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12:35 PM 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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The week that shook the Trump campaign  —  When Donald Trump had dinner with Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus at the White House on Saturday, word of the get-together quickly reverberated across the president's political sphere.  —  The 91-year-old billionaire is a longtime backer …
Discussion: Raw Story and Wall Street Journal
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
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know
Discussion: Axios and The US Sun
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
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:
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.
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
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 …
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.
CNN:   Secret Service agents assigned to Pence's detail tested positive for coronavirus ahead of his Arizona trip
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
To the World, We're Now America the Racist and Pitiful  —  The real saga of the Statue of Liberty—the symbolic face of America around the world, and the backdrop of New York's dazzling Fourth of July fireworks show—is an obscure piece of U.S. history.  It had nothing to do with immigration.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Forbes and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Sue Mi Terry / FA RSS:
The Unraveling of the U.S.-South Korean Alliance  —  Trump Allows a Cornerstone of U.S. Defense Strategy in Asia to Wither  —  U.S. President Donald Trump has held three summits with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, in the last three years and still failed to secure a denuclearization agreement.
Eduardo Neret / Campus Reform:
VIDEO: Young Americans know nothing about 4th of July  — Campus Reform spoke with young Americans and students ahead of the 4th of July to see what they knew about the holiday.  — Most said America was a racist country but couldn't answer simple questions about the country's Independence Day.
Discussion: Redstate
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.
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 …
Cameron Peters / Vox:
The QAnon supporters winning congressional primaries, explained  —  Trump supporters displaying QAnon posters appeared at a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 2018.  Thomas O'Neill/NurPhoto via Getty Images  —  QAnon started on an obscure internet forum.  Now its supporters are running for Congress.
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.
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Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Deseret News
Hirsh Goodman / The Atlantic:
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White House ‘free marketeers’ raised concerns over coronavirus price-gouging crackdown
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Geman / Axios:
Biden rolls out team to boost climate vote
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Khashoggi murder trial begins in Turkey, without the accused
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
Federal Workers Accuse Biden Labor Ally of Sexual Misconduct, Racial Discrimination
William Saletan / Slate:
How to Win the Fight Over Confederate Statues and Bases
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Copenhagen's Little Mermaid labelled “racist fish”
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New York prosecutors appeal in Manafort case seen as a backstop if Trump pardons him
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
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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
Jason Reid / ESPN:
Source: NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
There's a War Going On Over Kamala Harris's Wikipedia Page, with Unflattering Elements Vanishing
Discussion: Political Wire