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1:10 PM ET, July 5, 2020

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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
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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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: Raw Story and Politico
New York Sun:   At Mt. Rushmore, Trump Scoops the Democrats
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
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
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba Confirmed in Florida  —  WHAT'S NEXT?  —  Health officials in Florida have sounded the alarm over the discovery of a rare, brain-eating amoeba in the county that encompasses Tampa and several other cities.  The Florida Department of Health announced the news Friday …
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 …
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
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn won't confirm Trump's promises on vaccine timing  —  Hahn appeared on “This Week” and discussed the status of a COVID-19 vaccine.  —  Despite President Donald Trump's claims that a COVID-19 “solution” would likely be available “long before the end of the year …
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 …
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 …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Ghislaine Maxwell prepared to snitch on ‘big names’ to save herself  —  Many powerful people connected to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell — including Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Leslie Wexner — could be “extremely worried right now” following Maxwell's arrest — because she wrongly believed they were protecting her.
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
Kevin McCullough / Townhall:
Six Weeks, Six Cities, 600 Murders  —  The single most important domestic issue of our time is not the rising number of new people testing positive for COVID-19.  Deaths have hit all-time lows.  —  The single most important domestic issue of our time is not even the continued economic hardship …
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: New York Post and The Hill
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
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Hong Kong, Changed Overnight, Navigates Its New Reality
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
We Now Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Convention Programming
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A Confederate statue is toppled in rural Maryland, then quietly stored away
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