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2:45 PM ET, July 1, 2020

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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 …
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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.
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 …
CNN:
White House says Trump reads amid questions about his handling of intelligence briefing
Discussion: Raw Story
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Trump Calls Bounty Report A ‘Hoax’ Despite Administration's Briefing Of Congress
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and The Hill
USA Today:   President Trump's weak support of troops amid Russian bounty to Taliban shows lack of leadership
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Trump decries Russian bounty reports as ‘fake news’ as his national security adviser says response options were prepared
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Breitbart and Washington Times
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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.
Harry Enten / CNN:
2020's biggest difference with 2016: Trump loses the honesty debate  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump was able to win in 2016 because he was seen as the lesser of two evils.  His victory came from the voters who didn't like either candidate.  A large part of that came from the belief that voters saw neither one as honest.
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:   Joe Biden Extends Lead As Coronavirus, Protests Sink President Trump Job Approval: IBD/TIPP Poll
Frank Bruni / New York Times:   Is Trump Toast?  —  There's a persuasive argument that the 2020 election is already over.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump said ‘experience’ was his edge over Biden.  A new poll shows voters disagree by a remarkable margin.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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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.
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
Doug Palmer / Politico:
U.S. urges companies to avoid entanglement with Uighur human rights abuses  —  The Trump administration has cautioned U.S. companies about doing business with Chinese suppliers that rely on the forced labor of Uighurs, an ethnic group that lives mostly in China's Xinjiang province.
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Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:
Trump Freaks Out Over Black Lives Matter Mural to Be Painted Outside Trump Tower
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Des Moines Register:
Governor's vehicle struck Black Lives Matter protester who blocked the road
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.
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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 …
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 …
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
For third time this month, Fox News leads all networks
Discussion: Axios
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.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Poll: Trump job approval dips as coronavirus fears rise  —  Disapproval of the job Donald Trump is doing as president is continuing to rise, with nearly 6 in 10 voters giving the president negative marks amid a new coronavirus surge throughout parts of the country, according to a new poll.
Discussion: The Hill
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Politico:
Why Trump's attempt to tag Biden as a tool of the radical left isn't working
Discussion: National Review
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump revs up for another culture war — over the military  —  WELL, HERE WE ARE AGAIN.  THE QUESTION hanging over Washington is whether President DONALD TRUMP will veto the National Defense Authorization Act — the Pentagon policy bill that has been signed into law for 59 consecutive years.
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.
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Catesby Leigh / The Federalist:   Why We Should Keep Confederate Statues Standing
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.
Chris Isidore / CNN:
The Trump administration just lent $700 million to a trucking company sued for ripping off taxpayers  —  New York (CNN Business)The US Treasury is giving a $700 million loan to YRC Worldwide, a troubled trucking company that warned in May it was in danger of going out of business.
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.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Myrtle Beach reopened to survive the summer.  Now, it's a coronavirus ‘petri dish.’  —  The shores of South Carolina have become a concerning coronavirus hot spot — and a startling example of the difficult, and perhaps deadly, calculation that some cities and states face about reopening.
Discussion: Gothamist
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.
Public Affairs / SPD Blotter:
Mayor Durkan Issues Executive Order Regarding Capitol Hill Protest Zone  —  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an Executive Order (PDF) regarding the East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park area today.  The order declared the gathering in this area as an “unlawful assembly” requiring immediate action …
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: Axios, Politico and The Hill
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.
Washington Post:
We can reopen schools in the fall — if we close bars and gyms now  —  Keeping community transmission of coronavirus low will get education closer to normal sooner.  —  Schools are not a luxury item — they are part of the bedrock of society.  They not only educate children, they also feed many of them.
Discussion: MIT Technology Review
 
 
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Olga R. Rodriguez / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Hill
Kaiser Health News:
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Discussion: KFF
NBC News:
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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Details of DC's Fourth of July celebration revealed by Interior Department
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Seattle mayor orders ‘occupied’ area cleared, police arrive
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
‘Cries for help’: Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic
New York Times:
Why Surviving the Virus Might Come Down to Which Hospital Admits You
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trumpism, not polarization, drives America's disastrous coronavirus politics
Discussion: National Review
Change Research:
States of Play: Battleground & National Surveys on COVID-19, Trump & the Economy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matthew Cox / Military.com:
Army Halts SERE Course after 90 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus
Discussion: New York Times and GovExec.com