Tuesday's Mini-Report, 7.28.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
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By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* The report, which seems to contradict Donald Trump's advice, was sent to states by the White House coronavirus taskforce: "A new federal report found that the number of states with outbreaks serious enough to place them in the 'red zone' had grown to 21, and urged officials in them to impose more restrictions."

* More on this on tonight's show: "Attorney General William Barr faced a grilling from Democrats at a contentious congressional hearing Tuesday as he spoke about the protests following George Floyd's death and defended federal intervention in major cities where the administration says there has been a spate of violence."

* DACA: "The White House announced Tuesday that the United States will take steps to wind down legal protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought into the country as children, often called 'Dreamers,' while it conducts a legal review after the Supreme Court rejected President Donald Trump's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA."

* Fatalities in Florida keep jumping: "Florida set another grim record Tuesday with nearly 200 more COVID-19 deaths recorded overnight, but in recent days an ominous sight outside a funeral home has been sending a shiver through a Miami-area town -- a refrigerated trailer for storing bodies."

* Tennessee: "Dr. Deborah Birx, a White House adviser who is among the top coronavirus officials in the nation, said Monday that Tennessee should close bars and limit indoor restaurant dining to prevent a looming escalation of the coronavirus outbreak. Moments later, Gov. Bill Lee said he had no plans to follow this recommendation."

* Still fighting for secrecy: "Attorneys for President Donald Trump have again asked a judge to toss a grand jury subpoena issued against his tax preparer for financial documents, saying it is 'overbroad' and was brought in bad faith, according to a filing in federal court in New York."

* FCC: "The Commerce Department petitioned the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to narrow the liability protections of online companies, as President Donald Trump directed in May in what he pitched as a crackdown on anti-conservative bias."

* Nice title: "Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Russia investigation but whose pejorative text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign made him a target of the president’s wrath, is releasing a book on his concerns the president could be compromised. 'Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump' is due out Sept. 8, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media said in a statement to The Associated Press."

See you tomorrow.