Russia paid bounties to kill American soldiers 

Russian intelligence officers reportedly offered money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan if they killed U.S. or U.K. troops [New York Times].

President Donald Trump denied he was briefed about the Russian bounties on U.S. troops because he said the intelligence was not credible [NPR].

Intelligence assessments concluded that the Russian bounties resulted in the deaths of U.S. troops [WaPo].

The Trump administration is set to brief select members of Congress on the matter Monday [AP].


Coronavirus

The Covid-19 death toll passed 500,000 worldwide on Sunday [NBC News].

12 states are pausing reopening following a spike in the number of cases across the country [CNN].

California ordered the closure of bars in Los Angeles and other counties as the number of cases continued to climb [Bloomberg].

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that a Covid-19 vaccine may not get the U.S. to herd immunity if too many people refuse to get it [CNN].

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a nationwide mask mandate is "long overdue" [Axios].

Vice President Mike Pence urged Americans to wear a mask and practice social distancing on Sunday [WaPo].


Coronavirus relief

The Trump administration has agreed to give Congress complete data on the millions of businesses that received $600 billion in loans from the coronavirus relief programs, but they're warning Congress not to make the information public [AP].


Social media

The advertiser boycott of Facebook over their content moderation policies is growing as several big advertisers pull ads off the social network [CNBC].


Mississippi

The Mississippi legislature voted to remove the Confederate battle symbol from their state flag. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to sign the bill into law [AP].


Yikes!

President Trump retweeted, then deleted, a video including a supporter shouting "white power" [The Hill].


Incredible

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen crashed a right-wing event posing as a country singer where he encouraged the crowd to sing along with lyrics about liberals being "chopped up" or "injected with the Wuhan flu." Organizers of the event were not amused. After rushing off the stage, Cohen allegedly returned to the event posing as a journalist [New York Post].