BOMBSHELL!

Parts of former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book started to see the light of day, and it's a doozy! Among Bolton's shocking claims:

  • President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win re-election by agreeing to buy agricultural products.
  • Bolton chided House Democrats for not investigating other troubling incidents involving Trump that could be impeachable offenses. 
  • Bolton said obstruction of justice in the Trump White House was a "way of life" as the president routinely sought to intervene in legal matters to help authoritarian leaders he liked. 
  • Trump claimed Americans were clamoring for him to change the Constitution so he could serve more than two terms.
  • Trump said it was okay that China was building concentration camps to hold Uighur Muslims.
  • The president did not know England was a nuclear power and though Finland was part of Russia.
  • Trump was obsessed with getting a copy of Elton John's "Rocket Man" CD to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.
  • Defended the Saudis in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to distract from news about his daughter, Ivanka, using a private email for government business.
  • Trump said journalists should be jailed and executed.

Lots of reports/excerpts available: NYT, WaPo, Bloomberg, WSJ, CNN

In an interview, Bolton says he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks "he can play Trump like a fiddle" [ABC News].

The Justice Department is seeking an emergency court order to prevent the release of Bolton's book [WaPo].

On Wednesday Trump called Bolton a "liar" and said his book "broke the law," but did not refute any specific allegations from Bolton's book [The Hill].


Coronavirus

President Trump said the coronavirus is "dying out," but medical experts vehemently disagree [CNN].

The Trump White House says there are no plans to cancel the president's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma and said attendees "assume a personal risk" when it comes to the coronavirus [Politico].

Scientists are worried that the Trump Administration's focus on finding a vaccine for the coronavirus is overlooking other available therapies that could work [CNN].


Police reform

The ex-Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks is facing a felony murder charge. Prosecutors say the former officer also kicked Brooks after he fell to the ground [CNN].

The House Judiciary Committee advanced a Democratic-backed police reform bill after an emotional debate [Politico].

Senate Democrats are mulling stopping a Republican police reform bill because it doesn't go far enough in their opinion [Politico].

Los Angeles city officials are moving to replace some LAPD officers with unarmed crisis responders [CNN].


2020 election

Some of President Trump's advisers are worried he's spending too much time wallowing in self-pity about negative news coverage about the botched response to the coronavirus and nationwide protests, and they fear he is not interested in winning a second term [NYT].


Economy

The global economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic could erase more wealth than the 2008 financial crisis, which wiped out $10 trillion [Bloomberg].

Target is raising its minimum wage for workers to $15 an hour in July, which is four months earlier than they planned [CNN].