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10:30 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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties  —  Senate Republicans are defending President Trump's handling of intelligence claiming that Russia's military intelligence units offered bounties to Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops, arguing the evidence of bounties has not received sufficient verification.
Discussion: Washington Post
Associated Press:
Russian bounties further strain Trump's bond with veterans
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
Intelligence reports on Russian bounty operation first reached White House in early 2019
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   Lauren Boebert, Gun-Rights Activist, Upsets House G.O.P. Incumbent in Colorado
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Senate Democrats unveil plan to extend federal unemployment payments  —  WASHINGTON — As the $2 trillion dollars in emergency federal spending to respond to the coronavirus pandemic begins to run out, Senate Democrats are setting out their plans to extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:   The $600 federal unemployment benefit ends this month. GOP senators say enough already.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell warns Democrats not to change filibuster rule
Discussion: Axios and National Review
Axios:   The big divide over the next stimulus
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.
Discussion: The Hill and ImmigrationProf Blog
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.
Dan Strumpf / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Police Make First Security-Law Arrest as Thousands Protest  —  A man was arrested for holding a Hong Kong independence flag, violating the new law, police said on Twitter  —  HONG KONG—Police made their first arrest under China's new national-security law for Hong Kong …
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
UK triggers Hong Kong citizenship offer
Kate O'Keeffe / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Launches Bipartisan Bill to Give Refugee Status to Certain Hong Kong Residents
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Meet the Supporters Trump Has Lost  —  A significant majority of people who voted for him in 2016 are planning to do so again.  What is different about those who've had a change of heart?  —  For some, the disenchantment started almost as soon as Donald J. Trump took office.
Discussion: Political Wire
Colorado votes for John Hickenlooper to take on GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, CNN projects  —  Hickenlooper ends 2020 presidential bid  —  (CNN)Former two-term Gov. John Hickenlooper will face GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in the fall, CNN projected Tuesday, in a race expected to be one of the Democratic …
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
John Hickenlooper wins Colorado's Democratic Senate primary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Hickenlooper rolls to victory in Colorado Senate primary
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Matthew Cox /
Army Halts SERE Course after 90 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus  —  U.S. Army Special Operations Command officials announced today that 90 students who were going through survival training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Reach New Record
Discussion: The Guardian and Gothamist
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 …
New York Times:   U.S. Calls for Indefinite Arms Embargo of Iran, but Finds No Takers
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Why Trump's attempt to tag Biden as a tool of the radical left isn't working  —  President Donald Trump's campaign has been trying to paint Joe Biden as a stooge for the far left.  A new poll shows why it's not working.  —  Only 17 percent of registered voters perceive the former vice president …
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
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.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Trump vows to veto $740 billion defense bill if Confederate-named military bases are renamed  —  President Trump reaffirmed late Tuesday that he would veto this year's proposed $740 billion annual defense bill if an amendment is included that would require the Pentagon to change the names …
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.
Change Research:
States of Play: Battleground & National Surveys on COVID-19, Trump & the Economy  —  Change Research/ CNBC Poll: June 26-28, 2020  — Biden leads Trump 49 to 41 among likely voters nationally, and he leads by 6 points in the battleground (50 to 44), up 3 points over the last two weeks.
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Simon & Schuster was unaware of Mary Trump's NDA, already printed copies of book  —  The publisher of Mary Trump's potentially explosive tell-all memoir reportedly revealed in a Tuesday night court filing that the company already printed 75,000 copies of the book — after publication was temporarily blocked earlier in the day.
Amber Athey / Spectator USA:
The Kushner conundrum  —  This article is in The Spectator's July 2020 US edition.  Subscribe here to get yours.  —  After a string of broken promises, policy disappointments and sinking poll numbers, the populist wing of the Republican party knows who is to blame.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
Rich Edson / Fox News:
Feds seize products made from suspected human hair in crackdown on China forced labor  —  U.S. officials said they intercepted part of a 13-ton shipment  —  Federal customs officers in Newark, N.J., seized a huge shipment of products that officials suspect were made with human hair as part …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Biden campaign posts job opening for Jewish outreach head  —  The Joe Biden campaign is on the hunt for a Jewish outreach director just a month ahead of the Democratic National Convention.  —  In an online job listing, the campaign of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee described …
Catesby Leigh / The Federalist:
Why We Should Keep Confederate Statues Standing  —  The recent spread of iconoclasm was never just about Confederate monuments or even statues, it's a dangerous expression of the radical left's nihilism.  —  Back in 2017, soon after the fatal Charlottesville clash, a 22-year-old African …
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.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
For third time this month, Fox News leads all networks  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Mention prime-time television stars in other ages, and you'd think of Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Harmon or Jennifer Aniston.  Now it's Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.  —  Fox News Channel was the most-watched network …
Discussion: Axios
Paul Kiel / ProPublica:
Has the IRS Hit Bottom?  —  Every year, the IRS annual report is an opportunity to measure how effectively the U.S. government has sabotaged its own ability to enforce its tax laws.  This year's report signals historic lows for U.S. tax enforcement. … It's been almost 10 years since Republicans …
Sarah Boseley / The Guardian:
US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir  —  No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at least  —  The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work …
Discussion: New York Post and The Week
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Welcome to the United States of ‘Idiocracy’
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Denver Post:
Gov. Jared Polis closes Colorado bars again after coronavirus cases increase
Discussion: The Hill
Bob Fredericks / New York Post:
Rand Paul rips Fauci's coronavirus response, says schools should be reopened
Discussion: Big League Politics
The Economist:
Graphic detail  —  DEMONSTRATING CAN be a dangerous activity …
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Move to Block Trump From Pulling U.S. Troops From Germany
Discussion: Fox News
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump supporters hope to use conservative anger at Justice Roberts as energizing moment for troubled campaign
Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Cheney takes on Trump
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Coronavirus' spread in GOP territory, explained in 6 charts
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Florida is “not going back” on reopening, governor says
Discussion: The Hill
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Dire Warning From COVID-19 Test Providers
Discussion: NPR