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11:20 AM ET, July 6, 2020


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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump's Job Approval Rating Steady at Lower Level  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump's approval rating is holding steady at a lower level after a sharp drop in late May and early June, with 38% of Americans currently approving of the job he is doing.
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and Washington Times
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.
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
How Tucker Carlson monologues predict what Trump will say next
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
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justices rule states can bind presidential electors' votes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College.  —  The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election …
Pete Williams / NBC News:   Supreme Court rules ‘faithless electors’ can't go rogue at Electoral College
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 …
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
Alan Dershowitz hasn't been seen at his favorite nude beach in months  —  Residents of Martha's Vineyard will be seeing a lot less of Alan Dershowitz this summer — in more ways than one.  —  The lawyer famously enjoys letting it all hang out on one of the island's nude beaches, Lucy Vincent Beach.
Benjamin Wallace / Vulture:
Is Anyone Watching Quibi?  The streaming platform raised $1.75 billion and secured a roster of A-list talent, but it can't get audiences to notice.  —  The Emmy race has begun!  Vulture is taking a close look at the contenders until nomination-round voting closes on July 13.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism  —  It was always a given that 2020 would be a year to remember.  Even so, it continues to surprise.  It seems likely that June will go down as one of the pivotal months of our political era, a period when our streets, our press …
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 …
Trump's Support Is 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
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.
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.
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 …
Bloomberg Law:
Dakota Access Oil Line to Be Shut by Court in Blow for Trump  —  Listen  —  The Dakota Access pipeline must shut down by Aug. 5, a district court ruled Monday in a stunning defeat for the Trump administration and the oil industry.  —  The decision is a momentous win for American Indian tribes …
Discussion: New York Post
Al Goodman / CNN:
Spain's coronavirus antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity  —  Madrid (CNN)Spain's large-scale study on the coronavirus indicates just 5% of its population has developed antibodies, strengthening evidence that a so-called herd immunity to Covid-19 is “unachievable,” the medical journal the Lancet reported on Monday.
Discussion: Scripting News
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Trump demands apology from Bubba Wallace  —  President Trump demanded Monday an apology from Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only Black driver, after the FBI determined last month that he was not a target of a hate crime when a noose was found in his garage stall before a race.
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 …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox News Crops Trump Out of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell Photo  —  Fox News apparently cropped President Donald Trump out of a photograph with Jeffrey Epstein on Sunday, during the network's coverage of the arrest of Ghislane Maxwell.  —  The edited photo aired on America's News Headquarters …
Tami Luhby / CNN:
These charts show how economic progress has stalled for Black Americans since the Civil Rights era  —  (CNN)The typical Black American family is virtually no closer to equal footing with its White peers in terms of income and wealth than it was 50 years ago, when Civil Rights-era reforms …
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
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 …
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: Associated Press and Raw Story
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 …
Democrats smell a rout — and the chance to control redistricting in 2021  —  Donald Trump's collapsing poll numbers have Democrats thinking bigger than just winning the White House and seizing the Senate — they're imagining a rout that extends all the way down the ballot.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Marijuana Superweapon Biden Refuses to Use  —  Democratic political consultants dream of issues like marijuana legalization.  Democrats are overwhelmingly in favor of it, polls show.  So are independents.  A majority of Republicans favor it now too.  It motivates progressives, young people, and Black Americans to vote.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Meadows teases Trump action on immigration, China, prescription drugs
Michael T. Heaney / Washington Post:
The George Floyd protests generated more media coverage than any protest in 50 years
Discussion: The Atlantic
USA Today:
Don't gorge on polls that show Biden ahead. COVID and voter suppression boost Trump's odds.
DeNeen L. Brown / Washington Post:
Depicted kneeling before Lincoln, this enslaved man broke his own chains in pursuit of freedom
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York Election Officials Wade Through Absentee Ballots
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Trump's Labor Board Eyes Striking Down FDR-Era Union Protection
Richard Zoglin / Washington Post:
Why do none of Trump's ‘jokes’ feel like jokes?
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
POLITICO Playbook: The last dash before the election
Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
Reopening Schools Was Just an Afterthought
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Trump campaign operative's letter to RNC illuminates GOP's problem in Nevada
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
The hidden aftershocks of John Bolton's memoir as foreign government officials remain fixated