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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
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.
Susan E. Rice / New York Times:
Why Does Trump Put Russia First?  —  It's exceedingly difficult to believe that no one told the president about the intelligence on Russian efforts to harm Americans in Afghanistan.  —  Ms. Rice is a former national security adviser.  —  Since at least February, and possibly as early as March 2019 …
Discussion: ABC News, and The Bulwark
Russians squeeze U.S. troops in Syria amid uproar over Trump's dealings with Moscow
Discussion: ABC 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.
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.
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
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.
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 and Associated Press
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
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?
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.
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.
Hickenlooper rolls to victory in Colorado Senate primary
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
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.
Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press:
Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak  —  The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen.
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. coronavirus outbreak is ‘going to be very disturbing,’ could top 100,000 new cases a day
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 and Florida Politics
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
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.
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
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
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
Rachel Roubein / Politico:
Oklahoma voters approve Medicaid expansion as coronavirus cases climb  —  Oklahoma voters on Tuesday narrowly approved a ballot measure to extend Medicaid to tens of thousands of poor adults, making their state the first to expand government-backed health insurance during the pandemic.
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Reach New Record  —  More than 47,000 coronavirus cases were announced across the country and eight states announced single-day highs.  Europe opens its doors — just not to Americans.  —  RIGHT NOW Tuesday was the fourth time in a week that the United States posted a new single-day case record.
Discussion: The Guardian and Gothamist
Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench  —  USA-JUDGES/MISCONDUCT  —  In the past dozen years, state and local judges have repeatedly escaped public accountability for misdeeds that have victimized thousands.  Nine of 10 kept their jobs, a Reuters investigation found …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Federal government runs out of free face masks; TSA also faces shortage  —  WASHINGTON — An initiative to provide Americans with free face coverings has run out of supplies, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  The shortfall comes as the nation struggles to contain …
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
Chicago Tribune:
Could Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth's remarkable life story help make her Joe Biden's pick for vice president?  —  Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth quietly has been writing an autobiography, her personal story of going from selling flowers on a Hawaiian roadside amid poverty and losing …
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 …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats drove a temporary extension of a popular subsidy program for small businesses through the GOP-controlled Senate late Tuesday, an unexpected development that came as spikes in coronavirus cases in many states …
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.
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Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Mexico says López Obrador will visit Washington to celebrate new trade pact
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Launches Bipartisan Bill to Give Refugee Status to Certain Hong Kong Residents
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
California bill would shield health officer addresses as death threats rise
Discussion: The Hill, KTLA and Mercury News
Jonathon Sadowski / UpNorthNews:
These GOP Lawmakers Tried to Make It Harder to Vote-By-Mail.  Then 80% of Them Mailed Ballots in April.
Discussion: The Guardian
Mary Stringini / FOX 11 Los Angeles:
LA City Council approves first step in replacing LAPD with community responders for non-violent calls
Discussion: Breitbart
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Science and “Science”  —  Politicians love to say that they are “following the science.”
Discussion: American Experiment
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
‘They basically swallowed hard’: Trumpy Census Bureau hires revive fears of political meddling
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Mary Trump's Tell-All Book Temporarily Blocked in Court
U.S. Department of Justice:
Ex-Husband of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ …
Discussion: Law & Crime