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New York Times:
DeSantis Is Said to Quietly Hinder Fund-Raising for Trump Convention  —  A personal dispute has prompted Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, to discourage donors from contributing, people familiar with the discussions said.  His top fund-raiser denies any attempt to undercut the convention.
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Tammy Duckworth / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson Doesn't Know What Patriotism Is  —  Neither does President Trump.  —  Ms. Duckworth is a Democratic senator from Illinois.  —  A little over 240 years ago, two of my ancestors put on the uniform of George Washington's Continental Army and marched into battle …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and The Week
New York Times:
Michael Cohen Returned to Jail in Dispute Over Trump Book  —  President Trump's former personal lawyer balked at signing an agreement not to publish a book while serving his sentence at home, his legal adviser said.  —  Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's onetime lawyer and fixer …
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USA Today:
Supreme Court gives Native Americans jurisdiction over eastern half of Oklahoma  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the eastern half of Oklahoma can be considered Native American territory, a decision the state previously warned could create “civil, criminal and regulatory turmoil.”
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New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Nearly Half of Oklahoma Is Indian Reservation  —  The 5-4 decision could reshape criminal justice in eastern Oklahoma by preventing state authorities from prosecuting Native Americans  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled by a 5-4 margin that nearly half …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
An interview with President Trump: ‘The real hate is the hate from the other side’  —  This column is the first of two I'm writing based on my interview with President Trump on Wednesday.  —  As I walked into to the Oval Office, President Trump was going over new polls — some internal …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Josh Chafetz / New York Times:
Don't Be Fooled, Trump Is a Winner in the Supreme Court Tax Case  —  His taxes will probably not become public before the election.  And that is what he most cares about.  —  Mr. Chafetz is a law professor.  —  The first reports on Thursday's Supreme Court decisions dealing with the subpoenas …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rules Trump Cannot Block Release of Financial Records
Deanna Paul / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Ruling Allows Hush-Payment Probe to Proceed
Discussion: Fox News
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Durham, under pressure to wrap up investigation, could ‘punt’ to after Election Day: source  —  Durham is working expeditiously to try to finish the probe by the end of summer  —  EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Attorney John Durham is under pressure to wrap up his investigation into the origins …
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Lawfare:   The Durham Investigation: What We Know and What It Means
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Judge asks full appeals court to review panel's dismissal of Flynn case  —  D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Thursday petitioned for the full D.C. Court of Appeals to rehear a three-judge panel's decision to order the dismissal of the Justice Department's case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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Washington Post:
Judge asks appeals court to revive Michael Flynn case, permit review of DOJ dismissal
Discussion: The Western Journal
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Judge refuses to dismiss Flynn case, petitions full appellate court
Discussion: Power Line
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
President Winning-by-Losing Is, in Fact, Losing  —  Donald Trump has made a career of turning bad news into good, but the virus has already defeated him.  —  Soon after the Supreme Court ruled, on Thursday morning, against Donald Trump's effort to stop a Manhattan prosecutor from obtaining his tax returns …
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Washington Post:
Investigation rebukes Commerce Department for siding with Trump over forecasters during Hurricane Dorian  —  Report confirms Commerce officials responded to orders from the White House.  —  The Commerce Department inspector general issued a delayed and harshly critical report laying …
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
WH pushed for ‘correction’ to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in ‘Sharpiegate’ incident, watchdog says
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Missing Seoul mayor's body found after massive search  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police say the body of the missing mayor of South Korea's capital, Seoul, has been found.  They say Park Won-soon's body was located in hills in northern Seoul early Friday, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, Mediaite and The Week
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The Unburdened Believer  —  On the morning of May 19, Larry Kudlow was booked as a guest on the Fox Business channel.  This in itself wasn't unusual.  As the National Economic Council director, the former CNBC host is a natural show pony in the stable of officials whose duties entail regular appearances …
Eric Levai / The Daily Dot:
White House press secretary's parents received millions in PPP loans  —  She's criticized ‘welfare recipients’ before.  —  White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's parents received millions of dollars in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, according to data released by the Small Business Administration this week.
Steve Martin / New York Times:
Carl Reiner, Perfect  —  The director and funnyman taught Steve Martin about film and comedy, but it's Reiner's advice on a completely different subject that he cherishes.  —  I've known only two perfect people in my life.  One is that son of a bitch Martin Short; the other is Carl Reiner.
Washington Post:
CDC feels pressure from Trump as rift grows over coronavirus response  —  The June 28 email to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was ominous: A senior adviser to a top Health and Human Services Department official accused the CDC of “undermining the President” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump's Impeachment Revenge: Alexander Vindman Is Bullied Into Retiring  —  Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, in full-dress Army uniform and with a Purple Heart pinned to his chest, ended his opening statement during the impeachment hearings on President Trump last fall by addressing his father.
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
As Texas sets 3 more single-day records on coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott predicts next week will ‘look worse’  —  Texans may not be accustomed to wearing masks, but that's ‘the only strategy we have left to avoid having our economy shut down again,’ he pleaded.
National Review:
It's Come to This — We Must Defend Matt Yglesias  —  Oh, for goodness' sake, they're going to make us defend Matthew @#$%&!ing Yglesias.  —  We can think of a dozen reasons to criticize Yglesias, but the Vox writer currently is under fire for signing a letter critical of “cancel culture.”
