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6:25 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 …
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.
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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 and Breitbart
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction
Discussion: The Root and The Mahablog
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota's 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration |
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Althouse
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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
Business Insider:
An antifa hoax about a ‘peaceful flag burning to resist police’ riled up right-wing groups in Gettysburg for no reason  —  Foto: Andrew Lichtenstein/ Corbis via Getty Images Various alt-right groups including militias, the oath keepers, a scattering of klansmen, and confederate flag advocates …
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
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Mississippi could drop Jim Crow-era statewide voting process  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag.  Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era.
Discussion: 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.
Discussion: The Hill
Elizabeth Kolsky / Washington Post:
It is time to reconsider the global legacy of July 4, 1776  —  American independence helped further colonialism and white supremacy  —  As the country prepares to celebrate the anniversary of its formal declaration of independence from Britain on July 4, 1776, we must, once again, reckon with two dark historical truths.
Discussion: Twitchy
David Siders / Politico:
Biden builds lead as Trump goes from trailing to flailing  —  As recently as one month ago, Donald Trump was merely losing.  Now he is flailing, trudging into the Independence Day weekend at the nadir of his presidency, trailing by double digits in recent polls and in danger of dragging the Republican Senate down with him.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Zachary Small / New York Times:
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Alexandre Tanzi / Bloomberg:
U.S. Population Growth Has Been Driven Exclusively by Minorities
Discussion: Axios
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
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BuzzFeed News:
How A July 4th Meal Exposes The Coronavirus Risk For Thousands Of US Food Workers
 Earlier Items: 
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
The White House:
Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes
New York Times:
England Drops Its Quarantine for Most Visitors, but Not Those From the U.S.
Discussion: The Guardian
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
“Kill 'em.”  Houston GOP powerbroker Steve Hotze left Greg Abbott a voicemail requesting …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill