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12:20 AM ET, July 1, 2020


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Suspicions of Russian Bounties Were Bolstered by Data on Financial Transfers  —  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.
Washington Post:
Intelligence reports on Russian bounty operation first reached White House in early 2019  —  White House officials were first informed in early 2019 of intelligence reports that Russia was offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition military personnel in Afghanistan …
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Beast
NBC News:
Father of Marine killed in 2019 bomb attack wants answers amid reports of Russia bounties … Amid reports of intelligence about possible Russian bounties for Taliban fighters who kill Americans in Afghanistan, the father of a Marine who died in a roadside bomb attack there last year wants answers.
Discussion: Vox, The Sun and IJR
Russians squeeze U.S. troops in Syria amid uproar over Trump's dealings with Moscow
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Kushner changes top Trump campaign staff  —  Michael Glassner, the man who organizes President Trump's rallies, has been “reassigned,” and Trump's 2016 Arizona chair Jeff DeWit will join the campaign as chief operating officer to oversee the final stretch to election day, three sources familiar with the situation tell Axios.
Monica Alba / NBC News:
Trump campaign shifts Michael Glassner, top staffer and chief rally organizer, to new role
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
USA Today:
Exclusive USA TODAY poll: Biden widens his lead, but Trump keeps the edge on enthusiasm
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Republican leaders now say everyone should wear a mask — even as Trump refuses and has mocked some who do  —  The last Republican vice president, Richard B. Cheney, and his Wyoming congresswoman daughter, Liz, say wearing masks is manly.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Cheney takes on Trump  —  Rep. Liz Cheney has suddenly become one of the most outspoken GOP critics of Donald Trump.  —  Even more surprising: The Wyoming Republican hasn't faced any serious blowback from the president.  —  Criticizing Trump is not new for Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Dire Warning From COVID-19 Test Providers  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  The United States is once again at risk of outstripping its COVID-19 testing capacity, an ominous development …
Rob Stein / NPR:
As Coronavirus Surges, How Much Testing Does Your State Need To Subdue The Virus?
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Rep. Scott Tipton ousted in Colorado GOP primary  —  Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) was defeated in a primary election on Tuesday by Lauren Boebert, a conservative restaurateur and gun-rights activist.  —  Boebert — the owner of a restaurant in Rifle, Colo. that advertises the fact …
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:   Gun rights activist defeats five-term GOP congressman in Colorado primary
Foreign Policy:
World Rebukes U.S. Over Iran  —  With Trump's re-election prospects up in the air, a heated U.N. meeting on Iran shows world power's fading fear of confronting U.S.  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday sought to reassert America's waning influence on the world stage …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:   U.S. finds little support for extending arms embargo against Iran
NBC News:
Facebook to remove anti-government ‘Boogaloo’ groups  —  Facebook announced Tuesday that it is removing groups dedicated to the Boogaloo extremist movement one month after federal officials alleged the anti-government network's adherents used the platform to plan the murder of a federal agent.
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 and
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Florida is “not going back” on reopening, governor says  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters on Tuesday that the state will not reinstate restrictions or close businesses to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.  —  Why it matters: More than 50% of coronavirus infections …
Discussion: The Hill, Florida Politics and UPI
USA Today:
Hampton Inn worker fired for calling cops on Black guests; Police open ‘internal investigation’  —  A Hampton Inn employee has been fired after calling the police on a Black family using the hotel's swimming pool in Williamston, North Carolina.  —  “Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind.
Discussion: The Root, Raw Story and New York Post
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:   Who's the most galling, captivating character on our screens this summer?  It's Karen — and she's everywhere.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell warns Democrats not to change filibuster rule  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Democrats on Tuesday not to mess with the filibuster rule if they win control of the chamber in November.  —  He said eliminating the legislative filibuster by reducing …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Mississippi Furls Its Divisive Flag  —  For many of our citizens it was a symbol not of unity but of oppression.  Decency demanded a change.  —  A flag is a symbol meant to unite a diverse group of people.  The flag of Mississippi—the last state banner to incorporate the Confederate battle emblem—no longer does so.
Washington Post:
Mississippi governor signs bill changing state's flag, abandoning Confederate symbol
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Trump team's brewing debate: How to message a raging health emergency  —  One group of White House aides wants more attention on the surging virus.  The other wants to leave it to local officials.  Now they're trying to find a middle ground.  —  President Donald Trump.  Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Coronavirus' spread in GOP territory, explained in 6 charts  —  Coronavirus first spread in the United States as a mostly coastal and big-city scourge, sparing many rural areas, small towns and even small cities.  Translated into U.S. political geography: The virus hit Democratic areas first.
