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.”

New York Times: What Will Trump’s Rally in New Hampshire Be Like? It’s Anyone’s Guess

New York Times: What Will Trump’s Rally in New Hampshire Be Like? It’s Anyone’s Guess. “Three days before President Trump’s latest rally, in a state that Hillary Clinton narrowly won in 2016, the only thing that seems clear is that the president’s team has no idea what to expect. Mr. Trump’s campaign is planning an event at an airport hangar in Portsmouth, N.H. But the state’s governor, Chris Sununu, a Republican, has said he will not be attending. It isn’t clear how many other Republican elected officials will come. The number of attendees could be low, or it could be expansive. There could be lots of people drifting in from Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.”

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge (AP)

AP: Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge. “President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests ‘likely contributed’ to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday. Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday.”

CNN: The problem with Trump’s pandemic-era events

CNN: The problem with Trump’s pandemic-era events. “Cases of Covid-19 are climbing both nationally and within President Donald Trump’s team. Still, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have kept holding public events. Staffing and staging ahead of any presidential event is complex, even without the pandemic. But now, when the President or Vice President is on the move, it puts their staff members and guests at greater risk.”

Too soon to say if safe to hold Republican convention in Florida, U.S. official says (Reuters)

Reuters: Too soon to say if safe to hold Republican convention in Florida, U.S. official says. “A top Trump administration health official said on Sunday it was not clear whether it will be safe to hold the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month, as Florida sees record numbers of coronavirus cases.”

NBC News: Trump’s July Fourth ‘Salute to America’ in D.C. promises fireworks, flyovers — and coronavirus risk

NBC News: Trump’s July Fourth ‘Salute to America’ in D.C. promises fireworks, flyovers — and coronavirus risk. “As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump’s style, and he aimed to go big, promising a ‘special evening’ in Washington that could bring tens of thousands to the National Mall.”

New York Times: Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message

New York Times: Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message. “The scene at Mount Rushmore was the latest sign of how Mr. Trump appears, by design or default, increasingly disconnected from the intense concern among Americans about the health crisis gripping the country. More than just a partisan rally, it underscored the extent to which Mr. Trump is appealing to a subset of Americans to carry him to a second term by changing the subject and appealing to fear and division.”

Washington Post: Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus

Washington Post: Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus. “Vice President Pence’s trip to Arizona this week had to be postponed by a day after several Secret Service agents who helped organize the visit either tested positive for the coronavirus or were showing symptoms of being infected. Pence was scheduled to go to Phoenix on Tuesday but went on Wednesday instead so that healthy agents could be deployed for his visit, according to two senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private details of the trip.”

CBS News: Former presidential candidate Herman Cain hospitalized with COVID-19

CBS News: Former presidential candidate Herman Cain hospitalized with COVID-19. “Former presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalized with COVID-19, less than two weeks after he attended a Trump rally in Oklahoma. Cain’s hospitalization in Atlanta comes as the U.S. continues to grapple with a serious uptick in coronavirus cases.”

Washington Post: In wake of Trump’s Tulsa rally, his campaign is still contending with the fallout

Washington Post: In wake of Trump’s Tulsa rally, his campaign is still contending with the fallout. “It was just hours before President Trump was set to take the stage for his rally in Tulsa last month when the news broke: Six staff at the site had just tested positive for the coronavirus. The president, who was en route from Washington, was livid that the news was public, according to people familiar with his reaction. In the tent outside the BOK Center, where campaign staff were being tested before the event, the release of the information caused a scramble. Health-care workers were quizzed about whether they had leaked the information about the positive cases to the news media — and then were given a different list of people to test, according to two people with direct knowledge of the events who, like others in this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal conversations.”

BuzzFeed News: The Coronavirus Spread In A Dallas Megachurch’s Choir And Orchestra. Then It Hosted Mike Pence.

BuzzFeed News: The Coronavirus Spread In A Dallas Megachurch’s Choir And Orchestra. Then It Hosted Mike Pence.. “At least five members of the choir and orchestra at the Dallas megachurch visited by Vice President Mike Pence this weekend tested positive for the coronavirus in June, according to Facebook posts and internal church emails reviewed by BuzzFeed News. An additional orchestra member had symptoms several days after being exposed and was awaiting a test result in mid-June, according to a call for prayers sent to the church’s musicians. None of those six people were at the First Baptist church in Dallas during Pence’s hour-and-a-half-hour visit on Sunday, but it’s unclear how many of the musicians who performed for Pence may have been exposed during previous practices and performances with those who were infected.”

Coronavirus: Joe Biden will not hold campaign rallies (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Joe Biden will not hold campaign rallies. “US Democrat Joe Biden has said he will not hold presidential campaign rallies during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘This is the most unusual campaign, I think, in modern history,’ Mr Biden said at a press conference in Delaware. His rival, President Donald Trump, saw lower-than-expected turnout for a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June and his campaign has announced no new rallies.”

NBC News: S. Dakota Gov. Noem says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration with Trump at Mount Rushmore

NBC News: S. Dakota Gov. Noem says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration with Trump at Mount Rushmore. “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the thousands of people who attend the July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will not be required to practice social distancing despite an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.”

Argus Leader: South Dakota health experts warn Mount Rushmore fireworks could cause coronavirus spike

Argus Leader: South Dakota health experts warn Mount Rushmore fireworks could cause coronavirus spike. “The July 3 fireworks, which President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend, will be the first at Mount Rushmore National Monument in a decade and comes three months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Health professionals in South Dakota are concerned the lack of mitigation efforts expected at the event could cause the coronavirus to spread in the communities surrounding Mount Rushmore and in communities where attendees live following the event.”

New York Times: Jacksonville, Trump’s New Convention Site, Will Now Require Face Masks

New York Times: Jacksonville, Trump’s New Convention Site, Will Now Require Face Masks. “Republicans moved their national convention to Florida to avoid social distancing measures and masks, but officials in Jacksonville are mandating new precautions as coronavirus infections surge.”