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7:00 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 …
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 …
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 …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
US Knew About Russia Bounty In January, But Trump Tried To Keep It Secret
Discussion: Raw Story
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Pelosi on Trump: ‘With him, all roads lead to Putin’
Discussion: Financial Times, NBC News and Townhall
Alistair Bunkall / Sky News:
Russia paid Taliban fighters to attack British troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
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: 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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
CBS News:
Record number of Americans say fight against coronavirus going badly — CBS News poll  —  As COVID-19 cases rise across the country, Americans offer some of their most dire views on the pandemic to date: record numbers say efforts against the outbreak are going badly (including new highs saying efforts …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and Political Wire
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
Mississippi House votes to remove Confederate icon from state flag  —  The Mississippi House voted Sunday to replace the state's flag, the last in the nation to feature the Confederate battle emblem.  The measure will now be taken up by the Senate.  —  After widespread protests …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Masks Could Help Stop Coronavirus.  So Why Are They Still Controversial?  —  Confusing government advice at the start of the pandemic and cultural misgivings may have limited acceptance  —  As countries begin to reopen their economies, face masks, an essential tool for slowing the spread of coronavirus …
Judy Maltz / Haaretz:
Israel Pulls Plug on God TV, Evangelical Channel ‘Spreading Gospel of Jesus’ to Jews  —  Regulatory authorities say one of the world's largest Christian broadcasting networks failed to disclose true agenda ■ God TV says will apply for license again  —  In a landmark ruling …
Discussion: Althouse
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
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Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
New York Is Ending Its Lockdown. I'm Not Sure I'm Ready to End Mine.
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Some OKC protesters charged with terrorism, rioting, assault
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Redstate
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking the coronavirus threat seriously
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
Gabby Orr / Politico:
A new dilemma for Trump's team: Preventing super-spreader churches