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The U.S. celebrates this July 4 amid calls for reform. In this film, five descendants of Frederick Douglass read excerpts of his speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" which considers the long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans.

Coronavirus deaths per million people. Belgium: 843 UK: 650 Spain: 607 Italy: 576 Sweden: 537 US: 400 Brazil: 303 Mexico: 235 Canada: 230 Iran: 137 Germany: 108 Turkey: 62 Saudi: 53 South Africa: 51 Egypt: 31 Pakistan: 21 India: 14 Indonesia: 11 Japan: 8 China: 3.3 Nigeria: 3.2

Coronavirus deaths. 4th of February: 490 4th of March: 3,300 4th of April: 68,000 4th of May: 254,000 4th of June: 396,000 Now: 533,600

Arguably the biggest outlier is the American health care system. Prices for drugs, medical procedures and doctors’ visits are all substantially higher in the United States than in other countries.

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Kaepernick on July Fourth: "We reject your celebration of white supremacy"

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Ohio ice cream shop asks customers to stop yelling at teenage employees about mask requirement: "Does it feel good to make a 16-year-old girl cry in the bathroom? Does that make you feel better about Covid?"

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The Amazon CEO is now worth nearly $172 billion, a new record for the world's richest person, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

TikTok was a virtual highway to places no actual highways serve, in small-town and rural India

A 22-year-old woman from Whittier who just graduated from college is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant and she battles leukemia.


Scoops of the Day

Trump last night denounced totalitarianism (toe-tallie-terrio-tism), accusing left of "shaming dissenters & demanding submission from anyone who disagrees." Some of the ways Trump has used his own powers to punish dissenters, critics, perceived enemies: /1

Some places use drones instead of fireworks on the 4th of July out of consideration for veterans with PTSD

2020 AD WATCH: This new ad blasts Donald Trump for his refusal to rename military bases named after Confederate soldiers (via @votevets )

44 years ago, the IDF carried out its most daring mission of all time. This is Operation Entebbe:

BREAKING: Baltimore protesters have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thrown it into the city's Inner Harbor.

Rep. @mattgaetz : "Never apologize for the fact that America is the best, strongest country that has ever existed."

‘Going from absolutely ominously quiet to exploding with protests’: What it's like on the streets of Hong Kong as the new security law takes effect #TheDebrief 


Scoops of the Week

Massachusetts detective fired after sharing Instagram post supporting Black Lives Matter

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Aurora police chief shows the photos of three former officers smiling and reenacting a chokehold near the site of Elijah McClain's arrest

BREAKING: Aurora’s police chief has fired three of the officers involved in the photos re-enacting the chokehold used against #ElijahMcClain  when he died in August. She called the act “a crime against humanity and decency.”

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A surprising new study found that the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped Covid-19 patients better survive in the hospital.

Wearing a mask is a sign of toughness. Of resolve. A sign of someone who gives a damn. Who wants to solve a problem. Who takes responsibility. I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Rachel Maddow predicted earlier in the week that the June jobs numbers would be “absolutely terrible” The U.S. added 4.8 million jobs and unemployment declined to 11.1%

BREAKING: Protesters have slashed the tires on vans and are blocking the road leading to Mt. Rushmore where President Trump is scheduled to speak tonight in honor of the 4th of July

A Hong Kong police officer draws his weapon and points it at demonstrators during a day of protests against a new national security law imposed by the Chinese government.

I’ve grown up watching a lot of weak Democratic ads that don’t grab voters’ attention. This Biden ad is bad ass. Whoever put it together knows what they’re doing.