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9:50 AM ET, July 6, 2020


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Reward for info on shooting death of 8-year-old during violent night in Atlanta  —  ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — An 8-year-old girl died after she was shot during a night of violence across metro Atlanta.  —  The shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. on University Avenue near I-75/85.
Jordan Lancaster / The Daily Caller:
'It's Over': Atlanta Mayor Says Protesters Should Clear Out After 8-Year-Old Girl Shot And Killed
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and WGCL-TV
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Senator Duckworth and Most of the Press Are Lying about Trump's Speech  —  Senator Tammy Duckworth says that, during his address at Mount Rushmore on Friday, President Trump “spent all his time talking about dead traitors.”  —  This is a flat-out lie.  It is entirely untrue.  It is invented from whole cloth.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Associated Press:
Trump at Mount Rushmore  —  Progressives deride his defense of America's founding principles.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war  —Los Angeles Times  —  Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message
Discussion: Power Line
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't have a clue what America is about  —  President Trump is single-minded in his devotion to fighting the culture wars.  The “culture” he fights for is authoritarian, reactionary, anti-intellectual and un-American.  If he would stop venerating marble and traitorous white nationalists …
Discussion: Redstate
Allan Smith / NBC News:
How Lincoln Project anti-Trump Republicans got into his head.  Spoiler: It was easy. … Seeking to defend President Donald Trump from questions over whether he actually reads his daily intelligence briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters last week …
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’  —  For Trump, the truth about patriarchal white supremacy defiles the American heroes who practiced it.  —  As Donald Trump gave his race-baiting speeches over the Fourth of July weekend, hoping to rile his base and jump-start his flagging campaign for re-election …
Frederick Douglass statue vandalized on anniversary of his famous Fourth of July Rochester speech  —  On the same weekend in which famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass 168 years ago delivered one of his most historically resonant speeches, a statue of Douglass was toppled from its base and left near the Genesee River gorge.
Trump Support Withering in Areas Where Virus Cases Are Rising  — Sunbelt and other Republican areas are now getting hit hard  — Older voters most vulnerable are no longer supporting Trump  —  Coronavirus is skyrocketing in Republican-leaning Sunbelt and interior states …
Discussion: Raw Story
Aris Folley / The Hill:
7 men arrested after allegedly harassing Black family on Oregon beach  —  © Lincoln City Police Department/ Facebook  —  Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said this weekend that they arrested 7 men on various charges after a group of white people they were a part of allegedly harassed …
Washington Post:
Coronavirus updates: Seven-day average case total in the U.S. sets record for 27th straight day  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
Discussion: Slate and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Rush to reopen led to spikes in cases that threaten to overwhelm hospitals in some states, officials say
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus  —  Coronavirus cases per 10,000 people  —  Teresa and Marvin Bradley can't say for sure how they got the coronavirus.  Maybe Ms. Bradley, a Michigan nurse, brought it from her hospital.  Maybe it came from a visiting relative.
New York Times:
Iran Admits Serious Damage to Natanz Nuclear Site, Setting Back Program  —  A Middle Eastern intelligence official said Israel planted a bomb in a building where advanced centrifuges were being developed.  —  A fire at Iran's main nuclear fuel enrichment site caused significant damage …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Duckworth emerging as a contender to be Biden's running mate  —  As Joe Biden pushes ahead with his search for a running mate, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) has quietly emerged as a serious contender, according to three people with knowledge of the selection process, one of several developing dynamics …
Just Security:
Unpacking the National Intelligence Council's Memo on Russian Bounty Operation  —  Over the July 4 weekend, the New York Times reported that Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe has produced a memorandum that, on the one hand, acknowledges the assessment by the CIA …
Breonna Taylor warrant connected to Louisville gentrification plan, lawyers say  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Breonna Taylor's shooting was the result of a Louisville police department operation to clear out a block in western Louisville that was part of a major gentrification makeover …
Discussion: Raw Story
DeNeen L. Brown / Washington Post:
Depicted kneeling before Lincoln, this enslaved man broke his own chains in pursuit of freedom  —  Decades before he was depicted in bronze kneeling before President Abraham Lincoln, Archer Alexander longed for freedom.  —  “Go for your freedom ef you dies for it,” said Alexander …
POLITICO Playbook: The last dash before the election  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IT'S ONLY JULY, so it seems silly to say that this is the last opportunity for a productive month in Washington before the election, but guess what: This is the last opportunity for a productive month in Washington before the election.
