WLOX: Speaker Philip Gunn, several House members diagnosed with COVID-19

WLOX: Speaker Philip Gunn, several House members diagnosed with COVID-19. ” The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating several cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) among lawmakers of the Mississippi Legislature. This investigation comes after a historic week as lawmakers spent several days in the state capitol voting to change the state flag.”

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.”

Politico: Behind the Trump team’s U-turn, mounting fears about a mission-accomplished message

Politico: Behind the Trump team’s U-turn, mounting fears about a mission-accomplished message. “The vice president worried that a weeks-long public hiatus by his coronavirus task force had created an information void that contributed to a sharp rise in confirmed cases across the southern and western United States. With a televised briefing on Friday, organized at Pence’s direction on a day’s notice, the group revealed an undercurrent of fear behind the scenes of the federal government as the virus mounted its resurgence. Over the weekend, Pence stepped up his urgency. Other Trump officials and allies issued stark new warnings as case counts soared in some of the nation’s largest states. And the machinery that had lined up behind President Donald Trump’s mission-accomplished message suddenly started to fade away.”

Politico: A Sun Belt time bomb threatens Trump’s reelection

Politico: A Sun Belt time bomb threatens Trump’s reelection. “Republican governors in Florida, Arizona and Texas followed Trump’s lead by quickly reopening their states while taking a lax approach to social distancing and mask-wearing. Now each of them is seeing skyrocketing coronavirus caseloads and rising hospitalizations, and Republican leaders are in retreat. It’s hard to overstate the gravity of the situation for Trump: Lose any one of the three states, and his reelection is all but doomed.”

WRAL: Lt. Gov. Forest to sue Cooper over coronavirus shutdown orders

WRAL: Lt. Gov. Forest to sue Cooper over coronavirus shutdown orders. “Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said Thursday that he plans to sue Gov. Roy Cooper over alleged violations of the state Emergency Management Act during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘The governor has repeatedly ignored the law, enacting mandates that selectively target the businesses and citizens of North Carolina without concurrence from a majority of the Council of State,’ Forest said in a statement.”

The Guardian: Florida governor under fire over claims state is ‘cooking the books’ on Covid-19

The Guardian: Florida governor under fire over claims state is ‘cooking the books’ on Covid-19. “Republican Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s faltering response to soaring new coronavirus numbers in his state is descending into acrimony, after an accusation his administration is ‘cooking the books’ in an effort to hide the true impact of the devastating pandemic. The claim from the state’s former leading Covid-19 data scientist comes as Florida smashed its own one-day record for new cases of the disease on Friday with 8,942, after two successive days above 5,000 – by far the highest figures since the pandemic began.”

CNN: Measures to protect Trump from coronavirus scale up even as he seeks to move on

CNN: Measures to protect Trump from coronavirus scale up even as he seeks to move on. “When he travels to locations where the virus is surging, every venue the President enters is inspected for potential areas of contagion by advance security and medical teams, according to people familiar with the arrangements. Bathrooms designated for the President’s use are scrubbed and sanitized before he arrives. Staff maintain a close accounting of who will come into contact with the President to ensure they receive tests.”

New York Times: A Governor on Her Own, With Everything at Stake

New York Times: A Governor on Her Own, With Everything at Stake. “One of the many disorienting features of this disorienting time has been the stark absence of executive leadership. The job of steering the nation through these epic convulsions has instead fallen to the nation’s governors. I first spoke with [Gretchen] Whitmer on April 29, seven weeks after Michigan reported its first two cases of Covid-19. At the time, I wanted to understand what it was like to govern through a global pandemic. ”

NBC News: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice forces out top health official, questions accuracy of coronavirus data amid outbreaks

NBC News: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice forces out top health official, questions accuracy of coronavirus data amid outbreaks. “West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice forced out the commissioner of his public health bureau on Wednesday, hours after he publicly questioned the accuracy of the state’s coronavirus data and detailed growing outbreaks in about a dozen counties. The abrupt resignation of Cathy Slemp, who was also a state health officer, came after the Republican governor vented during a news conference that West Virginia’s active virus caseload may have been overstated.”

Ohio State News: Candidates who use humor on Twitter may find the joke is on them

Ohio State News: Candidates who use humor on Twitter may find the joke is on them. “Political candidates’ use of humor on social media could sometimes backfire on them with potential supporters, new research suggests. People were more likely to view messages using humor as inappropriate for a political candidate they didn’t know, the study found. That led participants to rate a candidate using humor as less credible than one who didn’t – and less likely to get their vote.”

Newswise: The Center for American Women and Politics Launches Public Database of Women Elected Officials

Newswise: The Center for American Women and Politics Launches Public Database of Women Elected Officials. “The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is proud to announce the launch of the online CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a first-of-its-kind tool for exploring and analyzing women’s current and historical representation in the U.S. political system. The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database includes every woman officeholder in U.S. history at the federal, statewide elected executive, and state legislative levels. This tool expands on the officeholder database that CAWP has long kept and shared with researchers, and, crucially, transforms it into a searchable, online format for public access.”

PolitiFact: Fact-checking three coronavirus claims from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

PolitiFact: Fact-checking three coronavirus claims from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “Although infections and hospitalizations connected to the coronavirus are on the rise in Texas, state officials are continuing efforts to reopen parts of the state and allow people to return to their jobs. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sought to quell fears over the virus during a press conference on Tuesday, pointing to the number of available hospital beds in the state and statistics suggesting that Texas is handling the virus better than other large states.”

NBC News: Warren wants to know why Pence rejected U.S. goods in COVID fight

NBC News: Warren wants to know why Pence rejected U.S. goods in COVID fight. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that the Trump administration’s failure to prioritize American manufacturing during the initial stages of its COVID-19 response ‘likely contributed’ to the “ongoing spread of the disease.””

CNN: Republicans urge Trump not to terminate relationship with World Health Organization

CNN: Republicans urge Trump not to terminate relationship with World Health Organization. “Despite alleging that the World Health Organization “enabled” the Chinese government’s sweeping cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic’s origins, House Republicans are urging the Trump administration to reconsider its recent decision to terminate relations with the international body, arguing the US can do more to affect change as a member.”

New York Post: Rep. Ilhan Omar’s father dead at 67 from coronavirus

New York Post: Rep. Ilhan Omar’s father dead at 67 from coronavirus. “Rep. Ilhan Omar’s father died on Monday from complications of coronavirus, the congresswoman announced. The Minnesota Democrat released a statement that said Nur Omar Mohamed had passed earlier in the day after battling the virus which has sparked a worldwide pandemic. He was 67-years-old.”