CNBC: Democrats and Republicans disagree on how to curb Big Tech’s power — here’s where they differ

CNBC: Democrats and Republicans disagree on how to curb Big Tech’s power — here’s where they differ. “Following a 16-month investigation into the four Big Tech companies, the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust released a blockbuster 449-page report laying out the case for why each company holds monopoly power. It also gave a slew of recommendations for how Congress can tamp that down through a rewriting of the rules. But the report, which was originally intended to be a bipartisan effort to rein in Big Tech’s power, turned into a partisan battle as the two sides bickered over the next steps.”

CNN: Democratic leaders accuse Trump team of ‘deliberately’ withholding information about White House outbreak

CNN: Democratic leaders accuse Trump team of ‘deliberately’ withholding information about White House outbreak. “Senate Democratic leaders charged Tuesday that the White House has been ‘opaque and secretive’ in providing information about the coronavirus outbreak that sickened President Donald Trump and several other people at the White House, demanding details about the timeline and contending that details are being ‘deliberately withheld in order to minimize public scrutiny.'”

CNN: House Democrats seek information on $250 million contract on coronavirus PR campaign

CNN: House Democrats seek information on $250 million contract on coronavirus PR campaign. “In new letters, House Democrats are demanding new documents about the Department of Health and Human Services’ $250 million contract with a marketing firm handling a campaign on coronavirus that Democrats say they want to ensure does not go to propping up the President’s reelection campaign.”

Reuters: Progressive Democrats urge action on tech as potential Google lawsuit looms

Reuters: Progressive Democrats urge action on tech as potential Google lawsuit looms. “With expectations of a U.S. government lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google within weeks, two progressive Democrats tweeted support for legal action against tech giants who break the law, in a rare instance of agreement with the Republican administration amid a polarized political environment.”

San Francisco Chronicle: A mask in every mailbox? California Democrats up pressure campaign in Congress

San Francisco Chronicle: A mask in every mailbox? California Democrats up pressure campaign in Congress. “California Democrats in Congress are increasing pressure on their leaders to get all Americans to wear masks to fight the coronavirus pandemic — including by mailing them to every household.”

CNET: Democrats are warned that hackers are after their Facebook accounts, report says

CNET: Democrats are warned that hackers are after their Facebook accounts, report says. “An alert from the committee’s security team, reported by CNN, said emails designed to look as if they’re from Facebook tell users that their pages have been deactivated because of a term violation. The email then directs those users to a fake Facebook website, where they’re told to provide personal information to appeal the deactivation.”

HuffPost: Wearing A Mask Is More Popular — And A Little Less Partisan — Than You Might Expect

HuffPost: Wearing A Mask Is More Popular — And A Little Less Partisan — Than You Might Expect. “An increasingly broad majority of Americans are wearing masks in public, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, which finds far more of a consensus on the benefits of masks than high-profile skirmishing over the issue might suggest. Democrats, especially, are prone to overstate the level of GOP opposition to masks, the survey finds.”

New York Times: Would You Go to a Movie Right Now? Republicans Say Yes. Few Others Do.

New York Times: Would You Go to a Movie Right Now? Republicans Say Yes. Few Others Do.. “A majority of Republicans say they would feel comfortable flying on an airplane, eating indoors in a restaurant or seeing a movie in a theater. Large majorities of Democrats and political independents say they would not. Those findings, from a survey conducted in early July for The New York Times by the online research firm SurveyMonkey, show how opinions about the pandemic increasingly fall along partisan lines. Separate data on mobility shows the same partisan split in actual behavior — and it can’t be explained by differences in the prevalence of the virus itself.”

New York Times: The Democrats Are Downsizing Their Convention to Almost Nothing

New York Times: The Democrats Are Downsizing Their Convention to Almost Nothing. “Every aspect of the four-day Democratic National Convention, scheduled to begin Aug. 17, has been scaled back from the ambitions set when Milwaukee was named the host city in March 2019. A program of five to six hours of daily speeches, engineered to entertain delegates in the arena and draw heavy television coverage and headlines for Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his vice-presidential nominee, will be cut down closer to three hours each night. Much of the program is likely to be pretaped videos, according to people familiar with the planning.”

Daily Beast: Top Dem Think Tank Trashes Facebook But Still Takes Its Cash

Daily Beast: Top Dem Think Tank Trashes Facebook But Still Takes Its Cash. “Officials at the Center for American Progress, the Democratic Party’s top think tank, indicated that they have no plans to stop taking money from Facebook even after an official at the think tank accused the social media giant of effectively doing the bidding of President Donald Trump.”

CNN: Why GOP can’t reopen the economy without Democratic buy-in

CNN: Why GOP can’t reopen the economy without Democratic buy-in. “From President Donald Trump through Republican governors and state legislatures, the GOP is coalescing around a position of reopening the economy as quickly as possible despite concerns about seeding a wider spread of the coronavirus. But the party’s efforts face a paradoxical hurdle: The economy can’t regain much momentum without the participation of big Democratic-leaning metropolitan areas, where both local officials and average residents remain more skeptical about quickly unwinding social distancing measures.”

Mashable: Fake copyright claim takes down Twitch’s biggest political streamers during Democratic debate

Mashable: Fake copyright claim takes down Twitch’s biggest political streamers during Democratic debate. “A fake copyright infringement claim resulted in the removal of some of Twitch’s biggest political channels. On Tuesday night, a number of popular left-leaning Twitch streamers found their channels shut down during their livestream coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Primary Debate.”

CNN: Democrats blast Google’s new rules for political ads

CNN: Democrats blast Google’s new rules for political ads. “Three major Democratic committees blasted Google on Friday for an ad policy that will allow politicians to run false ads across its platforms, including YouTube, in the run-up to the 2020 election. The Democrats also took aim at Twitter, without actually naming it, for banning all ads from politicians.”

Nieman Lab: News portals like Yahoo still bring Democrats and Republicans together for political news, but they’re fading fast

Nieman Lab: News portals like Yahoo still bring Democrats and Republicans together for political news, but they’re fading fast. “‘We observe segregation in political news consumption.’ In this working paper, ‘Partisan Enclaves and Information Bazaars: Mapping Selective Exposure to Online News,’ Stanford researchers examined a ‘data set of web browsing behavior collected during the 2016 U.S. presidential election’ to see how Democrats and Republicans seek out news sources and how they change their news consumption levels in response to different political events. (The data set is from YouGov and was also used in this paper.)”

Des Moines Register: Introducing a new tool to help you keep track of presidential candidates visiting Iowa

Des Moines Register: Introducing a new tool to help you keep track of presidential candidates visiting Iowa. “The Des Moines Register candidate tracker is the best way to stay up-to-date on the whereabouts of presidential contenders in Iowa. Starting today, the Register is releasing a new tool that will bring information from the candidate tracker to your Twitter feed, making it it easier than ever to keep up with the whirlwind 2020 caucus cycle.”