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 PBS News: June26 – July 1, 2020, #WashWeekPBS Full Episode: Coronavirus infections spike and President Trump’s polls sink Washington Week,  #WashWeekPBS Extra: DOJ Official alleges political interference in the case of Roger Stone, and A career CIA officer on Russian bounty

 CNN: Hear why Roberts sided with liberals on Supreme Court abortion ruling, Russia offered cash rewards to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan, and See Anderson Cooper’s reaction to Mike Pence using the ‘m-word’

 MSNBC: Russia Paid Bounties To Kill US Troops, US Intel Says; Trump Mum: NYT | Rachel Maddow, Velshi: Trump’s Theatrics Are Killing Americans, Retired Four Star General: ‘In 50 years I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’ | Deadline, Watch the top news stories and highlights from The Rachel Maddow Show,  Watch All In With Chris Hayes Highlights, ‘New Low’: Army Veteran Hits Trump Over Russian Plot Against Troops,  ‘New Low’: Army Veteran Hits Trump Over Russian Plot Against Troops Mask, Congressional Briefings On Russian Bounties Raise New Questions For Trump Administration, Schiff On GOP Reps Boycotting Intelligence Briefings On Russian Bounties, Sen. Murphy: What On Earth Could Russia Do To Us That Trump Would Take Seriously? | All In, and Bash Says ‘It’s Inconceivable’ Trump Would Not Be Told About A Direct Threat to U.S. Troops

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The Associated Press: after briefing: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019; GOP lawmakers urge action and Trump’s two contradictory Russias confound coherent US policy; President faces pressure from Congress on bounties

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PBS NewsHour full episode, July 1, 2020

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Jul 1, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Wednesday on the NewsHour, cases of coronavirus continue to rise in many U.S. states, but the majority are still moving forward with plans to reopen. Plus: Russian President Vladimir Putin secures additional years in power, will students go back to school in the fall, crackdown in Hong Kong, Rep. Pramila Jayapal on political change, COVID-19 treatments, closing the racial divide and Now Read This. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, June 30, 2020

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Jun 30, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Tuesday on the NewsHour, U.S. health officials sound new alarm as coronavirus cases surge in several states. Plus: Speaker Nancy Pelosi on congressional pandemic relief, a public health expert on Arizona’s outbreak, remembering Carl Reiner, reports of Russian bounty payments to the Taliban, a challenge to build cheaper ventilators, Israeli’s annexation plan and palliative care in a pandemic. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS In states with virus surge, reopening plans put on hold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLksT… Pelosi blames McConnell for holding up more pandemic relief https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwE_7… How local behavior drove Arizona into a coronavirus crisis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcg8W… News Wrap: Controversial Hong Kong security bill becomes law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztofS… Remembering Carl Reiner, beloved comedy actor and director https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xMs6… CIA veteran on Russia bounty intel — and potential leaks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kotip… Scuba gear, coffee makers inspire design of new ventilators https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsFb2… What’s at stake with Israel’s West Bank annexation plan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DGsu… A Brief But Spectacular take on compassion during COVID-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49P7D… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour full episode, June 29, 2020

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Jun 29, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Monday on the NewsHour, lawmakers react to reports Russia offered the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Plus: The coronavirus continues to surge as infections rise in over 30 states, the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law, the British ambassador to the U.S., Politics Monday and a long road to the Olympics for athletes from South Sudan. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: Golden State Killer will serve life in prison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWQAX… Schiff on reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Puxo… Thornberry on U.S. response to Russian troop bounty intel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ssIX… Frieden on alarming spread of coronavirus in 30 U.S. states https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVpUI… What SCOTUS decision on La. law means for abortion rights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Cco… UK ambassador on Russian ‘malign activity’ in Afghanistan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkRpX… Tamara Keith and Errin Haines on Trump’s race ‘playbook’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr8eu… Japan helps 5 South Sudanese runners preserve Olympic dreams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24t7S… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour Weekend Full Episode, June 28, 2020

Jun 28, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Sunday, June 28, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide crosses ten million with the U.S. leading with over 2.5 million cases. Also, the race to change names and overhaul brands amid a historic reckoning over racism and how Samoa island is finding alternatives to plastic. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from Florida. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode June 27, 2020

