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1:45 PM ET, July 6, 2020


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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 …
Supreme Court says states can punish Electoral College voters  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court said Monday that states can punish members of the Electoral College who break a pledge to vote for a state's popular vote winner in presidential elections.  —  The case comes as the election season is heating up …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
States May Curb ‘Faithless Electors,’ Supreme Court Rules
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Rules State ‘Faithless Elector’ Laws Constitutional
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court rules ‘faithless electors’ can't go rogue at Electoral College
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Camp Vows to Protect Brazil's Most Iconic Statue From Left Wing Mobs  —  A new ad warns that the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is under threat.  It's unclear if this is even true or how the president would actually save it.  —  President Donald Trump's determination …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Advisers Wonder: ‘Is the Statue Shit Going to Work?’  —  Shockingly, there are some in Trump's political orbit who aren't convinced his strategy will move voters as much as he seems to think it will.  —  With four months left to salvage his re-election campaign against presumptive …
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:   Don't gorge on polls that show Biden ahead. COVID and voter suppression boost Trump's odds.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Defends Confederate Flag in Latest Race-Based Appeal to White Voters  —  President Trump implied that NASCAR's decision to prohibit Confederate flags at its races was a mistake while also falsely asserting that a top Black driver, Bubba Wallace, had engaged in a hoax involving a noose found in his stall.
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:   Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, rope
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.
Police search for shooter who killed 8-year-old girl near burned Wendy's
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.
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.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Associated Press:
Trump at Mount Rushmore
Discussion: Twitchy and Power Line
Ben Geman / Axios:
Court orders temporary shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline  —  A federal judge ordered Monday the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline — a project at the heart of battles over oil-and-gas infrastructure — while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts a new environmental analysis.
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Daily Kos
Bloomberg Law:
Dakota Access Oil Line to Be Shut by Court in Blow for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
Amy R. Sisk / Bismarck Tribune:
Federal judge orders Dakota Access Pipeline shut down
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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: Balloon Juice and Scripting News
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 …
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Simon & Schuster Names Dana Canedy New Publisher  —  Ms. Canedy, a former journalist at The New York Times and the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, will run the namesake imprint at one of the country's largest book publishers.  —  Simon & Schuster on Monday named Dana Canedy executive vice president …
USA Today:
Mary Trump's family tell-all book publication date moved up to July 14, two weeks early
Discussion: NBC News
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.
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: Twitchy and Instapundit
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Colin Kaepernick Signs First-Look Deal With Walt Disney … Under terms of the pact, announced Monday, Disney and Ra Vision will emphasize scripted and unscripted stories that deal with race, social injustice and the quest for equity, and work to showcase directors and producers of color.
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Trudeau turns down White House invitation amid pandemic  —  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Thursday, June 18, 2020.  (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Discussion: IJR and The Intellectualist
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: Public Citizen and Political Wire
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox News Apologizes, Says It Mistakenly Cropped Trump Out of Jeffrey Epstein Photo (UPDATE)  —  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.
Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
Bubonic Plague Found in a Herder in Inner Mongolia, China Says  —  A city put control measures in place after one confirmed case of the disease, which caused the Black Death in the Middle Ages.  —  A herdsman in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia was confirmed to be infected with bubonic plague …
Discussion: Big Think, Breitbart and Bloomberg
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.
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 …
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
FOX News Media to capitalize ‘Black’
Discussion: The Hill
John M. Ellis / Wall Street Journal:
Campus Culture Seizes the Streets
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Companies That Boycott Facebook Continue to Advertise on Russian Social Media Platform
Carl O'Donnell / Reuters:
Becton Dickinson's Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19 Authorized by FDA, Shares Rise
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Trump administration reveals thousands of small business aid recipients
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Associated Press:
Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban
Tami Luhby / CNN:
These charts show how economic progress has stalled for Black Americans since the Civil Rights era
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't have a clue what America is about
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Marijuana Superweapon Biden Refuses to Use
Democrats smell a rout — and the chance to control redistricting in 2021
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Trump's Support Is Withering in Areas Where Virus Cases Are Rising
Discussion: Raw Story
Breonna Taylor warrant connected to Louisville gentrification plan, lawyers say
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story