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2:10 AM ET, July 4, 2020


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive for Coronavirus  —  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 …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message  —  Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a “new far-left fascism” that imperils American values and seeks to erase history.
Kimberly Guilfoyle — Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend and top Trump campaign official — tests positive for coronavirus  —  (CNN)Kimberly Guilfoyle has tested positive for coronavirus, a person familiar with the matter and a campaign source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.
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
John Santucci / ABC News:
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: The Guardian
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
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’
Discussion: Redstate and New York Post
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
Discussion: Houston Chronicle and Off the Kuff
The White House:
Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Purpose.  America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices.
Discussion: The Hill, TheBlaze and Breitbart
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: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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:
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
China strangles its world city  —  Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.  —  How does a global city die?  The world's urban centers — coastal entrepots teeming with merchant ships, oases at the heart of caravan routes, the fortified capitals of cosmopolitan empires — wax and wane through history.
Discussion: The Dispatch
Emily Bregel / Arizona Daily Star:
As COVID-19 explodes in Arizona, Sonora to close border to nonessential travel  —  SAN CARLOS, Sonora — Mexican authorities are closing the U.S-Sonora border to nonessential travel this holiday weekend, when Arizonans would normally flock to Mexican beach towns like Rocky Point and San Carlos for the Fourth of July.
Discussion: The Hill
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
Alex Beam / The Boston Globe:
Dukakis has some advice for Biden: Don't take those polls seriously  —  In July 1988, a Newsweek/Gallup poll showed Mike Dukakis leading his presidential opponent, George H.W. Bush, by a 55-38 percent margin nationwide.  —  On July 26, 1988, veteran Boston Globe political writer Thomas Oliphant …
Discussion: Fox News
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
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy Ties Ex-Kushner Aide to Qatar's Hack of His Emails
John Nichols / The Nation:
Barbara Lee Would Make a Great Vice Presidential Nominee
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The big factor holding back the U.S. economic recovery: Child care
Linley Sanders / YouGov:
Americans believe the United States was a shining city on a hill — but not anymore
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’
Ed Shanahan / New York Times:
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Foreign Policy:
White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
California Bans Singing in Church
Discussion: TheBlaze
 Earlier Items: 
Christian Britschgi / Reason:
Arizona Gyms Reject Governor Doug Ducey's Shutdown Order
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
A Democratic Money Blitz Is About To Swamp Susan Collins
Wesleyan Media Project:
Trump Spends Big on TV Ads While Biden Holds Back
John Seewer / Associated Press:
‘Huge bummer’: July Fourth will test Americans' discipline
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
How J-L Cauvin Became the Most Spot-On Trump Impersonator Alive
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
New York Times:
Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History