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10:05 PM ET, July 6, 2020


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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  —  After careful deliberation and informed by extensive input from our community, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced plans to bring up to 40% of our undergraduates to campus, including all first-year students, for the fall semester.
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
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:   U.S. says foreign students may have to leave if their school goes online-only
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 …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is Coming Out With Another Dishy Trump Tell-All  —  Melania's former right hand will write, among other things, about her “abrupt and very public” departure from the East Wing after inauguration chaos.  —  In the midst of a presidential election, a global pandemic …
Discussion: The Guardian
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Publisher moves up release of book by Trump niece
Discussion: Washington Post and 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 …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
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 and Raw Story
Inez Feltscher Stepman / The American Mind:   What Will Become of Our Schools?
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?’
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump and Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus as pandemic surges
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump's intel briefer breaks her silence  —  A career CIA officer explained in rare public remarks on Monday what she's learned about adapting intelligence briefings to the unique style of a particular “customer” — in her case, President Donald Trump.  —  Beth Sanner, a senior official …
Washington Post:   We've briefed many presidents. Uncertainty comes with the job.
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Media Matters Takes Millions In PPP Aid While Criticizing Trump Coronavirus Response  —  Media Matters raked in as much as $2 million in coronavirus relief loans as the left-wing blog slammed the Trump administration's coronavirus response, according to federal records released on Monday.
Discussion: Twitchy
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
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.
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.
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 …
Des Moines Register:
Chuck Grassley will skip the Republican National Convention for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus  —  Citing concerns about the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he will not attend this year's Republican National Convention, marking the first time he has sat …
The mask decision that will haunt Trump's reelection bid  —  (CNN)As coronavirus cases surge and governors begin agitating for a national mandate on wearing masks, President Donald Trump is showing few signs he'll budge on an issue that has come to epitomize a national pandemic response rooted …
Discussion: NBC News
Maeve Reston / CNN:
As Trump gaslights America about coronavirus, Republicans face a critical choice
Discussion: Washington Times
Donald J. Trump for President:
Joe Biden Does Nothing As Violent Crime in Democrat-Run Cities Soars  —  Americans got a taste this weekend of what Joe Biden meant when he promised to “transform the nation.”  In the face of left-wing rioters, anti-American mobs, and tragic deaths in Democrat-run cities, Biden did nothing.
Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine:
Trump Attacks Bubba Wallace, Defends Confederate Flag  —  President Trump is being racist again.  In a tweet Monday morning, the self-proclaimed “least racist person” on the planet attacked Bubba Wallace, the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR's top racing series, and criticized the sport's decision to ban the Confederate flag.
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.
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.”
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Breonna Taylor's Family Claims She Was Alive After Shooting but Given No Aid  —  A new court filing says Ms. Taylor, whose death set off protests, received no medical help after she was shot by the police.  The coroner asserts that her injuries were so severe she could not have been saved.
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
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: Axios, IJR and The Intellectualist
Argus Leader:
Former political operative Paul Erickson sentenced to federal prison  —  A Sioux Falls man who used his connections in the conservative movement to help his Russian girlfriend gain political access was sentenced Monday to serve seven years in federal prison.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lucian K. Truscott IV / New York Times:
I'm a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson.  Take Down His Memorial.  —  Monticello is shrine enough for a man who wrote that “all men are created equal” and yet never did much to make those words come true.  —  Mr. Truscott is a journalist.  —  When my brother Frank and I were boys visiting …
Phil Shiver / TheBlaze:
EXCLUSIVE: Daily Wire turns five years old, names new editor-in-chief  —  Ben Shapiro will remain co-owner and the site's biggest talent  —  What are the details?  —  Ben Shapiro, the prominent conservative commentator and co-founder of the Daily Wire, will be stepping aside from his role …
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Associated Press:
Appeals court deals 2nd blow to Trump asylum policy
Discussion: Politico
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump expected to refile paperwork to end DACA this week
Discussion: Breitbart and Law & Crime
Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations
Discussion: Breitbart
Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Massachusetts governor signs bill giving all residents vote-by-mail option
Discussion: NBC News, WWLP-TV, Breitbart and CBS Boston
New York Times:
It's Been ‘Such a Weird Year.’ That's Also Reflected in Crime Statistics.
Discussion: Breitbart
Data show panic and disorganization dominate the study of Covid-19 drugs
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Democrats raise the stakes in Confederate statue fight via funding bill
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Race-Hustler-in-Chief
Corey Jones Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Contact tracers ‘inundated’ as virus spikes locally, with possible influx from rally evident this week
Al Goodman / CNN:
Spain's coronavirus antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Scripting News
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
Alan Dershowitz hasn't been seen at his favorite nude beach in months
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Are Protests Unsafe? What Experts Say May Depend on Who's Protesting What