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1:10 PM ET, June 30, 2020

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Politico:
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story, Mediaite and Axios
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Mothers of military sons killed in Afghanistan want probe of Russian death bounties
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
CNN:
Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President's Daily Brief earlier this year, source says
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't understand that Putin is in the payback business
Discussion: The Week and IJR
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 …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says Montana program aiding private schools must be open to religious schools
Discussion: NBC News, MSNBC and Althouse
Washington Examiner:   John Roberts proves he's nothing more than an empty robe
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Supreme Court: Booking.com can trademark its name
Discussion: NBC News
TMZ.com:
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.
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
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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.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Panic sets in at White House over Trump's re-election prospects  —  President Trump's advisers are sounding alarms about his re-election prospects to a degree not heard since the president entered the White House three and a half years ago.  —  The state of play: Over the past week, widespread panic and pessimism have set in.
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 …
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: The Week
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.
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Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Amy McGrath just won her unexpectedly close Kentucky Senate primary
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 …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘It would just set a good example’: Trump's allies push him to embrace masks  —  Republican leaders and right-leaning media on Tuesday promoted the use of protective masks to a degree yet unseen during the coronavirus pandemic — casting them as crucial to facilitating an economic reopening …
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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 …
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 Alternet.org
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 …
Politico:
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Journalists are reexamining their reliance on a longtime source: The police  —  For several weeks early this year, reporter Larry Hobbs struggled to nail down the story he was chasing.  Police in his hometown of Brunswick, Ga., had offered few details about the death of a young African American man …
The New York Times Company:
Uppercasing ‘Black’  —  The Times will start using uppercase “Black” to describe people and cultures of African origin, both in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Read more in this note from Dean Baquet and Phil Corbett.  —  Dear Colleagues,  —  At The Times and elsewhere, the nationwide protests …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Isn't Even Good at Inventing Mean Nicknames Anymore  —  Unable to manage an escalating pandemic, an economic crisis, and social unrest, and finding himself sinking farther behind in the polls, President Trump has reexamined his operations and arrived at the Trumpiest possible conclusion …
Discussion: Alternet.org and National Review
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Trump campaign reserves more than $95 million in TV time for the fall  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's campaign has booked more than $95 million in broadcast television time this fall, as the re-election has been pushed onto the defensive in recent months in many states key to the president's success in November.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Tom Steyer returns to the fundraising circuit  —  The billionaire former hedge fund manager has already shown an ability to unlock major donors for candidates.  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer.  Joe Raedle/Getty Images  —  Tom Steyer is turning loose the fundraising network …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Ryan Lizza to McEnany: Does Trump believe ‘it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War?’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Federalist
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
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Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Sky Palma / DeadState:
Christian activist: I'd rather be ‘beheaded’ than be a ‘slave’ who wears a mask
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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