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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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: White House searches for intel leakers  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  GOOD TUESDAY MORNING — a few interesting nuggets from the White House world:  — SEARCHING FOR LEAKERS ... THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has opened an internal investigation to try to uncover who leaked intelligence …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is Coming Out With Another Dishy Trump Tell-All
Discussion: The Guardian
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Maybe This Isn't Such a Good Time to Prosecute a Culture War  —  Trump has gone to the well one time too many.  —  Donald Trump made his name in Republican Party politics as a “birther,” a true believer in — and an evangelist for — the racist conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was a foreign-born, illegitimate president.
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Mulvaney: Trump faces ‘real headwinds’ if election turns into a ‘referendum’ on him
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump plumbed new depths of depravity this Fourth of July
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 …
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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.
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Washington Post:
No rows found  —  The data shows the government issued $521 billion in loans, with an average loan size of $107,000.  Treasury and SBA officials say the program helped support about 51 million jobs, according to self-reported data provided by borrowers.  They said that accounts for 84 percent …
Discussion: IJR, CNN and Wall Street Journal
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
A high-risk Florida teen who died from covid-19 attended a huge church party, then was given hydroxychloroquine by her parents, report says  —  At just 17, Carsyn Leigh Davis had already experienced more challenges than most people face in their entire lives.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Florida teen dies after conspiracy theorist mom takes her to church ‘COVID party’ …
ICE:
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.
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fas.harvard.edu:
Decision for 2020-21 Academic Year
CNN:
International students may need to leave US if their universities transition to online-only learning
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Pompeo: Trump administration is “looking at” TikTok ban  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Monday that the Trump administration is “looking at” a ban on Chinese social media app TikTok.  —  Why it matters: Lawmakers have long expressed fears that the Chinese government …
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Trump could sink the House GOP in suburbia  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's continuing erosion among well-educated voters looms as perhaps the most imposing headwind to Republican hopes of recapturing the House of Representatives in November — or even avoiding further losses in the chamber.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Scripting News
Kyle Neubeck / PhillyVoice:
DeSean Jackson shares anti-semitic quotes attributed to Hitler on Instagram  —  DeSean Jackson shared anti-semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram story over the July 4th holiday, and continued to use the quotes as a conversation piece during several posts on the social media network on Monday afternoon.
WTXL-TV:
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.
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Tallahassee Democrat:
Florida Education Commissioner mandates all schools to reopen in August
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and New York Post
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 …
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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Trump's intel briefer breaks her silence
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
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New York Times:
Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity  —  With cases surging, some cities are seeing long testing lines and slow results.  —  Lines for coronavirus tests have stretched around city blocks and tests ran out altogether in at least one site on Monday …
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 …
Matthew Goldstein / New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Settles Over Ignored Red Flags on Jeffrey Epstein  —  The German lender repeatedly overlooked suspicious transactions, including payments to people a New York regulator described as his co-conspirators.  —  Payments to his alleged co-conspirators.  Money wired to Russian models.
Associated Press:
Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again  —  The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.
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.
CNN:
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.
NBC News:
Americans trust governors more than Trump on coronavirus, new poll finds  —  WASHINGTON — Americans have significantly more confidence in their governors than in President Donald Trump when it comes to handling the coronavirus, according to new data from an NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking Poll.
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.”
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
Sharon Bernstein / Reuters:
Hospitalizations jump 50% in California as coronavirus infections soar  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - New coronavirus cases soared in California over the July Fourth weekend, stressing some hospital systems and leading to the temporary closure of the state capitol building in Sacramento for deep cleaning, officials said on Monday.
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 …
Discussion: National Review
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Destroy the ‘Public’ Education System  —  It's largely a left-wing propaganda machine that funds Democratic politicians and entrenches racial segregation.  —  ublic" schools have been a catastrophe for the United States.  This certainly isn't an original assertion, but as we watch thousands …
 
 
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Associated Press:
South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
Discussion: The Hill
New York Post:
An obscene assault on Frederick Douglass
Discussion: democratandchronicle
Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis, on the coronavirus: 'I think we've stabilized at where we're at'
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump is responsible for our unfolding coronavirus disaster
Discussion: NPR
Sara G. Miller / NBC News:
Fauci on a COVID-19 vaccine: ‘We will at least have an answer’ in the winter whether it works
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What 11 Republican senators had to say about Trump's racism
Discussion: FOX News Radio, ESPN and Raw Story
Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
Why Trump's Mount Rushmore address may have been his most important yet
Associated Press:
AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
TikTok may be ‘data collection service disguised as social media’, Liberal senator says
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
Congressional races in New Jersey center around party loyalty, while progressive challengers look …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
E. Alex Jung / Vulture:
Michaela the Destroyer How a young talent from East London went from open-mic nights to making …
Discussion: The Stranger
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
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CNN:
The mask decision that will haunt Trump's reelection bid