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7:30 PM ET, June 28, 2020


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New York Times:
Spies and Commandos Warned Months Ago of Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops  —  The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan tipped off U.S. officials.  —  WASHINGTON — United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted …
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump's claim he was ignorant of Russian bounty on US soldiers ripped apart by ex-CIA official  —  Appearing on MSNBC early Sunday morning, the former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency said it was “inconceivable” that Donald Trump was not aware …
New York Times:
Biden Criticizes Trump Over Intelligence on Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops  —  The White House denied that President Trump was briefed on the classified assessment, even though his staff has been discussing the matter since March.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
US Knew About Russia Bounty In January, But Trump Tried To Keep It Secret  —  US intelligence in Afghanistan alerted their superiors about the Russian bounty on US troops in January, but Trump tried to keep it secret.  —  Via The New York Times: … A picture is coming into focus …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alistair Bunkall / Sky News:
Russia paid Taliban fighters to attack British troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists.  He later deleted the tweet …
Discussion: Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump promotes video showing apparent supporter shouting ‘white power’  —  President Donald Trump promoted a video on Twitter Sunday morning showing a man in a golf cart with Trump campaign gear shouting “white power.”  —  The video, which Trump said was from the Florida retirement community known …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Removes Tweet With ‘White Power’ Reference
Washington Post:
Trump campaign scrambling to revive the president's imperiled reelection bid  —  President Trump and his campaign team are grappling with how to resuscitate his imperiled reelection effort amid a wave of polling that shows him badly trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and losing traction even among core constituencies.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Axios
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Biden, Trump campaigns release staff diversity data
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Jamie Ehrlich / CNN:
Choir of more than 100 people perform without masks at Pence event  —  Washington (CNN)A choir of more than 100 people performed without masks at a robustly attended event in Texas at the First Baptist Church on Sunday that featured a speech by Vice President Mike Pence.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and New York Post
Peter Aitken / Fox News:
Pence commits resources after Texas governor notes coronavirus outbreak's ‘very swift and very dangerous turn’
Discussion: NBC News
Houston Chronicle:
Houston hospitals hit 100% base ICU capacity.  Then they stopped reporting data.  —  Texas Medical Center hospitals have stopped reporting key metrics showing the stress rising numbers of COVID-19 patients are placing on their facilities, undermining data that policy makers and the public …
Lisa Shumaker / Reuters:
Crowds pack Arizona river as U.S. posts record COVID cases for three days running  —  (Reuters) - Hot and sunny weather in Arizona led to crowds tubing on at least one river this weekend as that state and a dozen others face the worst surge in coronavirus cases since the pandemic started.
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove rebel emblem from flag  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag, triggering raucous applause and cheers more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted …
Discussion: Axios
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
Mississippi House votes to remove Confederate icon from state flag
New York Times:
How the Trump Campaign Is Drawing Obama Out of Retirement  —  Just after Donald J. Trump was elected president, Barack Obama slumped in his chair in the Oval Office and addressed an aide standing near a conspicuously placed bowl of apples, emblem of a healthy-snacking policy soon to be swept aside, along with so much else.
Chris Matthews / San Francisco Chronicle:   The case for Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate
USA Today:
Schiff: Bolton could have made a difference but he chose to make a profit with his book  —  Last week, we witnessed the reemergence of John Bolton, the president's former national security adviser, and the release of his book.  In it, Bolton describes his personal experiences with Trump …
Discussion: IJR
Nic Robertson / CNN:   The US is more alone than ever, just at the moment the world needs its leadership
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
Newsom orders bars closed in 7 California counties including L.A. due to coronavirus spread  —  Citing the rapid pace of coronavirus spread in some parts of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered seven counties including Los Angeles immediately to close any bars and nightspots …
Leah Asmelash / CNN:
Graham Linehan, creator of ‘The IT Crowd’ and ‘Father Ted,’ has been removed from Twitter  —  (CNN)Graham Linehan, known for creating “The IT Crowd” and co-creating “Father Ted,” has been permanently suspended from Twitter after allegedly making multiple transphobic comments.
Discussion: The Wrap
Washington Post:
Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump.  Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.  —  Starting as early as 2015, Facebook executives started crafting exceptions for the then-candidate that transformed the world's information battlefield for years to come.
Discussion: IJR, more at Techmeme »
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Health secretary says “window is closing” to get coronavirus under control  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday that the “window is closing” for the U.S. to take action and get the coronavirus under control, calling the current state of the outbreak a …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and The Hill
Danica Kirka / Associated Press:
Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs  —  LONDON (AP) — The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives.  —  The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Trump is the only thing holding Democrats' uneasy coalition together  —  If elected, Biden will need to manage a party supported by socialists as well as suburbanites.  The backlash will be fierce if he's unable to steer a pragmatic path.  —  Here's the good news for Democrats …
Wilson Center:
Statement from The Wilson Center  —  The Wilson Center was chartered by Congress in 1968 as the official memorial to President Wilson.  The namesake of our institution - while a visionary in international affairs - held racist views and implemented racist policies as President of Princeton University and as President of this country.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump to put loyalist in charge of government's HR department
Washington Post:
1 dead after man shoots into crowd at Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Chechnya Is Trying to Exterminate Gay People.  Our Silence Only Emboldens Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov.
Judy Maltz / Haaretz:
Israel Pulls Plug on God TV, Evangelical Channel ‘Spreading Gospel of Jesus’ to Jews
Discussion: Althouse
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CBS News:
Record number of Americans say fight against coronavirus going badly — CBS News poll
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and Political Wire
Trump is losing says Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
New York Is Ending Its Lockdown. I'm Not Sure I'm Ready to End Mine.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking the coronavirus threat seriously
Wall Street Journal:
Masks Could Help Stop Coronavirus. So Why Are They Still Controversial?
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases
Discussion: Daily Kos, UPI and Q13 FOX News
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Cable News Networks to Team Up on Convention Coverage, Limiting Staff Exposure
New York Times:
How Michael Flynn's Defense Team Found Powerful Allies
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Faces Mounting Defections From a Once-Loyal Group: Older White Voters