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5:20 PM ET, June 29, 2020


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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans ‘The_Donald’ Subreddit  —  The influential pro-Trump community broke the rules on harassment and targeting, said Reddit, which also banned other groups.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Reddit, one of the largest social networking and message board websites …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech  —  Bans come after YouTube's 2019 policy update  —  YouTube has banned several prominent white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Reddit bans r/The_Donald and r/ChapoTrapHouse as part of a major expansion of its rules  —  More than 2,000 communities are being removed on Monday for violating Reddit's new content policies  —  Reddit will ban r/The_Donald, r/ChapoTrapHouse, and about 2,000 other communities today …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Predicted: Parler Is Banning Users It Doesn't Like  —  Well, that did not take long at all.  On Friday we predicted that just like every other social media platform out there, the new favorite among people who falsely say that Twitter is censoring conservatives, would start taking …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:   YouTube ​Bans Six Big White Nationalist Channels
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Reddit bans The_Donald forum as part of major hate speech purge
Discussion: The Week and The Gateway Pundit
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Twitch, Reddit crack down on Trump-linked content as industry faces reckoning
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Couple points guns at protesters marching to St. Louis mayor's home to demand resignation  —  1 of 13  —  UPDATES with comments from St. Louis University law professor on couple's rights to defend private property  —  ST. LOUIS — As protesters made their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson's home on Sunday night …
Associated Press:
Couple draw guns at crowd heading to St. Louis mayor's home  —  A white couple pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis, Missouri, as the group marched toward the mayor's home, demanding her resignation after she publicly read the names and addresses of several residents who supported defunding the police department
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Armed St. Louis couple comes out waving AR-15 at Black Lives Matter protesters
Discussion:, The Root and TheBlaze
Adam Weinstein / New Republic:   Standing Their Ground in Well-Manicured Yards
Jemma Carr / Daily Mail:
‘Keep moving!’  Moment lawyer couple brandish an AR-15 and a handgun at protesters marching past …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Why conservative Chief Justice Roberts just struck down an anti-abortion law  —  Chief Justice John Roberts awaits the arrival of President Donald Trump who will deliver the State of the Union address in the House chamber on February 4, 2020, in Washington, DC.  Leah Millis-Pool/Getty Images
Discussion: Washington Post
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo Sports:
White House calls Supreme Court decision on abortion ‘unfortunate’
Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
John Roberts Outsmarts Himself Yet Again
John Roberts sides with liberals on Supreme Court to block controversial Louisiana abortion law
Discussion: CNBC and FiveThirtyEight
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Kayleigh McEnany's answers on Russia's bounties and Trump don't make sense  —  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a briefing Monday amid a growing furor over bounties that U.S. intelligence says Russia placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan — and the lack of a U.S. response.
Associated Press:
Trump denies briefing about reported bounties on US troops
Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall  —  The nation's pediatricians have come out with a strong statement in favor of bringing children back to the classroom this fall wherever and whenever they can do so safely.  The American Academy of Pediatrics' guidance …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
N.J. restaurants NOT reopening for indoor dining this week after ‘knucklehead’ crowds at bars ruin it for everyone  —  New Jersey will not reopen indoor dining this week as planned in the first major reversal of the state's Phase 2 coronavirus reopening plan, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.
Discussion: Gothamist
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
New Jersey pauses reopening process as coronavirus cases surge in other states
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and 6abc
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County issues dire warning amid ‘alarming increases’ in coronavirus cases  —  Los Angeles County health officials issued a dire warning Monday that conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic are deteriorating rapidly and the highly contagious virus is spreading swiftly in the nation's most populous county.
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 …
Discussion: and Raw Story
Nick R. Martin / The Informant:
Selling the boogaloo  —  To market their products, ammo makers and gun shops are invoking the memes and rhetoric of the deadly “boogaloo” movement.  —  6 hr … Selling the boogaloo  —  By Ian Karbal  —  In mid March, Fenix Ammunition, an ammunition manufacturer in Michigan …
Ian Karbal / The Trace:   ‘Boogaloo’ Believers Think a Civil War Is Coming. These Gun Firms Are Openly Marketing to Them.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Newsonomics: The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America's largest newspaper chains  —  The next 48 hours may decide the fate of two of America's largest newspaper chains that collectively serve almost a fifth of all American local newspaper readers.
New York Times:
The New York Times Pulls Out of Apple News  —  The Times said Apple News did not align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers.  —  The New York Times said on Monday that it was exiting its partnership with Apple News, as news organizations struggle to compete …
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.
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 …
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Jeff Bezos' Twitch temporarily bans Trump for ‘hateful conduct’  —  Twitch, a streaming platform owned by Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos, has temporarily banned President Trump's account for “hateful conduct” stemming from footage of the president's speeches.  —  “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitch temporarily bans President Trump
Michael Shellenberger / Environmental Progress:
On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare  —  On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years.  Climate change is happening.  It's just not the end of the world.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Jacksonville to order mask-wearing ahead of GOP convention  —  Jacksonville, where the Republican National Convention is slated to be held in August, is planning to institute a city-wide mask order to stem the spread of coronavirus, city hall sources tell POLITICO.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt Announces Departure from Civil Division  —  Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice's Civil Division recently announced his departure from the Department, effective July 3, 2020.  —  “Jody has served the Department of Justice …
Chao Deng / Wall Street Journal:
China Strikes Back at U.S. Move to Restrict Visas for Party Officials Over Hong Kong  —  In tit for tat, Beijing says it will target Americans trying its patience on matters related to city's status  —  The Chinese government plans to restrict visas for Americans it deems go too far …
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell urges Americans to continue to wear masks
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Paul Frymer / Wiley Online Library:
Labor Unions and White Racial Politics
Katherine Butler / The Guardian:
Europeans' trust in US as world leader collapses during pandemic
Erin Durkin / Politico:
De Blasio confirms he'll cut $1B from NYPD budget
Jack Hellner / American Thinker:
AG Barr is under attack by most of the media and other Democrats because they believe Obama …
Zack Colman / Politico:
Study: U.S. flood risks dwarf federal estimates
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
The real cost of Amazon
Discussion: UPI, more at Techmeme »
 Earlier Items: 
David Frum / The Atlantic:
This Is Trump's Plague Now  —  COVID-19 infections peaked on April 24 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Why no outrage? Atlanta shootings surge, but it's not the cops
Discussion: The Federalist and Power Line
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Dems propose strengthening Congress' contempt power to break administration stonewalls
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The 3 Weeks That Changed Everything
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Inside the New Push to Expose America's White Supremacist Cops
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Why the Mueller Investigation Failed
Discussion: Washington Post