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1:50 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
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 …
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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” …
CNN:
Russian democracy is a farce.  Putin wants the same fate for America  —  Some Russian voters back a ploy by Putin to rule until 2036  —  Garry Kasparov is the chairman of the Renew Democracy Initiative.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion at CNN.
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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 …
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump's Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
In an era of racial unrest, Americans converging in D.C. to celebrate the Fourth of July question the meaning of freedom  —  More than two centuries after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Americans converged on the Mall on Saturday for the Fourth of July during a season of protests …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Outside the Beltway
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DCist:
Live Updates: Protesters, Trump Supporters Clash In Front Of The Washington Monument As Fireworks Exploded Overhead |
Discussion: WTOP and NPR
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
Vince Bzdek / Gazette:
In the rush to do the right thing, journalism can't abandon its standards  —  The first time I got in a car to teach my son how to drive, he blew through three stop signs without blinking.  —  “Hey,” I said gently as we came to the fourth.  “You notice those red octagons back there?”
 
 
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Houston Chronicle:
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Kevin McCullough / Townhall:
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Associated Press:
Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters
Discussion: Political Wire
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: 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.
 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
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