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7:50 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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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 …
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 …
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
Nancy LeTourneau / Washington Monthly:
Trump's Thinks 2020 Will Be a Repeat of 1968
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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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
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Benghazi probe offers a road map for Trump's Russian bounty briefing  —  Lawmakers demanding to know whether President Donald Trump and his inner circle ignored intelligence about Russian bounties on U.S. troops have a clear precedent for getting answers: Benghazi.
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Just Security:
The Baseline: How a Functional Executive Would Have Handled the Russian Bounty Operation
Discussion: The Daily Beast and CNN
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: The Hill, Breitbart, The Guardian and Axios
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Coronavirus continues to spike amid mixed messages from Trump administration
Discussion: Mediaite, ABC News and The Hill
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
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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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Herman Cain, who attended Trump's Tulsa rally, hospitalized with covid-19
Discussion: Associated Press 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.
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 …
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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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
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
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
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
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
JONATHAN TURLEY:
University of Massachusetts Nursing Dean Fired After Saying “Everyone's Life Matters” [Updated]  —  We have been discussing the growing fear of professors and students over the loss of free speech on campuses for years, but recently those concerns have been greatly magnified with the investigation …
Discussion: Reason and Fox News
 
 
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detroitnews:
Emails: Duggan's son recommended Democratic consultant to aid COVID-19 contact tracing
Discussion: Breitbart
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
jsonline:
Sen. Ron Johnson proposes dropping Columbus Day ‘in exchange’ for making Juneteenth a federal holiday
Discussion: Spectator USA
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 …
Kimberley Molina / CBC News:
Armed man arrested after gaining access to Rideau Hall grounds, police say
 Earlier Items: 
CREW:
Mike Pence's Legal Expenses Were Paid By Donors Connected to Government Contractors
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
What Should Republicans Do?  —  The thirst among Republican voters isn't even for policy.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and IJR
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
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