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10:05 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 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump's Re-election Message Is White Grievance
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“What Do I Do? What Do I Do?”: Trump Desperate, Despondent as Numbers Crater, “Loser” Label Looms
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 …
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Powerful men are scared about what Ghislaine Maxwell will say  —  Jeffrey Epstein's victims have another shot at justice.  Here's hoping they get it.  —  Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged child sex trafficker and abuser in league with Epstein, was finally arrested Thursday morning.
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 …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:   As U.S. Confronts Anti-Black Racism, Latinos Wonder Where They Fit In
America Spends Billions To Get The Best Intel In The World But Can't Make Trump Read It  —  Trump had only 41 “daily” intelligence briefings on his schedule during the first half of 2020 — an average of just one and a half per week  —  WASHINGTON ― Even as taxpayers spend many tens …
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
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:   Tucker Carlson for President? GOP donors and conservative media are taking the idea seriously
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
As coronavirus surges, Fox News shifts its message on masks
Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
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.
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 …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:   Away says co-CEO Steph Korey will step down this year after her attacks on the media
Jason Reid / ESPN:
Source: NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games  —  “Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during …
USA Today:
NFL will play Black national anthem ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ before each Week 1 game
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The Week America Lost Control of the Pandemic  —  The American pandemic is careening out of control.  Yesterday, the United States reported more than 52,000 new cases of the coronavirus, setting a new all-time daily record, according to the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic.
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
No Mr. Trump, the virus is not under control.  It is in control.  —  IN A week in which the United States exceeded 50,000 new coronavirus cases on multiple days, more than double the rate of just a few weeks ago, there are important messages that President Trump could have sent from the White House podium on Thursday.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Forbes and The Guardian
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 …
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
The US government's campaign watchdog just went out of commission.  Here's what that means for democracy four months before the presidential election.  — The Federal Election Commission needs at least four commissioners to enforce and regulate campaign finance laws.  It now only has three.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Whines He's Not Getting Praised for a Recovery With 25 Million People Still Out of Work  —  The president feels that if Biden were in the Oval now, Democrats would be building statues for his handling of the economy.  —  In the past month, during which two U.S. jobs reports have shown signs …
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
Jennifer Van Laar / Redstate:
CA Gov Newsom Shuts Down Majority of State's Wineries for 4th of July - But Not His Own  —  As we've previously covered, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an unprecedented shutdown order, effective immediately and lasting for at least three weeks, for food and entertainment-related businesses …
Sophia Valdes / SFWeekly:   Why Won't the Governor Take on ICE?  —  Asif Qazi remembers …
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
How to Redesign the World for Coronavirus and Beyond  —  In the months since the coronavirus engulfed the world, it's become clear that society won't go back to normal any time soon, if ever.  —  Yes, states are reopening their economies, but some are seeing serious spikes and shutting back down.
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
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 …
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ABC News:
Congress is on recess for 2 weeks. Here's where they leave off on COVID-19 relief.
William Saletan / Slate:
How to Win the Fight Over Confederate Statues and Bases
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
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 Earlier Items: 
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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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
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Discussion: Big League Politics
Washington Post:
Sen. Duckworth to block more than 1,000 military promotions unless Pentagon vows not to retaliate against Vindman
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump ambassadors sold stocks as president downplayed pandemic and virus was spreading
Discussion: Political Wire