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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 …
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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:
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 and Raw Story
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump's claim he was ignorant of Russian bounty on US soldiers ripped apart by ex-CIA official
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Stephen Collinson / CNN:   As the pandemic rages, Trump indulges his obsessions
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
The Russian Bounty Scandal Shouldn't Surprise Anyone
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Some Trump allies push for campaign shake-up to revive president's imperiled reelection bid  —  President Trump and his campaign team are grappling with how to resuscitate his imperiled reelection effort amid a wave of polling that shows him badly trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Daily Kos, The Week and Axios
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Donald J. Trump for President:   Memorandum on Enthusiasm  —  RE: Enthusiasm and Unity Update, Polling Methodology
Fox News:
Rough polling stretch has GOP operatives asking: Could Trump drop out?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trailing in key states, Trump campaign seeks to rebrand Biden as a danger to America
Discussion: Raw Story and Financial Times
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Biden could be the unlikely instrument of a new generational alignment
Discussion: New York Times and Financial Times
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:   Trump's growing re-election threat: Republican skeptics
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
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: Heavy.com and The US Sun
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Teo Armus / Washington Post:   St. Louis couple point guns at peaceful crowd of protesters calling for mayor to resign
Politico:
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: Alternet.org, Raw Story and TheBlaze
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 …
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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
Kate Smith / CBS News:
Mississippi to remove state flag, the last to display the Confederate battle emblem
Discussion: The Week
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Mississippi Legislature passes bill to eliminate Confederate symbol from state flag
Discussion: CNN, Al Jazeera and UPI
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
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.
John Harwood / CNN:
Trump's self-defeating resistance to mask wearing says it all  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump, ever impulsive, often acts against his own interests.  But nothing tops his self-defeating resistance to mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic.  —  His dogged stance, mimicked by supporters …
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Officials Press President Trump to Wear Mask in Coronavirus Fight
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Axios
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 »
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.
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.
 
 
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Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump, requests help from Interpol
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
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Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
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Discussion: New York Post, The Hill and Axios
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New York Times:
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
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Nancy Levine / Rantt Media:
Trump Masks His Real Racism Under False Patriotism
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Real Reason for Running for a Second Term: Fear of Being Remembered as a One-Term ‘Loser’
Discussion: Raw Story
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
In Syrian camp for women and children who left ISIS caliphate, a struggle even to register names
Bill Whitaker / CBS News:
How the coronavirus and politics could impact voting in the 2020 general election
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump to put loyalist in charge of government's HR department
Discussion: The Hill