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1:35 AM ET, June 30, 2020

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Carl Bernstein / CNN:
From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials  —  (CNN)In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues …
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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 …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President's Daily Brief earlier this year, source says  —  (CNN)The intelligence that assessed there was an effort by a Russian military intelligence unit to pay the Taliban to kill US soldiers was included in one of President Donald …
New York Times:
Lawmakers Press for Answers on Russian Bounty Offers to Taliban to Kill U.S. Troops  —  The investigation into Russia's suspected operation is said to focus in part on the killings of three Marines in a truck bombing last year, officials said.  —  American officials provided a written briefing …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Were Trump's aides too afraid to tell him about the Russian bounties?
Discussion: Raw Story, MSNBC and The Week
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden says Trump has “cozied up” to Putin, calls for “more data” on bounty allegations
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Alternet.org and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Trump ‘white power’ tweet set off a scramble inside the White House — but no clear condemnation
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Kayleigh McEnany: Trump 'Didn't Hear' White Power Clip but Shared It to Stand With ‘Demonized’ Supporters
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and Breitbart
Michelle Roberts / BBC:
Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China  —  A new strain of flu that has the potential to become pandemic has been identified in China by scientists.  —  It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say.  —  The researchers are concerned …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Remembering My Friend Betsy Rothstein  —  I don't know what I expected Betsy Rothstein to look like, but I guess I wasn't expecting a woman who made her living filleting media personalities and nurturing feuds to be so tiny in stature.  When she approached me on the grass outside …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
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Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
In Memory Of Betsy Rothstein  —  Betsy Rothstein passed away Sunday among family following a long battle with cancer.  —  Betsy was the most honest person I've ever met.  She hated lying the way some people hate snakes.  She recoiled in horror from lies.  She found them repulsive, and the people who told them, contemptible.
Anne Allred / KSDK-TV:
‘The only thing that stopped the crowd was my rifle’ |  Interview with man who pulled out gun amid protest  —  Mark McCloskey gave his first on-camera interview to 5 On Your Side anchor Anne Allred  —  ST. LOUIS — It's an encounter that's gained national attention and it happened in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Couple points guns at protesters marching to St. Louis mayor's home to demand resignation  —  1 of 13  —  UPDATES with comments from St. Louis University law professor on couple's rights to defend private property  —  ST. LOUIS — As protesters made their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson's home on Sunday night …
Jemma Carr / Daily Mail:
‘Keep moving!’  Moment lawyer couple brandish an AR-15 and a handgun at protesters marching past …
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Micah Maidenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Sees Growing Ad Boycott in Protest Against Handling of Speech
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.
New York Times:
‘Our Luck May Have Run Out’: California's Case Count Explodes  —  Los Angeles County, which has been averaging more than 2,000 new cases each day, surpassed 100,000 total cases on Monday.  —  SACRAMENTO — Only a few weeks ago, thousands of Southern Californians were flocking to beaches …
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County issues dire warning amid ‘alarming increases’ in coronavirus cases  —  Los Angeles County health officials issued a dire warning Monday that conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic are deteriorating rapidly and the highly contagious virus is spreading swiftly in the nation's most populous county.