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York Election Officials Wade Through Absentee Ballots  —  ‘This is a circumstance of no rest for the weary,’ New York City Board of Elections's chief says  —  Two weeks after the polls closed for New York's primary elections, dozens of political campaigns still are actively pushing …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
The hidden aftershocks of John Bolton's memoir as foreign government officials remain fixated  —  The news media has largely moved on, but foreign government officials remain fixated on John Bolton's memoir, “The Room Where It Happened.”  —  Why it matters: Bolton's detailed inside …
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Trump campaign operative's letter to RNC illuminates GOP's problem in Nevada  —  President Donald Trump speaks during a Hope For Prisoners special graduation ceremony at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.  (Photo courtesy of Daniel Clark/Hope For Prisoners)
Discussion: Raw Story
Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
Reopening Schools Was Just an Afterthought  —  If American society is going to take one major risk in the name of reopening, ideally it should be to send children back to school.  This issue is personal for me.  I have three kids, one in college and two in a local public high school.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Are Protests Unsafe?  What Experts Say May Depend on Who's Protesting What  —  Public health experts decried the anti-lockdown protests last spring as dangerous gatherings in a pandemic.  Health experts seem less comfortable doing so now that the marches are against racism.
Discussion: Instapundit
Associated Press:
Trump's bluster doesn't beat a virus, calm a restive nation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long after noon on Feb. 6, President Donald Trump strode into the elegant East Room of the White House.  The night before, his impeachment trial had ended with acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:
Don't gorge on polls that show Biden ahead.  COVID and voter suppression boost Trump's odds.  —  Soon many Americans will begin wearing out the refresh buttons on their browsers, hoping that an overdose of polls, voter data and the mystical models that interpret them will grant us some certainty …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Democrats Want to Legalize Marijuana.  Joe Biden Doesn't.  —  Legalizing marijuana is extremely popular, and proven to increase voter turnout.  So why won't Joe Biden embrace the idea?  —  Democratic political consultants dream of issues like marijuana legalization.
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism  —  The critics of progressive identity politics have got it all wrong: They're the illiberal ones.  —  It was always a given that 2020 would be a year to remember.  Even so, it continues to surprise.  It seems likely that June …
Washington Post:
Trump and Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus as pandemic surges  —  The Trump and Biden presidential campaigns now see the coronavirus response as the preeminent force shaping the results of November's election, prompting both camps to try to refocus their campaigns more heavily on the pandemic …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Trump's Labor Board Eyes Striking Down FDR-Era Union Protection
New York Times:
Trump Vowed to ‘Drain the Swamp,’ but Lobbyists Are Still Thriving in It
Richard Zoglin / Washington Post:
Why do none of Trump's ‘jokes’ feel like jokes?
Discussion: Althouse
Obed Manuel / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas-born teen held by Border Patrol, ICE a year ago still fighting to have citizenship recognized
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Chicago Gun Violence Spikes and Increasingly Finds the Youngest Victims
Discussion: The Crime Report
Arizona Republic:
AZ coronavirus: New records for hospitalizations, ICU bed, ventilator use as deaths surpass 1,800
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Netflix Beat Hollywood to a Generation of Black Content
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Michael Flynn recites oath of office using slogan associated with QAnon
Discussion: Mother Jones
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
GOP Sen.: Obama ‘Failed’ on Ebola but Trump's Stepped Up With COVID-19
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Gazette
New York Daily News:
Shootings overnight and Sunday in NYC kill at least 9, wound 41
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Trump's failing culture wars
Discussion: Mediaite
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump turned July Fourth into a partisan event. The damage could be long-lasting.