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3:10 PM ET, June 30, 2020


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Data on Financial Transfers Bolstered Suspicions That Russia Offered Bounties  —  Analysts have used other evidence to conclude that the transfers were likely part of an effort to offer payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
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 …
Dems leave frustrated after White House briefing on Russian bounties  —  Senior House Democrats left a White House briefing on Russian bounties disappointed on Tuesday, saying they were given “no substantive information” about allegations that the Kremlin paid Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops …
New York Times:
Lawmakers Press for Answers on Russian Bounty Offers to Taliban to Kill U.S. Troops
Carl Bernstein / CNN:
From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
So Much for Trump's ‘Love’ of the Military
Politico:   Russians squeeze U.S. troops in Syria amid uproar over Trump's dealings with Moscow
Wall Street Journal:
NSA Differed From CIA, Others on Russia Bounty Intelligence
Discussion: Fox News
Anthony Leonardi / Washington Examiner:
Rick Wilson: Trump's ‘high treason’ means people will ‘piss’ on his grave ‘for all time’
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
NBC News:
White House learned of Russian bounty intelligence in early 2019
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and The Hill
ABC News:
Dems say Russia bounty intel is ‘red flag’ that Trump-Putin relationship could be compromised
Paul Begala / CNN:
This has got to be the worst of Trump's outrages
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and Fox News
Pew Research Center:
Public's Mood Turns Grim; Trump Trails Biden on Most Personal Traits, Major Issues  —  Just 17% say they are ‘proud’ when thinking about state of the U.S.  —  How we did this  —  With less than five months until the 2020 elections, Americans are deeply unhappy with the state of the nation.
Discussion: NBC News
USA Today:
Exclusive USA TODAY poll: Biden widens his lead, but Trump keeps the edge on enthusiasm  —  President Trump is falling further behind Democrat Joe Biden in the race for the White House, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll finds - but the president's real opponent seems to be himself.
Discussion: Political Wire
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
The Fall of Jeff Sessions, and What Came After  —  The former attorney general is fighting for his political life in Alabama's Senate race, in the shadow of a president who still despises him.  —  To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Week
Trump campaign scraps rally ahead of Sessions-Tuberville primary amid pandemic  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign has scrapped plans to hold a rally in Alabama next weekend amid concerns about coronavirus infections rising in the US, CNN has learned.
The Daily Beast:
Mary Trump's Tell-All Book Temporarily Blocked in Court  —  Mary Trump's upcoming, explosive tell-all about the president has hit a temporary setback as a judge grants Robert Trump a Temporary Restraining Order to halt publication.  —  A judge on Tuesday granted Robert Trump …
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.
Associated Press:
Biden to hammer Trump for handling of COVID-19 pandemic
Discussion: Axios
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Matt Gaetz Is Living in Donald Trump's America
Discussion: and Raw Story
Carl Reiner Dead at 98  —  REMEMBERING CARL REINER  —  Carl Reiner, one of the most prolific entertainers in the history of show business has died ... TMZ has learned.  —  We're told Reiner died Monday night at his Beverly Hills home.  We're told his family was with him when he passed.
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Amy McGrath just won her unexpectedly close Kentucky Senate primary  —  Amy McGrath just won her 2020 Senate primary and will face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.  Jason Davis/Getty Images  —  McGrath will face off against Mitch McConnell in November.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Charles Booker, Amy McGrath neck-and-neck in Kentucky Senate Democratic primary race  —  Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker and retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath were on Tuesday still running neck-and-neck in the state's U.S. Senate Democratic primary to determine who takes on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
McGrath wins Kentucky Dem primary; McConnell showdown awaits
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Senate strips provision from intelligence bill requiring campaigns to report foreign election help  —  WaPo: Russian bounties to Taliban fighters believed to result in deaths of US troops  —  (CNN)The Senate will incorporate the annual intelligence policy legislation into the National Defense …
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS Denver:
Photos Taken By Aurora Police At Elijah McClain Memorial Under Investigation  —  AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - Three Aurora police officers are under investigation for taking inappropriate photos at a memorial for Elijah McClain, sources tell CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans are practically begging Trump to tell people to wear a mask. He still won't listen.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
More coronavirus tests are coming back positive, contrary to what Trump and the House Republican leader claim
Discussion: CNBC and Breitbart
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Panic sets in at White House over Trump's re-election prospects
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Washington Post:
For months, Trump allies hunted for tapes of Biden in Ukraine.  Now they're turning up.  —  President Trump's allies were in pursuit of a tantalizing prospect last year: tape recordings of Joe Biden speaking to Ukrainian officials while he was vice president, conversations they believed …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Ex-Husband of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star and Lucchese Crime Family Soldier Indicted for Assault and Other Crimes  —  NEWARK, N.J. - The ex-husband of one of the stars of the Bravo television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and an organized crime soldier were arrested today …
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump hoping for Supreme Court vacancy as way to boost a flagging campaign  —  (CNN)As the Supreme Court hands his administration successive defeats at the same time his political standing craters, President Donald Trump has begun to raise both publicly and privately the potential boon another nomination …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The white-collar revolt against Trump is peaking  —  (CNN)From his open defiance of public health officials when holding rallies to his increasingly explicit embrace of White racial backlash, President Donald Trump has set a course for his reelection campaign that could produce the GOP's largest deficit …
Discussion: The Atlantic and
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
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 …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
National mask mandate could save 5 percent of GDP, economists say  —  The requirement could protect the public while avoiding some of the pain of an economic shutdown, Goldman Sachs research finds  —  After a late-spring lull, daily coronavirus cases in the United States have once again hit record highs …
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump says government is ‘tracking down the two anarchists’ who threw paint on George Washington statue in NYC
Discussion: The Hill
Fauci warns Congress that new US coronavirus cases could rise to 100,000 a day
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Venessa Wong / BuzzFeed News:
My Landlord Is Threatening To Evict Me During A Health And Economic Crisis. What Do I Do?
Discussion: Raw Story
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
The return of coronavirus lockdowns could threaten U.S. economic progress
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Tom Steyer returns to the fundraising circuit
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Journalists are reexamining their reliance on a longtime source: The police
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6 takeaways from the House Democrats' climate blueprint
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Montana program aiding private schools must be open to religious schools
Discussion: NBC News, MSNBC and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Momentum Building in States to Require Campus ‘Intellectual Diversity’
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries
The New York Times Company:
Uppercasing ‘Black’  —  The Times will start using uppercase …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Isn't Even Good at Inventing Mean Nicknames Anymore
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Three Families. Nine Weeks. ‘Things Are Getting Annoying.’
Discussion: Mother Jones