.
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Jason Devaney / Newsmax:
Herman Cain Hospitalized With COVID-19  —  Newsmax TV contributor Herman Cain was admitted to a hospital Wednesday and is being treated for COVID-19.  —  The former Republican presidential candidate is doing well and is not on a ventilator, his staff tells Newsmax.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Texas governor mandates face masks in public spaces  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order Thursday requiring all Texans to wear a face covering in public in counties with 20 or more positive coronavirus cases.  —  Why it matters: It's a dramatic reversal for the Republican governor …
Discussion: KHOU-TV
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   In Whiplash-Inducing Reversal, Abbott Requires Masks In COVID-Ravaged Texas
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“What Do I Do?  What Do I Do?”:  Trump Desperate, Despondent as Numbers Crater, “Loser” Label Looms  —  “They probably won't have” the Jacksonville convention.  The Joni Ernst campaign is angry at Trump's horrible numbers.  Meadows and Kushner are at loggerheads over Parscale.
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and Power Line
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Nancy LeTourneau / Washington Monthly:
Trump's Thinks 2020 Will Be a Repeat of 1968
Just Security:
The Baseline: How a Functional Executive Would Have Handled the Russian Bounty Operation  —  It's increasingly clear that the Trump administration has committed a serious policy failure in its lack of response to the stream of intelligence reporting on Russian bounties placed on the heads of U.S. service members in Afghanistan.
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
Top intel officials brief Pelosi, congressional leaders on reported Russian bounty on US troops
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Duckworth threatens to block military nominees unless impeachment witness Vindman gets promotion  —  Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Thursday announced she'll hold up the confirmation of more than 1,000 military promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms that the promotion of impeachment witness Army …
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Foreign Policy:
White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP EXCLUSIVE: Soldiers were issued bayonets for DC unrest  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest …
detroitnews:
Angry exchange on video shows gun being pulled on mom, teen in Orion Twp.  —  Content warning: This video contains graphic language.  —  An angry exchange with accusations of racism was caught on video outside of an Oakland County Chipotle restaurant and shows a woman allegedly pulling a gun …
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Deb Perelman / New York Times:
In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job.  You Can't Have Both.  —  Our struggle is not an emotional concern.  We are not burned out.  We are being crushed by an economy that has bafflingly declared working parents inessential.  —  Last week, I received an email from my children's principal …
Discussion: Journalism Institute
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Trump's pick for ambassador involved in racist smear against black politician  —  President Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Norway is facing demands that he abandon his pursuit of the diplomatic post following the unearthing of a 1994 court filing indicating his involvement in the production …
ProPublica:
He Built a Privately Funded Border Wall.  It's Already at Risk of Falling Down if Not Fixed.  —  Trump supporters funded a private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts.  Now the “Lamborghini” of border walls is in danger …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump ambassadors sold stocks as president downplayed pandemic and virus was spreading  — Several ambassadors chosen by President Donald Trump shed assets amid warning signs that the coronavirus was rapidly spreading across the world.  — Their sales came as many investors across …
New York Times:
Mysterious Explosion and Fire Damage Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Facility  —  Iran released a photograph showing evidence of what appeared to be a major explosion at the site.  Early evidence suggests it was most likely an act of sabotage.  —  A fire ripped through a building …
Discussion: The National Interest
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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Analysts: Fire at Iran nuke site hit new centrifuge facility
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dave Lawler / Axios:
The 53 countries supporting China's crackdown on Hong Kong  —  China's Foreign Ministry and state media have declared victory after 53 countries joined a statement at the UN Human Rights Council supporting Beijing's new national security law for Hong Kong — compared to 27 who criticized the law.
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Jeff Greenfield / The Bulwark:
Jeff Sessions Just Told Us Who He Is  —  The Senate candidate tells his version of the Obama beer summit story.  —  It's not often that a man who has spent three and a half decades in public life opens a window into his truest self.  But that's what Jeff Sessions did in the course of a New York Times profile.
Discussion: The Root, CNN and Alternet.org
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
China Never Reported Existence of Coronavirus to World Health Organization  —  Contrary to claims from both Chinese officials and the World Health Organization, China did not report the existence of the coronavirus in late 2019, according to a WHO timeline tracking the spread of the virus.
Brad Schmidt / Oregonian:
Oregon State Police don't wear coronavirus masks while patronizing coffee shop, despite governor's order  —  A group of Oregon State Police troopers appeared to defy Gov. Kate Brown's statewide mask order while in uniform Wednesday, entering a Corvallis coffee shop without wearing required face coverings …
Discussion: KOIN-TV and Raw Story
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Feds arrest ‘ringleader’ in attack on Andrew Jackson statue by White House  —  Jason Charter was arrested at his residence Thursday morning, sources say  —  Federal law enforcement officials on Thursday arrested a man in Washington they call a “ringleader” in the recent attempt to destroy …
CNN:
Young people are throwing coronavirus parties with a payout when one gets infected, official says  —  (CNN)Some young people in Alabama are throwing Covid-19 parties, a disturbing competition where people who have coronavirus attend and the first person to get infected receives a payout, local officials said.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
What Should Republicans Do?  —  The thirst among Republican voters isn't even for policy.  It's for seeing the politicians they elected join the fray.  —  I've been hammering away at conservatives and Republicans for failing to defend the symbols of national pride the woke leftist mob has been tearing at in recent weeks.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, IJR and Fox News
David Siders / Politico:
Democratic ad makers think they've discovered Trump's soft spot  —  Donald Trump wasn't halfway through his speech in Tulsa, Okla., and Democratic ad makers in Washington and New York were already cutting footage for an air raid on the slumping president.  —  They didn't focus …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kimberley Molina / CBC News:
Armed man arrested after gaining access to Rideau Hall grounds, police say  —  Prime minister, Governor General not present at the time  —  Police have arrested a man who they say was armed and had gained access to the grounds at Rideau Hall early Thursday morning.
 
 
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Sarah Midkiff / Refinery29:
U.S. Border Control Seizes 13 Tons Of Hair Weaves Suspected To Be From Chinese Internment Camps
Discussion: Axios
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Trump Campaign Needs to Hit ‘Reset’
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
‘Must really hate yourself’: Kellyanne Conway's daughter Claudia wonders how any woman could support Trump
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Trots Out Small Business Owner Who Got Thousands in Gov't Assistance to Argue Trump Isn't Helping Small Business
Discussion: Twitchy
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Team Trump brushes off Biden fundraising taunt as campaign nears $1B
CREW:
Mike Pence's Legal Expenses Were Paid By Donors Connected to Government Contractors
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Russian bounties — Trump threatens the American experiment
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Supreme Court sidesteps abortion cases, shortly after striking Louisiana restrictions
Discussion: UPI
 Earlier Items: 
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Offers New Evidence of Misconduct Against Pence Chief of Staff
Jeremy C. Fox Globe / The Boston Globe:
Somerville recognizes polyamorous relationships in new domestic partnership ordinance
Charles Mudede / The Stranger:
CHOP Made Seattle Look Like a Real City
Discussion: Townhall and The Federalist
Catherine Leffert / Bloomberg:
Gun Demand Is Off the Charts in America
JONATHAN TURLEY:
University of Massachusetts Nursing Dean Fired After Saying “Everyone's Life Matters” [Updated]
Windsor Mann / The Bulwark:
Donald Trump Is All Done Caring
Discussion: Raw Story