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the repeated insistence, out of nowhere, that "I ACED A TEST DESIGNED TO DETECT DEMENTIA" is kinda weird?

Marie Yovanovitch, on Lt. Col. Vindman: "Alex should have received the honor and thanks and recognition of the nation. He deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this."

An adorable and very fluffy pup howls as a vocal accompaniment as a large "Black Lives Matter" mural is painted in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

"Unfortunately, the man you're working for [Pres. Trump] is lying about testing," @andersoncooper  says to CDC Dir. Robert Redfield. "He's saying the only reason we have the cases that we do have is because we're testing so gosh darn much when that is just not true." #CNNTownHall 

#BREAKING US posts new record 24-hour virus caseload of more than 65,000: Johns Hopkins

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“More than 133,000 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus. And there are now more than 3 million confirmed cases. In the last 28 days alone, 1 million new infections were reported.” CNN's @andersoncooper  has the latest on the pandemic in the US. #CNNTownHall 

Starbucks will require all customers to wear face masks at its U.S. stores starting July 15.

U.S. sanctions highest ranking Chinese official yet over Uighur rights

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People asked not so long ago where Ron DeSantis went for his apology. The better question is where do critics of Florida’s governor go for their apologies, knowing in real time that he was acting reckless and dumb in the face of a raging pandemic.

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Scoops of the Day

Angela Merkel yesterday: "As we are experiencing first-hand, you cannot fight the pandemic with lies and disinformation any more than you can fight it with hatred or incitement to hatred... The limits of populism and denial of basic truth are being laid bare." (via @dw_europe )

The mayor of Seoul was found dead after his daughter reported him missing. Park Won-soon, a former lawyer, won South Korea's first sexual harassment conviction, but went missing on Thursday after a former city worker filed a sexual assault claim against him.

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Australia’s prime minister says his country has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory.

Today would be a good day for @realDonaldTrump  to release his tax returns.

WATCH: When a 3-year-old boy was dropped from the third story of a burning building in Arizona, a former football player dove to catch him. That man was Phillip Blanks, a retired U.S. Marine, who saved the boy just before he hit the ground.

Imagine coming home from school to find Stormzy decorating your bedroom. That’s what happened to 15-year-old Ishae. 😂🖌️🎤

@neal_katyal  .: “Whether or not it comes before or after the 2020 election, Cy Vance is gonna get this material and it looks pretty damaging to Donald Trump.”

@NYCMayor  Bill de Blasio tells Wolf Blitzer that he is banning all large gatherings in New York City except for Black Lives Matter protests. Wolf Blitzer follows up by asking about the U.S. Open.

BREAKING / NBC News: Michael Cohen has been remanded back into the custody of federal authorities and will be sent back to jail. This comes after pictures were taken of Cohen at a Manhattan restaurant outside of his residence this weekend. NBC's Adam Reiss reports.


Scoops of the Week

WATCH: FDA commissioner won't comment on Trump claim that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless”

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Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in "Running the World Since 1776" shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida  (via @jaffarPhd )

Black and Latino people in the U.S. are 3 times as likely to contract the coronavirus than their white neighbors — and nearly twice as likely to die, according to new data we obtained by suing the CDC

This is Davon McNeal, the 11-year-old boy shot and killed last night in Southeast DC. The boy's grandfather shared these photos with FOX 5

Every single problem we’re dealing with now stems from the fact that we never actually suppressed the virus and then put the infrastructure in place to keep it suppressed. It’s like we’re trying to figure out a way to live in a burning building. It doesn’t work.

Definitely just a weird coincidence that the last two Republican presidencies both featured legacy cases who coasted on their inheritance, didn't win the popular vote to get elected, and then once in power ushered in world-historical catastrophe and suffering.

Friendly reminder that phase 3 doesn’t mean it’s safer to go to the movies or get your nails done than it was in march, it just means that both the state and federal government don’t care if you die doing it

‘Huwag mang rape.’ A police station from Laguna posted ‘Iwas Rape Tips’ on Thursday, July 2, saying that dressing up, getting drunk, walking at night are not invitations to rape. Photo from Victoria MPS/Facebook

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The vile media mischaracterization of Trump's July 4 speech is extraordinary gaslighting. The speech wasn't dark. And it wasn't "out of nowhere" or "aggressive." It was prompted by weeks of rioting, looting, tearing down monuments, and lying about Americans both dead and alive.