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New York Times:
Mary Trump's Book Accuses the President of Embracing ‘Cheating as a Way of Life’  —  The president's niece, Mary L. Trump, is the first to break ranks with the family and release a tell-all memoir.  —  Mary L. Trump, President Trump's niece, plans to publish a tell-all family memoir next week …
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Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Mary Trump Book Claims Trump Praised Her Breasts and His Own Sister Called Him a Clown  —  Mary Trump's explosive tell-all about the president details her uncle's comments about her body, his cheating on the SAT's, and how his own sister called him a clown.  —  Mary Trump's book …
Washington Post:
Trump's worldview forged by neglect and trauma at home, his niece says in new book  —  A tell-all book by President Trump's niece describes a family riven by a series of traumas, exacerbated by a daunting patriarch who “destroyed” Donald Trump by short-circuiting his “ability to develop …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Mary Trump book: How she leaked Trump financials to NYT  —  In her new memoir, President Trump's niece reveals how she leaked hordes of confidential Trump family financial documents to the New York Times in an effort to expose her uncle, whom she portrays as a dangerous sociopath.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Psychological disorders and family squabbles: 9 details from the book by Donald Trump's niece  —  A new book by Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump describes the president as a person likely afflicted by multiple psychological disorders who is profoundly unsuited to be president.
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
Mary Trump levels scathing criticism of President in new book obtained by CNN  —  (CNN)Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump levels scathing criticism of the President in her forthcoming book, accusing him of being a “sociopath” and charging that Trump's “hubris and willful ignorance” dating back to his early days threatens the country.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun-Times:
Mary Trump says uncle Donald may have ‘undiagnosed learning disability’ in new book
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:   Donald Trump was a victim of ‘child abuse’ …
Business Insider:
Trump cheated on his SAT by paying someone to take it for him, according to Mary Trump's new book
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Elliot Ackerman / Harper's:
A Letter on Justice and Open Debate  —  We welcome responses at letters@harpers.org  —  Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial.  Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality …
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Fredrik deBoer:
ending the charade  —  I am perpetually annoyed that we continue to have culture war battles out of habit long after they have ceased to mean anything.  For example, the liberal insistence that the media or the academy do not have liberal biases.  Of course, the mainstream media is hostile to the interests of the Trump administration.
NBC News:
Trump ‘going with his gut’ in fanning racism, frustrating some White House aides  —  WASHINGTON — Some White House officials are privately expressing frustration over President Trump's recent embrace of a message stoking racial and cultural divisions.  —  The Trump allies are telling …
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Sweden Has Become the World's Cautionary Tale  —  Its decision to carry on in the face of the pandemic has yielded a surge of deaths without sparing its economy from damage — a red flag as the United States and Britain move to lift lockdowns.  —  LONDON — Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe …
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
The coming Biden coup  —  It is more than a possibility, and slightly less than a likelihood, that Joe Biden will be elected president in November.  —  Biden has made it clear that a woman will be his running mate.  —  What is becoming equally apparent is that he may be cornered into choosing …
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Katie Glueck / New York Times:
They Voted Third Party in 2016, but Now They've Settled on Biden
Discussion: Morning Consult
Collin Binkley / ABC News:
DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is assailing plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer …
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump, in push to reopen schools amid coronavirus outbreak, vows ‘pressure’ on governors
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Administration Gives Formal Notice That U.S. Will Leave the W.H.O. Next Year  —  President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, who had been a skeptic of antivirus precautions, tested positive.  City halls across the U.S. are finding ways to reopen.
Discussion: The Hill and Vanity Fair
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Trump administration notifies UN of intent to withdraw from WHO
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Miller / Rolling Stone:
What 9 GOP Campaign Consultants Really Think About Republicans' Chances in November  —  The mood in MAGA-land: “Every shred of evidence points to a likely ass kicking”  —  Shooting rubber bullet grenades at protesting priests.  Catastrophically botching the pandemic response, resulting in a public health and economic calamity.
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times and The Hill
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson suggests Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs in Iraq, hates America  —  Before launching a broadside against Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Fox News host Tucker Carlson acknowledged that it's not easy to go after a Purple Heart recipient who lost both her legs while serving her country in Iraq.
Politico:
Republicans in danger of losing huge portion of their women senators  —  Senate Republicans could lose nearly half of the women currently in their caucus come November after recently making painstaking gains — the latest potential blow to the party in the Trump era.