Jun 27, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Saturday, June 27, COVID-19 cases surge across the country prompting some states to rollback reopening, and the unpredictable race for a coronavirus vaccine. Also, how the dream of home ownership for many low-income families has turned into a nightmare. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from Florida. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

 

PBS NewsHour full episode, June 26, 2020

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Jun 26, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Friday on the NewsHour, the fate of the Affordable Care Act is in question again, as the Trump administration argues the law is unconstitutional. Plus: Efforts to curtail the surge of coronavirus meet resistance, President Trump’s response to nationwide protests of racial injustice, the push for D.C. statehood, Shields and Brooks, remembering victims of COVID-19 and Black representation in theater. Support your local PBS station here: https://pbs.org/donate WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: Seattle fails to clear protester ‘occupied zone’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWavz… What happens if ACA is struck down during pandemic? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocSqe… In Arizona, a tale of 2 pandemic realities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCF6G… Trump’s view on police reform, race in the pandemic and ACA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwrY2… The constitutional and political obstacles to D.C. statehood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAe-t… Shields and Brooks on Trump’s polls, pandemic health care https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNgB6… Stories of 5 Americans killed by the coronavirus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzvMk… On Broadway, Black artists push for racial equity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NARi… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

#WashWeekPBS Full Episode: Coronavirus infections spike and President Trump’s polls sink

Jun 26, 2020  Washington Week

The coronavirus pandemic is spreading rapidly in many states, with more than 40,000 new cases on Thursday alone, and spikes in Florida, Texas, and California. This week the panel discussed how some Republicans may break with President Donald Trump on how to safely reopen the country. They also discussed how police reform efforts following the death of George Floyd have has stalled on Capitol Hill. Panel: Abby Phillip, Political Correspondent for CNN Kasie Hunt, Capitol Hill Correspondent for NBC News, Host of “Kasie DC” on MSNBC Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent for The Washington Post Jonathan Lemire, White House Reporter for the Associated Press

#WashWeekPBS Extra: DOJ Official alleges political interference in the case of Roger Stone

Jun 26, 2020  Washington Week

Want even more #WashWeekPBS? Watch the Extra where the panel discussed allegations that Trump administration political appointees pushed the Department of Justice to drop a case against Trump ally Roger Stone and the latest news from the 2020 campaign trail. Panel: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Kasie Hunt of NBC News, Jonathan Lemire of the Associated Press, Abby Phillip of CNN

Hear why Roberts sided with liberals on Supreme Court abortion ruling

Jun 29, 2020  CNN

CNN ‘s Jessica Schneider and chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin break down the Supreme Court decision to block a Louisiana abortion law and why Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices. #CNN #News

Russia Paid Bounties To Kill US Troops, US Intel Says; Trump Mum: NYT | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Jun 27, 2020  MSNBC

Rachel Maddow reviews the details of a New York Times report that U.S. intelligence told Donald Trump in March that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill coalition troops, including U.S. troops. Trump has yet to respond and instead has advocated for Russia’s return to the G8. Aired on 6/26/2020. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily, The Beat with Ari Melber, Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace, Hardball, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more. Connect with MSNBC Online Visit msnbc.com: http://on.msnbc.com/Readmsnbc Subscribe to MSNBC Newsletter: http://MSNBC.com/NewslettersYouTube Find MSNBC on Facebook: http://on.msnbc.com/Likemsnbc Follow MSNBC on Twitter: http://on.msnbc.com/Followmsnbc Follow MSNBC on Instagram: http://on.msnbc.com/Instamsnbc Russia Paid Bounties To Kill US Troops, US Intel Says; Trump Mum: NYT | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

NYT Reports Putin Put Bounty on US Troops. Trump’s Silence is Deafening

Jun 27, 2020  Glenn Kirschner

The New York Times reported that Russian President Putin offered to pay Afghan militants to kill US soldiers. Trump reportedly was briefed about this months ago yet has said and apparently done nothing about it. Trump’s disturbingly cozy and subservient relationship with Putin is a danger to our country, our military men and women and all of our citizens.

