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Trump is suing Twitter and Facebook:



Via Axios’s Sara Fischer, “Former President Donald Trump, who has complained about censorship by social media giants, plans to announce class action lawsuits today against Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergDemocrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation Activists protest Facebook's 'failure' on disinformation with body bags outside DC office Budowsky: How Biden can defeat COVID-19 for good MORE and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, sources tell Axios.” 

Keep in mind: Trump is banned from using Facebook and Twitter for two more years.

Has Trump’s social media ban hurt him?: “Data shows that Trump's megaphone has been significantly muzzled in light of bans from Big Tech platforms, particularly Twitter and Facebook.” 

Everything we know:



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To quote Vitamin C, ‘As we go on we remember all the times we had together. As our lives change from whatever, we will still be friends forever!’:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “J.D. Vance, the best-selling author, was once a stern critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE. Now, as a candidate for the Republican Senate nomination in Ohio, he is a big Trump fan.”

How you know his name: He is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

How Vance went from Trump critic to a proud MAGA apparel owner?: “How and why Vance moved from one position to the other is a topic of red-hot debate only days after [Vance] declared his candidacy for the seat that is being vacated by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris Senate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama MORE (R-Ohio).”

Shortly after Vance announced his candidacy: “CNN uncovered old tweets in which he had called Trump ‘reprehensible’ in relation to his policies on ‘immigrants, Muslims etc.’ In another tweet from the same year, 2016, Vance said he would vote for an independent candidate, Evan McMullin, rather than Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE.”

Compared to now: “His Twitter feed during the past week has featured support for tighter voting laws, derision about moves made by the Biden administration on gender identity, and complaints about the stances taken by corporate executives in general and ‘Big Tech’ in particular.” 

^ “It is, in a word, Trumpy.”

How this could play out:



Happening today — Biden to be briefed on a huge ransomware attack:

Via The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima, “A massive ransomware attack last week has intensified pressure on the Biden administration to demonstrate it is working to curb the threat, with top national security officials set to brief the president Wednesday on how the government can counter the costly and increasingly brazen assaults by Russia-based hackers.”  

What we know: “While intelligence officials have not publicly attributed the latest attack, a group known as REvil, which U.S. officials say privately operates largely from Russia, has taken responsibility for striking up to 1,500 companies in the United States, Europe and Asia. It was, experts say, the single largest such cyberattack to date.”

The full story:  



Let’s see how sharing that spotlight goes:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood and Tal Axelrod, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida coronavirus cases jump 50 percent in one week Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' Publix will require employees to wear masks MORE’s (R) meteoric rise in Republican politics is putting him on track for a possible clash with former President Trump, who is dangling the prospect of a third White House campaign.”

What’s been happening with DeSantis: “DeSantis’s popularity among the GOP faithful has mushroomed over his handling of the coronavirus, and he’s found himself at the center of several news cycles, including over his signing of a controversial voting restriction bill and the collapse of a south Florida condominium building. That support and attention, combined with his reelection fight next year, are fueling speculation that DeSantis is gearing up for a 2024 run.”

Yes, but that has the potential of backfiring in this day and age: “But Trump remains wildly popular among Republican voters, and any move seen as trying to oust him from his role as party leader risks a backlash among his followers — and the former president himself.” 

What to expect:



Go home, Delta:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “The delta variant made up the majority of US COVID-19 cases for the first time for the two weeks ending July 3, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Areas that should worry — anywhere with low vaccination rates: “The delta variant is highly transmissible, and experts are warning that it could cause localized spikes in cases in areas of the country with low vaccination rates, such as the South.”  

Should you worry if you’re vaccinated from COVID-19?: “Importantly, experts say the vaccines are still highly effective against the variant. A British study in May found that the Pfizer vaccine was 88 percent effective after two doses. An Israeli study this week showed lower effectiveness, at 64 percent, but the study has drawn some skepticism from experts, who say it could be an outlier.” 

What to know:



Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,749,287 

U.S. death toll: 605,944 

Breakdown of the numbers:



Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 331 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 865,929 doses 

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.

Breakdown of the numbers:


Outside the White House this morning:

Imagine having this outside any time you leave your house?




Here’s video of Biden boarding Air Force One this morning:





Here’s the full story:



The House and Senate are out. President BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE is in Illinois today. Vice President Harris is in Washington, D.C.

9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris convened key leaders to discuss strategic efforts to counter ransomware. 

10:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden left for Chicago, Ill. 

2:20 p.m. DT: President Biden tours McHenry County College in Illinois.

7:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden returns to the White House.



11 a.m. EDT: Former President Trump made an announcement. Livestream:

11:15 a.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Hunter Biden blasts those criticizing price of his art: 'F--- 'em' MORE spoke with reporters Aboard Air Force One. Livestream:

3:05 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on the benefits of his “Built Back Better” agenda. Livestream:



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And because you made it to the end, here’s a dog who is a huge Lizzo fan:

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