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1:45 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 …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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
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
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  —  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 …
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judiciary Committee to interview Manhattan federal prosecutor ousted by Barr
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
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.
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.
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
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   In Whiplash-Inducing Reversal, Abbott Requires Masks In COVID-Ravaged Texas
New York Times:
Governor Orders Texans to Wear Masks As Virus Cases Surge
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Washington Post:
Sen. Duckworth to block more than 1,000 military promotions unless Pentagon vows not to retaliate against Vindman  —  A Democratic senator is blocking promotions for 1,123 senior members of the military until she gets assurances from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper that he will not retaliate …
Foreign Policy:
White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Lindsey Graham Uses Benghazi to Defend Trump on Russian Bounties
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 …
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 …
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: Washington Post and Raw Story
Sophia Valdes / SFWeekly:
Why Won't the Governor Take on ICE?  —  Asif Qazi remembers when COVID-19 first broke out in the United States.  Far from his family in the East Bay, locked in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Bakersfield, he watched the news of the pandemic on TV.
Jennifer Van Laar / Redstate:   CA Gov Newsom Shuts Down Majority of State's Wineries for 4th of July - But Not His Own
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 …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing  —  No, Alabama frat boys aren't doing snot shots and betting on who can get sick first.  Why does the media keep suggesting otherwise?  —  The dreaded “Covid party” has come to Alabama.  Even as the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients …
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 …
Discussion: ESPN, Axios, Mediaite, New York Post and Outkick
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
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
Hydroxychloroquine lowers COVID-19 death rate, Henry Ford Health study finds  —  A Henry Ford Health System study shows the controversial anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helps lower the death rate of COVID-19 patients, the Detroit-based health system said Thursday.
Discussion: Big League Politics
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 …
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 …
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
New York, New York, It WAS a Wonderful Town  —  I always thought I would retire in New York City.  I grew up there.  —  In the 1950s it was a pretty great place.  It's hard to believe now that my friends and I, eight years old or so, would shoot up the Jerome-Woodlawn line to the Bronx …
Rachel Adams-Heard / Bloomberg:
Young Americans Are Partying Hard and Spreading Covid-19 Quickly  — 'There's complete burnout,' says mayor of Lakeway, Texas  — From Arizona to Florida, young people drive positive cases  —  Covid-19 is increasingly a disease of the young, with the message to stay home for the sake …
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
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump Believes That He Is Losing Because He Hasn't Been Racist Enough
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrat Congressional Candidate: Report Trump Supporters!
Tomás Mier / Los Angeles Times:
USC reverses robust fall reopening plans, asks students to stay home for online classes
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Following Media Matters' reporting, CAGOP removes endorsement of QAnon candidate who used n-word in racist rant
Washington Post:
As coronavirus rebounds, more patients are being hospitalized and capacity is stretched
Discussion: Politico
Quinn Patrick Montreal / The Post Millennial:
Violent Antifa militant arrested by FBI as ‘ringleader’ of attempt to topple statue of Andrew Jackson
Discussion: Redstate
 Earlier Items: 
Asma Khalid / NPR:
Biden Faces Pressure To Pick A Black Running Mate. But Warren Remains A Top Contender
Discussion: Twitchy
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: The Hill and NBC News
He Built a Privately Funded Border Wall. It's Already at Risk of Falling Down if Not Fixed.
Discussion: Law & Crime
NBC New York:
Jeffrey Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, Sources Say
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
His troops have suffered a very different fate.
Discussion: and Balloon Juice