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The Daily Beast:
Former Melania Trump Confidante to Release an ‘Explosive’ Tell-All Before the Election  —  Another blockbuster Trump book is set to hit shelves next month and contain “explosive” revelations about first lady Melania Trump.  —  Following months of legal drama, threats, and public controversy …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: White House searches for intel leakers  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  GOOD TUESDAY MORNING — a few interesting nuggets from the White House world:  — SEARCHING FOR LEAKERS ... THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has opened an internal investigation to try to uncover who leaked intelligence …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is Coming Out With Another Dishy Trump Tell-All
Discussion: The Guardian
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Small Biz Rescue Bailed Out Kushner's Family, Obama's Aides and Other Political Elite  —  The PPP program was designed to help small businesses.  And it has.  But some of the most connected figures in politics also cashed in.  —  When the Trump administration began implementing …
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ICE:
SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester  —  WASHINGTON - The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester.
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fas.harvard.edu:
Decision for 2020-21 Academic Year
Alison Durkee / Forbes:
ICE Says Foreign Students Can't Attend Online-Only College This Fall, Despite Pandemic
Discussion: New York Times and Instapundit
CNN:
International students may need to leave US if their universities transition to online-only learning
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
WTXL-TV:
FL Education Commissioner requires all Florida school districts to reopen campuses in August  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has issued an executive order requiring all of Florida's public K-12 schools to reopen in August.
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Tallahassee Democrat:
Florida Education Commissioner mandates all schools to reopen in August  —  Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order Monday, requiring all schools to open in the fall and laying out the requirements districts must meet to offer any sort of non-traditional remote instruction …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and New York Post
Inez Feltscher Stepman / The American Mind:   What Will Become of Our Schools?
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Media Outlets Duped by a Middle East Propaganda Campaign  —  DOES NOT EXIST  —  Conservative sites like Newsmax and Washington Examiner have published Middle East hot takes from “experts” who are actually fake personas pushing propaganda.  —  If you want a hot take about the Middle East, Raphael Badani is your man.
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Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
A high-risk Florida teen who died from covid-19 attended a huge church party, then was given hydroxychloroquine by her parents, report says  —  At just 17, Carsyn Leigh Davis had already experienced more challenges than most people face in their entire lives.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Chris Whipple / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, the unbriefable president  —  Chris Whipple is the author of the forthcoming book “The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future.”  —  In the wake of reports that Russia offered the Taliban cash bounties to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, the question arises …
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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Trump's intel briefer breaks her silence
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Pompeo: Trump administration is “looking at” TikTok ban  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday that the Trump administration is “looking at” a ban on Chinese social media app TikTok.  —  Why it matters: Lawmakers have long expressed fears that the Chinese government …
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
What if Trump loses but insists he won?  —  On his present trajectory, President Trump is heading for a whopping defeat in November.  The Economist says there's nearly a 99 percent chance that Joe Biden will win more popular votes and around a 90 percent chance that he will win more electoral college votes.
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations  —  (CNN)The words and phrases permeate nearly every aspect of our society.  —  “Master bedrooms” in our homes.  “Blacklists” and “whitelists” in computing.  The idiom “sold down the river” in our everyday speech.
David Roth / New Yorker:
How “Starship Troopers” Aligns with Our Moment of American Defeat  —  It has become clear, in these last decades of decadence, decline, towering institutional violence, and rampant bad taste, that American life is stuck somewhere inside the Paul Verhoeven cinematic universe.
Adam Marcus / Retraction Watch:
Authors of study on race and police killings ask for its retraction, citing “continued misuse” in the media  —  The authors of a controversial paper on race and police shootings say they are retracting the article, which became a flashpoint in the debate over killings by police …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson suggests Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs in Iraq, hates America  —  Before launching a broadside against Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Fox News host Tucker Carlson acknowledged that it's not easy to go after a Purple Heart recipient who lost both her legs while serving her country in Iraq.
