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12:20 PM 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 …
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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.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Event to Sic Supporters on ‘Evil’ Protesters  —  “Their goal is not a better America.  Their goal is to end America. ...  Just as patriots did in centuries past, the American people will stand in their way, and we will win.”  —  President Donald Trump devoted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Trump tries to drag America backward on a very different July 4th  —  (CNN)On a very different Fourth of July holiday, when many Americans are wrestling with the racist misdeeds of the country's heroes and confronting an unrelenting pandemic with surging cases, their commander-in-chief …
Discussion: The US Sun, ABC News and Alternet.org
Associated Press:
Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore  —  MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America's divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice …
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:   At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war
Ryan Taylor / Rev:
Donald Trump Speech Transcript at Mount Rushmore 4th of July Event
Discussion: Althouse
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:   Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction
Argus Leader:
Protesters in Keystone arrested after blocking road to Mount Rushmore for hours
Discussion: Breitbart, Fox News and TheBlaze
John Santucci / ABC News:   Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus
Washington Post:
At Mount Rushmore, Trump exploits social divisions, warns of 'left-wing cultural revolution …
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 …
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Tom Porter / Business Insider:
The White House repeatedly denied the CDC permission to brief the public on the coronavirus, report says
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Harry Enten / CNN:
Republican internal polling signals a Democratic rout  —  (CNN)Whenever I hear an operative complain about public polling, I have just one thing to say: Put up or shut up.  Release your own numbers that show the race in a different place than the public polling, or let the public polling stand.
Associated Press:
Trump's ‘strong wall’ to block COVID-19 from China had holes  —  President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic — a “strong wall” that allowed only U.S. citizens inside, he boasted in May.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Isabel Hilton / Financial Times:   Beijing's Hong Kong takeover is a masterclass in creating fear
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
China strangles its world city
Discussion: The Dispatch
New York Times:
How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities  —  Donors are wondering why they gave to a Charlotte event that has mostly been scrapped.  And Jacksonville fund-raisers find money is on hold because of concerns about the surge in virus cases.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Axios and The Hill
Paola Pérez / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida breaks coronavirus record with over 11K new cases reported in one day  —  Florida reported 11,458 new coronavirus cases on Independence Day, shattering its record for daily reported cases in the state since the pandemic began.  —  The single-day record was last broken on Thursday with over 10,000 new cases.
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.
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 Liberty Unyielding
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 …
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Eric Trump Deletes Tweet of Bill Clinton With Ghislaine Maxwell After Twitter Buries Him With Photos …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Spectator USA and Raw Story
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: Politico and Political Wire
Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Set to Host Fireworks-Laden Fourth Despite D.C. Opposition  —  The president will preside over an Independence Day gathering criticized by Washington's mayor; protesters plan counterprogramming  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is set to host a July 4 celebration here with fireworks …
 
 
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Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
‘White power’ video was a glimpse into Trump-era political discourse in 'America's friendliest' retirement community
Ted Anthony / Associated Press:
In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion
Joe Biden / NBC News:
Trump erodes America's foundation. This Fourth of July, I pledge to rebuild it.
Discussion: The Guardian
Emily Bregel / Arizona Daily Star:
As COVID-19 explodes in Arizona, Sonora to close border to nonessential travel
Discussion: The Hill
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Fundraiser Elliott Broidy Ties Ex-Kushner Aide to Qatar's Hack of His Emails
New York Times:
England Drops Its Quarantine for Most Visitors, but Not Those From the U.S.
Discussion: The Guardian
John Nichols / The Nation:
Barbara Lee Would Make a Great Vice Presidential Nominee
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
At least 8 Secret Service agents stuck in Phoenix with coronavirus after Pence trip
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Alex Beam / The Boston Globe:
Dukakis has some advice for Biden: Don't take those polls seriously
Discussion: Fox News
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The big factor holding back the U.S. economic recovery: Child care
Washington Post:
Facebook is working to persuade advertisers to abandon their boycott.  So far, they aren't impressed.
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’
Marlene Cimons / Washington Post:
How Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with covid-19 risks in their everyday lives
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
A Democratic Money Blitz Is About To Swamp Susan Collins