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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied this morning that Anthony FauciAnthony FauciCNN's Burnett presses Navarro on hydroxychloroquine in combative interview: 'You're an economist, not a scientist' Overnight Health Care: Fauci says family has faced threats | Moderna to charge to a dose for its vaccine | NYC adding checkpoints to enforce quarantine Fauci says family has faced threats, harassment amid pandemic MORE is sidelined amid signs of a rift between President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE and the nation’s leading infectious disease expert. 

McEnany said on “Fox & Friends”: “The point of the task force is to be a whole of government look at what is best for this country. Dr. Fauci is one member of a team, but rest assured, his viewpoint is represented and the information gets to the president through the task force.”

What sparked this — Fauci, maybe get a mirror for your back…:

Via The Washington Post’s Yasmeen Abutaleb, Josh Dawsey and Laurie McGinley, the White House is attempting to discredit Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, as President Trump downplays the coronavirus pandemic. 

“A White House official released a statement saying that ‘several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things’ and included a lengthy list of the scientist’s comments from early in the outbreak.”


Via Politico’s Nancy Cook, “Mark Meadows finds it’s not so easy being chief: He took the job thinking his people skills and friendship with the president would smooth the way. Now, a harsher reality is seeping in.” The full story

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Like Arya for a brief time, a team has no name:

The Washington Redskins will change its name and logo, the team announced this morning. 

Sooo, what’s the new name….?: We don’t know yet. “Sports Business Daily reported that announcement of the new name is delayed because trademark issues are pending.”  

What we know about the new branding: “[A] source told ESPN that the plan, as of now, is to retain the franchise's use of burgundy and gold colors. Coach Ron Rivera had said the team wanted to include the military in its new name, as well.”  

From the team: "Dan Snyder and Coach (Ron) Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years."


#NewRedSkinsName has been popular on Twitter. Some are jokes, some are legitimate ideas. Here are a few of the real ideas 

But also check out the hashtag — there are some entertaining suggestions. For example: “The Washington Parking Tickets” or “The Washington Dynamic Toll Lanes.”


The ‘glass half full’ news from the surgeon general:

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the U.S. can reverse the coronavirus surge “in just two or three weeks if everyone does their part.”

From the surgeon general: “Just as we've seen cases skyrocket, we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective. And it’s important for the American people to understand when we’re talking about the fall, we have the ability to turn this around very quickly if people will do the right thing.” 

Adam’s reasoning: “More studies coming out showing the effectiveness of face coverings.”  

Interesting tidbit — CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked Adams whether he regretted telling Americans to stop buying masks in March: “I was saying that then because everything we knew about coronaviruses before that point told us that people were not likely to spread when asymptomatic … We follow the science, and when we learn more, our recommendations change. But it's hard when people are continuing to talk about things from three, four months ago.”  

Watch Jerome Adams’s full comments on CBS’s “Face the Nation”

Just released — Florida’s new numbers after a bleak weekend:

Via WPLG’s David Selig, Florida reported 12,624 new coronavirus cases this morning, a day after setting a daily record for the largest number of new COVID-19 cases in any state. 

Totals: “Florida is now up to 282,435 confirmed cases with 4,277 resident deaths associated with the novel coronavirus, according to the latest data released by the health department.”


Florida reported 15,299 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, setting a new record for daily cases in any state.   

Crazy context to that figure: “If it were a country, Florida would be fourth in the world for most new daily cases (after the US overall, Brazil, and India).” (Via political scientist Ian Bremmer


New York City reported its first day without a coronavirus death for the first time since March 10.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 3,308,312

U.S. death toll: 135,219 

Breakdown of the numbers

For context: Two months ago today, 1,371,395 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 82,461 had died.



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The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together. 

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a teleconference with governors to discuss the COVID-19 response.


11:30 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo to serve as National Association of Governors chair New York City adding 'key entry point' checkpoints to enforce quarantine Iconic NY columnist Pete Hamill dies MORE (D) held a news conference. Livestream

1:30 p.m. EDT: Stanford Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor interviews National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Anthony Fauci. Livestream 

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable “with stakeholders positively impacted by law enforcement.” Livestream

9 p.m. EDT: Fox News’s Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Hannity selling 'priority access' to new book as Trump fundraiser Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon MORE interviews Roger Stone after President Trump commuted his sentence. 


Today is National French Fry Day! Here’s a list of where to get free fries today:

End of an era:

Via Popville, Tortilla Coast on Capitol Hill is reportedly closing.

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