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    Not once has Trump angrily banged a lectern and promised to get to the bottom of the stunning and heartbreaking story that Russian intelligence was paying lucrative bounties for the lives of American troops murdered in Afghanistan. Not once has Trump pledged to bring justice to the fallen. Not once since the story exploded nearly a week ago has Trump taken the side of the United States and vowed to protect and defend her.

    The blockbuster bounty revelation is just the latest controversy to confirm Trump's sweeping and ongoing betrayal. "I don't think the Russians can believe their eyes and ears. It's not to be understood," stressed Retired US Army Gen. Barry McCaffery on MSNBC. "It's sickening on so many levels."

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  • Al Sharpton visited Deadline: White House Friday to discuss this hugely damning article in The New York Times.

    Sharpton described Trump as a pathetic has-been, using images we can all appreciate. He started by saying that whatever Trump has planned behind a curtain to save his campaign will only expose his failings even more. It got better from there. Be sure to check out A.B. Stoddard's reactions!

    SHARPTON: We should look at what curtain that we're looking behind. It is not a curtain where it's a surprise. It's a curtain of the Wizard of Oz and we're seeing that the wizard has no clothes.

    And I think that the problem that he has is that with the pandemic, which he could have handled better, the whole question of racism and his answer to that, to defend the statues of Confederates who not only were racist and slaveholders and slaveholder defenders, but were committing treason against the United States.

    For all of the crises he's faced, it has unglued what has been -- let's be clear - this was never a marriage of love between him and the Republican senators. It was a shotgun wedding. And when you have a shotgun wedding, any time you can find your way out of the house to get back home to mother, you will. And that's what they are going to do.

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  • Steve Hotze is listed as a "conservative power broker" in Texas, but he's just another one of those rightwing nutjobs with money that gets an inordinate amount of media attention they don't deserve and definitely shouldn't have. Hotze appears frequently on Fox News nationally, for example, where he recently gave out quack medical advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19.

    Source: Texas Tribune

    In the days after George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis last month, as massive protests against police brutality spread across Texas and other states, conservative power broker Steve Hotze of Houston called Gov. Greg Abbott's chief of staff to pass along a message.

    "I want you to give a message to the governor," Hotze told Abbott's chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail. "I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That's the only way you restore order. Kill 'em. Thank you."

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  • Trump seems bound and determined to help spread the coronavirus to as many of his supporters (and sadly, everyone they later come in contact with) as humanly possible at these MAGA rallies he's holding across the country, and his cheerleaders over on Fox continue to have his back, consequences be damned.

    On this Friday's Outnumbered, former Marine amputee turned Fox regular Joey Jones was asked about Trump's rally at Mount Rushmore and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's declaration that no one was going to infringe on the "freedom" of the participants by enforcing any social distancing or mask wearing, and Jones was all too happy to jump on board the Trump train and excuse his completely irresponsible behavior.

    Jones also managed to work in some cheap shots at the native Americans who were opposed to the event and didn't bother to mention the fact that their concerns were over more than just Indigenous rights and the land that was stolen from them. Tribal leaders also expressed concerns over fire hazards and the spread of the coronavirus when they made it clear that Trump was not welcome there.

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  • Neil Young has had to send Trump "cease-and-desist" letters before for Trump using his music. In all, three of his songs were used by Trump: "Rockin In The Free World", "Like a Hurricane" and "Cowgirl in the Sand". Last night might have been even more disgusting, as the veteran Canadian rocker also champions environmental protections and Native American causes, so Trump's thinly-disguised rally at Mount Rushmore in the heart of stolen Lakota land must have been especially galling. Neil Young's band is Crazy Horse, named after the great Lakota war leader of the Oglala band in the 19th century who fought and killed Gen. George Custer at the battle of the Little Bighorn. So, to have his music played there, of all places.... Disgusting.

    Source: Fox News

    Neil Young made clear once again Friday that he doesn't like it when one of his songs is used during a public appearance by President Trump.

    On Friday night, Young's 1989 song, "Rockin' in the Free World," was played during the president's Independence Day weekend event at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

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  • Raise your hand if you're shocked.

    Trump's maskless minions are reaping what they sow, at least in terms of COVID-19. Yet another member of his inner circle has tested positive for the coronavirus, and it's Kimberly Guilfoyle: a top campaign official and none other than his son, Don Jr.'s girlfriend. Donny Jr claims he has tested negative for the virus, and they isolating, so as not to continue spreading DEATH all over the place. At least via their own personal spittle.

    From CNN:

    "After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure," said Sergio Gor, chief of staff for the Trump Victory Finance Committee. "She's doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she's asymptomatic but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events. Donald Trump Jr was tested negative, but as a precaution is also self isolating and is canceling all public events."

    But while they claim they weren't in contact with Trump (dare I say, what a shame?) whilst in South Dakota for their celebration of his white supremacist treaty-breaking and approval of bounty-hunting of U.S. troops America's Declaration of Independence, they were in plenty of contact with others the day before she tested positive.

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  • The Reverend Doctor William Barber called for a third reconstruction in the U.S. and pointed out how the pre-COVID "normal" economy was "already a struggle" for too many.

    While Donald Trump hypes the latest jobs report and stock market gains, people who live and work on Main Street, not Wall Street, know that our economy was sick before the coronavirus pandemic and it still is.

    Appearing on AM Joy this morning, Dr. Barber issued a powerful call to use this moment for economic transformation.

    BARBER: The Poor People's Campaign, over 2.7 million people, joined our assembly a few weeks ago to say this nation, this nation has to move away from this neoliberal concept and start looking at how we address 140 million people living in poverty.

    It's not a matter of Democrats or Republicans. All of us have to do that. If you listen to our political debates, you don't hear the word "poverty." I wish, even as we were talking about in the midst of what must be done on July 4th, it's race and poverty. It's not is it race or poverty, it's race and poverty. We must talk about reconstruction.

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  • Christopher Devine, University of Dayton

    As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gets set to pick his vice presidential candidate, here's a reality check: Running mates have very little direct effect on voters. When people go to the polls, they are primarily expressing a preference for the presidential candidate, not the second person on the ticket.

    In our new book, "Do Running Mates Matter?," my collaborator Kyle Kopko and I analyze half a century of political science survey data to examine what effect a running mate has on the success of presidential candidates.

    In general, voters are very unlikely to choose a presidential ticket simply because they like or dislike the second-in-command.

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  • While African Americans bear the brunt of police brutality, AM Joy highlighted the need for attention on how Latinx and Native American communities suffer from it, too.

    Subbing for Joy Reid this morning, host Tiffany Cross noted that Latino men are the second highest group, right behind Black men, impacted by police brutality. But excessive use of force against Latinx and Indigenous people gets short shrift from the media. She asked guest Maria Teresa Kumar how to address the issue and make the conversation more inclusive.

    Kumar pointed out that the media decides "who owns what issue," meaning that while African Americans "own" police brutality, Latinx communities "own" immigration, and in reality, the impacts are broader and more diverse:

    KUMAR: I think that it's important to have this conversation, because what happens oftentimes, as your other guest was sharing, is that the media has decided what stories to cover, who owns what issue. And when we talk about immigration, it's only the Latino community, even though we know that there's plenty of our allies who are also undocumented, of African countries, who are also Asian and so on and so forth.

    And when it comes to the issue of police brutality, it's very much centered around the African American community, but it's because, sadly, the African American community is disproportionately impacted. But when you start looking at data, you see the Latino community shortly right there behind it.

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