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Good morning, here's what you need to know today: https://bit.ly/2ZiRYal
 
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10:02 AM · Jun 27, 2020·Sprout Social
1. Coronavirus cases spike to new high for third consecutive day

The U.S. again hit a new record-high number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Five states set new single-day highs, and the country recorded more than 40,000 new cases. Wednesday's and Thursday's totals were also the highest yet since the coronavirus pandemic began, and infections are skyrocketing in places that were previously not heavily affected. Florida, for example, recorded nearly 9,000 new cases, and Texas officials are warning their hospitals may soon be overwhelmed. Both states moved to restrict activity that had previously been allowed, such as closing bars. Despite the localized spikes, White House coronavirus task force expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the hot spots could easily spread. He urged all Americans to heed their "societal responsibility" to wear masks and continue to social distance. [The Washington Post, The New York Times]

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2. Texas, Florida roll back some business reopenings amid coronavirus spikes

On Friday, Texas became the first state to reimpose lockdown measures as it faces what Gov. Greg Abbott described as a "massive outbreak" of COVID-19 cases following its attempted reopening. Abbott's executive order will close bars that had previously been allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, beginning on Friday (bars may remain open for delivery and takeout). Restaurants are also being scaled back from being allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity for dine-in service to 50 percent capacity, and gatherings of more than 100 people are once again banned. In Florida, where a record 8,942 new coronavirus cases were reported Friday, on-site alcohol consumption at bars is now suspended. [The Hill, The Week]

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3. Judge rules ICE must release detained children because of coronavirus

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must release children currently held in the country's three family detention centers for more than 20 days by July 17 because of concerns over the coronavirus, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee of California ordered Friday. Gee said the centers, which house 124 children, are "on fire," citing one Texas facility that has at least 11 confirmed cases. Gee said ICE could use tracking devices on some parents if it's the only way to release the children safely to "non-congregate settings," although the ruling applies only to children and does not compel ICE to release parents. In response to the ruling, the White House accused Gee of being part of a group of "activist judges" who "have imposed their own vision in the place of duly enacted laws." [NBC News, NPR]

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4. House Democrats pass bill to grant D.C. statehood

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that would grant Washington, D.C., statehood. The bill, which will almost certainly die upon reaching the Republican-led Senate, was passed 232-180 on nearly exact party lines. Though Democrats say making D.C. a state would give much-needed representation to a district with more than 700,000 residents, Republicans say the bill could be a Democratic power-grab, since three-quarters of D.C. voters are registered Democrats. The bill would make much of D.C. its own state, but leave federal property like the White House and Capitol Hill under congressional jurisdiction. A similar bill was debated more than 25 years ago. [The New York Times, The Week]

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5. Pompeo says U.S. imposing visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said the United States will impose visa restrictions on "current and former" Chinese Communist Party officials "believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy," although he did not name any of those targeted. The move comes before China begins a three-day parliamentary session Sunday during which a new national security law aimed at Hong Kong is expected to pass. The law has raised concern among Hong Kong's opposition movement, as well as the international community, that Beijing will severely curtail the city's freedoms. The Wall Street Journal reports that a series of recent U.S. actions, especially regarding Hong Kong, have angered China, and Beijing is quietly sending Washington a message that the sides' trade deal is at risk. [Reuters, The Wall Street Journal]

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6. Supreme Court won't require Texas to let all voters submit ballots by mail

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that it would not require Texas to let all eligible voters vote by mail, a matter of intense national debate. As is typically the case for emergency application rulings, no reasons were provided in the brief order, and there were no noted dissents. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, however, did issue a statement saying she hopes "the court of appeals will consider the merits of the legal issues in this case well in advance of the November election," but that an emergency request was not the right time to consider "the weighty but seemingly novel questions." The Texas Democratic Party had requested the court reinstate a district judge's order requiring state officials to allow all voters to submit their ballots by mail. [The New York Times, The Washington Post]

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7. Intel report: Russia offered militants bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan

American intelligence officials have informed President Trump that they believe Russia's military intelligence agency has secretly been offering bounties to Taliban or Taliban-linked militants for the killing of American troops in Afghanistan, according to an explosive Friday report in The New York Times. Trump was reportedly first briefed on the findings in late March, although he has not yet acted in response. Islamist militants are reportedly believed to have collected bounty money from Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, although it's not clear which American deaths, or how many, are suspected to be linked. The involvement would be "a huge escalation of Russia's so-called hybrid war" against the U.S., writes the Times, and would also be "the first time the Russian spy unit was known to have orchestrated attacks on Western troops." [The New York Times]

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8. Brands pull advertising from Facebook, leading to $7 billion hit

Several companies, including Coca-Cola (which said it would cease running ads on all social media platforms for at least 30 days), have pulled advertising from Facebook's network — handing Mark Zuckerburg $7.2 billion in losses — as part of a boycott over what critics consider the platform's failure to police hate speech and disinformation. Shares of the company fell by 8.3 percent on Friday, eliminating $56 billion from Facebook's market value. The departure of Unilever, one of the world's largest advertisers, played a big role in the hit. Zuckerburg responded to criticism Friday by announcing Facebook would put a warning label on all posts that break its rules but are considered newsworthy, providing no exceptions for politicians, including President Trump. [Bloomberg, NPR]

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9. Minneapolis City Council votes to advance law enforcement transformation proposal

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday advanced a proposal to change the city charter to allow the dismantling of the police department after a unanimous vote. The Minneapolis Police Department has been under severe scrutiny following the killing of George Floyd, whose death while in police custody set off nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The 12-0 vote is a first step in the council's plan to transform the city's law enforcement, thought the process won't be easy. The proposal is expected to face several bureaucratic obstacles, and Minneapolis voters, many of whom have expressed concern over a recent increase in shootings in the city, will have the final say. Still, the council members say they are determined to see the process through. [The Associated Press, The Star Tribune]

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10. American Airlines to restart booking flights to full capacity

Beginning next week, American Airlines will resume fully booking flights after having reserved half its middle seats in economy since April to better enforce social distancing. "As more people continue to travel, customers may notice that flights are booked to capacity starting July 1," the airline said in a Friday statement. "American will continue to notify customers and allow them to move to more open flights when available, all without incurring any cost." The move comes after the United States experienced back-to-back record-high caseloads of coronavirus this week. American Airlines will join United and Spirit, which are already booking flights to capacity. Southwest, Delta, and JetBlue, meanwhile, are still restricting the number of seats for sale, and Southwest committed to do so through at least Sept. 30. [USA Today, The Week]

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Do not believe the Fake News Media. Oklahoma speech had the highest Saturday television ratings in @FoxNews history. @seanhannity dominated T.V. with my interview on Thursday night, more than @CNN & MSDNC COMBINED. These are the real polls, the Silent Majority, not FAKE POLLS! We will win the Election against Corrupt Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Schumer. We will save the Supreme Court, your 2nd Amendment, permanent damage from the ridiculous Green New Deal, and you from massive Tax Hikes. Also, our Heritage, History and LAW & ORDER!
 
7:17 AM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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There were only like 6000 people attending Trump’s deflated, impotent Tulsa rally meant for an arena that could hold 19,000 and an overflow outdoor area that was completely cancelled at the last minute.
 
Trump’s “Silent Majority” turned out to be a bunch of TikTok teens and K-pop stans who reserved a bunch of tickets without ever intending to show up. They even made Trump brag to the mainstream media and on Twitter that “1 million” people planned to go to his stupid rally lol.
 
7:36 AM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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Trump, who tweeted yesterday he canceled his NJ trip to ensure "LAW & ORDER is enforced,” just arrived at his Virginia golf club. It's the 271st time he has been at one of his golf clubs and 363rd time at one of his properties in his presidency, per CNN tally
 
10:31 AM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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2 hours ago, jakeem said:

You should be muzzled like Hannibal Lecter.  OTOH, your rabid response does come across as a mad dog!  Your wish to run around maskless spewing viral vitriol sounds like your motto should be “Give Me Liberty, and I’ll Give You Death!”

