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7:40 AM ET, July 1, 2020


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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 …
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
Associated Press:
Russian bounties further strain Trump's bond with veterans
Discussion: Fox News
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Trump-backed five-term Republican lawmaker loses primary to far-right challenger  —  (CNN)A five-term Republican congressman endorsed by President Donald Trump conceded his primary reelection bid in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday evening, a stunning upset that will vault …
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: Associated Press and The Hill
Hickenlooper rolls to victory in Colorado Senate primary
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Washington Post:   Gun rights activist defeats five-term GOP congressman in Colorado primary
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.
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
New York Times:   U.S. Calls for Indefinite Arms Embargo of Iran, but Finds No Takers
Shout or stay silent?  Trump team splits over coronavirus surge  —  The Trump White House has a new internal battle: how much to talk publicly about a pandemic that's crippling huge swaths of America.  —  President Donald Trump's top aides are divided over the merits of resuming national news briefings …
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
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?
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: Axios and National Review
The big divide over the next stimulus
Discussion: NBC News
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.
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
Matthew Cox /   Army Halts SERE Course after 90 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus
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 and Lawyers, Guns & Money
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest  —  Facebook said on Tuesday it was banning content associated with the “Boogaloo” extremist group.  BuzzFeed News found the company has been running Boogaloo ads advocating for violence for months.  —  Copy
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: The Bulwark and 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
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
Wall Street Journal:
China's Security Law Tightens Vise on Hong Kong  —  Western governments threaten repercussions following enactment of law that overrides the city's promised legal autonomy  —  HONG KONG—China rolled back the autonomy of Hong Kong's governance that's been in place since the city's handover …
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Launches Bipartisan Bill to Give Refugee Status to Certain Hong Kong Residents
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.) …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Jari Tanner / Associated Press:
Latvia bans Russian television channel RT  —  HELSINKI (AP) — The Baltic nation of Latvia has banned the state-controlled Russian television channel RT, saying that it is effectively controlled by a media figure who is under European Union sanctions.  —  But the man in question, Dmitry Kiselev …
Discussion: Politico
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Judge overturns Trump border rule requiring immigrants to first claim asylum in another country  —  A federal court Tuesday night upheld a challenge to the Trump administration's asylum restrictions, namely a 2019 rule that requires seekers to ask for asylum closer to home.
Discussion: Slate, The Week and Axios
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Conservative Supreme Court opens the door for DeVos's voucher schemes
Discussion: National Review
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The State of the Race  —  At the present time the polls look bad for President Trump.
Discussion: Gallup, UPI and Instapundit
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Mexico says López Obrador will visit Washington to celebrate new trade pact
Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench
Discussion: Raw Story
Chicago Tribune:
Could Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth's remarkable life story help make her Joe Biden's pick for vice president?
Wall Street Journal:
Mississippi Furls Its Divisive Flag
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathon Sadowski / UpNorthNews:
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New York Times:
Advertiser Exodus Snowballs as Facebook Struggles to Ease Concerns
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall
Andrew Atterbury / Politico:
DeSantis kills online learning program amid virus resurgence
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
GOP-endorsed congressional candidate used n-word in racist anti-Black rant on Facebook
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump's Twitter feed reads like a local crime blotter as he stokes a culture war
BuzzFeed News:
Mueller Memos Part 8: More Revelations About What Witnesses Told Investigators About Trump And Russia
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 …