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8:25 AM ET, July 7, 2020


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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 …
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 …
Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans
Discussion: CNBC
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.
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
BuzzFeed News:   Some Schools Are Now Online-Only Due To The Coronavirus.  ICE Says Their International Students Must Leave The US.
CNN:   International students may need to leave US if their universities transition to online-only learning
Max Cohen / Politico:
Trump administration bars international college students if their school's classes are all online
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.
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.
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?
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 …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Trump's intel briefer breaks her silence
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
The United States is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says  —  Hong Kong/Washington (CNN Business)The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Trump's Rushmore speech was monumentally splendid
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.
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.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
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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
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
64 Shot, 10 Dead: Spike in Gun Violence Alarms an On-Edge N.Y.C.
Buffalo News:
Cuomo agency report: Cuomo policy not to blame for nursing home deaths
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
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
Phil Shiver / TheBlaze:
EXCLUSIVE: Daily Wire turns five years old, names new editor-in-chief
 Earlier Items: 
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Massachusetts governor signs bill giving all residents vote-by-mail option
Discussion: WWLP-TV, NBC News, Breitbart and CBS Boston
Donald J. Trump for President:
Joe Biden Does Nothing As Violent Crime in Democrat-Run Cities Soars
New York Times:
It's Been ‘Such a Weird Year.’ That's Also Reflected in Crime Statistics.
Discussion: The Federalist and Breitbart
The mask decision that will haunt Trump's reelection bid
Des Moines Register:
Chuck Grassley will skip the Republican National Convention for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus
Argus Leader:
Former political operative Paul Erickson sentenced to federal prison
Discussion: Raw Story
Lucian K. Truscott IV / New York Times:
I'm a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial.
Discussion: The Sun