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11:55 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 …
White House says Trump reads amid questions about his handling of intelligence briefing  —  (CNN)The White House used a last-minute briefing Tuesday to continue defending President Donald Trump against accusations he let languish intelligence about Russia paying bounties to the Taliban for killing American troops.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and IJR
USA Today:
President Trump's weak support of troops amid Russian bounty to Taliban shows lack of leadership  —  Fifty years ago, the men I commanded in Vietnam taught me what loyalty meant.  I was a captain then, and A Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry of the 1st Infantry Division was my responsibility.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 and Business Insider
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump decries Russian bounty reports as ‘fake news’ as his national security adviser says response options were prepared
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Lauren Boebert, Gun-Rights Activist, Upsets House G.O.P. Incumbent in Colorado
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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
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
Richard Lim / Washington Examiner:
Are we being set up for another stunning Trump win?  —  With five months until the election, things couldn't look any worse for the president of the United States.  His approval rating is down to 40%.  People are getting tired of his antics and the insults he hurls at his opponents.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Is Trump Toast?  —  There's a persuasive argument that the 2020 election is already over.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump regrets Kushner advice  —  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 …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Shout or stay silent? Trump team splits over coronavirus surge
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
Amber Athey / Spectator USA:
The Kushner conundrum  —  This article is in The Spectator's July 2020 US edition.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News Fires Ed Henry Over Sexual Misconduct Claim  —  The veteran Washington correspondent and anchor was one of the most prominent reporters at the cable news channel.  —  Fox News has fired Ed Henry, one of the network's most prominent Washington-based journalists …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
For third time this month, Fox News leads all networks
Discussion: Axios
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Kushner shakes up Trump campaign team
Discussion: Associated Press
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
The $600 federal unemployment benefit ends this month.  GOP senators say enough already.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal coronavirus unemployment insurance is scheduled to expire at the end of this month as the coronavirus pandemic makes a resurgence in parts of the U.S. and some some 25 million out-of-work Americans are collecting benefits.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
The big divide over the next stimulus
Discussion: The Hill
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:   Senate Democrats unveil plan to extend federal unemployment payments
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
Associated Press:
Seattle mayor orders ‘occupied’ area cleared, police arrive  —  SEATTLE — Seattle police showed up in force early Wednesday at the city's “occupied” protest zone, tore down demonstrators' tents and used bicycles to herd the protesters after the mayor ordered the area cleared following two fatal shootings in less than two weeks.
Public Affairs / SPD Blotter:
Mayor Durkan Issues Emergency Order Regarding Capitol Hill Protest Zone
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
David W. Blight / New Yorker:
Europe in 1989, America in 2020, and the Death of the Lost Cause  —  In November, 1989, when the Berlin Wall suddenly began to crumble and then fall, much of the world watched in awe.  Could it be true that Communism was about to collapse?  For seventy years, it had been a system, an ideology, that ordered large swaths of the globe.
Catesby Leigh / The Federalist:   Why We Should Keep Confederate Statues Standing
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.
Trump calls proposed Black Lives Matter sign in NYC a “symbol of hate”  —  President Trump attacked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday for reallocating $1 billion from the NYPD's budget and ordering a large Black Lives Matter mural to be painted on Fifth Avenue, condemning it in a tweet as a “symbol of hate.”
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized  —  FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, people walk by a police station by the front gate of the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region.
Rich Edson / Fox News:
Feds seize products made from suspected human hair in crackdown on China forced labor
Discussion: The Hill
Jacob Silverman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Spies, Lies, and Stonewalling: What It's Like to Report on Facebook  —  One day in July 2016, Casey Newton, a tech reporter for The Verge, sat down at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park for the biggest interview of his career.  Across from him was Mark Zuckerberg.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
N.Y. Officials Halt Indoor Dining, Alarmed by Virus Rise in Other States  —  Indoor dining in New York City had been scheduled to resume on Monday.  Now, a return to summer normalcy will have to wait a little longer.  —  With the coronavirus spreading rapidly in other large states like Florida and Texas …
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trumpism, not polarization, drives America's disastrous coronavirus politics  —  Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (C) wears a face mask as President Donald Trump makes remarks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on May 13, 2020.  Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images  —  “This outcome is a policy choice.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Civil rights activist and former de Blasio official considering run for mayor  —  A civil rights attorney who worked in the de Blasio administration and offers legal analysis on MSNBC is considering a run for mayor — an entrance that would upend the unpredictable race.
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 …
Washington Post:
‘Cries for help’: Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic  —  Suspected overdoses nationally jumped 18 percent in March, 29 percent in April and 42 percent in May, data from ambulance teams, hospitals and police shows.  —  The bodies have been arriving at Anahi Ortiz's office …
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Margaret Talev / Axios:
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Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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As shaken cities and states pull back from reopening, Fauci sounds alarm on surging virus
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and State of Oregon
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Why Surviving the Virus Might Come Down to Which Hospital Admits You
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Welcome to the United States of ‘Idiocracy’
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
The Economist:
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Discussion: Mercury News
Change Research:
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Sarah Boseley / The Guardian:
US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir
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Army Halts SERE Course after 90 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus
Discussion: New York Times