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3:40 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 …
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump's Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More  —  Kremlin-controlled media continue to flatter the American president they sometimes call their “agent.”  But they know he's in trouble, and the Putin bromance is on ice just now.  —  Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set …
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Paul Sonne / Washington Post:   Trump remains silent on Putin despite uproar over alleged Russian bounty payments
CNN:   Russian democracy is a farce. Putin wants the same fate for America
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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 …
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
David Horowitz's Book Predicting a Trump Victory Was Not Well-Timed  —  In these dark times for the Trump reelection campaign, one prophet has emerged to give hope to the faithful.  David Horowitz's latest book, Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win, has won cheerful acclaim.
Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Jumps on Preserving Monuments as Winning Campaign Issue  —  The president's aides see his defense of statues and monuments as a unifying issue beyond his political base  —  President Trump has seized on saving statues and preserving monuments to American history as a winning issue for his re-election …
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Neo / The New Neo:
Trump gives America a history lesson at Mount Rushmore
Discussion: Instapundit and americandigest.org
New York Sun:   At Mt. Rushmore, Trump Scoops the Democrats
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In Trump's new version of American carnage, the threat isn't immigrants or foreign nations.
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: Slate and Raw Story
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘Toe-tally-terry-tism’ speech  —  Perhaps President Trump's remarks at Mount Rushmore on Friday will become known as the super-spreader speech, where a few thousand people, nearly all unmasked, sat next to each other (on chairs actually tied together, which prevented social distancing) …
Discussion: NBC News
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
McGrath defeats Booker in Kentucky Senate Democratic primary, NBC News projects  —  Amy McGrath has won Kentucky's U.S. Senate Democratic primary, NBC News projects, edging out progressive Charles Booker in a tougher-than-expected race for the right to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.
Yascha Mounk / Persuasion:
The Purpose of Persuasion  —  To defend the values of a free society with courage and conviction, we need to build institutions of our own.  —  1 hr  —  Friends,  —  I'm floored by the response of the past three days.  —  Once I hit send, this article will land in the inboxes of over 15,000 people.
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.
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 …
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
Caroline Graham / Daily Mail:
Nightmare in New York: How Covid-19, BLM protests and a liberal mayor are turning the city into a no-go zone as murders skyrocket, shops are looted and 500,000 middle-class residents flee  —  Two bullet-ridden bodies lay sprawled on bloodstained concrete steps.
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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Washington Post:
In an era of racial unrest, Americans converging in D.C. to celebrate the Fourth of July question the meaning of freedom
Discussion: Bloomberg and Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
A North Korean Defector's Tale Shows Rotting Military
Houston Chronicle:
Once lauded for its COVID-19 response, Texas now grapples with one of country's worst outbreaks
Kevin McCullough / Townhall:
Six Weeks, Six Cities, 600 Murders
ABC FOX Montana:
Congressman Greg Gianforte, Kristen Juras suspend public events after potential COVID-19 exposure
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
 Earlier Items: 
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Time for cancel culture to ditch the Kennedys
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift
New York Times:
Hong Kong, Changed Overnight, Navigates Its New Reality
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Trump's Taxes, Birth Control Top Supreme Court's Closing Agenda
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
'We've got to do something': Republican rebels come together to take on Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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