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Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Trump's resistance led intel agencies to brief him less and less on Russia  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's resistance to intelligence warnings about Russia led his national security team, including those who delivered the President's Daily Brief to brief him verbally less often …
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New York Times:
Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say  —  A small-time businessman became a key middleman for bounties on coalition troops in Afghanistan, U.S. intelligence reports say.  Friends saw him grow rich, but didn't know how.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan …
Washington Post:
White House does not plan any immediate response over intelligence reports on Russian bounties targeting U.S. troops  —  The White House is not planning an immediate response to intelligence reports of Russian bounties given to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition forces …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's ugly new spin on Russia bounties actually incriminates him  —  With President Trump, it's often difficult to locate the point where his utter lack of self awareness blends into sheer shamelessness.  This poses an urgent problem with the spin he is now offering amid revelations …
Mitch Prothero / Business Insider:
Russia did pay extremists to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan, according to 3 separate Taliban sources  — Sources in the Taliban — two current commanders and one former — have confirmed to Insider that Russia pays extremists in Afghanistan to attack US soldiers.
The Daily Beast:
Russian Bounties for Killing Americans Go Back Five Years, Ex-Taliban Claims  —  Russia has been courting the Taliban at least since 2014 with money and weapons, ostensibly to fight ISIS, certainly to undermine the American effort in Afghanistan.  —  Taliban veterans like to laugh about the first time …
Discussion: The Guardian
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
Trump would do anything for Putin. No wonder he's ignoring the Russian bounties.
Discussion: Business Insider, The Hill and Axios
CNN:
Trump's aides debate a new virus approach as President claims it will ‘disappear’  —  President Trump says he's ‘all for masks’  —  (CNN)A divide has emerged inside President Donald Trump's inner circle over whether he should turn his attention back to the coronavirus pandemic or continue …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Biden expands lead in swing states as voters hammer Trump over coronavirus, CNBC/Change poll says  — Voters in six 2020 swing states largely disapprove of how President Trump is handling the coronavirus as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the country, a CNBC/Change Research poll found.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump said ‘experience’ was his edge over Biden.  A poll shows voters disagree by a remarkable margin.
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Harry Enten / CNN:
2020's biggest difference with 2016: Trump loses the honesty debate
Discussion: Inside Elections
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely asserts Biden was fed questions
Discussion: Breitbart
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
Alabama students throwing ‘COVID parties’ to see who gets infected: Officials  —  Rising infections prompt Gov. Kay Ivy to extend ‘Safer at Home’ orders.  —  Students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been attending parties in the city and surrounding area …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump regrets Kushner advice on prison reform  —  President Trump has told people in recent days that he regrets following some of son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's political advice — including supporting criminal justice reform — and will stick closer to his own instincts …
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Politico:
Senate Republicans can't catch a break  —  The high point of 2020 for Senate Republicans — if there is one — may have been Feb. 6.  —  The Senate had acquitted President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial the day before, and he held an hour-long “victory celebration” in the East Room of the White House.
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
McConnell warns Democrats about changing Senate rules to kill the filibuster
Discussion: The Federalist
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Official U.S. coronavirus death toll is ‘a substantial undercount’ of actual tally, Yale study finds  — The 781,000 total deaths in the U.S. in the three months through May 30 were nearly 19% higher than what would normally be expected, the study said.  — The number of excess deaths …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Record cash floods Democrats, Black groups amid protests and pandemic  —  ActBlue, the online donation processor favored by Democrats and many left-leaning groups, smashed its monthly fundraising record in June.  —  Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd near the White House.
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Washington Post:
Trump set to headline high-dollar fundraising dinner at a private Florida home next week
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Trump, RNC raised $131 million in June
Washington Post:
In wake of Trump's Tulsa rally, his campaign is still contending with the fallout  —  It was just hours before President Trump was set to take the stage for his rally in Tulsa last month when the news broke: Six staff at the site had just tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mediaite:
Pro-Trump Operative Caleb Hull Has History of Racist, Anti-Semitic, Homophobic Posts  —  Caleb J. Hull is a Republican operative in the Washington, D.C. area, known for his pro-Trump rhetoric on social media, as well as his relentless targeting of Trump critics online.
