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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
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 …
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 and The Week
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Kayleigh McEnany: Trump 'Didn't Hear' White Power Clip but Shared It to Stand With ‘Demonized’ Supporters
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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 …
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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.
Discussion: CNN
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:
China Passes Security Law With Sweeping Powers Over Hong Kong  —  Lawmakers in Beijing voted in a process that has been criticized for its secrecy and haste.  The law will extend the Communist Party's reach into Hong Kong.  —  China passed a contentious new law for Hong Kong on Tuesday …
Discussion: NBC News, NPR, The Week, UPI, Breitbart and Axios
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Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
China-US tensions worsen as Beijing passes Hong Kong security law
Wall Street Journal:   China Passes Hong Kong Security Law Aimed at Crushing Protests
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Deadline and The Week
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.
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.
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: UPI and Politico
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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 …
Micah Maidenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Sees Growing Ad Boycott in Protest Against Handling of Speech  —  Civil-rights groups have been pushing advertisers to pull spending, citing a failure to halt hate speech and misinformation  —  Ford Motor Co., Clorox Co. and Denny's Corp. are joining a parade of companies that have moved …
Politico:
Publisher's wife played undisclosed role for Melania Trump  —  The owner of The Hill helped arrange his wife's unpaid advisory role in the first lady's office.  —  First Lady Melania Trump.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  The owner of the news outlet that published the columns at the center …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech  —  Bans come after YouTube's 2019 policy update  —  YouTube has banned several prominent white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer.
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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.
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Woke censorship is basically a superstitious cult  —  The irrational obsessions behind our woke fever  —  We live in a society gripped by a quasi-religious fervor — and obsessed with symbols and irrational fears.  —  Anything that is thought to have the slightest association with ­racism …
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.
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Four progressive congresswomen circulate letter threatening to condition aid to Israel over annexation  —  Four Democratic members of Congress are said to be circulating a letter among their House colleagues warning of the political implications that could result from Israel's planned annexation of portions of the West Bank.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Elizabeth Joseph / CNN:
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Discussion: UPI, 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
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
N.J. restaurants NOT reopening for indoor dining this week after ‘knucklehead’ crowds at bars ruin it for everyone
Discussion: Gothamist
Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall
New York Times:
The New York Times Pulls Out of Apple News