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11:05 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 and Daily Kos
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
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.
Associated Press:
Russian bounties further strain Trump's bond with veterans
Discussion: Fox News
The big divide over the next stimulus
Discussion: The Hill
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:   Senate Democrats unveil plan to extend federal unemployment payments
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Lauren Boebert, Gun-Rights Activist, Upsets House G.O.P. Incumbent in Colorado
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump supporters hope to use conservative anger at Justice Roberts as energizing moment for troubled campaign  —  The White House is trying to capitalize on conservative anger at Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. over his latest decisions by telling evangelical leaders and other activists …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell warns Democrats not to change filibuster rule
Discussion: Axios and National Review
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 …
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 and The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Public Affairs / SPD Blotter:
Mayor Durkan Issues Emergency Order Regarding Capitol Hill Protest Zone  —  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a Proclamation of Civil Emergency regarding the East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park area today.  The order declared the gathering in this area as an “unlawful assembly” …
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
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
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.
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: The Week and New York Post
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 …
New York Times:
Why Surviving the Virus Might Come Down to Which Hospital Admits You  —  In New York City's poor neighborhoods, some patients have languished in understaffed hospitals, with substandard equipment.  It was a different story in Manhattan's private medical centers.
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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The Immigration System Is Set To Come To A Near Halt, And No One Is Paying Attention
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
The Economist:
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Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
Biden campaign posts job opening for Jewish outreach head
Paul Kiel / ProPublica:
Has the IRS Hit Bottom?
Colorado votes for John Hickenlooper to take on GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, CNN projects
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Associated Press
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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