HuffPost: Contact Tracers Waited On Names Of Trump Fundraiser Guests Who Had Already Scattered

HuffPost: Contact Tracers Waited On Names Of Trump Fundraiser Guests Who Had Already Scattered. “New Jersey contact tracers did not have a complete list of the names of those who attended a Bedminster fundraiser Thursday with President Donald Trump, just hours before his COVID-19 diagnosis, until at least Friday afternoon, 24 hours after the event, HuffPost has learned. The Republican National Committee sent the names of those it knew had attended to the office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) at 2:30 p.m. Friday, a spokesperson for the RNC said.”

Washington Post: Trump uses Republican convention to try to rewrite coronavirus history, casting himself as lifesaving hero

Washington Post: Trump uses Republican convention to try to rewrite coronavirus history, casting himself as lifesaving hero. “Faced with a pandemic that has killed more than 175,000 Americans, President Trump used glitzy video and misleading testimonials to spin a tale of heroism and resolve far removed from the grim reality of a country in the throes of an uncontrolled public health crisis.”

Vox: Trump used the RNC to gaslight America on Covid-19

Vox: Trump used the RNC to gaslight America on Covid-19. “The virus rages on, affecting every aspect of American life, from the economy to education to entertainment. Nearly 180,000 Americans are dead. Schools are closing down again after botched attempts to reopen, with outbreaks in universities and K-12 settings. America now has one of the worst ongoing epidemics in the world, with the most daily new deaths to the virus, after controlling for population, among developed countries.”

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.”

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.”

New York Times: Headed to the Convention? Not I, More Republicans Are Saying

New York Times: Headed to the Convention? Not I, More Republicans Are Saying. “As new cases surge in Florida, including 15,300 reported on Sunday, more Republicans are taking a wait-and-see approach to the event, or deciding to skip it all together. The G.O.P., which moved the convention to Jacksonville from Charlotte, N.C., after balking at health precautions there, now finds itself locked into a state with a far bigger virus problem, and planning an event whose attendance is waning as the pandemic escalates.”

Coronavirus: Jacksonville mayor quarantined after contact with COVID-19 case (Jacksonville .com)

Jacksonville .com: Coronavirus: Jacksonville mayor quarantined after contact with COVID-19 case. “Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is in isolation after being exposed to someone who had COVID-19. Curry said Tuesday he has tested negative for the coronavirus since being exposed but is staying home, away from people, as a precaution.”

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.”

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.”

CNBC: North Carolina, GOP convention planners at an impasse over social distancing

CNBC: North Carolina, GOP convention planners at an impasse over social distancing. “Republican National Convention organizers appear to have hit an impasse with the state of North Carolina over social distancing at the party’s nominating convention, scheduled to be held in Charlotte in late August. After weeks of trading strongly worded letters, punctuated by angry threats from President Donald Trump to move the convention to a more accommodating city, the GOP organizers appear no closer to getting their desired green light for a massive gathering than they were a month ago.”

DNC and RNC Get Plenty of Livestream Love on YouTube

The DNC and RNC got a lot of livestream love on YouTube. “More 9 million people saw YouTube’s live steam of the conventions, the Google-owned site said Friday. YouTube staples, The Young Turks and Complex magazine, each had live broadcasts on their channels originating from Google’s spaces on media row in both Cleveland and Philadelphia.”