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3:30 PM 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's Confidante, Caught by the FBI in New Hampshire  —  The British socialite is expected to appear in federal court on Thursday on charges relating to the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein.  —  Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's closest confidante who hasn't been seen …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on child sex abuse conspiracy, perjury charges
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
Discussion: Fox 59
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: 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 …
Discussion: New York Post and POLITICUSUSA
Max Cohen / Politico:
Poll: Biden maintains double-digit lead over Trump
Discussion: Axios, The Guardian, Breitbart and The Hill
Joshua Blank / The Texas Politics Project:   New UT/Texas Politics Project poll finds Trump leading Biden by 4 in Texas amidst dour views …
Stanley Greenberg / The Atlantic:
Believe the Polls This Time  —  Recent polls could hardly …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Jason Devaney / Newsmax:
Herman Cain Hospitalized With COVID-19  —  Newsmax TV contributor Herman Cain was admitted to a hospital Wednesday and is being treated for COVID-19.  —  The former Republican presidential candidate is doing well and is not on a ventilator, his staff tells Newsmax.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Herman Cain is receiving treatment for coronavirus at an Atlanta hospital  —  (CNN)Former 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is receiving treatment for coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted to his Twitter account.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain hospitalized with Covid-19
Discussion: Washington Post and
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.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Top intel officials brief Pelosi, congressional leaders on reported Russian bounty on US troops
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
The Federalist:
Schiff Learned Of Russian ‘Bounty’ Intelligence In February, Withheld Information From Congress, And Took No Action
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
Jeff Greenfield / The Bulwark:
Jeff Sessions Just Told Us Who He Is  —  The Senate candidate tells his version of the Obama beer summit story.  —  It's not often that a man who has spent three and a half decades in public life opens a window into his truest self.  But that's what Jeff Sessions did in the course of a New York Times profile.
Discussion: The Root, CNN and
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:   Campaign bus for Jeff Sessions' primary opponent goes up in flames
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Foreign Policy:
White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Analysts: Fire at Iran nuke site hit new centrifuge facility
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dave Lawler / Axios:
The 53 countries supporting China's crackdown on Hong Kong  —  China's Foreign Ministry and state media have declared victory after 53 countries joined a statement at the UN Human Rights Council supporting Beijing's new national security law for Hong Kong — compared to 27 who criticized the law.
David Wertime / Politico:
You, yes you, are subject to Hong Kong's new security law
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: Raw Story and KOIN-TV
Supreme Court signals it won't rule on voter purge case before the election  —  MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would hear arguments over who should remain on the state's voter rolls in late September at the earliest — the latest sign the court won't decide the case until after the presidential election.
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.
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.
University of Massachusetts Nursing Dean Fired For Saying “Everyone's Life Matters”  —  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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Jenna Grande / CREW:
CREW Offers New Evidence of Misconduct Against Pence Chief of Staff  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington—New evidence has emerged that suggests Vice President Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short appears to have participated in three additional meetings with companies whose stock he held …
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
Charles Mudede / The Stranger:
CHOP Made Seattle Look Like a Real City  —  At around 4:00 p.m. on June 28, here I am walking down the stretch of 13th Avenue between Pike and Pine.  My destination is around the corner.  My thoughts are completely disconnected from my surroundings.  I'm thinking about Hannah Arendt.
Discussion: Townhall and The Federalist
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.
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Supreme Court sidesteps abortion cases, shortly after striking Louisiana restrictions
Bobby Burack / Outkick:
Tucker Carlson is Working Among All Ages, Because He's Not Supposed to
Discussion: Redstate
Jeremy C. Fox Globe / The Boston Globe:
Somerville recognizes polyamorous relationships in new domestic partnership ordinance
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Stop Making Sense
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Bill de Blasio: Comparing protests to religious gatherings like ‘apples and oranges’
 Earlier Items: 
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How America could fail its democracy test
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Parscale claims Trump beating Biden where it counts
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and The Hill
Catherine Leffert / Bloomberg:
Gun Demand Is Off the Charts in America
John F. Harris / Politico:
The Anti-Trump Movement Will Outlast Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The House: Democratic Murmurings in the Texas Suburbs - and Elsewhere
BuzzFeed News:
The Coronavirus Spread In A Dallas Megachurch's Choir And Orchestra. Then It Hosted Mike Pence.
Alex Heath / The Information:
Zuckerberg Tells Facebook Staff He Expects Advertisers to Return ‘Soon Enough’