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Nic Robertson / CNN:
Strongmen rush to remake the world order as Trump faces potential election defeat  —  London (CNN)This past week, on US President Donald Trump's watch Russia and China have effectively re-aligned the coming world order.  They didn't do it together, but both took advantage of uncertainty …
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump's Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More
CNN:   Russian democracy is a farce. Putin wants the same fate for America
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:   Trump remains silent on Putin despite uproar over alleged Russian bounty payments
democratandchronicle:
Frederick Douglass statue vandalized on anniversary of his famous 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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
How Tucker Carlson monologues predict what Trump will say next  —  If you want to understand the rhetorical roots of Trump's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore, go back and watch Tucker Carlson's monologues for the past six weeks.  —  Between the lines: Trump …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘Toe-tally-terry-tism’ speech
Discussion: American Greatness and NBC News
WGCL-TV:
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump faces a now historical disadvantage  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Monmouth University poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 53% to 41% lead over President Donald Trump.  —  The average live interview poll conducted over the last month has Biden ahead by a similar 11-point margin.
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Protester dies after struck by speeding car at Black Lives Matter freeway demonstration in Seattle  —  One other demonstrator hit by the luxury vehicle was critically injured.  —  A young protester has died from injuries she suffered when a luxury car plowed into her and another woman during …
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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump turned July Fourth into a partisan event.  The damage could be long-lasting.  —  President Trump, with two speeches in two days, has turned the Fourth of July from a joyful and unifying patriotic celebration of America's founding values into a partisan political event.  The damage could outlast his presidency.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
I can't stop thinking about the beauty of Elijah McClain and the banal evil of the cops who killed him  —  If you want to last more than a year or two in journalism, you're supposed to have some kind of switch that doesn't fully block the flow of human emotions — that's simply not possible …
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 …
New York Daily News:
41 shot overnight in NYC with at least 4 dead in citywide explosion of gun violence  —  New York City turned into the Wild West as a series of shootings claiming at least four lives and injuring 37 others erupted amid Fourth of July celebrations.  —  The shocking wave of violence came …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
A Trump-Backed Senate Candidate's Hedge Fund Disaster  —  President Trump's favored Senate candidate in Alabama, Tommy Tuberville, is known for his career as a college football coach.  —  But he also had a brief stint as co-owner of a hedge fund.  It did not go well.
Discussion: The Sun
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.
Discussion: Fox News
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Army identifies Vanessa Guillén's remains, soldier's family says  —  Army investigators have positively identified the remains of Spc. Vanessa Guillén, her family told The Washington Post on Sunday, more than two months after she vanished from Fort Hood.
Discussion: The Sun and Task & Purpose
CNN:
They envisioned a world without police.  Inside Seattle's CHOP zone, protesters struggled to make it real  —  Seattle (CNN)In Wednesday's early morning hours, Seattle police cleared the Capitol Hill Organized Protest area, a relatively quiet end to a demonstration that had evolved into an art party …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump to hold outdoor New Hampshire rally July 11, campaign announces  —  The rally will be the president's second since the coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation  —  President Trump's re-election campaign announced Sunday that the president will headline an outdoor rally …
Discussion: Associated Press
Berny Belvedere / Arc Digital:
The Arc Digital Way  —  As a publication, we are fiercely committed to intellectual pluralism.  What does that mean?  And why do we think that's a good thing?  —  Earlier this week, Brookings fellow (and Arc contributor) Shadi Hamid tweeted something that was far too reasonable to escape controversy.
 
 
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Ron Charles / Washington Post:
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Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Trump's failing culture wars
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Yascha Mounk / Persuasion:
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Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Jumps on Preserving Monuments as Winning Campaign Issue
Houston Chronicle:
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 Earlier Items: 
Kevin McCullough / Townhall:
Six Weeks, Six Cities, 600 Murders
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift
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
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:
A Confederate statue is toppled in rural Maryland, then quietly stored away