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8:45 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 …
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 …
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  —  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: CANNONFIRE and Raw Story
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 …
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
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
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Biden, Trump campaigns release staff diversity data
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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 …
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Retire State Flag Rooted in the Confederacy  —  The flag, which has flown since 1894, is poised to come down, becoming yet another emblem of the Confederacy to be removed across the South.  —  JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers voted on Sunday to bring down …
Discussion: Mississippi Today and NPR
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: The Root, UPI and The Daily Caller
Jacob Gallant / WLBT-TV:
Senate, House both approve bill to change Miss. state flag
Discussion: Fox News
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
Mississippi House votes to remove Confederate icon from state flag
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, WISC-TV and New York Post
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
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.
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.
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’
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 …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Officials Press President Trump to Wear Mask in Coronavirus Fight  —  Speaker Pelosi says wearing a face mask in public should be required of all Americans  —  President Trump is coming under growing pressure from Republicans and Democrats to set an example for the country by wearing …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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?
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 »
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump to put loyalist in charge of government's HR department  —  President Trump intends to nominate John Gibbs to run the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision, which remains closely held.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
Gov. DeSantis continues to urge Floridians to social distance  —  TAMPA (WFLA) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference on COVID-19 Sunday afternoon in Pensacola following a record weekend of cases.  —  DeSantis spoke about the increase in cases at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital.
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USA Today:
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Discussion: IJR
Wilson Center:
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 Earlier Items: 
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
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
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