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2 hours ago, jakeem said:

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Trump signs executive order protecting monuments as protesters go after Confederate statues http://hill.cm/hiVn7Tv
 
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8:17 AM · Jun 27, 2020·SocialFlow

How about doing something to protect American Lives!?!???  Whether here with the recent spikes of COVID infections due to your non-leadership, and unscientific ideological approach, or overseas, where your BFF Vladimir Putin has put a bounty on American troops, and you have known for months and DONE NOTHING!!!!  You are a disgrace of a “leader”.  The country cannot handle 4 more years of one of your promises you actually kept, to run the country like You ran your businesses......right into the ground!! 

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32 minutes ago, jakeem said:

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Trump, who tweeted yesterday he canceled his NJ trip to ensure "LAW & ORDER is enforced,” just arrived at his Virginia golf club. It's the 271st time he has been at one of his golf clubs and 363rd time at one of his properties in his presidency, per CNN tally
 
10:31 AM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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06/27/2020 11:28:08
TOTAL ESTIMATED U.S. COVID-19 DEATHS: 125,265

Trump Death Clock

75,159
Estimated U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Due To POTUS Inaction
In January 2020, the Trump administration was advised that immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, “there was a lot of pushback” to this advice. President Trump declined to act until March 16th. Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided. (For further reading, click here).

 

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2 hours ago, jakeem said:

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Do not believe the Fake News Media. Oklahoma speech had the highest Saturday television ratings in @FoxNews history. @seanhannity dominated T.V. with my interview on Thursday night, more than @CNN & MSDNC COMBINED. These are the real polls, the Silent Majority, not FAKE POLLS! We will win the Election against Corrupt Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Schumer. We will save the Supreme Court, your 2nd Amendment, permanent damage from the ridiculous Green New Deal, and you from massive Tax Hikes. Also, our Heritage, History and LAW & ORDER!
 
7:17 AM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

How about the permanent damage to the constitution and the rule of law due to your corrupt and criminal administration, or the permanent damage to the economy due to your inability or unwillingness to deal with the COVID pandemic, or the permanent damage done to the 125,000+ families who have lost loved ones due to said inability or unwillingness.  Having you in power one more term would be tyranny of the minority over the majority of Americans.

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45 minutes ago, Arturo said:

How about the permanent damage to the constitution and the rule of law due to your corrupt and criminal administration, or the permanent damage to the economy due to your inability or unwillingness to deal with the COVID pandemic, or the permanent damage done to the 125,000+ families who have lost loved ones due to said inability or unwillingness.  Having you in power one more term would be tyranny of the minority over the majority of Americans.

And in a second term he wouldn't feel so constrained. 

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John Hudson                                    
We have confirmed the ⁦@nytimes⁩ scoop: A Russian military spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan. From ⁦@nakashimae,
⁩ ⁦@missy_ryan⁩ me and ⁦@shaneharris

12:35 AM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Russian involvement in operations targeting Americans,"""" if""" confirmed, is likely to lead to outrage on Capitol Hill and questions about why the administration has not responded to it.

Spokesmen for the National Security Council, the Pentagon, and the CIA declined to comment.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the story, “illustrates the low intellectual abilities of propagandists from the American intelligence, who instead of inventing something more reliable have to come up with such nonsense... However, what else can be expected from intelligence, which miserably failed the twenty-year war in Afghanistan”

The Taliban denied any involvement.

 

“We categorically reject the notion of ever planning or carrying out targeted attacks against U.S. or foreign forces at the behest of foreign intelligence or for the sake of collecting bounty,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement, “and we also reject receiving material support from foreign intelligence because such undertakings are harmful for the sovereign decision-making of any country and movement.”

 

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The attempt to stoke violence against Americans, if confirmed, would also represent a signifiant departure from Moscow’s earlier position toward Islamist militants in Afghanistan. Previously, U.S. officials had cited what they characterized as sporadic, low-level Russian support for the Taliban, including the supply of small arms via Afghanistan’s northern neighbors.
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While Moscow’s motives for alleged bounties were not immediately clear, officials said they might include retaliation for the U.S. military’s 2018 killing of Russian mercenary troops working for Yevgeniy Prigozhin, an oligarch with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Syria, or simply, as one official put it, an attempt to “muddy the negotiations on Afghanistan by throwing a stick in that.”
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If you look at this, right now Trump's chances of re-election are toast.  The article is long and when it continues it looks at why Seniors are switching from Trump which is not all covid-19 related.

