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12:10 AM ET, July 5, 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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New York Times:
At Mt. Rushmore and the White House, Trump Updates ‘American Carnage’ Message for 2020  —  His ominous remarks were a concession to his political standing: trailing in the polls, lacking a booming economy or a positive message to campaign on, and leaning on culture wars to buoy his loyalists.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In Trump's new version of American carnage, the threat isn't immigrants or foreign nations.  It's other Americans.  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  In his inaugural address, President Trump sketched the picture of “American carnage” …
CNN:
Trump doubles down on divisive messaging in speech to honor Independence Day  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump delivered another deeply divisive speech to mark Independence Day on Saturday, comparing the US's fight against Nazis and terrorists to his efforts to defeat “the radical left” …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Breitbart and Politico
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota's 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration |
Discussion: Washington Post and Joanne Jacobs
The Daily Beast:
Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Event to Sic Supporters on ‘Evil’ Protesters
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
DCist:
Live Updates: Protesters, Trump Supporters Clash In Front Of The Washington Monument As Fireworks Exploded Overhead |  DCist  —  9:49 p.m.: In the red, white, and blue glare of fireworks, a group of protesters and Trump supporters faced off near the Washington Monument.
Discussion: NPR
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Trump defends US history, blasts ‘radical left’ in ‘Salute to America’ celebration
Discussion: The Hill
Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Set to Host Fireworks-Laden Fourth Despite D.C. Opposition
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Claims Desert Storm Happened In Vietnam In 4th of July Disaster  —  During his Fourth of July Speech, Trump claimed that Operation Desert Storm happened in the jungles of Vietnam.  —  Trump said, “In the fields and jungles of Vietnam, they delivered a swift and swiffian …
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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne  —  The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say.  The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive.  —  The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
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
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
Baltimore Sun:
Christopher Columbus statue near Little Italy brought down, tossed into Baltimore's Inner Harbor  —  A crowd of shouting protesters yanked down the Christopher Columbus statue near Little Italy, dragged it to the edge of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and rolled it with a splash into the water …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
 
 
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Mariana Atencio / NBC News:
The America of Hamilton, not Trump, is the one I chose to become a citizen of this year
Alexandre Tanzi / Bloomberg:
U.S. Population Growth Has Been Driven Exclusively by Minorities
Discussion: Axios
Jesse Wegman / New York Times:
Seriously, Just Wear Your Mask
Discussion: Mediaite
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
How a Lincoln-Douglass Debate Led to Historic Discovery
BuzzFeed News:
How A July 4th Meal Exposes The Coronavirus Risk For Thousands Of US Food Workers
 Earlier Items: 
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: Washington Post and Slate
Associated Press:
Trump's ‘strong wall’ to block COVID-19 from China had holes
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities
Discussion: Raw Story