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Donald Trump Jr. reportedly attended a June 9 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin — just two weeks after Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination, according to NYT. Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager who held this role at the time of the meeting, and Jared Kushner attended as well.

How it happened: The Times' sources described confidential government records that detailed this meeting and its attendees.

Why it matters: The ongoing Russia probes determining whether and which of Trump's associates had ties to the Kremlin during the election. But perhaps more concretely, this is the first explicit piece of evidence of one of Trump's close aides coordinating with a Russian official throughout the campaign and it's the first time Trump Jr. has been known to have a meeting like this.

Read more at NYT.

Go deeper: Axios' helpful chart on which White House members have hired lawyers for the Russia probes.

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Supreme Court expands religious freedoms in schools, employment

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The Supreme Court ended its term with a series of rulings on religion's role in schools, the workplace and access to health care.

Why it matters: The decisions elevated protections for people and employers of faith, while curtailing those of religion teachers, the nonreligious taxpayer and women who rely on their workplaces' health care plans for contraception.

Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book

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Donald Trump Jr., in quarantine since girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tested positive for the coronavirus, says he's used the time to finish a book that he'll self-publish the week of the Republican convention, at the end of August.

What he's saying: Don Jr., whose controversial blasts connect with President Trump's base, told me in a phone interview that "Liberal Privilege" will be his effort to paint a picture of Joe Biden and his record that the press ignores.