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Trump’s national security adviser tests positive for COVID-19:



National security adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

From a White House official: "National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive for COVID-19. He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site ... There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President … The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted." 

Keep in mind: O’Brien is the highest-ranking White House official to test positive for the virus.

The Miami Marlins cancel its home opener after new coronavirus spread:

Via ESPN, MLB’s Miami Marlins canceled tonight’s home opener after eight more players and two coaches tested positive for the coronavirus.

Totaling: At least 14 COVID-19 cases in the past few days.

Where are the Marlins?: In Philadelphia after this weekend’s series.

Google employees are working from home for at least another year (!):

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Rob Copeland, Google employees will work from home until at least July 2021 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

How many employees: Nearly all of the company’s 200,000 full-time and contract employees.

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A memorial for a very deserving American hero:

Lawmakers will pay their respects to the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) at the U.S. Capitol where Lewis will lie in state. “The solemn remembrance of one of the most revered members of Congress will offer a brief reprieve from a recent series of markedly tense days on Capitol Hill.”

At 1:30 p.m. EDT: An arrival ceremony for Lewis’s casket.

6 – 10 p.m. EDT: An outdoor public viewing.

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. EDT: The public can pay their respects to Lewis.

How the public viewing will work with the coronavirus: “The opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects will be significantly different from previous ceremonies to honor other figures who have laid in state. Lewis’s casket will be displayed outdoors on the top of the steps on the east side of the Capitol so that people can walk past on the plaza while adhering to health guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.” Masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced.

Keep in mind: Anyone who wishes to attend should expect heat near 100 degrees with possible thunderstorms.  

Photo of the preparations outside the Capitol: Via The Associated Press’s Lisa Mascaro


The vice president and his wife Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceBiden pays his respects to John Lewis at the Capitol Trump will not visit Capitol to pay respects to civil rights icon John Lewis The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - High-ranking White House official tests positive MORE will pay their respects this evening, according to Pence’s public schedule.


Here’s the 1 p.m. livestream of the casket arrival and memorial service:

And here’s the 6 p.m. livestream of the public viewing:


Time’s a ticking:


Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, with August recess around the corner, lawmakers are beginning the bipartisan negotiations for the next coronavirus relief bill.

Keep in mind about timing: “House Democratic leaders are already warning members that they need to be flexible with their August travel plans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meanwhile, says he’s hoping to get a deal in a ‘few’ weeks; the Senate is currently scheduled to leave by August 7.”

Happening today: Senate Republicans are expected to unveil its coronavirus relief package. What we know about it


Via The Washington Post’s Erica Werner, Jeff Stein and Seung Min Kim, “Senate Republicans will propose cutting weekly emergency unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 until states can bring a more complicated program online, according to two people familiar with the plan granted anonymity to share details that had not yet been released.”


Government funding: “The House is set to vote on a second package of government funding bills that will fold together seven of the 12 fiscal 2021 spending bills.”

Nominations: “After that McConnell has teed up votes on David Cleveland Joseph’s nomination to be a judge for the western district of Louisiana, Dana Wade’s nomination to be an assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Marvin Kaplan’s nomination to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.” 

Context and details for each



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 4,238,500 

U.S. death toll: 146,968 

Breakdown of the numbers:


Omg, this is incredible:




More from the back and forth on Twitter

Meanwhile in Manhattan — this is beautiful:





The House and Senate are in today. President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE is in North Carolina today and Vice President Pence is visiting Miami. 

10:10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Miami. 

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House’s full schedule today

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on coronavirus vaccine trials.

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Morrisville, N.C.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump tours the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies. 

4 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination. The Senate’s full schedule today 

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.

6:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

6:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence attend the lying in state for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)

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11 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Terry Sharpe, the “Walking Marine.” Livestream

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a press briefing in Miami. 

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a coronavirus briefing. Livestream


Today is National Scotch Day.

And to get your week off to the right start, here’s a cat eating an ice cream cone: