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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


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

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