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2:55 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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Why conservative Chief Justice Roberts just struck down an anti-abortion law  —  Roberts didn't save abortion rights, he told future litigants how to bury them.  —  The Supreme Court just delivered the narrowest, most temporary victory for abortion rights.
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court clears Trump administration plan to resume federal executions
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions
Discussion: The Week and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Reddit bans The_Donald forum as part of major hate speech purge  —  Reddit says it is banning its controversial subreddit channel r/The_Donald, one of the company's largest political communities and a longstanding hub of support for President Trump, along with 2000 other subreddit groups …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Scott Nover / Adweek:   Reddit Finally Bans Hate Speech and Trump Community /r/The_Donald
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 …
Associated Press:
Trump denies briefing about reported bounties on US troops  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has denied he was made aware of U.S. intelligence officials' conclusions Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan.
POLITICO Playbook: Is one thing going well for Trump?
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: Townhall and Law & Crime
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and WJXX-TV
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.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Clyburn says House coronavirus committee won't recognize members who don't wear masks  —  The House's select committee on the coronavirus crisis will not recognize members who do not wear a mask while in session, Chairman James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told his Republican colleagues in a letter sent Monday.
Discussion: Political Wire
Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani  —  (CNN)Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday.
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitch temporarily bans President Trump  —  A temporary suspension for ‘hateful conduct’  —  Twitch has temporarily banned President Donald Trump, in the latest surprise and high-profile suspension from the streaming service.  Trump's account was banned for “hateful conduct” …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
This Is Trump's Plague Now  —  COVID-19 infections peaked on April 24, or so Americans assumed.  State health authorities reported 36,738 new cases that day, a record.  By mid-May, the United States had reduced that rate of infection by nearly half, to 17,618 on May 11.
Discussion: Raw Story
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The 3 Weeks That Changed Everything  —  Coping with a pandemic is one of the most complex challenges a society can face.  To minimize death and damage, leaders and citizens must orchestrate a huge array of different resources and tools.  Scientists must explore the most advanced frontiers …
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 …
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Zack Colman / Politico:
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William Feuer / CNBC:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Discussion: The Federalist and Power Line
The Daily Wire:
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Discussion: Breitbart, Townhall and Instapundit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Dems propose strengthening Congress' contempt power to break administration stonewalls
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Fresh signs of NYC spiraling out of control
Discussion: Big League Politics and Fox News
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Inside the New Push to Expose America's White Supremacist Cops
Discussion: Raw Story
What we know about Steven Lopez, the suspect in the fatal Jefferson Square Park shooting
Discussion: Sky News, Fox News and Redstate
Jen Kirby / Vox:
Exclusive: Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces nationwide eviction moratorium bill
Discussion: Axios
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Yes, Even George Washington