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James Laporta / Associated Press:
AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019  —  Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported …
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New York Times:
Lawmakers Press for Answers on Russian Bounty Offers to Taliban to Kill U.S. Troops  —  The investigation into Russia's suspected operation is said to focus in part on the killings of three Marines in a truck bombing last year, officials said.  —  American officials provided a written briefing …
CNN:
Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President's Daily Brief earlier this year, source says  —  (CNN)The intelligence that assessed there was an effort by a Russian military intelligence unit to pay the Taliban to kill US soldiers was included in one of President Donald …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Were Trump's aides too afraid to tell him about the Russian bounties?  —  A basic truth about Russian President Vladimir Putin, which President Trump evidently doesn't understand: Putin is in the payback business.  He believes the United States destroyed his former country, the Soviet Union.
Discussion: New York Magazine and IJR
Paul Begala / CNN:
This has got to be the worst of Trump's outrages
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Republicans once again face questions about why Trump isn't tougher on Russia
Carl Bernstein / CNN:
From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials  —  (CNN)In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues …
NBC News:
Trump's ‘white power’ retweet set off ‘five alarm fire’ in White House  —  President Donald Trump set off a “five alarm fire” in the White House Sunday morning after he retweeted a video of one of his supporters saying “white power,” according to two White House officials.
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Exodus from Trump's economic team continues despite fresh fears about new closures and coronavirus crisis
Discussion: Alternet.org
Washington Post:
Trump ‘white power’ tweet set off a scramble inside the White House — but no clear condemnation
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Panic sets in at White House over Trump's re-election prospects
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Remembering My Friend Betsy Rothstein  —  I don't know what I expected Betsy Rothstein to look like, but I guess I wasn't expecting a woman who made her living filleting media personalities and nurturing feuds to be so tiny in stature.  When she approached me on the grass outside …
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Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
In Memory Of Betsy Rothstein  —  Betsy Rothstein passed away Sunday among family following a long battle with cancer.  —  Betsy was the most honest person I've ever met.  She hated lying the way some people hate snakes.  She recoiled in horror from lies.  She found them repulsive, and the people who told them, contemptible.
Discussion: CNN and Twitchy
Michelle Roberts / BBC:
Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China  —  A new strain of flu that has the potential to become pandemic has been identified in China by scientists.  —  It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say.  —  The researchers are concerned …
William Feuer / CNBC:
CDC says U.S. has ‘way too much virus’ to control pandemic as cases surge across country  — The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to get it under control as some other countries have, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.
Discussion: The Week, Axios and Instapundit
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Republicans have been skipping House Intelligence meetings for months  —  Democrats see a boycott motivated by partisan politics.  Republicans argue they have legitimate security concerns.  —  Either way, GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee have skipped all but one of the panel's proceedings …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Roberts Sides With the Liberals, Again  —  Abortion rights — and the C.F.P.B. — make it out of the Supreme Court alive, while Trump's “hateful” language gets the boot on social media platforms.  It's Tuesday, and this is your politics tip sheet.  Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday.
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Politico:
Conservative groups see abortion ruling as catalyst for reelecting Trump
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Politico:
Publisher's wife played undisclosed role for Melania Trump  —  The owner of the news outlet that published the columns at the center of the Ukraine scandal helped secure an unpaid White House position for his wife — a fact the publication did not disclose to readers.
Discussion: Raw Story
Anne Allred / KSDK-TV:
‘The only thing that stopped the crowd was my rifle’ |  Interview with man who pulled out gun amid protest  —  Mark McCloskey gave his first on-camera interview to 5 On Your Side anchor Anne Allred  —  ST. LOUIS — It's an encounter that's gained national attention and it happened in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Couple points guns at protesters marching to St. Louis mayor's home to demand resignation
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Strategies of Dementia Politics  —  Stoke chaos, obstruct economic recovery, and hide Biden in the basement till Election Day.  —  Joe Biden is tragically suffering a mental eclipse and sliding away at a geometric rate.  Understandably, his handlers have kept him out of sight.
