With lockdown restrictions relaxed, many New Yorkers and New Jerseyans struggled to socially distance as they relieved their cabin fever.
Northeast governors were ready to reopen. The coronavirus had other plans.

President Trump late Thursday night challenged former Vice President Joe Biden to take a cognitive test, claiming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee could not pass the test he “aced.”
Trump: Biden should take cognitive test | TheHill

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed a statewide mandatory E-Verify law this week that will ban public employers from hiring illegal aliens over American citizens and legal immigrants.

DeSantis had lobbied since November 2019 for the state House and Senate to pass mandatory E-Verify for all employers — public and private — with no exemptions for industries. Florida Republican lawmakers, though, quickly gutted the plan, giving exemptions to the tourism and agriculture industries.
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Florida's Ron DeSantis Makes E-Verify Mandatory for Public Employers

Mr. Mendonça, who wrote music for Rio’s spectacular annual parades, was one of many victims of the novel coronavirus within the world of Carnaval.
Tânio Mendonça, Brazilian Carnaval Samba Composer, Dies at 52 - The New York Times

With the passing of comedy legend Carl Reiner, tributes have poured in. Bernadette Peters spoke with Variety about her memories
‘The Jerk’ Star Bernadette Peters Pays Tribute to Carl Reiner – Variety

HBO Max has revealed the first trailer for "An American Pickle," a comedic film starring Seth Rogen set to premiere on the platform Aug. 6.
Seth Rogen’s ‘An American Pickle’ on HBO Max Releases First Trailer – Variety

Disney dominated the distressed pandemic box office this weekend, with Zootopia taking the top spot followed closely by Marvel's The Avengers.
Zootopia and The Avengers Lead the Pandemic Box Office – /Film

If you're looking for some 4th of July horror movies to stream this weekend, this edition of Now Scream This has you covered.
10 Great 4th of July Horror Movies Streaming Now – /Film

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has worked hard over the last month to craft a police reform bill that will, unlike the nonsense cooked up by Pelosi’s imbeciles in the House, will actually make a difference on the ground. For his efforts, he’s been met with nothing but scorn from Democrats who have much more interest in campaigning on the issue of police reform than they do in actually passing legislation.
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Black GOP Senator Shares Racist Messages Left By Progressive Democrats - Total Conservative News


and to sing us out ...

Royal ‘bewildered’ after US attorney asks him to come forward following arrest of his friend over alleged sex crimes.

Pressure on Prince Andrew to speak to FBI investigators was mounting after his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on charges of sex trafficking and perjury as part of its ongoing inquiry into the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
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Prince Andrew under pressure after arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell | US news | The Guardian

North Korea maintains that it has zero Covid-19 cases, though analysts say this is unlikely.
Coronavirus in North Korea: Kim Jong-un claims 'shining success' - BBC News

Six weeks after reopening most businesses, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez began closing some again and announced a 10 p.m. curfew starting Friday as the county’s COVID spread worsens and hospitalization rates hit new records.

Gimenez announced Thursday evening a reversal of his most recent reopenings, and said he was closing casinos, strip clubs, movie theaters and other entertainment venues allowed to open through a June 4 order. It’s not clear how many businesses will be impacted by the announced curfew. The mayor’s office said commuters are exempt, as are essential workers. A spokeswoman also said restaurants can continue delivering food once the curfew takes effect.
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The latest round of talks, the first held in person since Covid-19 struck, broke up a day early.
Brexit: Serious differences over trade deal, say UK and EU - BBC News

Experts say the outbreak is a troubling sign of what may be in store if colleges reopen in the fall.
105 University of Washington students in frat houses test positive for coronavirus - CBS News

Two NASA astronauts completed the second-to-last set of battery replacements outside of the International Space Station, advancing a multi-year project to upgrade the power system for the orbiting lab.
Spacewalkers complete penultimate set of battery upgrades for space station | Space

This Independence Day, be sure to catch the full moon and a partial penumbral eclipse.
How to watch the 'Independence Day' lunar eclipse | Live Science

FedEx, which has naming rights to the stadium in which the Redskins play, has "communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name."
Stadium sponsor FedEx asks Redskins to change nickname


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