Discussion: Raw Story and Scripting News
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Aaron Gordon / VICE:
Post Office Delivery Trucks Keep Catching on Fire  —  Hundreds of the iconic Post Office delivery trucks have caught on fire in recent years, thanks to a 30-year-old fleet and a manufactured budget crisis.  —  Aaron Gordon  —  On April 30, 2016, a United States Post Office letter carrier in Fall River …
Ben Popken / NBC News:
Here are some of the billionaires who got PPP loans while small businesses went bankrupt  —  Billionaire property developer Joe Farrell, a prominent Republican fundraiser, received up to $1 million in taxpayer coronavirus relief funds, according to federal data released Monday.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Fauci: “False narrative” to take comfort in lower coronavirus death rate  —  Anthony Fauci said at an event with Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on Tuesday “that it's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death” from the coronavirus in the U.S., warning: “There's so many other things that are dangerous and bad about the virus.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘MacGyver,’ ‘Magnum P.I.’ Boss Peter Lenkov Fired at CBS  —  The network has parted ways with one of its top showrunners after an investigation into what sources say were multiple claims that he created a toxic work environment.  —  Following an investigation into multiple claims …
Discussion: Variety, The Hill and The Wrap
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is in deep trouble.  His own allies are privately admitting why.  —  For many weeks, the basic story that President Trump told the country — and himself — went like this: The only thing restraining us from roaring back to greatness is the oppressive restrictiveness of overzealous officials …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and The Week
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Loeffler opposes WNBA's plan to spread ‘Black Lives Matter’ message  —  U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler objected to the WNBA's plans to honor the Black Lives Matter movement, warning Tuesday that subscribing to a “particular political agenda undermines the potential of the sport and sends a message of exclusion.”
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Brazil's Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Bolsonaro, who has sought repeatedly to minimize the coronavirus as he urges the country back to work, has tested positive for covid-19, he told reporters on Tuesday.
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
Growing number of Texas sheriffs refuse to enforce governor's mask requirement  —  A growing number of sheriffs in Texas say they are refusing to follow a recent executive order requiring masks in public.  Governor Greg Abbott's mandate aims to slow the spread of coronavirus, as cases in the state soared past 200,000 on Tuesday.
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Mike Flynn swears allegiance to QAnon in Fourth of July video  —  Flynn tagged his lawyers and an organization founded by Charlie Daniels, who died two days later  —  President Donald Trump's first national security adviser Mike Flynn tweeted a video on Independence Day in which he administers …
New York Times:
Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott  —  Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's top executives, engaged in “spin” during a meeting over hate speech, civil rights groups said.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's two top executives …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Citing Coronavirus, Judges Released Child Pornographers From Prison That Will Soon House Roger Stone  — Roger Stone is scheduled to report to federal prison next week to begin serving a 40-month sentence on charges stemming from the special counsel's probe.
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Hogan, Maryland Governor, Plans Book Tour as He Eyes 2024 White House Run  —  Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of a solidly Democratic state, who has drawn attention for his criticism of President Trump's coronavirus response, writes at length about the experience.
Washington Post:
Trump's attacks on mail voting are turning Republicans off absentee ballots  —  President Trump's relentless attacks on the security of mail voting are driving suspicion among GOP voters toward absentee ballots — a dynamic alarming Republican strategists, who say it could undercut their own candidates, including Trump himself.
ESPN:
Eagles' DeSean Jackson says he doesn't hate Jewish community after posting anti-Semitic messages  —  Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said he has no hatred toward the Jewish community after posting anti-Semitic messages on social media Monday that he attributed to Adolf Hitler and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
USA Today:
Duckworth on Russia bounties: How dare Trump still call himself our commander in chief?  —  While President Donald Trump has spent the past couple of weeks golfing, campaigning and making sure the buck stopped anywhere but with him, American service members in hot spots around the world likely …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Georgia Governor Declares State of Emergency, Deploys National Guard after July 4 Weekend Violence  —  Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Monday issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and activating up to 1,000 National Guard members after Atlanta was wracked with violence over Independence Day weekend.
 
 
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Lawmakers paralyzed over response to Russian bounty intel
Daniel Dale / CNN:
A list of people and things Donald Trump tried to get canceled before he railed against ‘cancel culture’
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeo to release human rights report in person, drawing pandemic fears
Associated Press:
Richmond removes statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Georgi Kantchev / Wall Street Journal:
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Washington Post:
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Dallas megachurch that hosted Pence approved for millions in coronavirus aid
Sophia Crabbe-Field / Democracy Journal:
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
‘McCongressman’ Gets a Large Order of PPP
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Top Pence Aide Says Efforts To Make Her ‘More Compassionate’ In Child Separation Crisis 'Didn't Work'
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Sam Baker / Axios:
Trump may lose swing voters by asking SCOTUS to strike down the ACA
Discussion: Raw Story
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Trump could sink the House GOP in suburbia
Discussion: Political Wire