Bloomberg:
U.S. Daily Cases Top 60,000; Record Texas Deaths: Virus Update  —  New U.S. virus cases topped 60,000 in a day for the first time.  Texas, California and Florida all reported a record number of deaths, while Arizona added 4,057 new cases, the most in six days.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: The Surge in U.S. Cases Is Driven Largely by States That Reopened Early  —  Florida breaks its record for deaths in a single day.  The T.S.A. said more than a thousand of its employees had tested positive.  —  RIGHT NOW The interim president of Bolivia became …
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
White House reporter tests positive for COVID-19 after attending briefings  —  A White House reporter has tested positive for the coronavirus after attending two press briefings this week.  —  The news follows a national surge in COVID-19 diagnoses, though new cases in Washington, DC, remain low.
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
Robert Fuller's Death Has Officially Been Declared A Suicide  —  Robert Fuller's body was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California, last month.  His case attracted national attention after his family said they didn't believe he was suicidal.  —  Copy
Discussion: Deseret News
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Pentagon chief confirms he was briefed on intelligence about Russian payments to the Taliban  —  (CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support …
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
How the Trump administration is turning legal immigrants into undocumented ones  —  The Trump administration is turning legal immigrants into undocumented ones.  —  That is, the “show me your papers” administration has literally switched off printers needed to generate those “papers.”
KAJA-TV:
Nueces County Medical Examiners Office not taking COVID-19 victims  —  CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Nueces County Medical Examiners Office is not receiving the bodies of those who have died from COVID-19.  —  Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said she received a letter yesterday …
NBC News:
New audio of police interviews sheds light on police probe of fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor  —  LOUISVILLE — Previously unheard audio of interviews from the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor reveals new details about the events leading to her death …
Discussion: Courier-Journal and The Root
David Folkenflik / NPR:
U.S. Broadcasting Agency Will Not Extend Visas For Its Foreign Journalists  —  Dozens of foreign nationals working as journalists in the U.S. for Voice of America, the federal government's international broadcaster, will not have their visas extended once they expire, according to three people with knowledge of the decision.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Inside Geoffrey Berman's closed-door testimony  —  Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, was expected to say in closed-door testimony today that Attorney General Bill Barr repeatedly urged him to take another job, warned him that getting fired would not be good for his resume …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Joy Reid Takes Nightly Anchor Slot at MSNBC  —  She becomes one of the few Black women to anchor a major American evening news program.  The move was made by new leadership at NBC News, which runs the liberal-leaning cable network.  —  Joy Reid, who rose to television fame as a sharp critic …
New York Times:
N.Y.C. Paints ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Outside Trump Tower  —  “Well people look at this thing, here.  Those who really are filled with hate, they become empowered by that.  Now we're countering them, letting them understand that we will be at the doorstep of hate, and we will basically …
ABC News:
Ghislaine Maxwell given paper clothes at correctional center to avoid suicide attempt: Sources  —  Jeffrey Epstein, her associate, died by suicide in jail last August.  —  Ghislane Maxwell, the recently arrested confidant of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was given paper clothes upon checking …
Alexandra Sifferlin / Medium Coronavirus Blog:
This Is What Happens When You Can't Trust Official Coronavirus Advice  —  The U.S. has formal and informal coronavirus guidance — and it's confusing and dangerous  —  If trust is the currency of leadership, then the United States is running on overdraft — and it's costing American lives.
Discussion: HillReporter.com
Cassandra Pollock / The Texas Tribune:
Texas GOP sues Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner over canceled in-person convention  —  The gathering, which was estimated to draw around 6,000 people, was set to happen next week in Houston.  —  Copy link  —  The Republican Party of Texas is suing Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and others involved …
Discussion: Off the Kuff, Raw Story and NPR
Joshua Ceballos / Miami New Times:
Trump National Doral Could Become a Hurricane Shelter — Possibly Violating U.S. Constitution … In its ongoing efforts to plan for hurricane season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Miami-Dade County is negotiating with Trump National Doral Miami to use the resort's hotel as an emergency shelter.
 
 
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Ron Kampeas / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
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David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
A Mail Carrier Took People's Absentee Ballot Requests And Switched Their Party To Republican
Discussion: Washington Times
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Kentucky to mandate masks in public amid ‘explosion’ of coronavirus
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: Joe Biden has shifted left
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart and Fox News
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Judge bars Richmond from removing more Confederate statues; Ashe family urges memorial's removal
Discussion: The Hill
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Milley says Confederates committed ‘treason,’ backs review of Army base names
 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Department of Justice:
Researcher Charged with Illegally Using U.S. Grant Funds to Develop Scientific Expertise for China
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
I was arrested, jailed and assaulted by a guard. My ‘crime’? Being a journalist in Trump's America
Wall Street Journal:
Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
Dan Bongino / Media Matters for America:
Fox News contributor: “You can take your mask mandate, and shove it right up your ass”
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Police Surveilled George Floyd Protests With Help From Twitter-Affiliated Startup Dataminr
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's America Is Slipping Away
Discussion: Raw Story