Velshi: Trump’s Theatrics Are Killing Americans | MSNBC

Jun 27, 2020  MSNBC

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi says the president’s “nonsense talking points” are no match for the coronavirus pandemic’s deadly reality. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news, in-depth analysis of politics headlines, as well as commentary and informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily, The Beat with Ari Melber, Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more.

Russia offered cash rewards to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan

Jun 28, 2020  CNN

Russian intelligence officers for the military intelligence GRU recently offered money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan as rewards if they killed US or UK troops there, a European intelligence official told CNN.

Retired Four Star General: ‘In 50 years I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’ | Deadline | MSNBC

Jun 30, 2020  MSNBC

Former National Security Council member General Barry McCaffrey and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk on why they believe the national security process is broken amid reports the U.S. had intelligence that Russia offered and paid the Taliban bounty to kill U.S. troops. Aired on 6/30/2020. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc

Jun 30, 2020  MSNBC

Watch the top news stories and highlights from The Rachel Maddow Show, airing weeknights at 9 p.m. on MSNBC. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news and in-depth analysis of the headlines, as well as informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more. Connect with MSNBC Online Visit msnbc.com: http://on.msnbc.com/Readmsnbc Subscribe to MSNBC Newsletter: MSNBC.com/NewslettersYouTube Find MSNBC on Facebook: http://on.msnbc.com/Likemsnbc Follow MSNBC on Twitter: http://on.msnbc.com/Followmsnbc Follow MSNBC on Instagram: http://on.msnbc.com/Instamsnbc Watch Rachel Maddow Highlights: June 29 | MSNBC

Watch All In With Chris Hayes Highlights: June 29 | MSNBC

Jun 30, 2020  MSNBC

Get the latest news and commentary from Chris Hayes weekdays at 8 p.m. ET on MSNBC. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news and in-depth analysis of the headlines, as well as informed perspectives. Find video clips and segments from The Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, All In, Last Word, 11th Hour, and more.

‘New Low’: Army Veteran Hits Trump Over Russian Plot Against Troops | MSNBC

Jun 30, 2020  MSNBC

The Trump White House is under fire for its response to Russia paying bounties to kill U.S. troops. Veteran Paul Rieckhoff tells MSNBC’S Ari Melber Trump must be “dragged in front of the American people” to face accountability. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. http://www.thebeatwithari.com). Aired on 6/30/2020. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc

‘New Low’: Army Veteran Hits Trump Over Russian Plot Against Troops Mask | MSNBC

Jun 30, 2020  MSNBC

A new spike in the coronavirus is impacting public health in the U.S. — and Donald Trump’s campaign. Trump allies are now pleading with Trump to follow his own CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask, a point MSNBC’s Ari Melber explores with Compton Mayor Aja Brown and ER Dr. Megan Ranney. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. http://www.thebeatwithari.com). Aired on 6/30/2020. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc

A career CIA officer on Russian bounty

Jun 30, 2020  PBS NewsHour

The NewsHour has reported that Russian military intelligence provided financial incentives to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan — and that this intelligence was always briefed up to senior U.S. government officials. But the White House say President Trump was unaware of the possible Russian bounty payments. Nick Schifrin talks to Douglas London, who had a 34-year career in the CIA. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6

Congressional Briefings On Russian Bounties Raise New Questions For Trump Administration | MSNBC

Jun 30, 2020  MSNBC

Brett McGurk, Jeremy Bash, and Peter Baker join Andrea Mitchell to discuss the latest reporting on what the Trump administration knew and when about Russia’s attempt to pay the Taliban to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan, after Congressional Democrats and Republicans receive separate briefings on the subject. Aired on 06/30/2020. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – June 30th, 2020 | NBC Nightly News

Jun 30, 2020  NBC News

California, Arizona reverse reopening plans, Fauci warns U.S. coronavirus cases could increase to 100,000 a day, and in-depth look at the lack of diversity in mental health professionals. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings). » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews

Ex-FBI deputy director: Here’s what briefing Trump is like

Jul 1, 2020  CNN

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe recounts his experience briefing President Donald Trump after the White House defended Trump from accusations that he does not read his briefings. #CNN #News

The New York Times <nytdirect@nytimes.com>  TheMorning
Jun 30, 2020
By David Leonhardt
Good morning. Trump was briefed on the Russian bounty program months ago. The coronavirus is hitting California hard. And the Supreme Court rules against both abortion restrictions and financial regulation.
How to make sense of the Roberts court

Anti-abortion activists in front of the Supreme Court on Monday.Alex Wong/Getty Images
For anyone trying to make sense of the Supreme Court run by Chief Justice John Roberts, yesterday’s two big decisions were helpful.
In the more prominent one, Roberts joined the court’s four liberal justices to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law. It was the third major decision this month in which Roberts sided with the liberals, having already done so on L.G.B.T.Q. rights and immigration.
The cases have been reminders that the Roberts court is not reliably conservative on every issue, even though Republican presidents appointed five of the nine justices, including Roberts. Over the years, the court has also established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage (with Anthony Kennedy, now retired, as the swing vote); declined to outlaw affirmative action; upheld most parts of Obamacare; and more. These decisions have left many conservatives feeling betrayed.
Yet there is at least one big area in which the Roberts court has continued to lean strongly right: business regulation.
With rare exceptions, the justices have restricted the government’s ability to regulate corporate America. And there was another example yesterday, when the court gave Trump more authority to neutralize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an Obama administration creation. The decision was 5 to 4, with the five Republican-appointed justices all on one side and the Democratic appointees on the other.
Similar decisions in the past have overturned campaign-finance law, blocked action on climate change, restricted labor-union activities, reduced workers’ ability to sue their employers and more. As The Times’s Adam Liptak has written, the Roberts court’s rulings have been “far friendlier to business than those of any court since at least World War II.”
These decisions have been part of a larger trend, too. Government policy over the past half-century has generally given more power to corporate executives and less power to their workers. That’s one reason incomes for the affluent have risen so much faster than they have for any other income group.
Whatever you think of the Roberts court, I’d encourage you not to treat it with one broad brush. On some major social issues, it has been moderate or even liberal. On economic issues, the story is very different. Yesterday’s two decisions captured the contrast.
More on the history: “For the past half-century, the court has been drawing up plans for a more economically unequal nation, and that is the America that is now being built,” the journalist Adam Cohen writes in his recent book, “Supreme Inequality.”
More from The Times: Adam Liptak writes about Roberts: “15 years into his tenure, he now wields a level of influence that has caused experts to hunt for historical comparisons.” And Sabrina Tavernise and Elizabeth Dias explain that the abortion ruling doesn’t necessarily mean Roberts will ultimately uphold Roe v. Wade.
FOUR MORE BIG STORIES
1. Trump was briefed on Russian bounties
The Times has reported that U.S. officials briefed President Trump in February about Russia’s payment of bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump and other administration officials have claimed otherwise in recent days.
The intelligence was included in Trump’s President’s Daily Brief document — a compilation of the latest secrets and best insights about foreign policy and national security. The information was also disseminated more broadly across the intelligence community in an article in the C.I.A.’s World Intelligence Review.
2. Trouble in California
Coronavirus rates are rising in every Western state, including deep-blue California, Oregon and Washington. The pattern shows that the spread of the virus isn’t a reflection only of the partisan divides over whether to wear masks and listen to Trump’s advice.
Much of the Western U.S. appears to have grown complacent about the virus, after having avoided bad outbreaks earlier this year. “Unlike people in the Northeast, many Californians did not have a sense of urgency or immediacy toward the virus because infection rates had been so low for months,” The Times reports, in a close look at the state.

By The New York Times
In other virus developments:
3. China cracks down on Hong Kong
China passed a national security law today that will empower the government in Beijing to crack down on dissent from Hong Kong. Activists expect China to use the law to stifle pro-democracy protests like the ones that have filled Hong Kong’s streets over the last year.
Yesterday, in anticipation of the law, the U.S. placed new restrictions on exports of defense equipment and some high-tech products to Hong Kong.
A nuclear concern: The Trump administration is describing China’s small but growing nuclear arsenal as an imposing threat and hopes to bring Beijing into an arms treaty between the U.S. and Russia.
4. When work-from-home failed

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Who needs offices? Employers like Facebook are becoming excited about the long-term prospect of remote working, mostly because of the money it saves. But decades of setbacks suggest a bumpy road ahead. In the past, IBM, Best Buy and other companies scrapped work-from-home experiments after finding that telecommuting diminished accountability and creativity.
But maybe this time really is different, because of the combination of a major health crisis and better technologies like Zoom. Some retailers, expecting that work from home is here to stay, are revamping their offerings to concentrate on a new kind of workplace clothing: the Zoom Shirt.
Here’s what else is happening
  • The South Pole is one of the most rapidly warming places on the planet, with temperatures rising three times faster than the global average since the 1990s.
  • More online platforms are taking action against Trump and his associates: Reddit yesterday banned a major pro-Trump forum, “The_Donald,” and the streaming site Twitch suspended the president’s account for “hateful conduct.”
  • Expect political news today, including a Democratic Senate primary in Colorado and the results of the close Democratic Senate primary in Kentucky, between Amy McGrath and Charles Booker.
  • Joseph James DeAngelo, whose California crime spree in the 1970s and ’80s earned him the nickname the Golden State Killer, pleaded guilty yesterday to 13 counts of first-degree murder.
  • Lives Lived: As the wife of an ambassador and White House chief of protocol, the Dow Chemical heiress Ruth Buchanan entertained world leaders and dazzled American society at her opulent mansions in Washington and Newport, R.I. She has died at 101.
IDEA OF THE DAY: A LOW-IMPACT INQUIRY
Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation uncovered a lot of incriminating material. It found eager attempts by Trump campaign officials to collaborate with Vladimir Putin’s government, as well as multiple efforts by Trump to interfere in investigations of himself and his allies.
Yet Mueller’s work had virtually no impact. It changed few Americans’ minds. Mueller’s report wasn’t even powerful enough to spur much action by House Democrats. They instead impeached Trump over a later phone call with the president of Ukraine.
In the new issue of The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin has reconstructed the Mueller investigation in an effort to explain why it was ineffectual. Toobin’s conclusion: Trump’s lawyers and Attorney General William Barr consistently outmaneuvered Mueller and his team. The Trump side played political hardball, while Mueller was slow, afraid of confrontation and ultimately naïve, Toobin argues.
“Mueller had an abundance of legitimate targets to investigate, and his failures emerged from an excess of caution, not of zeal,” Toobin writes. “Mueller forfeited the opportunity to speak clearly and directly about Trump’s crimes, and Barr filled the silence with his high-volume exoneration.”

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Jun 29, 2020  MSNBC

Rep. Schiff says Republicans have been boycotting House Intel Committee briefings: “We’ve had important briefings on national security issues…and for whatever reason they’ve decided en masse they’re not going to attend, and so they’re ignoring the work of the Committee.” Aired on 6/29/2020. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc

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Jun 29, 2020  MSNBC

Sen. Chris Murphy on White House response to Russia offering bounties for American soldiers: “We didn’t even ask them to stop, and that does beg the question, what on earth could Russia to do us that this administration would actually take seriously?” Aired on 6/29/2020. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc

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See Anderson Cooper’s reaction to Mike Pence using the ‘m-word’

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The Associated Press: after briefing: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019; GOP lawmakers urge action and Trump’s two contradictory Russias confound coherent US policy; President faces pressure from Congress on bounties

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The Associated Press morningwire@apnews.com      Jun 30, 2020
Good morning. In today’s AP Morning Wire:

·         AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019.

·         Amid virus resurgence, US states reverse openings, require masks.

·         Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after US Civil War.

·         China approves contentious Hong Kong national security law.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR – GLOBAL NEWS COORDINATION, LONDON

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AP after briefing: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019; GOP lawmakers urge action

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported.

That’s according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence, reports James Laporta.

The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. The White House did not respond to questions about Trump or other officials’ awareness of Russia’s provocations in 2019.

But the revelations cast new doubt on the White House’s efforts to distance Trump from the Russian intelligence assessments.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, denied that Russian intelligence officers had offered payments to the Taliban in exchange for targeting U.S. and coalition forces.

Trump has sought throughout his time in office to improve relations with —  and at times mollify —  Russia and Putin.