New York Post:
Adam Savage of ‘Mythbusters’ allegedly raped sister as a kid: lawsuit  —  Former “Mythbusters” co-host Adam Savage allegedly sexually abused his younger sister for years while calling himself the “raping blob” during the late 1970s, the woman says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Connor Perrett / INSIDER:
Kellyanne Conway's 15-year-old daughter is defiantly posting anti-Trump and pro-Black Lives Matter TikToks ‘to inform people and spread love’  — Claudia Conway, the daughter of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, has grown a TikTok following of more than 31,000 followers while making anti-Trump and pro-Black Lives Matter posts.
Discussion: Redstate, The US Sun and New York Post
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 …
Carl Reiner Dead at 98, Mel Brooks Pays Tribute to His Best Friend  —  CARL REINER DEAD AT 98 ... Mel Brooks Also Pays Tribute To His Best Friend  —  REMEMBERING CARL REINER  —  2:23 PM PT — Mel Brooks also just paid tribute to Reiner, calling him a giant whose contributions to the entertainment industry is unmatched.
Dominick Mastrangelo / Washington Examiner:
Seattle mayor slams protesters for showing no ‘regard for’ her ‘safety’ as demonstrators circle her home  —  A group of protesters marched to the home of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Sunday afternoon, upset that she pledged to dismantle the police-free “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” zone, known as CHOP.
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime
BuzzFeed News:
Mueller Memos Part 8: More Revelations About What Witnesses Told Investigators About Trump And Russia  —  BuzzFeed News sued the FBI and the Department of Justice for access to the secret records used by special counsel Robert Mueller.  Today, we are publishing the eighth installment …
Discussion: Raw Story
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
Fox News Q2 2020 Ratings: Tucker Carlson Averaged 4.33 Million Viewers at 8 p.m., the Largest Audience in Cable News History  —  Live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen is rolling in, and it appears Fox News Channel will have its most-watched quarter in network history, averaging more viewers than Q1 2020 …
One graphic explains why Americans are facing an EU travel ban  —  (CNN)US tourists will be excluded from visiting the European Union after the bloc finalized its list of 15 safe countries for travel to member states on Tuesday.  —  The EU has formally agreed a set of recommendations …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, abc7NY and The Verge
Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. coronavirus outbreak is ‘going to be very disturbing,’ could top 100,000 new cases a day  — The U.S. is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic and daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump's Twitter feed reads like a local crime blotter as he stokes a culture war  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  President Trump returned from his Virginia golf course Saturday afternoon and turned his Twitter feed into a crime blotter.
Jonathon Sadowski / UpNorthNews:
These GOP Lawmakers Tried to Make It Harder to Vote-By-Mail.  Then 80% of Them Mailed Ballots in April.  —  Analysis by liberal group on voting habits of Wisconsin politicians reveals majority vote absentee.  —  More than 80 percent of Wisconsin's Republican legislators voted absentee in April …
Discussion: The Guardian
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Has Spent $325,000 on Facebook Ads Featuring Brad Parscale's Page  —  Mr. Parscale, the president's campaign manager, is one of only three people whose Facebook and Instagram pages have been used by the campaign to display ads.  The others are Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
GOP-endorsed congressional candidate used n-word in racist anti-Black rant on Facebook  —  Mike Cargile also shared numerous bigoted memes on social media … Writer and GOP-backed House candidate Mike Cargile has frequently posted bigoted content on Facebook, including writing a racist rant …
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New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Reach New Record
Discussion: Gothamist
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Launches Bipartisan Bill to Give Refugee Status to Certain Hong Kong Residents
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Science and “Science”  —  Politicians love to say that they are “following the science.”
Discussion: American Experiment
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Report shows $480,000 in donations to cover Pence legal aid
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
‘They basically swallowed hard’: Trumpy Census Bureau hires revive fears of political meddling
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Re-Election Strategy: Run Like a Challenger
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
24 times Susan Collins has been ‘disappointed’ by Donald Trump
A story in The Oregonian changed his family's life forever, and set his career choice
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Matt Gaetz Is Living in Donald Trump's America
Washington Post:
Journalists are reexamining their reliance on a longtime source: The police