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Washington Post:
Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants resulted in deaths of U.S. troops, according to intelligence assessments  —  Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members …
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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 …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Marty Baron Made The Post Great Again.  Now, the News Is Changing.  —  The ultimate old-school editor is grappling with a moment of cultural reckoning.  —  Almost anyone who works in the Washington Post newsroom can look inside its publishing system, Methode, to see what stories are coming.
Washington Post:
Some Trump allies push for campaign shake-up to revive 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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Axios and The Hill
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Donald J. Trump for President:
Memorandum on Enthusiasm  —  RE: Enthusiasm and Unity Update, Polling Methodology  —  This memorandum lays out two important sets of facts as we head toward the home stretch of the 2020 campaign for president.  First, there is clear and irrefutable evidence that Joe Biden's candidacy …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trailing in key states, Trump campaign seeks to rebrand Biden as a danger to America
Discussion: Raw Story, Financial Times and NPR
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Biden could be the unlikely instrument of a new generational alignment
Discussion: Financial Times
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
CNN's Van Jones Secretly Helped Craft the Weak Trump Police Reform He Praised on TV  —  The ex-Obama aide's willingness to help Trump—whom he once dubbed among the “worst people ever born”—has drawn the ire of liberal allies while gaining him fans in Jared and Kimye.
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: Slate, The Daily Caller and Axios
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Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Retire State Flag Rooted in the Confederacy
Kate Smith / CBS News:   Mississippi to remove state flag, the last to display the Confederate battle emblem
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Mississippi Legislature passes bill to eliminate Confederate symbol from state flag
Discussion: UPI, Al Jazeera and KFOR-TV
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
Mississippi House votes to remove Confederate icon from state flag
Jacob Gallant / WLBT-TV:
Senate, House both approve bill to change Miss. state flag
Discussion: WISC-TV and Fox News
John Harwood / CNN:
Trump's self-defeating resistance to mask wearing says it all  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump, ever impulsive, often acts against his own interests.  But nothing tops his self-defeating resistance to mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic.  —  His dogged stance, mimicked by supporters …
Discussion: The US Sun
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Officials Press President Trump to Wear Mask in Coronavirus Fight
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Senate health chairman urges Trump to wear mask to end political debate
Discussion: NPR, IJR, Just The News and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:   Masks Could Help Stop Coronavirus. So Why Are They Still Controversial?
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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: The Wrap and IJR, more at Techmeme »
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: The Hill, Axios and New York Post
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Lisa Shumaker / Reuters:   Crowds pack Arizona river as U.S. posts record COVID cases for three days running
Peter Aitken / Fox News:
Pence commits resources after Texas governor notes coronavirus outbreak's ‘very swift and very dangerous turn’
Discussion: NBC News
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
On “White Fragility”  —  A few thoughts on America's smash-hit #1 guide to egghead racialism  —  This is part of a larger piece that will be made available to subscribers later this week:  —  A core principle of the academic movement that shot through elite schools in America since …
Discussion: Instapundit
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Florida's Covid Cases Up Fivefold in 2 Weeks: ‘The Numbers Are Scary’  —  A surge in coronavirus cases has prompted state officials to prohibit alcohol sales in bars and close Miami beaches for the coming holiday.  But will it be enough?  —  MIAMI — John Delgado has slept in a tent in his backyard for 57 nights and counting.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Real Reason for Running for a Second Term: Fear of Being Remembered as a One-Term ‘Loser’  —  The president's advisers are crafting a future agenda.  But his priorities, which he's struggled to articulate, are mainly to preserve his reputation.  —  At a Thursday night “town hall” …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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
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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
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Nic Robertson / CNN:   The US is more alone than ever, just at the moment the world needs its leadership
 
 
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Trump's Message to African-Americans Unhappy With Monuments to Slave Owners: ‘You Have to Learn’ History
Nancy Levine / Rantt Media:
Trump Masks His Real Racism Under False Patriotism
Discussion: The Hill and Alternet.org
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
In Syrian camp for women and children who left ISIS caliphate, a struggle even to register names
David Harrison / Wall Street Journal:
Public Transit Use Is Associated With Higher Coronavirus Death Rates, Researchers Find
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
Gov. DeSantis continues to urge Floridians to social distance
Bill Whitaker / CBS News:
How the coronavirus and politics could impact voting in the 2020 general election
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump to put loyalist in charge of government's HR department
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
1 dead after man shoots into crowd at Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville
Judy Maltz / Haaretz:
Israel Pulls Plug on God TV, Evangelical Channel ‘Spreading Gospel of Jesus’ to Jews
Discussion: Althouse
Danica Kirka / Associated Press:
Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs
Leah Asmelash / CNN:
Graham Linehan, creator of ‘The IT Crowd’ and ‘Father Ted,’ has been removed from Twitter
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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
MSNBC:
Trump is losing says Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver