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7:25 PM ET, July 2, 2020

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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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Tech Tycoon Peter Thiel Shies From Trump Re-Election Campaign  —  Billionaire investor has said he has doubts president will win, but may still vote for him  —  President Trump's most prominent Silicon Valley supporter, billionaire Peter Thiel, has told friends and associates that he plans …
New York Times:   Why June Was Such a Terrible Month for Trump
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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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judiciary Committee to interview Manhattan federal prosecutor ousted by Barr
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Brooklyn U.S. attorney heads to top DOJ role
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Away says co-CEO Steph Korey will step down this year after her attacks on the media  —  Stuart Haselden will be taking over as CEO in 2020  —  Steph Korey, the co-CEO of luggage company Away, will be stepping down from her role within the year, co-founder Jen Rubio and co-CEO Stuart Haselden …
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Jason Koebler / VICE:
Silicon Valley Elite Discuss Journalists Having Too Much Power in Private App  —  In leaked audio from an invite-only app, venture capitalists pondered everything they think is wrong with journalism.  —  During a conversation held Wednesday night on the invite-only Clubhouse app …
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
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Alex Thompson / Politico:   Tucker Carlson in 2024? Republicans see a frontrunner
Bobby Burack / Outkick:
Tucker Carlson is Working Among All Ages, Because He's Not Supposed to
Discussion: Redstate
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: Fox News, KHOU-TV and The Daily Caller
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   In Whiplash-Inducing Reversal, Abbott Requires Masks In COVID-Ravaged Texas
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 Hill, The Guardian and Axios
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Coronavirus continues to spike amid mixed messages from Trump administration
Discussion: Mediaite, ABC News and The Hill
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and CNN
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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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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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Stephanie Ruhle / MSNBC:
Speaker Pelosi: ‘The president himself is a hoax’  —  Congressional leaders are hoping they will get the answers they're looking for this morning when Trump administration officials brief them on intelligence that Russia allegedly paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
What Should Republicans Do?  —  The thirst among Republican voters isn't even for policy.
Discussion: IJR
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
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 …
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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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 …
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
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 …
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Quinn Patrick Montreal / The Post Millennial:
Violent Antifa militant arrested by FBI as ‘ringleader’ of attempt to topple statue of Andrew Jackson
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
Siraj Hashmi / Washington Examiner:
As coach, Tommy Tuberville handed a one-game suspension to player charged with rape of 15-year-old  —  When Clifton Robinson, the short but quick receiver from Naples, Florida, returned to the Auburn University football team in August 1999 after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
‘Must really hate yourself’: Kellyanne Conway's daughter Claudia wonders how any woman could support Trump  —  George and Kellyanne Conway's daughter Claudia has become a political commenter in her own right, taking to social media to unleash her logic on the Washington, D.C. establishment.
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: The Hill, Raw Story and KOIN-TV
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.
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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Asma Khalid / NPR:
Biden Faces Pressure To Pick A Black Running Mate. But Warren Remains A Top Contender
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Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
There's a War Going On Over Kamala Harris's Wikipedia Page, with Unflattering Elements Vanishing
Discussion: Political Wire
Jerry Davich / Chicago Tribune:
Column: A chance encounter at a South Bend park leads to an honest dialogue on race
jsonline:
Sen. Ron Johnson proposes dropping Columbus Day ‘in exchange’ for making Juneteenth a federal holiday
Discussion: Spectator USA
Global Witness:
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Kimberley Molina / CBC News:
Armed man arrested after gaining access to Rideau Hall grounds, police say
CREW:
Mike Pence's Legal Expenses Were Paid By Donors Connected to Government Contractors
Nancy LeTourneau / Washington Monthly:
Trump's Thinks 2020 Will Be a Repeat of 1968
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Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Offers New Evidence of Misconduct Against Pence Chief of Staff
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
China Never Reported Existence of Coronavirus to World Health Organization
Charles Mudede / The Stranger:
CHOP Made Seattle Look Like a Real City
Discussion: Townhall and The Federalist
Dave Lawler / Axios:
The 53 countries supporting China's crackdown on Hong Kong
JONATHAN TURLEY:
University of Massachusetts Nursing Dean Fired After Saying “Everyone's Life Matters” [Updated]
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
Jeff Greenfield / The Bulwark:
Jeff Sessions Just Told Us Who He Is
Discussion: The Root, CNN and Alternet.org
David Siders / Politico:
Democratic ad makers think they've discovered Trump's soft spot
Discussion: Raw Story