 

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Donald Trump’s Big Problem with Senior Voters

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A Trump lawn sign Retaining the support of seniors is central to the President’s reëlection chances. But a number of recent polls show that he has slipped badly in this key demographic.Photograph by David Goldman / AP / Shutterstock

 

The standard way of looking at Donald Trump’s narrow Electoral College victory, in 2016, is through the realm of geography: by eking out victories in the Rust Belt states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, he overcame a deficit of about 2.9 million ballots in the popular vote. This narrative is perfectly accurate, but it isn’t the only way to analyze what happened. Another key to Trump’s success was his strong support among older voters, who tend to turn out in large numbers, despite being a relatively small part of the electorate.

Among voters aged forty-four and under, Hillary Clinton bested Trump by fourteen percentage points, according to exit polls. But Trump carried voters between the ages of fifty and sixty-four by eight percentage points, and voters aged sixty-five or older by seven points. State by state, the numbers varied. He led Clinton among voters aged sixty-five and over by four points in Michigan, by ten points in Pennsylvania, and by one point in Wisconsin. Given the thin margins of victory that Trump enjoyed in these states, support from seniors was essential to the majority he achieved in the Electoral College.

This year, retaining the support of seniors is obviously central to Trump’s reëlection chances. But a number of polls released this week show that he has slipped badly in this key demographic. According to a survey from the New York Times and Siena College, he is now running two points behind Joe Biden at the national level among voters aged sixty-five and over. In Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, he is trailing Biden by double digits.

If you compare the Trump-Biden matchups from the new Times surveys to the Trump-Clinton matchup in the network-sponsored exit polls from 2016, the contrast couldn’t be starker. In Michigan, Trump is now trailing Biden by twelve percentage points among senior voters, a swing of sixteen points relative to 2016; in Pennsylvania, he is behind by eighteen points, a swing of twenty-eight points; and in Wisconsin, he is down by twenty-one points, a swing of twenty-two points. Even allowing for some possible polling errors, these are big differences.

And other surveys of the battleground states show a similar shift. A recent pollfrom Fox News shows Trump trailing Biden by one point in Florida among voters aged sixty-five and over. In 2016, Trump carried seniors in the Sunshine State by seventeen points. In North Carolina in 2016, Trump carried the senior vote by twenty-three points. The Fox News poll shows him leading Biden by just four points there.

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It's hard to make out some of the names, but at first glance it looks like every single member of the Mississippi House of Representatives who voted *against* changing the state flag with the Confederate emblem is a Republican.
 
 
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BREAKING: House passes the new Flag bill gaining the 2/3 majority to suspend and advance the bill. 85 YEAS and 34 NAYS @WJTV
 
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2:48 PM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

This is like that old adage-- you got to crawl before you can walk and you got to walk before you can run......

 Now that Mississippi has joined the latter part of the 20th century,

Mississippians can get to work on joining the rest of us in the 21st century.

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Risch: if DC and Puerto Rico become states, "I will be the last Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee forever because they will pick up four Democratic seats that will never flip over. ... Republicans will never be in the majority in the United States Senate."
 
4:46 PM · Jun 26, 2020·Twitter for Android
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Two points:
 
1) This is not a legitimate objection, when it comes to the rights of Americans.
 
2) Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) can’t do math. If you added four Democratic seats to the Senate *right now*, there would still be a Republican majority of 53-51.
 
3:32 PM · Jun 27, 2020·Twitter Web App
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CNN
 
The roll call sheets show that 170 Atlanta police officers were out sick from June 17, when Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the charges, through June 20. The department has about 2,000 officers.
 
3:44 PM · Jun 27, 2020·SocialFlow

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The Democratic Party of Orange County has demanded in a resolution for John Wayne's name to be removed from the local airport
 
3:51 PM · Jun 27, 2020·SocialFlow

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