Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 6.29.20

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
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By Steve Benen

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Project Lincoln, led by anti-Trump Republicans, wasted little time in crafting a minute-long video on Saturday on a burgeoning controversy: Russia's reported efforts to put a bounty on the heads of American troops serving in Afghanistan. "How can Trump lead America when he can't even defend it?" Project Lincoln asks.

* On a related note, VoteVets.org released a 30-second video of its own on the same controversy, which hits Donald Trump even harder.

* The latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll, released late last week, found the president with a 40% approval rating, and a 58% disapproval rating. The latter is the worst of Trump's term so far.

* In keeping with the recent trend, the Associated Press found that many of the Wisconsin Republican members who oppose making it easier for voters to cast ballots through the mail themselves have voted by mail in recent election cycles.

* Though GOP leaders did not initially expect Georgia to be a battleground state, Trump's re-election campaign apparently started airing television ads in Georgia over the weekend.

* On a related note, Team Trump going on the air in Georgia coincides with the release of a new Public Policy Polling survey showing Joe Biden leading the incumbent president in the state, 49% to 45%.

* The Biden campaign released statistics over the weekend on the diversity of its staff. As the New York Times noted, "35 percent of his full-time staff members and 36 percent of his full-time senior staff members are people of color. A majority of Mr. Biden's staff members and senior staff members are women -- 53 percent and 58 percent, respectively."