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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
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
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
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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: 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
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Abbott issues statewide order requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces
Discussion: New York Times
Foreign Policy:
White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections  —  The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.  —  The White House directed Defense Department officials to hire a former National Security Council staffer fired …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:   Sen. Duckworth to block more than 1,000 military promotions unless Pentagon vows not to retaliate against Vindman
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.
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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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.
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Herman Cain, who attended Trump's Tulsa rally, hospitalized with covid-19
Stephanie Ruhle / MSNBC:
Speaker Pelosi: ‘The president himself is a hoax’  —  Congressional leaders are hoping they will get the answers they're looking for this morning when Trump administration officials brief them on intelligence that Russia allegedly paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
What Should Republicans Do?  —  The thirst among Republican voters isn't even for policy.
Discussion: IJR
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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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 …
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
Quinn Patrick Montreal / The Post Millennial:
Violent Antifa militant arrested by FBI as ‘ringleader’ of attempt to topple statue of Andrew Jackson  —  A known Antifa militant was arrested in Washington on Thursday night by federal law enforcement and he's being called a “ringleader” of the recent attempt to destroy a statue of Andrew Jackson.
Discussion: Redstate
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Feds arrest ‘ringleader’ in attack on Andrew Jackson statue by White House
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
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.
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
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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Washington Post:
As coronavirus rebounds, more patients are being hospitalized and capacity is stretched
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
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
There's a War Going On Over Kamala Harris's Wikipedia Page, with Unflattering Elements Vanishing
Discussion: Political Wire
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Coronavirus continues to spike amid mixed messages from Trump administration
Discussion: Mediaite, The Atlantic and The Hill
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: Outkick and Spectator USA
 Earlier Items: 
Global Witness:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Team Trump brushes off Biden fundraising taunt as campaign nears $1B
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
Deb Perelman / New York Times:
In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can't Have Both.
Discussion: Journalism Institute