Washington Post:
Trump plumbed new depths of depravity this Fourth of July  —  IT SHOULD be no surprise that President Trump has chosen to center his reelection campaign on appeals to racism and the demonization of his opponents.  After all, that is what he did from the opening of his 2016 run with his invocation …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Claims It ‘Mistakenly Eliminated’ Trump Out of Photo With Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell  —  WHOOPSIE  —  Fox News on Monday morning apologized for cropping President Donald Trump out of a photograph of him posing with convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell …
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
Amy Cooper Faces Charges After Calling Police on Black Bird Watcher  —  Ms. Cooper was captured on video calling the police after Christian Cooper asked her to keep her dog on a leash in Central Park.  —  A white woman who called the police and falsely accused a Black man of threatening …
New York Times:
Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity  —  With cases surging, some cities are seeing long testing lines and slow results.  —  Lines for coronavirus tests have stretched around city blocks and tests ran out altogether in at least one site on Monday …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Here are the governors who hurt so many, so needlessly  —  The Post reports: “Local officials in states with surging coronavirus cases issued dire warnings Sunday about the spread of infections, blaming outbreaks in their communities on early reopenings and saying the virus was rapidly outpacing containment efforts.”
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Trump could sink the House GOP in suburbia  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's continuing erosion among well-educated voters looms as perhaps the most imposing headwind to Republican hopes of recapturing the House of Representatives in November — or even avoiding further losses in the chamber.
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
Republicans in danger of losing huge portion of their women senators  —  Senate Republicans could lose nearly half of the women currently in their caucus come November after recently making painstaking gains — the latest potential blow to the party in the Trump era.
Discussion: Scripting News
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Maybe This Isn't Such a Good Time to Prosecute a Culture War  —  Trump has gone to the well one time too many.  —  Donald Trump made his name in Republican Party politics as a “birther,” a true believer in — and an evangelist for — the racist conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was a foreign-born, illegitimate president.
Kyle Neubeck / PhillyVoice:
DeSean Jackson shares anti-semitic quotes attributed to Hitler on Instagram  —  DeSean Jackson shared anti-semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram story over the July 4th holiday, and continued to use the quotes as a conversation piece during several posts on the social media network on Monday afternoon.
E. Alex Jung / Vulture:
Michaela the Destroyer How a young talent from East London went from open-mic nights to making the most sublimely unsettling show of the year.  —  Michaela Coel is not a Christian anymore, but the spirit has never left her.  The Bible is the reason she started writing.
Discussion: The Stranger
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Listen to ‘The Daily’: Four New Insights About the Coronavirus  —  Hosted by Michael Barbaro, produced by by Alexandra Leigh Young and Austin Mitchell, and edited by Larissa Anderson  —  From The New York Times, I'm Michael Barbaro.  This is “The Daily.”  —  Today: As infection rates break …
The Tennessean:
Charlie Daniels, ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia’ singer, famed fiddler and outspoken star, dies at 83  —  Charlie Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame who sang “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” recorded with Bob Dylan and was a vocal supporter of U.S. veterans, died Monday morning after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
 
 
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NBC News:
Americans trust governors more than Trump on coronavirus, new poll finds
Sara G. Miller / NBC News:
Fauci on a COVID-19 vaccine: ‘We will at least have an answer’ in the winter whether it works
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What 11 Republican senators had to say about Trump's racism
Discussion: FOX News Radio, ESPN and Raw Story
Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
Why Trump's Mount Rushmore address may have been his most important yet
Associated Press:
AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
TikTok may be ‘data collection service disguised as social media’, Liberal senator says
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
Congressional races in New Jersey center around party loyalty, while progressive challengers look …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
NY Gov. Cuomo says President Donald Trump is ‘enabling’ the coronavirus pandemic
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
64 Shot, 10 Dead: Spike in Gun Violence Alarms an On-Edge N.Y.C.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Associated Press:
Appeals court deals 2nd blow to Trump asylum policy
Discussion: Politico
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Breonna Taylor's Family Claims She Was Alive After Shooting but Given No Aid
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump expected to refile paperwork to end DACA this week
Donald J. Trump for President:
Joe Biden Does Nothing As Violent Crime in Democrat-Run Cities Soars
CNN:
The mask decision that will haunt Trump's reelection bid
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops after violent weekend
Des Moines Register:
Chuck Grassley will skip the Republican National Convention for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus