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10:50 AM 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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on child sex abuse conspiracy, perjury charges  — The FBI arrested Jeffrey Epstein's long-time friend and alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell, who is expected to be charged with conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse children, according to NBC News.
Wall Street Journal:   Ghislaine Maxwell, Confidante of Jeffrey Epstein, Arrested on Federal Charges
Associated Press:   Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
The Daily Beast:
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's Confidante, Caught by the FBI in New Hampshire
New York Times:
Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say  —  A small-time businessman became a key middleman for bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence reports say.  Friends saw him grow rich, but didn't know how.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan …
Washington Post:
White House does not plan any immediate response over intelligence reports on Russian bounties targeting U.S. troops  —  The White House is not planning an immediate response to intelligence reports of Russian bounties given to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition forces …
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Trump's resistance led intel agencies to brief him less and less on Russia  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's resistance to intelligence warnings about Russia led his national security team, including those who delivered the President's Daily Brief to brief him verbally less often …
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: Raw Story
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will hear arguments over Mueller's secret evidence, a delay for House Democrats investigating President Trump  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a significant blow to House Democrats' efforts to have access to secret grand jury material from Robert S. Mueller III's investigation …
Discussion: Politico, Axios and The Hill
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court to decide if House gets Mueller grand jury material
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:   Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Record jobs gain of 4.8 million in June smashes expectations; unemployment rate falls to 11.1%  — Nonfarm payrolls rose by 4.8 million in June, much better than the expected increase of 2.9 million.  — The unemployment rate fell to a crisis low of 11.1%, also better than the 12.4% estimate.
Discussion: 77 WABC Radio and Mediaite
Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Rate Fell to 11.1% in June
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
U.S. Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June: Live Business Updates
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Windsor Mann / The Bulwark:
Donald Trump Is All Done Caring  —  His only reason for getting re-elected is so that he can keep having rallies.  —  The presidency is no fun.  Thomas Jefferson called it “a painful and thankless office” and said it brought him “nothing but unceasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.”
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
The RNC Is Paying a Former Apprentice Hand Accused of Having Trump Dirt  —  Chuck Labella worked on Trump's show for years.  Now, despite having no ostensible political work on his resume, he's helping with the 2020 convention.  —  Last year, the Republican National Convention began cutting checks …
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Campaign bus for Jeff Sessions' primary opponent goes up in flames  —  A campaign bus belonging to Jeff Sessions' opponent for Alabama's Senate seat burst into flames on a highway Wednesday night.  —  The driver of Tommy Tuberville's bus escaped injury after the vehicle caught fire heading northbound …
Jeff Greenfield / The Bulwark:
Jeff Sessions Just Told Us Who He Is
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
James Hibberd /
Vanilla Ice throwing Fourth of July concert: 'We didn't have coronavirus' in the '90s  —  The ‘Ice Ice Baby’ singer will perform for thousands in Texas, where coronavirus cases are surging.  —  Alright ... stop.  —  Vanilla Ice is throwing a Fourth of July weekend concert deep in the heart of pandemic hotspot Texas.
Discussion: Althouse
Trump's aides debate a new virus approach as President claims it will ‘disappear’  —  (CNN)A divide has emerged inside President Donald Trump's inner circle over whether he should turn his attention back to the coronavirus pandemic or continue to focus on reopening the economy, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Discussion: Raw Story
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
More than 40 Bay Area school principals in quarantine after in-person meeting  —  More than 40 school principals in the South Bay are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 during an in-person meeting held by the Santa Clara County Unified School District.
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden pulls together hundreds of lawyers as a bulwark against election trickery  —  (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Wednesday that his party has assembled a group of 600 lawyers and thousands of other people to prepare for possible “chicanery” ahead of November's election.
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely asserts Biden was fed questions
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
The U.S. Is Lagging Behind Many Rich Countries.  These Charts Show Why.  —  The United States is different.  In nearly every other high-income country, people have both become richer over the last three decades and been able to enjoy substantially longer lifespans.  —  But not in the United States.
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 …
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The House: Democratic Murmurings in the Texas Suburbs - and Elsewhere  —  11 rating changes, most in favor of Democrats  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Joe Biden's currently strong lead in the presidential race is being felt in the suburbs, which if it lasts could imperil Republicans in some of their formerly dark red turf.
John F. Harris / Politico:
The Anti-Trump Movement Will Outlast Trump  —  The Trump years have scrambled old ideological lines.  So perhaps it is not so surprising that in recent days George F. Will, the elegant dean of conservative columnists, and Matt Taibbi, a raucous liberal iconoclast, found themselves gnawing on different parts of the same bone.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Tell-All Book on Trump Can Move Forward Pending Hearing, Judge Rules  —  The decision reversed a lower court's ruling that had temporarily halted publication of the book by the president's niece, but it didn't address whether she violated a confidentiality agreement.
Alex Heath / The Information:
Zuckerberg Tells Facebook Staff He Expects Advertisers to Return ‘Soon Enough’  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees he was reluctant to bow to the threats of a growing ad boycott, saying in private remarks that “my guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough.”
Stanley Greenberg / The Atlantic:
Believe the Polls This Time  —  Recent polls could hardly be more reassuring for voters who want to be done with Donald Trump.  “Biden Builds Largest Lead This Year,” a CNN headline declared.  “Biden Hits 55%-41% Against Trump in Biggest National Poll Lead Yet,” reported The Daily Beast.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
BuzzFeed News:
The Coronavirus Spread In A Dallas Megachurch's Choir And Orchestra.  Then It Hosted Mike Pence.  —  A group of First Baptist Dallas choir and orchestra members contracted COVID-19 in the lead-up to Vice President Mike Pence's visit on Sunday.  An infectious disease expert called it “appalling.”
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Alabama students throwing ‘COVID parties’ to see who gets infected: Officials  —  Rising infections prompt Gov. Kay Ivy to extend ‘Safer at Home’ orders.  —  Students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been attending parties in the city and surrounding area …
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Official U.S. coronavirus death toll is ‘a substantial undercount’ of actual tally, Yale study finds  — The 781,000 total deaths in the U.S. in the three months through May 30 were nearly 19% higher than what would normally be expected, the study said.  — The number of excess deaths …
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Inquiry Prompted by Trump's Hurricane Dorian Claim Is Being Blocked, Investigator Says  —  The Commerce Department is impeding findings into whether it coerced the top NOAA official to support President Trump's inaccurate claim that Dorian would hit Alabama, the department's inspector general said.
Washington Post:
In wake of Trump's Tulsa rally, his campaign is still contending with the fallout  —  It was just hours before President Trump was set to take the stage for his rally in Tulsa last month when the news broke: Six staff at the site had just tested positive for the coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Biden Outraises Trump for Second Straight Month, With $141 Million June Haul  —  Hours after President Trump's campaign announced an enormous cash influx of $131 million last month, Joe Biden's team said it had brought in even more.  —  Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr …
Discussion: Mediaite
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Facebook Can't Be Reformed  —  We need to reimagine the social network or find a way to survive its dominance.  —  Opinion Writer at Large  —  “We know we have more work to do.”  —  That was the line from numerous Facebook representatives last week in reaction to the #StopHateForProfit advertising boycott campaign.
Kira Lerner / The Appeal:
San Quentin Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike Amid Massive COVID-19 Outbreak  —  About 20 people in the prison's Badger section have been on hunger strike for the past few days, three people incarcerated there say.  —  As the novel coronavirus spreads rapidly through California's San Quentin State Prison …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Al Jazeera
Barbara Moens / Politico:
‘Serious divergences’ remain after latest round of Brexit talks ends early  —  Michel Barnier says EU engaged constructively, but ‘we need an equivalent engagement by the United Kingdom.’  —  Big differences remain between the EU and the U.K. after this week's round of negotiations, both sides said Thursday.
New York Post:
Harvard grad Claira Janover says she's lost Deloitte job over TikTok ‘stab threat’  —  The Harvard graduate who said in a TikTok video that she would “stab” anyone who told her “All Lives Matter” revealed in a new pair of recordings that she has lost her job over the perceived threats and ensuing furor.
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