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8:15 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 …
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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.
CNN:
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Taylor / Rev:
Donald Trump Speech Transcript at Mount Rushmore 4th of July Event
Discussion: Althouse
John Santucci / ABC News:
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: The Guardian
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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
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 …
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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 and Raw Story
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Alan Dershowitz Declares the Case Against Ghislaine Maxwell ‘Far From Over,’ Tears Into Epstein Accusers
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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
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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
CNN:
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Isabel Hilton / Financial Times:
Beijing's Hong Kong takeover is a masterclass in creating fear  —  If cash injections do not ease worries about the city's financial future, coercion will  —  The writer is a London-based writer and broadcaster  —  In Chinese official media, Hong Kong's new national security law is a huge success.
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Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
China strangles its world city
Discussion: The Dispatch
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
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.
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Nancy Scola / Politico:   Inside the Ad Boycott That Has Facebook on the Defensive
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.
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
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.
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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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: The Hill and Breitbart
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
Linley Sanders / YouGov:
Americans believe the United States was a shining city on a hill — but not anymore
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
Washington Post:
Washington Redskins move toward changing controversial team name
CNN:
Coronavirus is surging in Florida — and so is anxiety over Trump's chances with senior voters
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CNN:
Study finds hydroxychloroquine may have boosted survival, but other researchers have doubts
CBS News:
105 University of Washington students in frat houses test positive for coronavirus
Discussion: The Daily Caller and KIRO
David Rothkopf / The New York Review of Books:
‘The Most Ignorant and Unfit’: What Made America's Worst Ever Leader?