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Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Latest Seattle CHOP shooting sees at least 2 injured, police say  —  Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said both victims were African-American  —  A 16-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy has been hospitalized in critical condition Monday following the latest shooting at the Seattle area known …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
S. Dakota Gov. Noem says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration with Trump at Mount Rushmore  —  Thousands of people are expected for the event.  Masks are optional, too.  —  WASHINGTON — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the thousands of people who attend the July 3 celebration …
Discussion: Travel South Dakota
Jonathan D. Karl / The Atlantic:
The Second Battle of Charlottesville  —  The image of President Donald Trump holding aloft a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church is destined to be a defining image of his presidency.  The events that led up to that moment reveal the essential elements of his rise to power.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Three Families.  Nine Weeks.  ‘Things Are Getting Annoying.’  —  There we go.  Good.  There we go.  Yay.  Yay.  [MUSIC PLAYING] We're the Pauls.  We're the Orangos.  We are at the Carter-McLaughlin-Milstein family.  Or Mill Carterstein McDonlaughlinsons.  We spent the first three weeks just butting heads.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Grassley Hits Hannity For Interview Question Trump Whiffed On: ‘You Assume Fox News Wants Him to Get Reelected’  —  One of the most notable exchanges from President Donald Trump's Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity was the president's odd response to one of the most straightforward questions …
Michael Flynn / The Western Journal:
Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: If We Don't Act, 2% of the People Are About To Control the Other 98%  —  I was once told if we're not careful, 2 percent of the passionate will control 98 percent of the indifferent 100 percent of the time.  —  The more I've thought about this phrase, the more I believe it.
New York Times:
China Passes Security Law With Sweeping Powers Over Hong Kong  —  Lawmakers in Beijing voted in a process that has been criticized for its secrecy and haste.  The law will extend the Communist Party's reach into Hong Kong.  —  China passed a contentious new law for Hong Kong on Tuesday …
Discussion: NBC News, NPR, The Week, UPI, Breitbart and Axios
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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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Deadline and The Week
New York Times:
‘Our Luck May Have Run Out’: California's Case Count Explodes  —  Los Angeles County, which has been averaging more than 2,000 new cases each day, surpassed 100,000 total cases on Monday.  —  SACRAMENTO — Only a few weeks ago, thousands of Southern Californians were flocking to beaches …
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
‘Wear a mask!’  Republicans split with Trump as virus cases surge  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare break with mask-averse President Donald Trump, fellow Republican leaders are advocating for face coverings as COVID-19 cases surge in some Republican-leaning states.
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Pew Research Center:
Three Months In, Many Americans See Exaggeration, Conspiracy Theories and Partisanship in COVID-19 News
Sky Palma / DeadState:
Christian activist: I'd rather be ‘beheaded’ than be a ‘slave’ who wears a mask  —  In a video posted to YouTube this Saturday, right-wing anti-LGBT crusader Scott Lively jumped on the anti-face mask bandwagon, saying that he'd rather face death than be forced to put on a mask by the government.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
 
 
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Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408.
Discussion: Observer
ABC News:
Biden to ramp up attacks on Trump, accuse him of ‘surrendering’ to coronavirus pandemic
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Woke censorship is basically a superstitious cult
New York Times:
De Blasio and Council, Facing Fiscal Crisis Over Virus, Agree on Budget With Big Cuts
Discussion: UPI and Politico
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Four progressive congresswomen circulate letter threatening to condition aid to Israel over annexation
Discussion: Politico
Micah Maidenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Sees Growing Ad Boycott in Protest Against Handling of Speech
Elizabeth Joseph / CNN:
More than 200 people are advised to quarantine after possible Covid-19 exposure at gym in West Virginia
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
People with coronavirus are crossing the US-Mexico border for medical care
Discussion: The Federalist
Matt Novak / Paleofuture:
Trump Misidentifies Sculpture in Oval Office While Saying Statues Help Teach History
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Newsonomics: The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America's largest newspaper chains
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Predicted: Parler Is Banning Users It Doesn't Like
Michael Shellenberger / Environmental Progress:
On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
Discussion: Breitbart
Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech