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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:
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 …
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Releases Names of Biggest PPP Borrowers  —  Trump administration, following public pressure, releases names of top Paycheck Protection Program borrowers, declines to disclose specific loan amounts  —  WASHINGTON—The federal government's Paycheck Protection Program designed …
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Media Matters Takes Millions In PPP Aid While Criticizing Trump Coronavirus Response
Discussion: Twitchy
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Billionaire Kanye West's Company Gets Multimillion-Dollar PPP Loan From Trump Admin
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
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
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sen. Grassley says he will skip Republican convention because of coronavirus concerns
Discussion: One America News Network and WJAX
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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
McEnany defends Trump's tweet about Bubba Wallace and Confederate flag
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Washington Post:
11-year-old fatally shot in Southeast D.C. after anti-violence July 4 cookout
Discussion: and New York Post
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
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.
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.
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.
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Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Governors' companies among recipients of virus relief loans
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David Roth / New Yorker:
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New York Times:
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Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Democrats raise the stakes in Confederate statue fight via funding bill
Discussion: The Hill
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Race-Hustler-in-Chief
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Contact tracers ‘inundated’ as virus spikes locally, with possible influx from rally evident this week
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I'm a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial.
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Companies That Boycott Facebook Continue to Advertise on Russian Social Media Platform
Discussion: Redstate
Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
Bubonic Plague Found in a Herder in Inner Mongolia, China Says
Al Goodman / CNN:
Spain's coronavirus antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Scripting News
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox News Apologizes, Says It Mistakenly Cropped Trump Out of Jeffrey Epstein Photo (UPDATE)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
Alan Dershowitz hasn't been seen at his favorite nude beach in months