The Hill: Exclusive: Internal documents show officials waved red flags before Trump’s Tulsa rally

The Hill: Exclusive: Internal documents show officials waved red flags before Trump’s Tulsa rally. “Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before President Trump’s indoor rally in June, warning there could be significant spikes of coronavirus cases and deaths from the event, according to internal state documents. Dozens of emails obtained by The Hill through a state freedom of information request reveal growing angst within the Oklahoma public health department in the days leading up to the June 20 rally.”

ABC News: Trump heads into flu season amid pandemic mocking masks, holding packed campaign rallies

ABC News: Trump heads into flu season amid pandemic mocking masks, holding packed campaign rallies. “Fighting for reelection amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Trump enters the final stretch of the election increasingly ridiculing and ignoring coronavirus-related restrictions while holding packed campaign rallies across the country. Health experts, meanwhile, warn a bad flu season colliding with the coronavirus could be a devastating double threat to the country.”

CBS: Trump held six indoor rallies after acknowledging the coronavirus was airborne

CBS: Trump held six indoor rallies after acknowledging the coronavirus was airborne. “Even after privately acknowledging that COVID-19 was a virus transmitted through the air in early February, President Trump participated in several campaign rallies in indoor venues before states began to shut down in early March to mitigate the spread of the virus, according to revelations from journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book.”

New York Times: Trump Defends Indoor Rally, but Aides Express Concern

New York Times: Trump Defends Indoor Rally, but Aides Express Concern. “President Trump and his campaign are defending his right to rally indoors, despite the private unease of aides who called it a game of political Russian roulette and growing concern that such gatherings could prolong the coronavirus pandemic.”

CNN: Trump indoor rally site fined $3,000 for violating state coronavirus guidelines

CNN: Trump indoor rally site fined $3,000 for violating state coronavirus guidelines. “The Nevada company that hosted an indoor campaign rally for President Donald Trump attended by thousands of people will face a fine of $3,000 for violating state coronavirus guidelines banning large gatherings.”

AP: In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

AP: In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally. “Eager to project a sense of normalcy in imagery, Trump soaked up the raucous cheers inside a warehouse. Relatively few in the crowd wore masks, with one clear exception: Those in the stands directly behind Trump, whose images would end up on TV, were mandated to wear face coverings.”

Washington Post: A GOP county chair asked Trump to wear a mask to his rally. Instead, Trump mocked pandemic restrictions.

Washington Post: A GOP county chair asked Trump to wear a mask to his rally. Instead, Trump mocked pandemic restrictions.. “For months, the president ridiculed masks and refused to appear in public with one on, until he suddenly changed course in July and tweeted a photo of himself with his face covered, calling it a ‘patriotic’ act. But after mocking Biden for wearing a mask and insisting that reporters remove theirs while asking him questions during a news conference, Trump on Tuesday evening appeared to make a full, unabashed return to his previous stance on the coverings.”

New York Times: Inside Trump’s About-Face on the Republican Convention in Jacksonville

New York Times: Inside Trump’s About-Face on the Republican Convention in Jacksonville. “Faced with a surging pandemic, resistance from local officials in Florida and deadlines for items like hotel payments, Mr. Trump chose to cancel the convention in an effort to cast himself as putting safety first.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Republicans mandate at-home COVID-19 pre-convention test for attendees as cases spike in Florida

Chicago Sun-Times: Republicans mandate at-home COVID-19 pre-convention test for attendees as cases spike in Florida. “With COVID-19 cases spiking in Florida, Republican convention goers will have to take an “in-home” COVID-19 test before they depart for Jacksonville, paid for by the Republican National Committee, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Convention attendees will have to agree to be tested twice — at home and when they get to Florida.”

Politico: ‘We can’t pull it off’: Florida sheriff says he can’t muster security for GOP convention

Politico: ‘We can’t pull it off’: Florida sheriff says he can’t muster security for GOP convention. “The sheriff of Jacksonville, Fla., said he can’t provide security for the Republican National Convention because of a lack of clear plans, adequate funding and enough law enforcement officers.”

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.”

Houston Chronicle: Texas GOP to use George R. Brown as backup after federal judge rules convention can proceed

Houston Chronicle: Texas GOP to use George R. Brown as backup after federal judge rules convention can proceed. “A federal judge on Friday ruled that Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston First Corp. must allow the Texas Republican Party to proceed with an in-person convention at the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center, though the party now only intends to use the facility as a backup option.”

Politico: RNC restricts convention attendance as Florida coronavirus cases climb

Politico: RNC restricts convention attendance as Florida coronavirus cases climb. “The Republican National Committee is planning to sharply limit attendance for its convention in Jacksonville, Fla. next month, shrinking the event celebrating President Donald Trump’s renomination amid concerns about coronavirus.”

New York Times: Republicans Said to Be Planning to Move Some Convention Events Outdoors

New York Times: Republicans Said to Be Planning to Move Some Convention Events Outdoors. “With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, Republicans are planning to move the three nights of their national convention from an indoor arena to an outdoor venue in Jacksonville, but it’s still unclear how many people will be allowed to attend the events, people familiar with the discussions said Tuesday.”

AP: Texas GOP votes to move convention online after court losses

AP: Texas GOP votes to move convention online after court losses. “The Republican Party of Texas changed course Monday night and accepted a virtual convention after courts refused to force Houston, hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, to let the party stick to its original plans of a massive indoor gathering.”