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3:20 PM ET, July 4, 2020

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Washington Post:
Trump's push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him  —  President Trump's unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white domination, crystallized by his harsh denunciation of the racial justice movement Friday night at Mount Rushmore …
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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 …
Ryan Taylor / Rev:
Donald Trump Speech Transcript at Mount Rushmore 4th of July Event  —  Donald Trump gave a speech on July 3 at a Fourth of July firework event at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  Read the full speech transcript here. … Well, thank you very much.  Governor Noem, Secretary Bernhardt, we very much appreciate it.
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
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction
Discussion: The Mahablog
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota's 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration |
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:   At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: The Hill
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
‘White power’ video was a glimpse into Trump-era political discourse in 'America's friendliest' retirement community  —  THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Sharon Sandler was already irritated as she walked toward the growing line of golf carts preparing to parade around one of her retirement community's town squares for President Trump's birthday.
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
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
Jesse Wegman / New York Times:
Seriously, Just Wear Your Mask  —  This is not complicated, folks.  —  Mr. Wegman is a member of the editorial board.  —  Wear a mask.  —  Seriously, just wear one.  Almost any mask will do, really.  N95, surgical, spandex, homespun cotton.  For people who aren't front-line health care workers …
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
How a Lincoln-Douglass Debate Led to Historic Discovery  —  Texting exchange by two professors led to Frederick Douglass letter on Emancipation Memorial  —  WASHINGTON—It was a text-message debate that led Scott Sandage and Jonathan White to discover a vital American artifact last weekend …
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
Joe Biden / NBC News:
Trump erodes America's foundation.  This Fourth of July, I pledge to rebuild it. … The Fourth of July commemorates a courageous, extraordinary day, when the architects of our nation laid the first stone in the foundation of American democracy.  In the nearly two and a half centuries since …
Alexandre Tanzi / Bloomberg:
U.S. Population Growth Has Been Driven Exclusively by Minorities  — Census data indicate White population has shrunk since 2010  — First decline since 1790 if confirmed in census: Brookings  —  U.S. racial and ethnic minorities accounted for all of the nation's population growth during …
Discussion: Axios
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.
David Siders / Politico:
Biden builds lead as Trump goes from trailing to flailing  —  Biden's polling lead over Trump is significant, though not unprecedented.  —  Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the economy during an event in June.  Susan Walsh/AP Photo
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alex Beam / The Boston Globe:
Dukakis has some advice for Biden: Don't take those polls seriously
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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BuzzFeed News:
How A July 4th Meal Exposes The Coronavirus Risk For Thousands Of US Food Workers
Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Set to Host Fireworks-Laden Fourth Despite D.C. Opposition
Ted Anthony / Associated Press:
In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion
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
 Earlier Items: 
John Nichols / The Nation:
Barbara Lee Would Make a Great Vice Presidential Nominee
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
CNN:
At least 8 Secret Service agents stuck in Phoenix with coronavirus after Pence trip
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Facebook is working to persuade advertisers to abandon their boycott.  So far, they aren't impressed.
NBC News:
‘We need to live with it’: White House readies new message for the nation on coronavirus
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’