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11:00 PM ET, July 2, 2020

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New York Times:
Why June Was Such a Terrible Month for Trump  —  Last month represented the political nadir of President Trump's three and a half years in office, thanks to self-inflicted wounds as he played to his base and missteps by a fractured campaign.  —  WASHINGTON — Last Saturday night …
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Nancy LeTourneau / Washington Monthly:
Trump's Thinks 2020 Will Be a Repeat of 1968
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 2024?  The GOP is buzzing  —  Tucker Carlson's audience is booming — and so is chatter that the popular Fox News host will parlay his TV perch into a run for president in 2024.  —  Republican strategists, conservative commentators, and former Trump campaign and administration officials …
Bobby Burack / Outkick:
Tucker Carlson is Working Among All Ages, Because He's Not Supposed to
Discussion: Redstate
Washington Post:
Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus  —  Vice President Pence's trip to Arizona this week had to be postponed by a day after several Secret Service agents who helped organize the visit either tested positive for coronavirus or were showing symptoms of being infected.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judiciary Committee to interview Manhattan federal prosecutor ousted by Barr
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
The Daily Beast:
Trump Admin Mulls Keeping Putin From G7 Summit in Response to Russian Bounties on Americans' Heads  —  Trump said he wanted to invite Russia to the G7 summit of world leaders.  His advisers are having second thoughts, now that the news broke about Moscow's payoff to the Taliban.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
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Just Security:
The Baseline: How a Functional Executive Would Have Handled the Russian Bounty Operation
Discussion: Mercury News
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Alternet.org and The Verge
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 and The Daily Caller
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   In Whiplash-Inducing Reversal, Abbott Requires Masks In COVID-Ravaged Texas
New York Times:
Governor Orders Texans to Wear Masks As Virus Cases Surge
Discussion: The Hill
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:   Abbott issues statewide order requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces
Washington Post:
Sen. Duckworth to block more than 1,000 military promotions unless Pentagon vows not to retaliate against Vindman  —  A Democratic senator is blocking promotions for 1,123 senior members of the military until she gets assurances from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper that he will not retaliate …
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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 …
Liz Clarke / Washington Post:
FedEx calls on Redskins to change name following investors' demands on sponsors  —  FedEx on Thursday became the first major corporate backer of the Washington Redskins to call on the team to change its name, the most significant development yet amid mounting financial and political pressure …
Discussion: ESPN, Mediaite, Outkick, Axios and UPI
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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.
detroitnews:
Hydroxychloroquine lowers COVID-19 death rate, Henry Ford Health study finds  —  A Henry Ford Health System study shows the controversial anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helps lower the death rate of COVID-19 patients, the Detroit-based health system said Thursday.
Discussion: Big League Politics
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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Jason Reid / ESPN:
Source: NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games  —  “Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
There's a War Going On Over Kamala Harris's Wikipedia Page, with Unflattering Elements Vanishing  —  California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is widely seen as a frontrunner for a spot on the ticket with presumptive nominee Joe Biden, with vetting well underway.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Washington Post:
Commerce Department obstructing release of ‘Sharpiegate’ investigation, inspector general says  —  Unusual memo lays out the IG's concerns that the department is stifling the release of a long-awaited report  —  The inspector general for the Commerce Department sent a memo to Secretary Wilbur Ross …
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.
Associated Press:
Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend.
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 …
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court blocks judge's order loosening Alabama voting requirements due to virus
Discussion: Washington Post
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
China Watch: LA Times Publishes Beijing-Funded Propaganda
Rachel Adams-Heard / Bloomberg:
Young Americans Are Partying Hard and Spreading Covid-19 Quickly
Jennifer Van Laar / Redstate:
CA Gov Newsom Shuts Down Majority of State's Wineries for 4th of July - But Not His Own
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Following Media Matters' reporting, CAGOP removes endorsement of QAnon candidate who used n-word in racist rant
Washington Post:
As coronavirus rebounds, more patients are being hospitalized and capacity is stretched
Discussion: Politico
detroitnews:
Emails: Duggan's son recommended Democratic consultant to aid COVID-19 contact tracing
Discussion: Breitbart
Quinn Patrick Montreal / The Post Millennial:
Violent Antifa militant arrested by FBI as ‘ringleader’ of attempt to topple statue of Andrew Jackson
Discussion: Redstate
 Earlier Items: 
Asma Khalid / NPR:
Biden Faces Pressure To Pick A Black Running Mate. But Warren Remains A Top Contender
Discussion: Twitchy
Jerry Davich / Chicago Tribune:
Column: A chance encounter at a South Bend park leads to an honest dialogue on race
Stephanie Ruhle / MSNBC:
Speaker Pelosi: ‘The president himself is a hoax’
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Global Witness:
Undermining Sanctions  —  Controversial mining magnate Dan …
New York Times:
Mysterious Explosion and Fire Damage Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Facility
Discussion: The National Interest
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Offers New Evidence of Misconduct Against Pence Chief of Staff
JONATHAN TURLEY:
University of Massachusetts Nursing Dean Fired After Saying “Everyone's Life Matters” [Updated]
Discussion: Reason and Fox News