CNET: Facebook posts from Trump, Biden get new voting information label

CNET: Facebook posts from Trump, Biden get new voting information label. “Facebook’s new voting information label appeared on posts this week from both President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. While the label may appear similar to fact-checks on other social networks, the Facebook notice doesn’t necessarily mean the posts contain misinformation.” Well that won’t be confusing at all.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump bending facts on virus, Biden, economy (AP)

AP: AP FACT CHECK: Trump bending facts on virus, Biden, economy. “President Donald Trump clung to the false notion that the coronavirus will just ‘disappear,’ made incorrect claims about a top government expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and again insisted that Americans are getting all the COVID-19 tests they need — all in a television interview Sunday where his answers fell short on the facts.”

Washington Post: Eight ways that Trump’s ‘nonsense’ is killing us

Washington Post: Eight ways that Trump’s ‘nonsense’ is killing us. “‘Let’s stop this nonsense.’ With those four simple words, Anthony S. Fauci summed up why we are in such dire straits. The novel coronavirus continues to worsen in the United States while improving in other developed countries because of the nonsense emanating from President Trump and the Trumpy governors of the Sun Belt states: On Sunday, Florida (population 21.5 million) reported nearly three times as many new cases as the entire European Union (population 447 million). Let’s stop the nonsense and start saving lives.”

CNN: Twitter’s rigid fact-check rules allow Trump to continue spreading false information about the election

CNN: Twitter’s rigid fact-check rules allow Trump to continue spreading false information about the election. “The world took notice on May 26, when Twitter fact-checked President Donald Trump for the very first time. Trump posted a series of blatant lies about mail-in voting, and declared that ‘this will be a rigged election.’ Twitter responded swiftly, saying that the viral posts contained “potentially misleading” information, and slapped a fact-check label on them. But seven weeks later, and after a dozen similarly untruthful tweets from the President, that extraordinary step by Twitter looks more like a one-time aberration than the new normal.”

New York Times: Trump Leans Into False Virus Claims in Combative Fox News Interview

New York Times: Trump Leans Into False Virus Claims in Combative Fox News Interview. “An agitated President Trump offered a string of combative and often dubious assertions in an interview aired Sunday, defending his handling of the coronavirus with misleading evidence, attacking his own health experts, disputing polls showing him trailing in his re-election race and defending people who display the Confederate flag as victims of ‘cancel culture.'”

New York Times: As Trump Ignores Virus Crisis, Republicans Start to Contradict Him

New York Times: As Trump Ignores Virus Crisis, Republicans Start to Contradict Him. “Once-reticent Republican governors are now issuing orders on mask-wearing and business restrictions that run counter to Mr. Trump’s demands. Some of those governors have been holding late-night phone calls among themselves to trade ideas and grievances; they have sought out partners in the administration other than the president, including Vice President Mike Pence, who, despite echoing Mr. Trump in public, is seen by governors as far more attentive to the continuing disaster.”

Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus (New York Times)

New York Times: Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus. “Each morning at 8 as the coronavirus crisis was raging in April, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, convened a small group of aides to steer the administration through what had become a public health, economic and political disaster. Seated around Mr. Meadows’s conference table and on a couch in his office down the hall from the Oval Office, they saw their immediate role as practical problem solvers. Produce more ventilators. Find more personal protective equipment. Provide more testing. But their ultimate goal was to shift responsibility for leading the fight against the pandemic from the White House to the states.”

ABC News: As pandemic rages, Trump puts public focus elsewhere

ABC News: As pandemic rages, Trump puts public focus elsewhere. “As much of the country remains engulfed in the biggest public health crisis in a century, President Donald Trump has held only three public coronavirus-related events in the last month. This week alone, the president has maintained a busy public schedule, but it has been devoid of any events focused on the crisis.”

Washington Post: Rancor between scientists and Trump allies threatens pandemic response as cases surge

Washington Post: Rancor between scientists and Trump allies threatens pandemic response as cases surge. “This week’s remarkable character assault by some top White House advisers on Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, signified President Trump’s hostility toward medical expertise and has produced a chilling effect among the government scientists and public health professionals laboring to end the pandemic, according to administration officials and health experts.”

CNN: To reverse slide, some Trump aides hope for a return to coronavirus briefings

CNN: To reverse slide, some Trump aides hope for a return to coronavirus briefings. “His poll numbers have cratered. Cases are surging. A large majority of the country says he’s actively impeding efforts to contain coronavirus. What’s a President to do? For some aides, a solution lies in a return to the daily coronavirus briefings that punctuated the earliest days of the pandemic, a once-nightly ritual that ended when President Donald Trump made an offhand suggestion that ingesting disinfectant might help treat the disease.”

New Yorker: How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic

New Yorker: How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic. “On June 22nd, in the baking heat of a parking lot a few miles inland from Delaware’s beaches, several dozen poultry workers, many of them Black or Latino, gathered to decry the conditions at a local poultry plant owned by one of President Donald Trump’s biggest campaign contributors. ‘We’re here for a reason that is atrocious,’ Nelson Hill, an official with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, told the small but boisterous crowd, which included top Democratic officials from the state, among them Senator Chris Coons. The union, part of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., represents some 1.3 million laborers in poultry-processing and meatpacking plants, as well as workers in grocery stores and retail establishments. Its members, many defined as ‘essential’ workers—without the option of staying home—have been hit extraordinarily hard by the coronavirus. The union estimates that nearly thirty thousand of its workers in the food and health-care sectors have contracted covid-19, and that two hundred and thirty-eight of those have died.”

Washington Post: As the coronavirus crisis spins out of control, Trump issues directives — but still no clear plan

Washington Post: As the coronavirus crisis spins out of control, Trump issues directives — but still no clear plan. “Trump has boasted that the United States leads the world in coronavirus testing, yet he has declined to produce a national testing plan, and in many communities tests can take a week or longer to process, rendering their results all but useless in slowing the spread. And with case numbers spiking from coast to coast and fears mounting of additional outbreaks this fall and winter, Trump’s most clearly articulated plan to end the covid-19 pandemic is to predict the virus will ‘just disappear’ and to bank on a vaccine being ready ‘very, very soon.'”

CDC chief: Trump should set example with mask (Politico)

Politico: CDC chief: Trump should set example with mask. “CDC Director Robert Redfield on Tuesday said President Donald Trump should ‘set an example’ by wearing a mask as he also warned the upcoming convergence of flu season and the coronavirus could be ‘one of the most difficult times that we have experienced in American public health.'”