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12:55 AM ET, July 7, 2020


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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
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and Axios
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Biden-founded law firm, as well as a company tied to Pelosi, received PPP funds, docs show
Discussion: Breitbart and The Western Journal
Associated Press:
Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show
Discussion: KTLA
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Media Matters Takes Millions In PPP Aid While Criticizing Trump Coronavirus Response
Discussion: Twitchy
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
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:   U.S. says foreign students may have to leave if their school goes online-only
Max Cohen / Politico:
Trump administration bars international college students if their school's classes are all online
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
Discussion: The Guardian
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Publisher moves up release of book by Trump niece
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
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.
Chris Whipple / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, the unbriefable president  —  Chris Whipple is the author of the forthcoming book “The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future.”  —  In the wake of reports that Russia offered the Taliban cash bounties to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, the question arises …
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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: Raw Story, New York Post and The Hill
Inez Feltscher Stepman / The American Mind:   What Will Become of Our Schools?
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations  —  (CNN)The words and phrases permeate nearly every aspect of our society.  —  “Master bedrooms” in our homes.  “Blacklists” and “whitelists” in computing.  The idiom “sold down the river” in our everyday speech.
Discussion: Breitbart
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
Amy Cooper Faces Charges After Calling Police on Black Bird Watcher  —  Ms. Cooper was captured on video calling the police after Christian Cooper asked her to keep her dog on a leash in Central Park.  —  A white woman who called the police and falsely accused a Black man of threatening …
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.
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
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.”
Adam Marcus / Retraction Watch:
Authors of study on race and police killings ask for its retraction, citing “continued misuse” in the media  —  The authors of a controversial paper on race and police shootings say they are retracting the article, which became a flashpoint in the debate over killings by police …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Claims It ‘Mistakenly Eliminated’ Trump Out of Photo With Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell  —  WHOOPSIE  —  Fox News on Monday morning apologized for cropping President Donald Trump out of a photograph of him posing with convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell …
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 Tennessean:
Charlie Daniels, ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia’ singer, famed fiddler and outspoken star, dies at 83  —  Charlie Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame who sang “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” recorded with Bob Dylan and was a vocal supporter of U.S. veterans, died Monday morning after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
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
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 …
E. Alex Jung / Vulture:
Michaela the Destroyer How a young talent from East London went from open-mic nights to making the most sublimely unsettling show of the year.  —  Michaela Coel is not a Christian anymore, but the spirit has never left her.  The Bible is the reason she started writing.
Discussion: The Stranger
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.
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
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
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.
Associated Press:
Appeals court deals 2nd blow to Trump asylum policy  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday blocked a key U.S. policy to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country without first seeking protection there, dealing it a second blow in less than a week.
Discussion: Politico
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Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
NY Gov. Cuomo says President Donald Trump is ‘enabling’ the coronavirus pandemic
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
64 Shot, 10 Dead: Spike in Gun Violence Alarms an On-Edge N.Y.C.
Buffalo News:
Cuomo agency report: Cuomo policy not to blame for nursing home deaths
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Breonna Taylor's Family Claims She Was Alive After Shooting but Given No Aid
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump expected to refile paperwork to end DACA this week
Discussion: Breitbart and Law & Crime
Phil Shiver / TheBlaze:
EXCLUSIVE: Daily Wire turns five years old, names new editor-in-chief
Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine:
Trump Attacks Bubba Wallace, Defends Confederate Flag
Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans
 Earlier Items: 
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Massachusetts governor signs bill giving all residents vote-by-mail option
Discussion: NBC News, WWLP-TV, CBS Boston and Breitbart
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
The mask decision that will haunt Trump's reelection bid
Discussion: NBC News
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Race-Hustler-in-Chief
Lucian K. Truscott IV / New York Times:
I'm a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial.
Discussion: The Sun
Benjamin Wallace / Vulture:
Is Anyone Watching Quibi? …