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NEW … THE WHITE HOUSE will brief a small group of lawmakers today on the reports that Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill Americans. The briefing is happening early this afternoon at the White House. Kyle Cheney and Sarah Ferris on Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding a briefing

— BRITISH SECURITY OFFICIALS confirmed the reports to SKY NEWS’ ALISTAIR BUNKALL.

THE CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT that President DONALD TRUMP has frequently touted has now struck down abortion restrictions and overturned his dismantling of DACA.

SCOTUS ROUNDUP — “U.S. Supreme Court narrowly overturns Louisiana abortion restrictions in widely watched case,” by The Times-Picayune/Advocate’s Bryn Stole: “The 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court’s four more liberal justices, strikes down Louisiana’s requirement that critics have contended was designed to shutter abortion clinics and make the procedure harder to find. …

“Roberts, a conservative appointed by George W. Bush, wrote that the facts in the Louisiana case almost exactly matched the [2016] situation in Texas and that legal doctrines demanded that the courts treat the cases alike. … Monday’s decision in the Louisiana case is an indication that, even though the court now has an anti-abortion majority, the U.S. Supreme Court may be more inclined to move cautiously.” NOLA.com

— BLOOMBERG: “Supreme Court Backs President’s Power to Fire CFPB Director,” by Greg Stohr: “The justices on Monday backed the Trump administration in the separation-of-powers clash, striking down a provision that protected the director from being fired and putting the CFPB and potentially other federal agencies more firmly under presidential control. The court stopped short of abolishing the agency altogether. …

“The case splintered the court along ideological lines, with the four liberal justices saying they would have left the removal protections intact. … Although the ruling is a victory for Trump’s administration, the decision paradoxically could undercut his appointed CFPB director, Kathy Kraninger, letting her be replaced should Democrat Joe Biden win the November election.” Bloomberg

— JOSH GERSTEIN: “Supreme Court clears Trump administration plan to resume federal executions”: “The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to carry out the first executions in the federal criminal justice system in 17 years.

“The justices’ routine order list issued Monday morning turned down an emergency application by four death row inmates whose lawyers contend that the plan to resume federal executions violates a federal law that appears to link the method of execution to that used by states. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor indicated they would have blocked the executions.” POLITICO

— CNN: “Supreme Court upholds funding requirement for foreign organizations,” by Jamie Ehrlich: “The Supreme Court upheld on Monday a requirement that foreign organizations must have policies opposing prostitution and sex trafficking in order to receive funding from the federal government. The vote was split along ideological lines, with a 5-3 vote.”

HERE’S A QUESTION that was popping on Twitter this morning: When will Capitol Hill rename the RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE building so it’s not adorned with the name of a man — the late Sen. Richard Brevard Russell, Jr. of Georgia — who supported segregation? This would seem to be the year where this is most likely to happen.

— REMEMBER: Senate Minority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER has suggested the building be named for the late JOHN MCCAIN. Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL has been cool to this idea in the past.

MARC CAPUTO SCOOP: “Jacksonville to order mask-wearing ahead of GOP convention”

Good Monday afternoon. Press secretary KAYLEIGH MCENANY will hold a briefing at 1 p.m.

OVERSIGHT WARS — “House Dems propose strengthening Congress’ contempt power to break administration stonewalls,” by Kyle Cheney: “Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), and five other members of the House Judiciary Committee, unveiled a rule change Monday to formalize and expand Congress’ power of ‘inherent contempt’ — its authority to unilaterally punish anyone who defies a subpoena for testimony or documents.” POLITICO

THE TREATMENT PUZZLE — “Gilead announces long-awaited price for Covid-19 drug remdesivir,” by Stat’s Matthew Herper: “For all governments in the developed world, including the U.S. government’s Medicaid program and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Gilead will charge $2,340 for a five-day course. U.S. insurers will pay 33% more, or $3,120.” Stat

LATEST RESEARCH — “This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why,” by WaPo’s Sarah Kaplan and Joel Achenbach

TRUMP INC. — “Eric Trump Steers Family Empire Under Father’s Close Watch,” by WSJ’s Brian Spegele and Rebecca Ballhaus: “Eric Trump says his record will stand up to his father’s scrutiny. Despite limits on the company’s expansion and investigations into its business dealings, Eric Trump says 2019 was one of the company’s most profitable years. ‘We have never been stronger,’ he said.

“He predicts that after his father leaves office, the Trump Organization will launch a major expansion that will in part focus on luxury hotels abroad. … Under Eric Trump’s watch, the company says it has paid down tens of millions of dollars in debt over the last few years, which has helped it weather the crisis.” WSJ

BEYOND THE BELTWAY — “Voters in deep-red Oklahoma weigh Medicaid expansion as virus cases climb,” by Rachel Roubein and Dan Goldberg: “If voters approve a ballot measure on Tuesday, Oklahoma would become the first state to broadly expand government-backed health insurance to many of its poorest residents since the beginning of a pandemic that has stripped many people of coverage.