Congress: Eight Democrats are to be briefed today about the explosive allegations, following Republicans who attended a Monday briefing on the matter. The GOP lawmakers expressed alarm about Russia’s activities in Afghanistan and urged the administration to hold Putin accountable. Members of Congress in both parties are calling for additional information and consequences for Moscow, report Zeke Miller, James Laporta and Mary Clare Jalonick.

Afghanistan: A Taliban spokesman says that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called the Taliban’s chief peace negotiator amid the roiling controversy in Washington over the Russian bounty scandal, Kathy Gannon reports from Islamabad.

Distancing from Trump? For the entire duration of his tenure in the White House, more than three years now, Donald Trump instilled such fear in the Republican Party’s leaders that most kept criticism of his turbulent leadership or inconsistent politics to themselves, but that’s beginning to change. Some GOP loyalists are distancing themselves from Trump’s handling of the pandemic and race relations, report Steve Peoples, Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. And the furor over Russian bounties is adding more fuel to the fire.

 

The Associated Press <morningwire@apnews.com> Jul 1,2020

Trump’s two contradictory Russias confound coherent US policy; President faces pressure from Congress on bounties

The Trump administration seems unable to make up its mind: Russia is at once a mortal enemy and a misunderstood friend.

Now, intelligence suggesting Russia was encouraging attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan by putting bounties on their heads has thrust the matter into the heart of the 2020 campaign.

For the past three years, the administration has careered between President Donald Trump’s attempts to curry favor and friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and longstanding deep-seated concerns about Putin’s intentions.

As Trump has repeatedly and openly cozied up to Putin, his administration has imposed harsh sanctions on Russia.

The dizzying, often contradictory, paths followed by Trump on the one hand and his hawkish national security aides on the other have muddied the waters among allies and enemies alike, reports Matt Lee.

Congress: Trump is coming under growing pressure from lawmakers to respond to the explosive allegations. Democrats are accusing Trump of bowing to Putin and are demanding more answers about U.S. intelligence on the matter. Republicans have largely defended the president, arguing along with the White House that the intelligence was unverified.

Military: The relationship between the nation’s veterans and Trump has been strained repeatedly over the last four years. But just four months before Election Day, new cracks with dangerous political ramifications are being exposed amid the reports that Trump either ignored, or was unaware of, a Russian plot to kill U.S. troops, Steve Peoples and Sarah Blake Morgan report.

Analysis: While President Trump seems to rarely leave a thought unspoken or tweeted, it’s increasingly clear there are things he won’t say. He’s declined to directly address the Russia bounties allegations. He hasn’t issued a blanket call for Americans to wear face masks to combat the virus. And he hasn’t offered much balm to those reckoning with the stain of racism in American life. Such words don’t come easily to Trump — and his silence speaks volumes, writes White House news editor Nancy Benac.

Russia’s Constitutional Vote: In the meantime, not facing a likely uphill battle or a bitterly divided electorate like Trump in the U.S. presidential election in November, President Putin is wrapping up his main political project of the year: the constitutional vote that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. With the final day of week-long voting today, Putin is all but guaranteed to get the result he wants following a massive campaign to get voters to say “yes” to the changes, reports Vladimir Isachenkov from Moscow.

As a Tribute, Vhils Carves Ten Masked Healthcare Workers into a Hospital Wall in Porto

As a Tribute, Vhils Carves Ten Masked Healthcare Workers into a Hospital Wall in Porto

JUNE 25, 2020  GRACE EBERT

All images © Vhils, by Expanding Roots, shared with permission

To honor essential workers, Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, who goes by Vhils (previously), recently completed an expansive public artwork at the São João University Hospital Centre in Porto. Vhils chiseled 10 masked figures into an outdoor wall at the facility, creating a permanent homage to nurses, doctors, cleaning staff, maintenance workers, and kitchen employees. “It is a commendation of the courage, dedication, and selflessness with which they place their lives at risk in the defense of our own,” the artist says. “The disposition of the people in the composition, side-by-side, aims to symbolize not only the concept of frontline but also cooperation and teamwork.”

Follow Vhils on Instagram to keep up with his upcoming carved artworks, and check out the book he recently released that collects his public projects. (via Street Art News)

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