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11:25 AM ET, June 29, 2020


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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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Trump denies briefing about reported bounties on US troops  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has denied he was made aware of U.S. intelligence officials' conclusions Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan.
POLITICO Playbook: Is one thing going well for Trump?
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
The Russian Bounty Scandal Shouldn't Surprise Anyone
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and IJR
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
As the pandemic rages, Trump indulges his obsessions
Discussion: Washington Post
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court, in 5-4 ruling, strikes down restrictive Louisiana abortion law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Louisiana's tough restriction on abortion violates the Constitution, a surprising victory for abortion rights advocates from an increasingly conservative court.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't hear challenge to new federal death penalty procedure  —  The Supreme Court will not take up a challenge to new federal death penalty protocols proposed by the Justice Department, which wants to resume executions as early as July for the first time since 2003.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court clears Trump administration plan to resume federal executions
Alexandra Svokos / ABC News:
Supreme Court hands down major decision reaffirming abortion rights
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
St. Louis couple point guns at peaceful crowd of protesters calling for mayor to resign  —  The protesters marching through St. Louis on Sunday evening were armed only with posters and chants, all meant to put pressure on Mayor Lyda Krewson to redirect city funds away from law enforcement.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Armed St. Louis couple comes out waving AR-15 at Black Lives Matter protesters  —  A St. Louis couple came out of their home Sunday, waving their guns and threatening Black Lives Matter protesters.  —  The protesters were in the Central West End, on Lake Ave. in St. Louis protesting Mayor Lyda Krewson …
Discussion: and TheBlaze
Associated Press:
China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population  —  The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country's Han majority to have more children.
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.
Fox News:
Rough polling stretch has GOP operatives asking: Could Trump drop out?  —  Some GOP operatives are wondering if the president could drop out of the presidential race if his poll numbers don't improve  —  A stretch of lackluster polling for President Trump has some Republican operatives nervous …
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:   Trump's growing re-election threat: Republican skeptics
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.
Al Jazeera:
Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help  —  The US killed General Soleimani and others in a January drone attack near Baghdad International Airport.  —  Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining US President Donald Trump and dozens of others …
Discussion: New York Post
Nasser Karimi / Sydney Morning Herald:   Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump, requests help from Interpol
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:   Iran Issues Warrant for Donald Trump's Arrest on ‘Murder and Terrorism’ Charges
Wall Street Journal:
Eric Trump Steers Family Empire Under Father's Close Watch  —  The president's third child is eyeing international expansion after Donald Trump leaves office; ‘Eric is the money guy’  —  On March 17, Eric Trump received word from the Nevada governor's office that he had 24 hours to shut …
A Sun Belt time bomb threatens Trump's reelection  —  The explosion of Covid-19 cases in Sun Belt states is becoming another albatross for President Donald Trump's reelection hopes — and creating a new opening for Joe Biden and Democrats in November.  —  Republican governors in Florida …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Why the Mueller Investigation Failed  —  President Trump's obstructions of justice were broader than those of Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton, and the special counsel's investigation proved it.  How come the report didn't say so?  —  Robert Mueller submitted his final report as the special counsel more than a year ago.
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: Mediaite, Balloon Juice and The Hill
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
‘He just floored it’: Detroit police SUV plows through protesters, flings people who climbed on hood  —  A largely peaceful protest in Detroit against systemic racism and police brutality turned violent on Sunday night as a police SUV plowed through a group of protesters …
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.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Jen Kirby / Vox:
Exclusive: Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces nationwide eviction moratorium bill  —  Graffiti supporting the rent strike appear on La Brea Avenue during the coronavirus pandemic on May 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.  Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images  —  The coronavirus is exposing America's housing crisis.
Discussion: Axios
James Downie / Washington Post:
The woman Biden isn't considering for vice president, but should  —  As Joe Biden closes in on his choice of a vice-presidential running mate, Democrats in Tuesday's primaries sent a clear message about what a winning Democratic coalition would look like.  Wins for several black progressives …
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 …
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
Democrats Won't Let Republicans Speak In Coronavirus Hearings If They Won't Wear Masks  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis are threatening to bar Republican members from participating future meetings in-person after they showed up to a hearing on Friday without masks.
Discussion: Raw Story
Elizabeth Spiers / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘silent majority’ isn't a majority, and it's far from silent  —  But the rhetoric lays the groundwork for crying foul when the true majority wins.  —  On Monday, Dan Scavino, the White House's deputy chief of staff for communications, tweeted out an image of two icebergs, side-by-side.
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
‘They Want to Kill Me’: Many Covid Patients Have Terrifying Delirium  —  Paranoid hallucinations plague many coronavirus patients in I.C.U.s, an experience that can slow recovery and increase risk of depression and cognitive issues.  —  Kim Victory was paralyzed on a bed and being burned alive.
Discussion: The Week
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: Reason and Instapundit
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Yes, Even George Washington  —  Slavery was a cruel institution that can't be excused by its era.  —  On the issue of American slavery, I am an absolutist: enslavers were amoral monsters.  —  The very idea that one group of people believed that they had the right to own another human being is abhorrent and depraved.
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New York Post:
Fresh signs of NYC spiraling out of control
Discussion: Big League Politics and Fox News
Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
Sen. Rick Scott: Communist China Seeks ‘World Domination’
Discussion: Florida Politics
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Inside the New Push to Expose America's White Supremacist Cops
Discussion: Raw Story
What we know about Steven Lopez, the suspect in the fatal Jefferson Square Park shooting
Discussion: Sky News, Fox News and Redstate
Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Is Vulnerable to China's Dominance in Rare Earths, Report Finds
Discussion: National Review
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
A foreign journalist's warning about American authoritarianism
Discussion: Raw Story
Jed Babbin / The American Spectator:
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Chief federal judge in L.A. steps down over racially insensitive comments about Black court official
Discussion: Breitbart
John Lucas / The Federalist:
DC Court Of Appeals Blasts Judge Sullivan For Michael Flynn Power Grabs
Richard L. Hasen / New York Times:
If We Don't Fix Voting, It Will Be Hard to Fix Anything
New York Times:
Three Words. 70 Cases. The Tragic History of 'I Can't Breathe.'
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Trump's Message to African-Americans Unhappy With Monuments to Slave Owners: ‘You Have to Learn’ History
Washington Post:
Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.
Discussion: The Wrap and IJR, more at Techmeme »