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12:40 PM ET, June 29, 2020


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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.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions  —  The case, over a state law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, is the first abortion ruling since two Trump appointees joined the court.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court clears Trump administration plan to resume federal executions  —  The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to carry out the first executions in the federal criminal justice system in 17 years.  —  The justices' routine order list issued Monday morning turned …
Alexandra Svokos / ABC News:
Supreme Court hands down major decision reaffirming abortion rights
Zachary Evans / National Review:   Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: Is one thing going well for Trump?
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
As the pandemic rages, Trump indulges his obsessions
New York Times:
Spies and Commandos Warned Months Ago of Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops
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.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Broadway Will Remain Closed Through the Rest of the Year  —  The industry has not yet set a reopening date, but said it would now refund tickets through Jan. 3.  —  Broadway will remain closed for at least the rest of this year, and many shows are signaling that they do not expect a return …
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 …
Nasser Karimi / Sydney Morning Herald:   Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump, requests help from Interpol
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 Post:
Fresh signs of NYC spiraling out of control  —  “Complete lawlessness,” one cop termed the incident in Harlem in the early hours Sunday — and it's fast becoming an apt description of much of the city.  —  Officers responded to an electronic ShotSpotter alert just before 4 a.m., and discovered a block party still raging.
Discussion: Big League Politics and Fox News
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.
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Trump's Self-Inflicted Wound: Losing Swing Voters as He Plays to His Base  —  The president's support among bedrock Republicans is almost certainly not enough to win him a second term in the White House, as even some G.O.P. leaders concede.  —  Since the day he was sworn into office …
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 …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Colin Kaepernick's Life to Become Netflix Series From Ava DuVernay  —  ‘Colin in Black & White’ will tell the story of the athlete and activist's adolescent life.  —  Colin Kaepernick's formative years are becoming a Netflix series.  —  The athlete and activist is teaming with Ava DuVernay …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Dems propose strengthening Congress' contempt power to break administration stonewalls  —  House Democrats increasingly frustrated by the Trump administration for defying subpoenas are proposing legislation that would ratchet up their power to punish executive branch officials who reject their requests.
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Jed Babbin / The American Spectator:
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Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Chief federal judge in L.A. steps down over racially insensitive comments about Black court official
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 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Spiers / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘silent majority’ isn't a majority, and it's far from silent
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Frances Robles / New York Times:
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Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
On “White Fragility”  —  A few thoughts on America's smash-hit #1 guide …
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Washington Post:
Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.
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