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9:30 AM ET, July 3, 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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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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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 …
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
As coronavirus surges, Fox News shifts its message on masks
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History  —  Sources: Crowd Counting Consortium, Edwin Chow and New York Times analysis |  Note: The Times partnered with Edwin Chow, an associate professor at Texas State University, to count the protesters based on available aerial images …
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Jennifer Medina / New York Times:   As U.S. Confronts Anti-Black Racism, Latinos Wonder Where They Fit In
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 …
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.
The Daily Beast:
Inside the Secret Sale of Ghislaine Maxwell's Swanky New Hampshire Hideout  —  As the feds closed in, Ghislaine Maxwell lived in bucolic luxury, spending her days in a massive mountain home in the sleepy town of Bradford, New Hampshire.  —  BRADFORD, N.H.—The hideaway where Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam …
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Maureen Callahan / New York Post:   Powerful men are scared about what Ghislaine Maxwell will say
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court blocks judge's order loosening Alabama voting requirements due to virus  —  A sharply divided Supreme Court stepped in on Thursday night to block a judge's order requiring Alabama to allow some curbside voting and lift absentee-ballot witness requirements for the Republican …
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 …
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.
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Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Mary Trump: You Can't Gag Me Because Settlement Was a ‘Fraud’  —  The president's niece wants a judge to remove a temporary restraining order blocking her from writing a tell-all.  —  The legal fight over a tell-all by President Trump's niece took another turn on Thursday when her lawyers filed papers …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
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Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The Week America Lost Control of the Pandemic
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump's Virus Is Spreading, and His Economy Is Stalling  —  The president leads a transition to sickness.  —  Just over two weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by Vice President Mike Pence titled “There Isn't a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave.’” The article was supposed to reassure the nation.
New York Times:
Couple Charged After Videos Show White Woman Pulling Gun on Black Woman  —  Widely circulated videos showed a white woman pointing a gun at a Black woman as she filmed with her cellphone in a parking lot in Orion Township, Mich.  —  A couple have been charged with felonious assault …
Sophia Valdes / SFWeekly:
Why Won't the Governor Take on ICE?  —  Asif Qazi remembers when COVID-19 first broke out in the United States.  Far from his family in the East Bay, locked in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Bakersfield, he watched the news of the pandemic on TV.
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Jennifer Van Laar / Redstate:   CA Gov Newsom Shuts Down Majority of State's Wineries for 4th of July - But Not His Own
Michael Blinn / New York Post:
NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games this season  —  NFL games in Week 1 may be starting a little differently this season.  —  According to ESPN, the league will have renditions of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Jason Reid / ESPN:
Source: NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games
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 …
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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New York Times:
Governor Orders Texans to Wear Masks as Virus Cases Surge
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
New York prosecutors appeal in Manafort case seen as a backstop if Trump pardons him  —  NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors are attempting to revive their criminal case against President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, arguing in a filing made public Thursday that they have legal standing …
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Politico
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing  —  No, Alabama frat boys aren't doing snot shots and betting on who can get sick first.  Why does the media keep suggesting otherwise?  —  The dreaded “Covid party” has come to Alabama.  Even as the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients …
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times, KFOR-TV, CNN and TheBlaze
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Man who went to party warned people not to be an ‘idiot like me’ a day before dying of covid-19  —  Sharing his regret on Facebook, Thomas Macias was focused on his loved ones.  —  “Because of my stupidity I put my mom and sisters and my family's health in jeopardy,” the California truck driver wrote …
Discussion: ABC13
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
MSNBC's Donny Deutsch predicts Trump will drop out in the face of ‘the biggest landslide defeat in US history’  —  Appearing on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” regular contributor Donny Deutsch said he would not be surprised at all if Donald Trump dropped out of the 2020 presidential race …
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season  —  The state's lobster industry, already struggling before the virus, could be crippled as tourism dries up, leaving boatloads of crustaceans and no one to eat them.  —  OFF THE COAST OF MAINE — As he pulled alongside …
Nikolaj Skydsgaard / Reuters:
Copenhagen's Little Mermaid labelled “racist fish”  —  COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark woke up on Friday to the words “racist fish” scrawled across the base of the “Little Mermaid”, the bronze statue honouring Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tale that perches on a rock in the sea off a pier in Copenhagen.
 
 
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William Saletan / Slate:
How to Win the Fight Over Confederate Statues and Bases
Washington Post:
No Mr. Trump, the virus is not under control. It is in control.
Discussion: Forbes and The Guardian
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
After months of being silenced, CDC is easing back into public view
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know
Discussion: The US Sun
Andrew Van Dam / Washington Post:
Black families pay significantly higher property taxes than white families, new analysis shows
Discussion: The Hill
theepochtimes.com:
New York, New York, It WAS a Wonderful Town
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrat Congressional Candidate: Report Trump Supporters!
Tomás Mier / Los Angeles Times:
USC reverses robust fall reopening plans, asks students to stay home for online classes
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Lindsey Graham Uses Benghazi to Defend Trump on Russian Bounties
Rachel Adams-Heard / Bloomberg:
Young Americans Are Partying Hard and Spreading Covid-19 Quickly
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Following Media Matters' reporting, CAGOP removes endorsement of QAnon candidate who used n-word in racist rant
detroitnews:
Hydroxychloroquine lowers COVID-19 death rate, Henry Ford Health study finds
Discussion: Big League Politics
Quinn Patrick Montreal / The Post Millennial:
Violent Antifa militant arrested by FBI as ‘ringleader’ of attempt to topple statue of Andrew Jackson
Discussion: Redstate
Siraj Hashmi / Washington Examiner:
As coach, Tommy Tuberville handed a one-game suspension to player charged with rape of 15-year-old
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump ambassadors sold stocks as president downplayed pandemic and virus was spreading
Discussion: Political Wire