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7:15 PM ET, July 4, 2022

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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Highland Park Fourth of July parade disrupted by gunfire, multiple people shot  —  Several witnesses said they heard multiple shots fired.  As they fled the parade route on Central Street in downtown Highland Park, parade-goers left behind chairs, baby strollers and blankets.
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NBC Chicago:
Person of Interest Identified in Highland Park Parade Mass Shooting  —  An “armed and dangerous” person of interest has been identified in the Highland Park Independence Parade mass shooting that left at least six people dead and approximately two dozen others “seriously injured” Monday morning, police said.
New York Times:
Witnesses recall chaos, terror and confusion.  —  The gunman fired from a rooftop in Highland Park, Ill., and was not in custody, the police said, leading to fears for other celebrations across the region.  At least two dozen people were injured.  —  ‘This appears to be completely random,’ a police official said.
Discussion: Vox, National Review and Variety
Chicago Tribune:
Highland Park parade shooting: ‘This appears to be completely random,’ Lake County sheriff's office says amid reports of 6 dead, 2 dozen others likely shot  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 10  —  A Lake County police officer walks down Central Avenue on July 4, 2022, after a shooter fired on the northern suburb's Fourth of July parade.
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Highland Park mass shooting live updates: 6 killed at 4th of July parade, suspect at large  —  Police called it a “random act of violence.”  —  Six people were killed and about 24 others were seriously hurt in a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park …
WGN-TV:
6 dead, dozens hospitalized after Highland Park Fourth of July parade shooting  —  HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Six people were killed and dozens were hospitalized in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, according to officials.  —  As a result of a shooting …
ABC7:
6 killed, 31 hurt in Highland Park shooting along parade route; 4th of July events canceled
Mitt Romney / The Atlantic:
America Is in Denial  —  Even as we watch the reservoirs and lakes of the West go dry, we keep watering our lawns, soaking our golf courses, and growing water-thirsty crops.  —  As inflation mounts and the national debt balloons, progressive politicians vote for ever more spending.
Adam Solomons / Daily Mail:
‘Putin is seeing spies everywhere’: Top Russian scientist dies two days after being pulled out of cancer bed and jailed for ‘treason’ as family claims he was ‘tortured’ by security service  — Quantum physics prof dies 48h after being dragged out of cancer bed and jailed
Brent D. Griffiths / Insider:
Expert on White House chiefs of staff says Mark Meadows ‘absolutely owns’ the title of ‘worst’ chief in history after ex-aide's damning testimony  — Chris Whipple says he stands by his view that Mark Meadows was the worst White House chief of staff.  — Whipple, who wrote about the post's history …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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United States Department of State:
On the Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh  —  After an extremely detailed forensic analysis, independent, third-party examiners, as part of a process overseen by the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC), could not reach a definitive conclusion regarding the origin of the bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
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Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
‘Get the f*** out of here’: Squad member Ilhan Omar is booed by 10,000-strong Somali music festival crowd in her OWN district - days after she suggested Minnesota is worse than a refugee camp  — Ilhan Omar struggled to speak over a crowd booing her at a concert Saturday
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
This July 4, let's declare our independence from the Founding Fathers  —  Two hundred and forty-six years ago, Americans did something extraordinary, declaring their independence from a colonial rule enforced from a great distance with the cruel and arbitrary hand of oppression.
Doug Feinberg / Associated Press:
Griner sends letter to President Biden pleading for his help  —  Brittney Griner has made an appeal to President Joe Biden in a letter passed to the White House through her representatives saying she feared she might never return home and asking that he not “forget about me and the other American Detainees.”
Ariel Zilber / New York Post:
Woke employee who refused to work while ‘mourning’ Roe v. Wade fired  —  A woke Universal Music Group worker claims he was fired for “speaking up” about abortion rights — after he admitted he refused to work because he was in “mourning” over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Michael Tracey:
The NATO Summit: a Historic, Triumphant Exercise in Media Fakery  —  Lo and behold, I was able to attend the NATO Summit in Madrid this week.  There's plenty to discuss on a substantive level about what emerged from the grandiose gathering — for one thing, the contours of what could very …
 
 
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Deborah Yetter / Courier-Journal:
After appeals court loss, Daniel Cameron turns to Supreme Court in push to end abortion
Discussion: The Hill and Vox
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Army Bases That Honor Confederate Traitors Could Soon Be Renamed for These Heroes
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Protesters Carry Out Short-Lived July 4 ‘Attack’ On D.C. Area Highways
Discussion: Raw Story
Dustin Jones / NPR:
The abortion ruling has troops and veterans speaking out, some for the first time
Daily Mail:
Woke Guardian US news reporter is blasted over Twitter declaration that anyone who questions transgender ideology is a FASCIST
Discussion: New York Post
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