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10:05 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 …
POLITICO Playbook: Is one thing going well for Trump?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IS THERE ONE THING GOING WELL for President DONALD TRUMP right now?  He's getting smoked by JOE BIDEN.  The coronavirus is raging.  Governors and local leaders are closing states and municipalities again.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and Axios
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
As the pandemic rages, Trump indulges his obsessions
Discussion: Washington Post
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
The Russian Bounty Scandal Shouldn't Surprise Anyone
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and NBC News
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump's claim he was ignorant of Russian bounty on US soldiers ripped apart by ex-CIA official
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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 The US Sun
Associated Press:
Couple draw guns at crowd heading to St. Louis mayor's home
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:   Trump's growing re-election threat: Republican skeptics
Donald J. Trump for President:
Memorandum on Enthusiasm  —  RE: Enthusiasm and Unity Update, Polling Methodology
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.
Nasser Karimi / Sydney Morning Herald:
Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump, requests help from Interpol  —  Tehran: Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol to help detain US President Donald Trump and others it believes carried out a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, a local prosecutor reportedly says.
Al Jazeera:
Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help
Discussion: The Daily Beast and New York Post
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:, Raw Story and TheBlaze
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 …
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.
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
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: The Hill
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 …
Katherine Mitchell / Mississippi Center …:
Confederate battle flag comes down in Mississippi; Myrlie Evers weeps.  'Medgar's wings must be clapping.'
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Mississippi Lawmakers Vote to Retire State Flag Rooted in the Confederacy
Discussion: Mississippi Today
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.
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 …
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: Instapundit
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.
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: The Wrap and IJR, more at Techmeme »
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
Jen Kirby / Vox:
Exclusive: Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces nationwide eviction moratorium bill  —  The coronavirus is exposing America's housing crisis.  Democrats in Congress are proposing a nationwide eviction moratorium.  —  Desiree Kane, an organizer with Colorado Rent Strike and Eviction Defense, says her neighbors are fearful.
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.
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Fauci says Covid-19 vaccine may not get US to herd immunity if too many people refuse to get it  —  (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a Covid-19 vaccine that's 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans …
Discussion: IJR, New York Post, The Hill and Axios
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Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Is Vulnerable to China's Dominance in Rare Earths, Report Finds
Discussion: National Review
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Trump's Self-Inflicted Wound: Losing Swing Voters as He Plays to His Base
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Starbucks is the latest company to pause advertising across social media platforms
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
A foreign journalist's warning about American authoritarianism
Discussion: Raw Story
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Trump's articles of impeachment — updated
Discussion: Raw Story
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Majority of Wisconsin Republicans voted absentee in April
Jed Babbin / The American Spectator:
It Was Obama All Along  —  Worse than Watergate: Part 3.
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Chief federal judge in L.A. steps down over racially insensitive comments about Black court official
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Balcerzak / Center for Public Integrity:
Local developer, wealthy investors pave different paths in Opportunity Zones
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