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11:10 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.
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
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war  —  President Trump used an elaborate fireworks display and Air Force One flyover at Mt. Rushmore on Friday night to rally his base, ushering in Fourth of July celebrations a day early with accusations that a …
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Power Line, Fox News and KSLTV.com
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.
Discussion: Althouse
CNN:
Kimberly Guilfoyle — Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend and top Trump campaign official — tests positive for coronavirus  —  (CNN)Kimberly Guilfoyle — the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top fundraiser for the Trump campaign — has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a top official for the committee she leads.
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Event to Sic Supporters on ‘Evil’ Protesters
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Argus Leader:
Protesters in Keystone arrested after blocking road to Mount Rushmore for hours
Discussion: Breitbart, Fox News and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
At Mount Rushmore, Trump exploits social divisions, warns of 'left-wing cultural revolution …
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
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
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
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
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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
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 The Daily Caller
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
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
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
 
 
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Americans believe the United States was a shining city on a hill — but not anymore
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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
Foreign Policy:
White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test
Christian Britschgi / Reason:
Arizona Gyms Reject Governor Doug Ducey's Shutdown Order
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