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11:45 AM ET, July 7, 2020

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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  —  Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday conceded that if November's general election becomes a “referendum” on President Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent will face …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump turns clock back 155 years with Confederacy-inspired election strategy  —  Washington (CNN)One-fifth of the way through the 21st century, Donald Trump is seemingly running to be the last President of the Confederacy.  —  As Trump continues to ignore the deadly coronavirus …
Washington Post:
Trump plumbed new depths of depravity this Fourth of July
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.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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CNBC:   Deutsche Bank hit with $150 million penalty for relationship to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
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 …
Discussion: CNN, CBS Miami and The Hill
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.
Discussion: Unprecedented
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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
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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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Were Democratic Voters Right About Biden's Electability?
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Post
David Harsanyi / National Review:   Destroy the ‘Public’ Education System
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Michael Schuman / The Atlantic:
Why China Wants Trump to Win
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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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ProPublica:   Trump Friends and Family Cleared for Millions in Small Business Bailout
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.
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.
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Democrats target memorials to Confederate leaders in government spending bills  —  WASHINGTON — With the national debate over memorials to Confederate leaders intensifying, Democrats are targeting statues, military installation names and other commemorations of these officials …
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:
Pentagon considering a base-wide ban on Confederate flags
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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
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
Reuters:
UN slams Donald Trump for killing Iranian General Soleimani because there was ‘insufficient evidence he was behind an ongoing or imminent attack’  — A U.N. human rights investigator issued the report on Monday noting that the January 3 attack which killed Iranian General Soleimani violated the U.N. charter
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
U.S. Will Pay $1.6 Billion to Novavax for Coronavirus Vaccine  —  The Maryland-based company, which has never brought a product to market before, just made the biggest deal to date with the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed.  —  The federal government will pay …
Discussion: Colorado Newsline
Emma Gray / HuffPost:
Is This The Beginning Of The End Of White-Centric Identity Politics In America?  —  In her new book, “The End of White Politics,” Zerlina Maxwell explores how progressives have often centered whiteness — and why that must end in 2020.  —  When political analyst Zerlina Maxwell agreed …
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay  —  Saskia Popescu's phone buzzes throughout the night, waking her up.  It had already buzzed 99 times before I interviewed her at 9:15 a.m. ET last Monday.  It buzzed three times during the first 15 minutes of our call.  Whenever a COVID-19 case is confirmed …
Arizona Republic:
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego says federal government denied requests for COVID-19 testing help  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied multiple requests for a mega-COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix, according to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.  —  Gallego said her office asked FEMA …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 Dayen / American Prospect:
A Leader Without Leading  —  Nancy Pelosi is an expert at obtaining power.  
But what does she want to use it for?  —  Pelosi  —  Nancy Pelosi was upset.  Her blitz of cable news appearances as a high-profile counterpart to Donald Trump had taken her to CNN in late April.
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.
 
 
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Matt Phillips / New York Times:
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Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Michael Cohen Allegedly Caught Dining Out While Serving Home Sentence.  DOJ, Bureau Of Prisons Silent.
Associated Press:
South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
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New York Post:
An obscene assault on Frederick Douglass
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump is responsible for our unfolding coronavirus disaster
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What 11 Republican senators had to say about Trump's racism
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New York Times:
Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity
E. Alex Jung / Vulture:
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CNN:
Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations
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