Wall Street Journal:
China Passes Hong Kong Security Law Aimed at Crushing Protests  —  Beijing rejects criticism that the law will curb people's freedoms in the financial hub  —  HONG KONG—China's legislature approved Tuesday a sweeping new law aimed at quashing threats to national security in Hong Kong …
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New York Times:
China Passes Security Law With Sweeping Powers Over Hong Kong
Discussion: Axios, UPI and Breitbart
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Predicted: Parler Is Banning Users It Doesn't Like  —  Well, that did not take long at all.  On Friday we predicted that just like every other social media platform out there, the new favorite among people who falsely say that Twitter is censoring conservatives, would start taking …
New York Times:
De Blasio and Council, Facing Fiscal Crisis Over Virus, Agree on Budget With Big Cuts  —  The mayor and City Council pared $1 billion in funding for the Police Department, but nearly half of that would come from budgetary sleight of hand.  —  Bowing to political pressure and a bleak fiscal reality …
Discussion: Politico
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Wall Street Journal:
De Blasio Agrees to Cut NYPD Funding by $1 Billion
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Grassley Hits Hannity For Interview Question Trump Whiffed On: ‘You Assume Fox News Wants Him to Get Reelected’  —  One of the most notable exchanges from President Donald Trump's Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity was the president's odd response to one of the most straightforward questions …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Why conservative Chief Justice Roberts just struck down an anti-abortion law  —  Chief Justice John Roberts awaits the arrival of President Donald Trump who will deliver the State of the Union address in the House chamber on February 4, 2020, in Washington, DC.  Leah Millis-Pool/Getty Images
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Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
John Roberts Outsmarts Himself Yet Again
CNN:
John Roberts sides with liberals on Supreme Court to block controversial Louisiana abortion law
Discussion: CNBC and FiveThirtyEight
Michael Flynn / The Western Journal:
Exclusive from Gen. Flynn: If We Don't Act, 2% of the People Are About To Control the Other 98%  —  I was once told if we're not careful, 2 percent of the passionate will control 98 percent of the indifferent 100 percent of the time.  —  The more I've thought about this phrase, the more I believe it.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Newsonomics: The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America's largest newspaper chains  —  The next 48 hours may decide the fate of two of America's largest newspaper chains that collectively serve almost a fifth of all American local newspaper readers.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Three Families.  Nine Weeks.  ‘Things Are Getting Annoying.’  —  There we go.  Good.  There we go.  Yay.  Yay.  [MUSIC PLAYING] We're the Pauls.  We're the Orangos.  We are at the Carter-McLaughlin-Milstein family.  Or Mill Carterstein McDonlaughlinsons.  We spent the first three weeks just butting heads.
Matt Novak / Paleofuture:
Trump Misidentifies Sculpture in Oval Office While Saying Statues Help Teach History  —  In a bizarre interview with Fox News last night, President Trump stood next to a sculpture in the Oval Office that he said depicts former president Teddy Roosevelt, and explained that statues are vital to learning about history.
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
N.J. restaurants NOT reopening for indoor dining this week after ‘knucklehead’ crowds at bars ruin it for everyone  —  New Jersey will not reopen indoor dining this week as planned in the first major reversal of the state's Phase 2 coronavirus reopening plan, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.
Discussion: Gothamist
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Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall  —  The nation's pediatricians have come out with a strong statement in favor of bringing children back to the classroom this fall wherever and whenever they can do so safely.  The American Academy of Pediatrics' guidance …
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Four progressive congresswomen circulate letter threatening to condition aid to Israel over annexation  —  FULL TEXT  —  Four Democratic members of Congress are said to be circulating a letter among their House colleagues warning of the political implications that could result …
CNN:
Trump appointee at USAID repeatedly made anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ comments, said ‘female empowerment is a civilizational calamity’  —  (CNN)A Trump administration appointee at the United States' agency responsible for foreign aid has a history of inflammatory rhetoric aimed at refugees, the LGBTQ community and women.
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
 
 
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Associated Press:
Group of Texas bar owners sues to reopen amid pandemic
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats
Discussion: Daily Kos and Breitbart
Elizabeth Joseph / CNN:
More than 200 people are advised to quarantine after possible Covid-19 exposure at gym in West Virginia
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Hickenlooper seeks to overcome unforced errors in Colorado Senate race, as Utah and Oklahoma hold key primaries
Discussion: Politico
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
People with coronavirus are crossing the US-Mexico border for medical care
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 Earlier Items: 
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
House Democrats push through first bill in a decade expanding Affordable Care Act
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump books over $16 million in battleground TV ads as his campaign sees warning signs in key states
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Shellenberger / Environmental Progress:
On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
New York Times:
The New York Times Pulls Out of Apple News
Politico:
Schumer, Pelosi to McConnell: Move on coronavirus relief
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Why no outrage? Atlanta shootings surge, but it's not the cops
Discussion: The Federalist and Power Line
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The 3 Weeks That Changed Everything