“At the same time, that could scuttle the Trump administration’s efforts to make Oklahoma a test case for its plan to transform the entitlement program into a block grant.” POLITICO

TALKER … THE NEW YORKER’S JEFFREY TOOBIN: “Why the Mueller Investigation Failed,” excerpted from his upcoming book, “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump” ($21.49 on Amazon): “Mueller had an abundance of legitimate targets to investigate, and his failures emerged from an excess of caution, not of zeal. Especially when it came to Trump, Mueller avoided confrontations that he should have welcomed.

“He never issued a grand-jury subpoena for the [p]resident’s testimony, and even though his office built a compelling case for Trump’s having committed obstruction of justice, Mueller came up with reasons not to say so in his report. In light of this, Trump shouldn’t be denouncing Mueller—he should be thanking him.” New Yorker

HOT ON THE LEFT — “Republicans Play Hardball on Judges. Can Democrats Give It a Shot Too?” by NYT’s Matt Flegenheimer: “Trailing in the polls amid overlapping national crises that he has strained to corral, Mr. Trump seems even more likely to place the courts, an area of unambiguous conservative triumph, at the center of his case for re-election. Whether Democrats can harness their own enthusiasm on this score is at once uncertain and potentially critical to election fortunes this fall.” NYT

THE HORRORS IN XINJIANG … AP: “China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population”: “While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of ‘demographic genocide.’

“The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands … The population control measures are backed by mass detention both as a threat and as a punishment for failure to comply. Having too many children is a major reason people are sent to detention camps, the AP found.” AP

THE NEW COLD WAR — “U.S. Is Vulnerable to China’s Dominance in Rare Earths, Report Finds,” by WSJ’s Timothy Puko: “China sees its dominance in strategic rare-earth minerals as leverage that can be used against the West—including in trade disputes with the U.S., according to a new report by U.S.-based researchers. … According to the report by consulting firm Horizon Advisory, China cultivated its rare-earth industry through years of state subsidies, and is prepared to use it as a geopolitical weapon.” WSJ

NYT: “Three Words. 70 Cases. The Tragic History of ‘I Can’t Breathe,’” by Mike Baker, Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Manny Fernandez and Michael LaForgia: “The deaths of Eric Garner in New York and George Floyd in Minnesota created national outrage over the use of deadly police restraints. There were many others you didn’t hear about.”

POLICING THE POLICE — “The Obama-Era Police Reform Biden Can’t Wait to Restart,” by Erick Trickey in POLITICO Magazine: “Biden wants to revive pattern-or-practice investigations. The former vice president—whose relationship with police unions is much frostier than with the rest of the labor movement—has already pledged to bring back federal oversight of police departments …

“As Biden and Trump debate how to remake the nation’s police departments, it’s worth looking at what the consent decrees have accomplished. Five years in, Cleveland’s police reforms are still a work in process. Use of force incidents are not only down, they’re less likely to result in injuries to police and civilians. Cleveland has rolled out new policies, training, and disciplinary rules. … But Cleveland activists, a prominent civil-rights lawyer and members of an advisory commission on police issues say the work is far from finished.”

ENGAGED — Alex Herrgott, executive director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, and Justina Martynaityte, senior corporate counsel for Lidl US, got engaged this weekend at their favorite getaway in St. Michaels, Md., in the company of close friends and their new puppies, Lego and Tito. Pic Another pic

— Josh Eidelson, a labor reporter for Bloomberg News, and Aaron Rosenbaum, a data scientist at Stitch Fix, got engaged Saturday on a walk at Land’s End in San Francisco. They met in D.C. in 2014. Pic

WEDDING — Alexis Kleinman, an editor at NYT’s T Brand Studio, and Chris Mezias, a PhD candidate at Weill Cornell, got married Friday at Greenwich town hall. They met on a dating app in 2016 and are planning a bigger wedding for next June. Pic Another pic

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Mike DeBonis, congressional reporter for WaPo, and Dena Iverson DeBonis, chief of external affairs for the D.C. Department of Transportation, welcomed George Anthony DeBonis on June 19. He joins big sister Rosemary. Pic

— Hanna Siegel, managing director of New American Economy, and Shane Hoffman, a product manager at Conde Nast Video, welcomed Rhys Samuel Hoffman on Sunday night.

BONUS BIRTHDAY: Katherine Richardson, national director of HR for Organizing Together 2020 (h/t her Organizing Together 2020 fam)




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