Just 38 percent of Americans say they approve of the way President Donald Trump is handling the response to the coronavirus. 52 percent of Americans say they "strongly" disapprove [WaPo].
The U.S. set another record with more than 70,000 new cases in a single day. It's the 11th time the country has set a new daily record for cases this month [WaPo].
Russian hackers are trying to steal data about U.S. efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine [The Verge].
The CDC has extended its ban on U.S. citizens boarding cruise ships through Sept. 30 [CNBC].
Partisan mask wars
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to stop her from enforcing a mandate that people wear masks in public [Bloomberg].
Another 1.3 Americans filed first-time unemployment claims last week [CNN].
Mortgage rates have fallen to record lows [AP].
U.S. retail sales jumped by 7.5 percent in June, which is better than experts expected [CNBC].
Target, CVS and Walgreens join the growing number of retailers who will require masks in stores [USA Today].
Next month's GOP convention in Jacksonville is shrinking as organizers are limiting attendance to the event amid a surge in coronavirus cases [AP].
Big donors are flooding Joe Biden's campaign with cash to help him close the money gap with Donald Trump's campaign [Politico].
Republicans are warning President Trump his attacks on vote-by-mail could hurt Republicans in November [CNN].
Democrats are instructing delegates, House and Senate members and party officials to stay away from their party convention in Milwaukee next month [NYT].
The Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging a Florida law that blocked some Florida felons from regaining their right to vote in elections [WaPo].
Hackers apparently paid off a Twitter employee to help them hijack accounts on Wednesday as part of a bitcoin scam [Vice].
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Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
Unidentified federal agents dressed in camouflage are driving around Portland in unmarked minivans and grabbing protesters off the street [Oregon Public Broadcasting].
Mary Trump says she heard her uncle Donald use the "n-word" anti-Semitic slurs. "I don't think that should surprise anybody," she said during a television interview [WaPo].
More trouble for the Redskins
More than a dozen women filed suit on Thursday claiming sexual harassment and verbal abuse by former employees of the NFL team [WaPo].