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Anchorage Has Never Reached 90 Degrees. That Could Change This Week. (Mike Baker/New York Times)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 21:45

Mike Baker / New York Times:
Anchorage Has Never Reached 90 Degrees.  That Could Change This Week.  —  In more than 100 years of Anchorage history, weather stations have never recorded a single 90-degree reading.  If current forecasts hold, it could happen multiple times in the coming days.

White House staff forced to hand out VIP tickets to Trump's Fourth of July rally to anyone who will take them (Sarah K. Burris/Raw Story)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 21:30

Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
White House staff forced to hand out VIP tickets to Trump's Fourth of July rally to anyone who will take them  —  The big-Republican donors that were offered tickets from the White House couldn't make it — so the White House is begging for anyone at this point.

Boris Johnson is poised to become prime minister. Is he up to the job? (Financial Times)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 21:30

Financial Times:
Boris Johnson is poised to become prime minister.  Is he up to the job?  —  Tie askew, hair mussed into a state of tonsorial turmoil, one sock inside out, Boris Johnson is facing his first major audition for the job he has craved all his life.  He knows what is coming.

Special prosecutor assigned to investigate police shooting in South Bend, Indiana (Soo Rin Kim/ABC News)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 21:30

Soo Rin Kim / ABC News:
Special prosecutor assigned to investigate police shooting in South Bend, Indiana  —  A special prosecutor has been named to investigate a fatal police shooting of a black man by a white police officer in South Bend, Indiana, where 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is the mayor.

Brexit: Labour crashes to fourth in poll for first time as frontbencher admits voters fleeing party (Rob Merrick/The Independent)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 21:20

Rob Merrick / The Independent:
Brexit: Labour crashes to fourth in poll for first time as frontbencher admits voters fleeing party  —  Just 18 per cent of public backs Jeremy Corbyn's party and only 25 per cent of Remain voters - down from 48 per cent at start of year  —  Labour has crashed to fourth place in a poll for the first time …

Outcry after reports Brazil plans to investigate Glenn Greenwald (Dom Phillips/The Guardian)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 17:05

Dom Phillips / The Guardian:
Outcry after reports Brazil plans to investigate Glenn Greenwald  —  Federal police reportedly asked money laundering unit to investigate the ‘financial activities’ of the US journalist  —  Brazil's Bar Association, journalists and opposition lawmakers have reacted with outrage to reports …

Pentagon officials 'are concerned Trump's July 4 parade could be too political' ... (Megan Sheets/Daily Mail)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 17:00

Megan Sheets / Daily Mail:
Pentagon officials 'are concerned Trump's July 4 parade could be too political' - despite the president's claim that military chiefs are ‘thrilled’ to be taking part in the event  — An insider says the military's top brass have been hesitant about accepting Trump's invitation to the event at the National Mall on Thursday

After Confederate statues, America's culture war targets Betsy Ross and a founding father (Washington Post)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 16:50

Washington Post:
After Confederate statues, America's culture war targets Betsy Ross and a founding father  —  As the nation has celebrated its birthday with displays of its contemporary power and prestige this week, two of its cherished historic symbols came under fire — its first flag and its third president.

Bad news for Bernie has his backers getting antsy (Holly Otterbein/Politico)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 16:20

Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bad news for Bernie has his backers getting antsy  —  Bernie Sanders keeps getting bad news.  —  After Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren seized the spotlight in the first primary debate, the Vermont senator dropped to fourth place in two polls in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa.

This Fourth of July, why patriotism is worth defending (Kyle Smith/New York Post)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 16:05

Kyle Smith / New York Post:
This Fourth of July, why patriotism is worth defending  —  For the haters, it's open season on the American ideal.  —  Colin Kaepernick doesn't like today's American flag because it reminds him of police brutality and he doesn't like Betsy Ross' O.G. flag because it reminds him of slavery.

Trump's Fourth of July salute to himself will only hurt him (George WillMax Boot/Washington Post)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 14:40

George WillMax Boot / Washington Post:
Trump's Fourth of July salute to himself will only hurt him  —  It's no surprise that President Trump has hijacked the Fourth of July ceremony on the Mall.  He wants to turn a celebration of America's founding into a celebration of himself.  Obscene, yes, but entirely in character.

'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?': The History of Frederick Douglass' Searing Independence Day Oration (Olivia B. Waxman/TIME)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 14:30

Olivia B. Waxman / TIME:
‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?’:  The History of Frederick Douglass' Searing Independence Day Oration  —  After the Independence Day military parade in the nation's capital on Thursday, President Donald Trump will give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, the most recognizable memorial …

AP FACT CHECK: Trump often is wrong about military matters (Associated Press)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 14:30

Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump often is wrong about military matters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In his Fourth of July remarks, President Donald Trump will be celebrating the armed forces and showcasing what he's done for them.  But in recent days, he has falsified his record on military matters on several fronts.

A July 4 NPR Tradition: A Reading Of The Declaration Of Independence (NPR)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 13:55

NPR:
A July 4 NPR Tradition: A Reading Of The Declaration Of Independence  —  In 1989, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.  —  Church bells rang out over Philadelphia 243 years ago today …

Imperial AT-ATs Begin Arriving In Capital For Military Parade (The Babylon Bee)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 13:25

The Babylon Bee:
Imperial AT-ATs Begin Arriving In Capital For Military Parade  —  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ahead of Trump's planned July 4 military parade, several dozen Imperial walkers began to arrive in Washington throughout the week.  —  The AT-ATs were dropped off by U.S. Space Force Star Destroyers just outside …

White House aides fear disastrously low turnout at Trump's July 4 celebration of himself (Emily Singer/Shareblue Media)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 13:00

Emily Singer / Shareblue Media:
White House aides fear disastrously low turnout at Trump's July 4 celebration of himself  —  Top Trump officials fear Trump's July 4 celebration of himself will be a repeat of his inauguration crowd disaster.  —  The tanks are in place; the fighter jets are ready to fly …

Democrats Grapple With a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It (Reid J. Epstein/New York Times)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 13:00

Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Democrats Grapple With a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It  —  WASHINGTON — John Deeth is the sort of Iowa activist who keeps up with every new twist in the Democratic presidential primary, but there was no way he was going to devote two evenings to watching the first round of debates last week.

8 Times The Media Said There Was No Crisis At The Southern Border (Madeline Osburn/The Federalist)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 12:50

Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
8 Times The Media Said There Was No Crisis At The Southern Border  —  Now that media-savvy congressional Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have brought attention to the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border caused by Congress's refusal to fix our exploited immigration laws …

The Fourth of July Has Always Been Political (David Waldstreicher/The Atlantic)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 12:50

David Waldstreicher / The Atlantic:
The Fourth of July Has Always Been Political  —  Is President Donald Trump politicizing the Fourth of July, allowing the crassness of partisanship to intrude on a sacred civic celebration?  That widely posed question is built on a faulty premise.  From the very beginning …

Amash leaves the Republican Party, saying politics is 'trapped in a partisan death spiral' (Melissa Nann Burke/Detroit News)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 12:50

Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Amash leaves the Republican Party, saying politics is ‘trapped in a partisan death spiral’  —  U.S. Rep. Justin Amash chose Independence Day to break with the Republican Party, decrying hyperpartisanship and saying he is “disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it.”

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