Brutal poll

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].

2020 election

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].

Twitter attack

Hackers apparently paid off a Twitter employee to help them hijack accounts on Wednesday as part of a bitcoin scam [Vice].

Here's a good breakdown of what happened during the attack [Krebs on Security].

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].