First Factor: may the pandemic flip pink states into swing states?




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Good morning. The mayors of Houston and Austin have warned that hospitals within the two Texas cities are at risk of being “overwhelmed” by coronavirus sufferers within the coming weeks, at the same time as Donald Trump continues to minimize the exponential enhance in Covid-19 circumstances throughout a number of US states.

Two months in the past, America’s most extreme outbreaks have been in Democratic-led areas similar to New York. However the nation’s coronavirus map could be very totally different now, and badly-hit states similar to Texas, Florida, Arizona and Georgia – which all voted for Trump in 2016 – look set to be 2020 election battlegrounds amid the pandemic, as Joan E Greve reviews.

Talking on the White Home over the weekend, Trump mentioned his administration’s Covid-19 technique was “shifting alongside properly” and claimed, with out proof, that 99% of circumstances of the illness – which has now killed nearly 130,000 Individuals – have been “completely innocent”. However, as Adrienne Matei writes, even “delicate” circumstances of Covid-19 can result in long-term well being issues:



a person riding on the back of a truck: A Covid-19 patient spends a moment in the sun outside a hospital in downtown Houston.


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A Covid-19 affected person spends a second within the solar outdoors a hospital in downtown Houston.

Rising medical analysis in addition to anecdotal proof from restoration help teams counsel that many survivors of ‘delicate’ Covid-19 will not be so fortunate. They expertise lasting side-effects, and docs are nonetheless attempting to grasp the ramifications.

Trump marked Independence Day by fomenting a tradition conflict

Trump spent the four July weekend stoking America’s cultural divisions, dismissing the specter of the coronavirus pandemic, and taking part in golf at one among his personal personal properties. However as he ramps up the belligerent rhetoric for his re-election marketing campaign, there are contemporary rumblings of dissent from throughout the Republican get together.

A number of anti-Trump teams have sprung up throughout the wider GOP. Some are overtly supporting Joe Biden, reviews Daniel Strauss, and nearly all are higher organised than the so-called “By no means Trump” motion of 2016. In the meantime, the president’s former nationwide safety adviser John Bolton has known as into query Trump’s declare by no means to have been briefed on the “Russian bounties” controversy, telling CBS that was “simply not the way in which the system works”.

Why this monetary disaster will hit technology Z the toughest



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The coronavirus pandemic has struck the oldest technology most severely, however the affect of the financial fallout will possible be felt most deeply by younger folks – notably the so-called technology Z: these born between 1997 and 2012. Lauren Aratani spoke to a number of younger Individuals about coming into the economic system simply because it goes into freefall.

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Tom Hanks on surviving coronavirus

Again in March, Tom Hanks and his spouse, Rita Wilson, turned, he tells Hadley Freeman, “the movie star canaries within the coalmine of all issues Covid-19”. However now he’s recovered and selling his new movie, albeit by way of Zoom. “I’m not one who wakes up within the morning questioning if I’m going to see the top of the day or not.”

Selecting to be childfree

RO Kwon by no means felt the urge to have youngsters. With the world on the point of environmental collapse, she writes, many ladies have joined her in selecting to be childfree. Two childfree Guardian editors introduce a new collection on opting out of parenting, whereas Kristin Brownell says she refuses to go on her habit gene.

Why we’d like sharks

They get a nasty rap from Hollywood, however the “monstrous villains” of the ocean are actually an imposing, numerous bunch who assist to convey steadiness to the underwater ecosystem. Helen Scales explains why sharks matter to humanity.

Opinion: Trump needs a rightwing zealot operating public lands

Trump nominated William Perry Pendley, a conservative activist with shut hyperlinks to anti-government forces, to supervise America’s public lands. His elevation, argues Cas Mudde, is a reminder that the true far-right menace to US democracy doesn’t come from neo-Nazis.

It’s this coalition of disaffected, intolerant and self-interested forces that holds Trump and the Republican management collectively and which is slowly however steadily dismantling the federal authorities from inside.

Final Factor: the Dukes of Hazzard automobile is staying parked

The Dodge Charger from the TV present Dukes of Hazzard, named after Normal Lee and emblazoned with the Accomplice flag, won’t be faraway from show on the Volo Auto Museum close to Chicago amid the nationwide debate over Accomplice monuments. The museum’s director mentioned its assortment additionally consists of Nazi artefacts: “If have been going to get complaints in regards to the Normal Lee being right here, we’ve received a lot worse gadgets over in our navy constructing.”

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