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7:42 PM ET, July 3, 2020


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Alan Dershowitz / Spectator USA:
The Ghislaine Maxwell I know  —  My wife and I were introduced to Ghislaine Maxwell by Sir Evelyn and Lady Lynne de Rothschild, and we subsequently met her on several occasions — generally in the presence of prominent people such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nobel Prize-winning scientists …
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Eric Trump Deletes Tweet of Bill Clinton With Ghislaine Maxwell After Twitter Buries Him With Photos of Her With His Father  —  Eric Trump tweeted, and then deleted, a photo of former President Bill Clinton with Jeffrey Epstein's alleged partner-in-crime Ghislaine Maxwell …
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
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 …
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:   Powerful men are scared about what Ghislaine Maxwell will say
NBC News:
‘We need to live with it’: White House readies new message for the nation on coronavirus  —  WASHINGTON — After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it.  —  Administration officials are planning to intensify …
Tom Porter / Business Insider:
The White House repeatedly denied the CDC permission to brief the public on the coronavirus, report says
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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’
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Leaders Pivot as Daily U.S. Cases Pass 50,000  —  Infections within the Secret Service forced Pence to change a visit to Arizona.  Britain's prime minister urged restraint when pubs reopen this weekend.  —  RIGHT NOW Alabama, North Carolina and Kansas set new single …
John Seewer / Associated Press:   ‘Huge bummer’: July Fourth will test Americans' discipline
New York Post:
Michael Cohen caught at NYC restaurant — and it could land him back in prison  —  Michael Cohen could soon be back to chowing down in a prison cafeteria.  —  The recently sprung jailbird was caught by The Post dining out on Manhattan's Upper East Side — and the meal may cost him his freedom, legal experts said Friday.
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: The Federalist
Study finds hydroxychloroquine may have helped coronavirus patients survive better  —  (CNN)A surprising new study found that the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped patients better survive in the hospital.  —  A team at Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Facebook is working to persuade advertisers to abandon their boycott.  So far, they aren't impressed.  —  More than 750 advertisers are boycotting Facebook, asking for better policing of hateful content.  Facebook's concessions so far haven't won them over.
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Inside the Ad Boycott That Has Facebook on the Defensive
Discussion: TheStreet
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
New York Times:
New Administration Memo Seeks to Foster Doubts About Suspected Russian Bounties  —  Criticized for its inaction, the Trump administration commissioned a new look at a months-old intelligence assessment.  It emphasizes gaps.  —  A memo produced in recent days by the office …
Discussion: HuffPost, Just Security and The Nation
Marlene Cimons / Washington Post:
How Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with covid-19 risks in their everyday lives  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
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 …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The big factor holding back the U.S. economic recovery: Child care  —  Nearly a third of the nation's workforce has children at home, and they're struggling.  Researchers estimate nearly 10 percent of economic activity won't happen as long as schools and day cares remain closed.
Christian Britschgi / Reason:
Arizona Gyms Reject Governor Doug Ducey's Shutdown Order  —  Arizona's gym owners want big brother off their lats.  —  Some of the state's fitness centers have announced that they will remain open in defiance of an order Gov. Doug Ducey (R) issued on Monday mandating they close, along with bars, movie theaters, and water parks.
Foreign Policy:
White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test  —  Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.  —  A pair of 20-something White House staffers will begin conducting interviews with political appointees at the Defense Department starting next week …
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Fox News and Los Angeles Times
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.
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask mandate exempts voting sites and churches  —  As for the voting exemption in his mask order, Abbott says it was designed to make sure Texans do not lose their right to vote “simply because they don't have a mask.”  —  Gov. Greg Abbott's …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’  —  After plastic explosives and Nazi memorabilia were found at an elite soldier's home, Germany worries about a problem of far-right infiltration at the heart of its democracy.  —  CALW, Germany — As Germany emerged …
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Linley Sanders / YouGov:
Americans believe the United States was a shining city on a hill — but not anymore
Ed Shanahan / New York Times:
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Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
California Bans Singing in Church
Discussion: TheBlaze
Arizona Republic:
Sonora health officials seek tougher border restrictions with Arizona over COVID-19 spread
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Alabama order easing voting restrictions
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
Elie Honig / CAFE:
Note From Elie: Jerry Nadler's Talk is Brash, but his Walk is Timid
Elisa Braun / Politico:
5 things to know about France's new PM Jean Castex
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
To the World, We're Now America the Racist and Pitiful
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
New York Times:
Coronavirus Cases Are Peaking Again. Here's How It's Different This Time.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Trump's Re-election Message Is White Grievance
Nikolaj Skydsgaard / Reuters:
Copenhagen's Little Mermaid labelled “racist fish”
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