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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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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.
Discussion: Political Wire, The Sun and Politico
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump was a victim of ‘child abuse’ at the hands of his father, who ‘caused him terror that would scar him for life’, President's niece will claim in her explosive memoir about her family  — Donald Trump suffered ‘child abuse’ at the hands of his father Fred Trump Sr …
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 …
CNN:
Mary Trump levels scathing criticism of President in new book obtained by CNN
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  —  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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Mulvaney warns Trump will face ‘headwinds’ if election turns into ‘referendum’ on himself
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
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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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
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
U.S. is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says
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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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
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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David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Were Democratic Voters Right About Biden's Electability?
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Post
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.
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: The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
E. Alex Jung / Vulture:
In Conversation: Thandie Newton After decades onscreen, nothing surprises the Westworld actress, though what she's ready to share will surprise you.  —  As outspoken as Thandie Newton has been throughout her career, there are still stories she's been holding off on telling.
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Variety and UPROXX
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
Yavne: A Jewish Case for Equality in Israel-Palestine  —  WHAT MAKES SOMEONE A JEW—not just a Jew in name, but a Jew in good standing—today?  In Haredi circles, being a real Jew means adhering to religious law.  In leftist Jewish spaces, it means championing progressive causes.
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 …
Laura Belin / Bleeding Heartland:
Iowa Republicans may regret blocking statewide absentee ballot mailing  —  July 6 was the first day Iowans can request an absentee ballot for the 2020 general election.  Under normal circumstances, I prefer voting early in person and have encouraged others to do the same.
Discussion: Iowa Starting Line
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
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
With Trump trailing, should down-ballot Republicans ready a ‘no blank check’ strategy?  —  Bob Dole felt the sting in 1996, but times have changed  —  ANALYSIS — Weeks before the 1996 general election, operatives at the Republican National Committee and National Republican Congressional …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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USA Today:
Biden, Trump and the Gingrich effect: Democrats must toughen up to win the 2020 election
Bloomberg:
Stone Asks Trump for Clemency Ahead of July 14 Prison Date
USA Today:
Duckworth on Russia bounties: How dare Trump still call himself our commander in chief?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Roger Clegg / National Review:
Seven Thoughts for 7/7  — Symmetrical cowardice …
Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Joe Biden has hired top aides to run his Pennsylvania campaign
Discussion: Politico
Emma Gray / HuffPost:
Is This The Beginning Of The End Of White-Centric Identity Politics In America?
Matt Phillips / New York Times:
Investors Start to Ask: What if Biden Becomes President?
 Earlier Items: 
David Dayen / American Prospect:
A Leader Without Leading
Reuters:
UN slams Donald Trump for killing Iranian General Soleimani because there was 'insufficient evidence …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Sharon Bernstein / Reuters:
Hospitalizations jump 50% in California as coronavirus infections soar
Chris Whipple / Washington Post:
Donald Trump, the unbriefable president
CNN:
Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations
Discussion: Breitbart