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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 …
Paul Begala / CNN:
This has got to be the worst of Trump's outrages  —  Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and served as a counselor to Clinton in the White House.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
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 …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Were Trump's aides too afraid to tell him about the Russian bounties?
Discussion: New York Magazine and IJR
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Refuses To Allow Democrats To Attend Russia Bounty Briefing
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.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Panic sets in at White House over Trump's re-election prospects
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Exodus from Trump's economic team continues despite fresh fears about new closures and coronavirus crisis
Discussion: Alternet.org
Washington Post:
Trump ‘white power’ tweet set off a scramble inside the White House — but no clear condemnation
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
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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Politico:
Conservative groups see abortion ruling as catalyst for reelecting Trump
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Roberts Sides With the Liberals, Again
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.
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
Discussion: CNN and Twitchy
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 …
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.
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:
‘Fox & Friends’ host: Trump should wear a mask  —  “I think that if the president wore one, it would just set a good example.  He'd be a good role model,” Steve Doocy said.  —  Fox News' Steve Doocy.  Fox News' Steve Doocy implored President Donald Trump on Tuesday to wear a mask in public …
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Fox News:
RNC reacts to Jacksonville ordering mask-wearing ahead of GOP convention
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Week, Axios and Instapundit
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.
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
Jonathan D. Karl / The Atlantic:
The Second Battle of Charlottesville  —  The image of President Donald Trump holding aloft a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church is destined to be a defining image of his presidency.  The events that led up to that moment reveal the essential elements of his rise to power.
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 …
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 …
consilium.europa.eu:
Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries  —  The Council today adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU.  Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation …
Sky Palma / DeadState:
Christian activist: I'd rather be ‘beheaded’ than be a ‘slave’ who wears a mask  —  In a video posted to YouTube this Saturday, right-wing anti-LGBT crusader Scott Lively jumped on the anti-face mask bandwagon, saying that he'd rather face death than be forced to put on a mask by the government.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408.
Discussion: Observer
ABC News:
Biden to ramp up attacks on Trump, accuse him of ‘surrendering’ to coronavirus pandemic
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
‘Wear a mask!’ Republicans split with Trump as virus cases surge
New York Times:
De Blasio and Council, Facing Fiscal Crisis Over Virus, Agree on Budget With Big Cuts
Discussion: UPI and Politico
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%
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Elizabeth Joseph / CNN:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Michael Shellenberger / Environmental Progress:
On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
Discussion: Breitbart