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8:35 AM ET, July 6, 2020


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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.
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
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Senator Duckworth and Most of the Press Are Lying about Trump's Speech
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Trump turned July Fourth into a partisan event. The damage could be long-lasting.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
How Tucker Carlson monologues predict what Trump will say next  —  If you want to understand the rhetorical roots of Trump's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore, go back and watch Tucker Carlson's monologues for the past six weeks.  —  Between the lines: Trump …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Coronavirus updates: Seven-day average case total in the U.S. sets record for 27th straight day  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
Discussion: Slate and Daily Kos
Washington Post:   Rush to reopen led to spikes in cases that threaten to overwhelm hospitals in some states, officials say
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 …
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 …
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Trump campaign operative's letter to RNC illuminates GOP's problem in Nevada  —  President Donald Trump speaks during a Hope For Prisoners special graduation ceremony at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.  (Photo courtesy of Daniel Clark/Hope For Prisoners)
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Trump Support 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
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
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Michael Flynn recites oath of office using slogan associated with QAnon  —  During the evening of July 4, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn shared a video of himself leading five other people in a recitation of the oath of office traditionally given to federal elected officeholders …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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: 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 …
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Strongmen rush to remake the world order as Trump faces potential election defeat  —  London (CNN)This past week, on US President Donald Trump's watch Russia and China have effectively re-aligned the coming world order.  They didn't do it together, but both took advantage of uncertainty …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
The hidden aftershocks of John Bolton's memoir as foreign government officials remain fixated  —  The news media has largely moved on, but foreign government officials remain fixated on John Bolton's memoir, “The Room Where It Happened.”  —  Why it matters: Bolton's detailed inside …
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 …
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
POLITICO Playbook: The last dash before the election  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IT'S ONLY JULY, so it seems silly to say that this is the last opportunity for a productive month in Washington before the election, but guess what: This is the last opportunity for a productive month in Washington before the election.
Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
Bars Are Easy.  Schools Are Difficult.  —  If American society is going to take one major risk in the name of reopening, ideally it should be to send children back to school.  This issue is personal for me.  I have three kids, one in college and two in a local public high school.
New York Daily News:
Shootings overnight and Sunday in NYC kill at least 9, wound 41  —  New York City turned into the Wild West as a series of shootings claiming at least 9 lives and wounding 41 others — including a Bronx teenager — erupted amid Fourth of July celebrations.  —  The shocking wave of violence came …
Arizona Republic:
AZ coronavirus: New records for hospitalizations, ICU bed, ventilator use as deaths surpass 1,800  —  Arizona reported 3,536 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths on Sunday, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.  —  The number of COVID-19 patients using …
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Los Angeles Times:
LAPD responds to a million 911 calls a year, but relatively few for violent crimes
Richard Zoglin / Washington Post:
Why do none of Trump's ‘jokes’ feel like jokes?
Discussion: Althouse
Obed Manuel / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas-born teen held by Border Patrol, ICE a year ago still fighting to have citizenship recognized
New York Times:
Chicago Gun Violence Spikes and Increasingly Finds the Youngest Victims
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Houston mayor warns hospital system close to “overwhelmed” amid COVID spike
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Netflix Beat Hollywood to a Generation of Black Content
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
GOP Sen.: Obama ‘Failed’ on Ebola but Trump's Stepped Up With COVID-19
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Gazette
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Trump's failing culture wars
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Army identifies Vanessa Guillén's remains, soldier's family says
Discussion: The Sun, Law & Crime and Task & Purpose
Berny Belvedere / Arc Digital:
The Arc Digital Way  —  As a publication, we are fiercely committed …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump to hold outdoor New Hampshire rally July 11, campaign announces
Discussion: Associated Press
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
A Trump-Backed Senate Candidate's Hedge Fund Disaster
Discussion: The Sun
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
I can't stop thinking about the beauty of Elijah McClain and the banal evil of the cops who killed him
Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump faces a now historical disadvantage
Caroline Graham / Daily Mail:
Nightmare in New York: How Covid-19, BLM protests and a liberal mayor are turning the city …