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1:16 PM 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 …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News, Fox News and The Hill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties
Discussion: Daily Kos
USA Today:   President Trump's weak support of troops amid Russian bounty to Taliban shows lack of leadership
Associated Press:
Russian bounties further strain Trump's bond with veterans
Discussion: Fox News
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Trump decries Russian bounty reports as ‘fake news’ as his national security adviser says response options were prepared
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: Mediaite, Raw Story and New York Post
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.
Madeline Charbonneau / The Daily Beast:
Trump Freaks Out Over Black Lives Matter Mural to Be Painted Outside Trump Tower  —  ‘A SYMBOL OF HATE’  —  President Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter on Wednesday morning after New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that a Black Lives Matter mural would be painted on the street in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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 …
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.  —  Only two of the past six presidents before Donald Trump lost their bids for re-election.  That's good news for him.  —  But their stories are bad news for him, too.
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
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.
Des Moines Register:
Governor's vehicle struck Black Lives Matter protester who blocked the road  —  A vehicle transporting Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds struck a Black Lives Matter protester Tuesday as the protester was intentionally blocking the car's path.  —  A group of about two dozen Des Moines Black Lives Matter activists showed …
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.”
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ on New York's Fifth Avenue would be ‘a symbol of hate’
Discussion: Axios
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.
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
Public Affairs / SPD Blotter:
Mayor Durkan Issues Emergency Order Regarding Capitol Hill Protest Zone  —  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an Executive Order 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 …
Associated Press:   Seattle mayor orders ‘occupied’ area cleared, police arrive
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
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: NBC News and The Hill
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Details of DC's Fourth of July celebration revealed by Interior Department  —  Expected to include military flyovers, a salute from President Trump and a “monumental” fireworks display  —  The Department of the Interior and National Parks Service on Wednesday announced details about Fourth …
Discussion: Associated Press
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
CNN's Cuomo vs. St. Louis Home Defender: You Are The Face Of “White Resistance” To Black Lives Matter  —  CNN's Chris Cuomo immediately deemed the St. Louis couple that faced off with Black Lives Matters protesters encroaching on their property as a racial incident in a gotcha-style interview …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Carmen Forman /
Oklahoma voters approve Medicaid expansion at the ballot box  —  Oklahoma election results: June 30, 2020 Ongoing coverage  —  Oklahoma voters narrowly approved a state question to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income residents.  —  With all precincts reporting Tuesday, State Question 802 …
Discussion: The Week
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
In split with state, Savannah's mayor requires face masks
Discussion: Savannah, GA and The Hill
USA Today:
About that running mate: 72% of Democrats in USA TODAY poll say it's ‘important’ Biden pick woman of color
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
The Mercenary Who Botched a Maduro Coup Is Laying Low in Florida
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Trump vs. Biden: Senility becomes 2020 flashpoint
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
New York Times:
Why Surviving the Virus Might Come Down to Which Hospital Admits You
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
N.Y. Officials Halt Indoor Dining, Alarmed by Virus Rise in Other States
Discussion: The Week and Twitchy
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trumpism, not polarization, drives America's disastrous coronavirus politics
 Earlier Items: 
Amber Athey / Spectator USA:
The Kushner conundrum  —  This article is in The Spectator's July 2020 US edition.
Discussion: Raw Story
Why Trump's attempt to tag Biden as a tool of the radical left isn't working
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew Cox /
Army Halts SERE Course after 90 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus
Discussion: New York Times and
Foreign Policy:
World Rebukes U.S. Over Iran