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11:40 AM ET, July 5, 2020

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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” …
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Maeve Reston / CNN:
With inflammatory July 4 message, Trump distracts from the real threat to America  —  (CNN)As the nation marked a somber Fourth of July with many Americans confined to their homes amid an alarming rise in coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump used his stage on the White House's South Lawn Saturday …
Discussion: NBC News, Politico and The Hill
Neo / The New Neo:
Trump gives America a history lesson at Mount Rushmore
Discussion: Instapundit, americandigest.org and Rev
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In Trump's new version of American carnage, the threat isn't immigrants or foreign nations.
New York Times:
At Mt. Rushmore and the White House, Trump Updates ‘American Carnage’ Message for 2020
Discussion: Politico
New York Sun:   At Mt. Rushmore, Trump Scoops the Democrats
Washington Post:
Militias flocked to Gettysburg to foil a supposed antifa flag burning, an apparent hoax created on social media  —  GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, PA. — For weeks, a mysterious figure on social media talked up plans for antifa protesters to converge on this historical site on Independence …
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Business Insider:
An antifa hoax about a ‘peaceful flag burning to resist police’ riled up right-wing groups in Gettysburg for no reason
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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: Axios and Raw Story
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 …
Politico:
Donald Trump's shrinking electoral map  —  Donald Trump's campaign once spoke of expanding his electoral map into blue-leaning territory like Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and New Hampshire.  —  Now, winning at least a handful of those states has become a matter of survival.
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: Trump and Biden in close race in Georgia
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Trump Appears To Claim Desert Storm Happened In Vietnam In 4th of July Disaster
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
'We've got to do something': Republican rebels come together to take on Trump  —  A slew of organized Republican groups have sprung up to do all they can to defeat Trump in November.  Will their effort work?  —  Just like in 2016, a faction of the Republican party has emerged to try …
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
Trump remains silent on Putin despite uproar over alleged Russian bounty payments  —  Russia is once again threatening to become a major factor in a U.S. presidential election as long-standing fears about President Trump's deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin crystallize in a scandal …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Trump's Taxes, Birth Control Top Supreme Court's Closing Agenda  — President's tax returns could become public if he loses case  — Justices to issue opinions in July for first time since 1996  —  The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to cap a term like no other with potentially blockbuster …
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift  —  ATLANTA (AP) — From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation.
Associated Press:
Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government's new trade pact.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Sheriff: 2 dead, 8 hurt in South Carolina nightclub shooting  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A shooting at a nightclub early Sunday left two people dead and eight wounded in South Carolina, a sheriff's official said.  —  Two Greenville County sheriff's deputies noticed a disturbance at Lavish Lounge …
Discussion: MSN, KLAS and Breitbart
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A Confederate statue is toppled in rural Maryland, then quietly stored away  —  After the Confederate statue was vandalized, toppled, and removed, all that was left was an empty pedestal paying tribute to the Montgomery County, Md., “heroes” who fought in the Civil War.
ABC FOX Montana:
Congressman Greg Gianforte, Kristen Juras suspend public events after potential COVID-19 exposure  —  BOZEMAN- Congressman Greg Gianforte and Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Kristen Juras are suspending public events a potential exposure to COVID-19.  —  On Tuesday, Gianforte's wife …
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: WTOP and NPR
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Trump defends US history, blasts ‘radical left’ in ‘Salute to America’ celebration
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Labor Secretary Scalia optimistic about economy resurgence, but warns precautions still needed
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump decries ‘cancel culture’ — but no one embraces it more
Brandon Hasbrouck / Washington Post:
Both namesakes of Washington and Lee University perpetrated racial terror.  The school should be renamed.
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Time for cancel culture to ditch the Kennedys
New York Times:
Hong Kong, Changed Overnight, Navigates Its New Reality
 Earlier Items: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
We Now Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Convention Programming
Soledad O'Brien / New York Times:
A MeToo Moment for Journalists of Color
Mariana Atencio / NBC News:
The America of Hamilton, not Trump, is the one I chose to become a citizen of this year
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Mississippi could drop Jim Crow-era statewide voting process
Discussion: The Hill
Elizabeth Kolsky / Washington Post:
It is time to reconsider the global legacy of July 4, 1776
Discussion: Townhall, Redstate and Twitchy
David Siders / Politico:
Biden builds lead as Trump goes from trailing to flailing
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story