A convention goer passes the NRA desk. Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

An amended version of a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association against New York state alleges that the state's effort to encourage banks and insurance companies to break ties with the gun rights organization has caused it to suffer "tens of millions of dollars in damages."

The details: The lawsuit, first reported by the Rolling Stone, claims "[i]f the NRA is unable to collect donations from its members... obtain basic corporate insurance coverage, it will be unable to exist as a not-for-profit." The NRA says that New York's Department of Financial Services "levied multi-million dollar fines against two insurance-industry firms that dared to do business with the NRA and its members."

New York disputed the claims listed in the lawsuit Friday afternoon explaining "lawsuit did not allege that New York 'directly inhibited the NRA from expressing its opposition to gun regulation. Instead, it presents a speculative and implausible ‘parade of horribles," according to Reuters.

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (L) and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speak to the media on Capitol Hill. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Trump should sign executive orders unilaterally addressing coronavirus stimulus spending after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again on Friday.

Why it matters: Friday was viewed as a self-imposed deadline to negotiate a new relief bill. But after an intense week of negotiations on Capitol Hill, White House and Democratic leadership failed to reach a deal on delivering much needed aid to Americans and businesses.

Counterintelligence chief: Russia aiming to “denigrate” Biden ahead of election

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, before Congress in 2018. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina said Friday that the Russian government is "using a range of measures" to "denigrate former Vice President Biden" before the November election.

Why it matters: Evanina warned that some Kremlin-linked actors are trying to support President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television, while others are spreading false claims about corruption to undermine Biden and the Democratic Party.