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10:45 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: CANNONFIRE, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Alan Dershowitz Declares the Case Against Ghislaine Maxwell ‘Far From Over,’ Tears Into Epstein Accusers  —  OF COURSE  —  Just a day after Jeffrey Epstein's alleged “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI, attorney Alan Dershowitz penned an impassioned defense of the British socialite …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Bryan Llenas / Fox News:
Woman claims Ghislaine Maxwell raped her ‘20-30 times’; willing to testify: ‘She is just as evil as Jeffrey Epstein’  —  Jane Doe claims years of sexual abuse came to an end only after she became pregnant with Jeffrey Epstein's baby  —  EXCLUSIVE — A woman who claims Ghislaine Maxwell raped …
Discussion: Redstate and New York Post
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:   Powerful men are scared about what Ghislaine Maxwell will say
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive  —  She is the third person in proximity of President Trump known to have contracted the virus.  —  Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump's eldest son and a top fund-raising official …
At least 8 Secret Service agents stuck in Phoenix with coronavirus after Pence trip  —  (CNN)At least eight Secret Service agents are currently holed up in a hotel in Phoenix, some suffering the flu-like coronavirus symptoms after coming down with the disease while preparing for a visit …
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 …
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Trump arrives in South Dakota for speech and fireworks at Mount Rushmore; protesters block highway  —  President Trump arrived in South Dakota Friday for a massive Independence Day celebration at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, just as sheriffs and the National Guard cleared dozens …
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  —  Foto: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Robert Redfield passes President Donald Trump At a White House briefing on April 22, 2020.
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
“Kill 'em.”  Houston GOP powerbroker Steve Hotze left Greg Abbott a voicemail requesting National Guard “shoot to kill” rioters  —  Hotze, a staunch critic of Abbott's coronavirus response, left a voicemail with the governor's chief of staff in early June with the incendiary instruction.
Discussion: The Hill
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask mandate exempts voting sites and churches
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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:
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 …
Study finds hydroxychloroquine may have boosted survival, but other researchers have doubts  —  (CNN)A surprising new study found the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped patients better survive in the hospital.  But the findings, like the federal government's use of the drug itself, were disputed.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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:
England Drops Its Quarantine for Most Visitors, but Not Those From the U.S.  —  In a bid to salvage the summer tourist season, travelers from France, Italy, Spain and dozens of other nations no longer have to isolate for 14 days after arriving.  —  LONDON — England will drop its mandatory 14 …
Discussion: The Guardian and The Atlantic
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 Earlier Items: 
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Alabama order easing voting restrictions
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
John Seewer / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
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Discussion: Fox News and Los Angeles Times
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Whines He's Not Getting Praised for a Recovery With 25 Million People Still Out of Work
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story