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3:45 PM ET, July 3, 2020


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Coronavirus is surging in Florida — and so is anxiety over Trump's chances with senior voters  —  St. Petersburg, Florida (CNN)John Dudley, a retired banker, proudly cast his ballot for Donald Trump in 2016, excited at the prospect of sending an entrepreneur to the White House on a pledge to change Washington.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Trump: Biden should take cognitive test  —  President Trump late Thursday night challenged Joe Biden to take a cognitive test, claiming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee could not pass the test he “aced.”  —  “He should give it a try,” Trump tweeted.
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 …
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Brickshitters: Who's Afraid of Ghislaine Maxwell?  —  Epstein's partner in crime has the skinny on some of the most powerful men in the world.  —  4 hr  —  WHEN JEFFREY EPSTEIN signed his notoriously lax plea deal in 2007, one of the stipulations to the agreement was that his co-conspirators …
Discussion: The US Sun, Law & Crime and CNBC
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:   Powerful men are scared about what Ghislaine Maxwell will say
Washington Post:
Washington Redskins move toward changing controversial team name  —  The Washington Redskins moved Friday toward what team owner Daniel Snyder once vowed was unthinkable: changing its controversial name in a bow to pressure from its largest corporate sponsors and the fierce winds of societal reckoning sweeping the country.
KyleSmithforGM / Hogs Haven:
The “Redskins,” racism, and the future of a franchise
Discussion: ESPN and The Federalist
David Rothkopf / The New York Review of Books:
‘The Most Ignorant and Unfit’: What Made America's Worst Ever Leader?  —  “Being president,” former First Lady Michelle Obama has said, “doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are.”  In this moment, we may also need to acknowledge that presidents also reveal much about who we are.
John Seewer / Associated Press:
‘Huge bummer’: July Fourth will test Americans' discipline  —  The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The week that shook the Trump campaign
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
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 and POLITICUSUSA
CBS News:
105 University of Washington students in frat houses test positive for coronavirus  —  More than 100 students living in fraternity houses near the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, with hundreds of results pending.  The Interfraternity Council …
Discussion: KIRO and The Daily Caller
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
A Problem for College in the Fall: Reluctant Professors  —  Most universities plan to bring students back to campus.  But many of their teachers are scared to join them.  —  College students across the country have been warned that campus life will look drastically different in the fall …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
How J-L Cauvin Became the Most Spot-On Trump Impersonator Alive  —  THE LAST LAUGH  —  On this bonus episode of “The Last Laugh” podcast, comedian J-L Cauvin reveals how his Trump impression blew up online and what he thinks of his rival Sarah Cooper.  —  About six months before anyone …
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Hillary Rodham Clinton ('Hillary')  —  The polarizing trailblazer who has had a front row seat to — and personally shaped — American history over the last 40 years lets loose about sexism, conspiracy theories and Trump (including how she'd fare …
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
New York Times:
Coronavirus Cases Are Peaking Again.  Here's How It's Different This Time.  —  The first wave of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States never really ended, and cases are surging again.  But this time, a different and much bigger swath of the country is feeling the effects.
Wesleyan Media Project:
Trump Spends Big on TV Ads While Biden Holds Back  —  Senate Ads Spike; Eight Races See 10,000 Spots since May  —  (MIDDLETOWN, CT) July 2, 2020 - A new analysis from the Wesleyan Media Project, in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics, shows that Donald Trump has ramped up his TV ad spending.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump's Re-election Message Is White Grievance  —  Republicans in D.C. just pretend not to see it.  —  A lot of Republicans are acting puzzled about Donald Trump's re-election pitch.  “He has no message,” one Republican source told Reuters.  “He needs to articulate why he wants a second term,” said another.
Noah Manskar / New York Post:
Boeing communications boss Niel Golightly resigns over sexist article  —  Boeing communications boss Niel Golightly has resigned over a sexist article he wrote three decades ago opposing women's service in the military.  —  His exit leaves the embattled planemaker searching for a new top spokesman …
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Alabama order easing voting restrictions  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower-court ruling that would have relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama state during the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Alabama requires voters to submit …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
Elie Honig / CAFE:
Note From Elie: Jerry Nadler's Talk is Brash, but his Walk is Timid  —  WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler (D-NY) presides over a hearing at the Capitol Building  —  Jerry Nadler's talk is brash, but his walk is timid.
Arizona Republic:
Sonora health officials seek tougher border restrictions with Arizona over COVID-19 spread  —  TUCSON — The top health official leading coronavirus response efforts in the Mexican state of Sonora will petition the federal government in Mexico City to implement stricter controls …
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
A Democratic Money Blitz Is About To Swamp Susan Collins  —  Republican strategists believe almost every incumbent GOP senator was outraised over the past three months.  —  After Maine's Republican Sen. Susan Collins voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh …
Secret Service agents assigned to Pence's detail tested positive for coronavirus ahead of his Arizona trip  —  Pence campaign events in Arizona and Florida postponed  —  (CNN)Eight Secret Service agents assigned to Vice President Mike Pence's detail ahead of his trip to Arizona tested positive …
Washington Post:
Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Nigerian National Brought to U.S. to Face Charges of Conspiring to Launder Hundreds of Millions of Dollars from Cybercrime Schemes  —  LOS ANGELES - A Dubai resident who flaunted his extravagant lifestyle on social media has arrived in the United States to face criminal charges alleging …
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.
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Elisa Braun / Politico:
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NBC News:
Senate Republicans cool to 2nd round of stimulus checks, direct deposits
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
The New Boomerang Kids Could Change American Views of Living at Home
Discussion: Deseret News
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
To the World, We're Now America the Racist and Pitiful
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
Hirsh Goodman / The Atlantic:
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Biden rolls out team to boost climate vote
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
The US government's campaign watchdog just went out of commission. …
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
How to Redesign the World for Coronavirus and Beyond
Cameron Peters / Vox:
The QAnon supporters winning congressional primaries, explained
Washington Post:
No Mr. Trump, the virus is not under control. It is in control.
Discussion: Forbes and POLITICUSUSA
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
Discussion: ABC13
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season