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Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:   ​Popular Pro-Trump ​Digital Strategist Made Racist Comments on a Secret Twitter Account
ProPublica:
Internal Messages Reveal Crisis at Houston Hospitals as Coronavirus Cases Surge  —  Texas was one of the first states in the nation to ease social distancing mandates.  In Houston, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has quadrupled since Memorial Day.  “It's time to be alarmed,” one expert said.
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NBC News:   Internal messages reveal crisis at Houston hospitals as coronavirus cases surge
The Hill:
GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday  —  Republican senators are debating whether Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, should replace Columbus Day on the federal government's list of official holidays.
Discussion: Redstate, Breitbart and TheBlaze
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
GOP senators propose replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Exclusive: Hundreds of George W. Bush administration officials to back Biden, group says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of officials who worked for former Republican President George W. Bush are set to endorse Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden, people involved in the effort said …
New York Times:
How Mount Rushmore Became Mount Rushmore  —  The South Dakota landmark has drawn criticism over the land it occupies, the main sculptor behind it and the legacies of the men it memorializes.  —  This year, for the first time in more than a decade, there will be a major fireworks display …
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USA Today:
South Dakota tribal leader joins call to remove Mount Rushmore ahead of Trump visit
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
The virus didn't stop a Washington socialite from throwing a backyard soiree.  Then the tests came back positive.  —  This is A Cautionary Tale featuring well-intentioned people making poor choices.  It is also the tale of a socialite with an Instagram habit who recently held a fabulous backyard soiree during a pandemic.
Discussion: Eschaton
Axios:
Scoop: U.S. seizes $800,000 shipment of Xinjiang products made with human hair  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained a shipment of almost 13 tons of wigs and other human hair products suspected of being made through forced labor in Xinjiang, China, U.S. government officials tell Axios.
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Isabel Wilkerson / New York Times:
America's Enduring Caste System  —  Our founding ideals promise liberty and equality for all.  Our reality is an enduring racial hierarchy that has persisted for centuries.  —  We saw a man face down on the pavement, pinned beneath a car, and above him another man, a man in uniform …
Discussion: Townhall
Politico:
Senate Republicans shrug off Trump's veto threat over renaming Confederate bases  —  Senate Republicans were unfazed Wednesday by President Donald Trump's threat to veto the annual defense policy bill over his opposition to the renaming of U.S. military installations honoring prominent Confederate figures.
6abc:
Whipping post removed from outside Sussex County Courthouse  —  GEORGETOWN, Delaware (WPVI) — An eight-foot tall whipping post has been removed from outside the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown, Delaware.  —  The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (HCA) …
Discussion: New York Post
Geoff Pender / Mississippi Today:
'It's an artifact': Mississippi officially retires its state flag to a museum  —  Mississippi's former state flag with the divisive Confederate battle emblem in its canton was officially retired to a museum on Wednesday after flying over the state for 126 years.
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Here's what happens when a neighborhood's only grocery store closes  —  New York (CNN Business)The nearby Save A Lot supermarket was a lifeline for Karina Rayeford, a single mom of three kids in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.  —  The grocery store, located in the predominantly Black public housing community …
Mohamed Younis / Gallup:
Americans Want More, Not Less, Immigration for First Time  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirty-four percent of Americans, up from 27% a year ago, would prefer to see immigration to the U.S. increased.  This is the highest support for expanding immigration Gallup has found in its trend since 1965.
About Facebook:
Facebook Does Not Benefit from Hate  —  This piece originally ran in AdAge.  —  When society is divided and tensions run high, those divisions play out on social media.  Platforms like Facebook hold up a mirror to society — with more than 3 billion people using Facebook's apps every month …
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Hugh Hewitt: Rumor has it Samuel Alito will retire from Supreme Court  —  Conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito may be eyeing retirement.  —  The “stronger rumor” is that Alito is “going to quit,” conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt told Washington Post reporter Robert Costa on his show Wednesday.
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Richmond mayor orders prompt removal of Confederate statues  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Wednesday ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues in the city, saying he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital …
Amy Johnston / LifeZette:
Virginia Democrats draft proposal to reduce assault on law enforcement officers from felony to misdemeanor offense  —  This jarring proposal comes one year after Virginia's Democratic Governor signed a law making animal cruelty a felony offense.  —  Virginia Senate Democrats have proposed …
Justice News:
Novartis Admits to Certain Conduct Alleged in the Lawsuit and Agrees to Strict Limitations on Its Ability to Conduct Future Speaker Programs  —  Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge …
 
 
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