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5:15 PM ET, July 6, 2020


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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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Ben Brody / Bloomberg:
Norquist's Anti-Spending Group Took Small Business Relief
Discussion: UpNorthNews
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
States May Curb ‘Faithless Electors,’ Supreme Court Rules
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios, IJR and The Hill
Trump's Support Is Withering in Areas Where Virus Cases Are Rising
Discussion: Raw Story
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:
Discussion: Florida COVID Victims
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.
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.
Isabelle Lopez / ESPN Press Room U.S.:
The Walt Disney Company Announces Overall First-Look Deal with Colin Kaepernick
Police search for shooter who killed 8-year-old girl near burned Wendy's
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Publisher moves up release of book by Trump niece  —  The publisher of a tell-all book written by President Donald Trump's niece Mary is planning to rush the book out next Tuesday despite ongoing litigation aimed at bottling up the insider account of life in the Trump family.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
USA Today:
Mary Trump's family tell-all book publication date moved up to July 14, two weeks early
Discussion: NBC News and Law & Crime
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.
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
Corey Jones Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Contact tracers ‘inundated’ as virus spikes locally, with possible influx from rally evident this week … Epidemiologists and contact tracers have their hands full in a figurative sense — no touching; remember it's COVID-19 — but those who come into close contact with a confirmed case hold very real concerns.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Maeve Reston / CNN:
As Trump gaslights America about coronavirus, Republicans face a critical choice  —  (CNN)The gulf between reality and President Donald Trump's delusional vision of a waning coronavirus threat was on full display this weekend, as cases soared in key hotspots while he delivered speeches …
Discussion: Washington Times
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Evictions are likely to skyrocket this summer as jobs remain scarce.  Black renters will be hard hit.
Discussion: Colorado Newsline
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston / Globe and Mail:
China's threats on behalf of Huawei are becoming desperate
Discussion: Instapundit
Lucian K. Truscott IV / New York Times:
I'm a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial.
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Cuomo accuses Trump of “enabling” the coronavirus surge
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Flood / Fox News:
FOX News Media to capitalize ‘Black’
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban
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Tami Luhby / CNN:
These charts show how economic progress has stalled for Black Americans since the Civil Rights era
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
Alan Dershowitz hasn't been seen at his favorite nude beach in months
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism
USA Today:
Don't gorge on polls that show Biden ahead. COVID and voter suppression boost Trump's odds.
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