CNN: TikTok, Biden administration agree to drop litigation over Trump-era app store ban

CNN: TikTok, Biden administration agree to drop litigation over Trump-era app store ban. “TikTok and the US government agreed on Wednesday to drop a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to ban the short-form video app from US app stores. In a filing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the two sides said they had mutually agreed the suit should be dismissed.”

Washington Post: White House officials debate masking push as covid infections spike

Washington Post: White House officials debate masking push as covid infections spike. “The talks are in a preliminary phase and their result could be as simple as new messaging from top White House officials. But some of the talks include officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who are separately examining whether to update their masking guidance, according to a Biden administration aide and a federal health official.”

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Proposes Raising Penalty for Hospitals That Don’t Publish Prices

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Proposes Raising Penalty for Hospitals That Don’t Publish Prices. “The Biden administration on Monday proposed sharply higher penalties for larger hospitals that don’t make their prices public. The proposal would also clamp down on the use of special coding embedded in hospital webpages that prevents Alphabet Inc.’s Google and other search engines from displaying price pages in search results.”

CBS News: Biden nets positive marks for handling pandemic, but vaccine resistance, Delta concern remains – CBS News poll

CBS News: Biden nets positive marks for handling pandemic, but vaccine resistance, Delta concern remains – CBS News poll. “Six months into President Biden’s administration, Americans are less apprehensive about the year than they were at the start of it. They think the battle against the pandemic is going somewhat well, though that’s tempered now by concern about the Delta variant. Most say their finances are okay, and most parents think the tax credit will help. On the personal front, Biden gets positive marks, particularly for his handling of the pandemic and how he handles himself. But issues clearly loom.”

CBS News: Biden accuses social media platforms of “killing people” with spread of COVID misinformation

CBS News: Biden accuses social media platforms of “killing people” with spread of COVID misinformation. “President Biden leveled an extraordinary charge against Facebook and other social media platforms on Friday, claiming they are ‘killing people’ by allowing coronavirus misinformation to spread. The accusation comes as health officials are voicing concern over rising cases of the virus and stalling vaccination rates.”

Department of Justice: U.S. Government Launches First One-Stop Ransomware Resource at StopRansomware. gov

Department of Justice: U.S. Government Launches First One-Stop Ransomware Resource at StopRansomware.gov. “The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), together with federal partners, have launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware. StopRansomware.gov establishes a one-stop hub for ransomware resources for individuals, businesses and other organizations. The new StopRansomware.gov is a collaborative effort across the federal government and is the first joint website created to help private and public organizations mitigate their ransomware risk.”

Watchdog Turns 100 but Keeps Barking: Help Us Celebrate Our 100th Birthday—Virtually (Government Accountability Office)

Government Accountability Office: Watchdog Turns 100 but Keeps Barking: Help Us Celebrate Our 100th Birthday—Virtually. “In celebration of our 100th birthday, we will host a virtual event on Wednesday, July 14, starting at 1 p.m. The online ceremony will mark a century of nonpartisan, fact-based work for Congress, which began at GAO on July 1, 1921. Our event will include video tributes from Members of Congress, historical perspectives from the current Comptroller General Gene Dodaro and 2 of his predecessors, as well as remarks from various GAO executives. We are excited to highlight the contributions of our diverse staff to our agency’s mission and future direction.” The event will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Politico: Feds agree to pay $6.1M to create database for Capitol riot prosecutions

Politico: Feds agree to pay $6.1M to create database for Capitol riot prosecutions. “The Justice Department has agreed to pay $6.1 million to a technology contractor to create a massive database of videos, photographs, documents and social media posts related to the Capitol riot as part of the process of turning relevant evidence over to defense attorneys for the more than 500 people facing criminal charges in the Jan. 6 events, according to a court filing and government records.”