Politico: McConnell suspends in-person GOP lunches

Politico: McConnell suspends in-person GOP lunches. “McConnell’s decision comes as the Senate’s seen a recent uptick in members contracting the disease. Both Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks, while Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) announced she’d received a positive test before proceeding to test negative.”

Washington Post: Nearly a sixth of the Senate Republican caucus has tested positive for coronavirus

Washington Post: Nearly a sixth of the Senate Republican caucus has tested positive for coronavirus. “Since the novel coronavirus emerged in the United States, more than 12.5 million Americans have been confirmed to have been infected by it. The actual number is unquestionably far higher than that, given the slow rollout of effective testing for the virus. But even by itself, that number constitutes nearly 4 percent of the population. In the Senate, the rate of infections is even higher. As of writing, eight senators have tested positive for the virus, according to data compiled by GovTrack. That’s an 8 percent rate of positive tests, more than twice the national measure.”

CNBC: Nearly 200 legislators have tested positive for coronavirus nationwide and four have died as GOP flouts rules

CNBC: Nearly 200 legislators have tested positive for coronavirus nationwide and four have died as GOP flouts rules. “Many Republican lawmakers in states where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have surged are not only rejecting statewide mask mandates. They’re also resisting rules requiring them in their own capitols.”

NBC News: As Covid cases soar, GOP state lawmakers keep fighting to limit governors’ power to respond

NBC News: As Covid cases soar, GOP state lawmakers keep fighting to limit governors’ power to respond. “Coronavirus cases have surged to their highest levels yet, but conservative state legislators across the U.S. are fighting to limit governors’ ability to impose public health restrictions — and have succeeded in two states with rising caseloads in the heaviest hit region of the country.”

STAT News: For many of Washington’s most powerful, Covid-19 public health guidance does not apply

STAT News: For many of Washington’s most powerful, Covid-19 public health guidance does not apply. “Public health experts are aghast at the way the administration is approaching the spread of Covid-19 within the highest echelons of the government and the Republican Party.”

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.”

NBC News: Turning Point USA tied to fake accounts, Facebook says

NBC News: Turning Point USA tied to fake accounts, Facebook says. “Facebook said Thursday that it has taken down hundreds of fake accounts created by a marketing company that worked with the young conservative group Turning Point USA to invade the comments sections of mainstream publishers and denigrate Democratic politicians.”

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.'”

‘Unjustifiable hysteria’: Republican recalcitrance about the virus persists even as GOP faces growing turmoil (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘Unjustifiable hysteria’: Republican recalcitrance about the virus persists even as GOP faces growing turmoil. “Widespread Republican recalcitrance about federal health guidelines showed few signs of waning on Monday, even as the party faces growing turmoil following President Trump’s hospitalization and as more White House aides test positive for the novel coronavirus.”

CNN: Senate Republicans split on the need for coronavirus testing

CNN: Senate Republicans split on the need for coronavirus testing. “Eighty-seven-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley — who as the most senior Republican in the chamber is third in the line of succession to the presidency — will not be tested for coronavirus despite three of his GOP colleagues being positive and spending last week on Capitol Hill with the infected senators.”

Washington Post: As virus spreads across GOP ranks, some Republicans say party will pay price for ‘stupid’ approach

Washington Post: As virus spreads across GOP ranks, some Republicans say party will pay price for ‘stupid’ approach. “The drip-drip-drip of positive tests, coupled with the specter of a president who as of Saturday was ‘not on a clear path to a full recovery,’ as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows put it, has prompted some Republicans to question whether the party is responsible for its own potential undoing. And it has left them wondering how to wage a strong closing campaign when the judgment, actions and competence of its leaders were so squarely at issue just as voting is getting underway across the country.”

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.”

Slate: Which Republicans Were Wearing Masks During Trump’s Speech at the White House?

Slate: Which Republicans Were Wearing Masks During Trump’s Speech at the White House?. “The scene at the final night of the Republican National Convention was concerning to virologists, to political analysts, and apparently to at least one person at Fox News, which reported that ‘few attendees at the White House event appeared to be wearing masks, and most of the spectators sat closer to one another than the recommended social distancing length of six feet.’ But among the 1,000 or so gathered on the White House lawn, there were some people wearing masks. Which might lead one to wonder: huh! Exactly how many people were wearing masks?”

The Atlantic: The Pandemic Is Damaging the GOP Brand Everywhere

The Atlantic: The Pandemic Is Damaging the GOP Brand Everywhere. “Although hardly any of the governors grappling with the fiercest coronavirus outbreaks are on the ballot this fall, voters’ verdicts about their performance loom heavily over another electoral battle with enormous implications for the balance of power between the parties over the next decade: the struggle for control of state legislatures. In polls, voters have given higher marks to Democratic governors who have moved cautiously on reopening than to Republicans who reopened early in response to President Donald Trump’s cues. That may offer Democrats their best chance to overcome the GOP’s entrenched advantage in state legislatures—which next year will draw local legislative and congressional-district lines that will govern elections through 2030.”

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.”