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9:55 AM ET, July 5, 2020

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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” …
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In Trump's new version of American carnage, the threat isn't immigrants or foreign nations.  It's other Americans.  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  In his inaugural address, President Trump sketched the picture of “American carnage” …
Discussion: American Greatness and Twitchy
New York Times:
At Mt. Rushmore and the White House, Trump Updates ‘American Carnage’ Message for 2020  —  His ominous remarks were a concession to his political standing: trailing in the polls, lacking a booming economy or a positive message to campaign on, and leaning on culture wars to buoy his loyalists.
Discussion: Politico
Neo / The New Neo:
Trump gives America a history lesson at Mount Rushmore  —  Even though political speeches are not my thing, I watched Trump's speech at Mount Rushmore last night (you can find a video and transcript at American Digest).  —  It was a well-crafted story of America's past and a pledge about America's future.
Discussion: americandigest.org and Rev
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: Raw Story
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
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump and Biden in close race in Georgia  —  Democrat Joe Biden is narrowly preferred over President Donald Trump in a new Fox News survey of Georgia registered voters.  —  Neither candidate receives majority support in the head-to-head presidential matchup, as Biden garners 47 percent to Trump's 45 percent.
Discussion: Politico
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Appears To Claim Desert Storm Happened In Vietnam In 4th of July Disaster  —  During his Fourth of July Speech, Trump claimed that Operation Desert Storm happened in the jungles of Vietnam.  —  Trump said, “In the fields and jungles of Vietnam, they delivered a swift and swiffian …
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: NPR and WTOP
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Trump defends US history, blasts ‘radical left’ in ‘Salute to America’ celebration
Discussion: The Hill
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift  —  ATLANTA (AP) — From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation.
New York Times:
Hong Kong, Changed Overnight, Navigates Its New Reality  —  In a city where China has made some ideas suddenly dangerous, people are trying to figure out where the boundaries lie, and how their lives have changed.  —  HONG KONG — A barge draped with enormous red banners celebrating China's …
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
We Now Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Convention Programming  —  Instead of the usual media circus, this summer's made-for-TV political confabs will have a whole lot less TV.  —  Forget the luxury-suite studios soaring above the convention stage.  Or the morning-show stars flown in for an on-scene dispatch.
 
 
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Time for cancel culture to ditch the Kennedys
Associated Press:
Sheriff: 2 dead, 8 hurt in South Carolina nightclub shooting
Discussion: MSN and Breitbart
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
 Earlier Items: 
Business Insider:
An antifa hoax about a ‘peaceful flag burning to resist police’ riled up right-wing groups in Gettysburg for no reason
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 and Twitchy
David Siders / Politico:
Biden builds lead as Trump goes from trailing to flailing
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story