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With the coronavirus surging in Florida, Gov. DeSantis may not be able to roll out the red carpet for the RNC after all, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for the first executions in 17 years and a tragic end for "Glee" actress Naya Rivera.
Here's what we're watching this Tuesday morning.
Coronavirus spread continues to overwhelm best-laid plans
California officials ordered sweeping new restrictions on Monday in response to a statewide surge of COVID-19 cases, including an immediate halt to indoor activities in restaurants, bars, museums, zoos and movie theaters.
Los Angeles and San Diego, the state's two largest school districts, announced Monday that classes will be online-only at the start of the school year, citing "skyrocketing infection rates" of the coronavirus in their areas.
As the calls from the White House to fully reopen schools grow louder, evidence continues to pile up to show that is unlikely to happen, at least not on the national scale President Donald Trump desires.
That's not because state and local officials aren't trying, but because the spread of the virus is beginning to overwhelm even the best-laid plans, NBC News' Benjy Sarlin writes in a news analysis.
Here are some other developments:
- With virus surging, Florida Gov. DeSantis may not be able to welcome Trump's Republican National Convention with open arms, after all.
- After months of nary a face mask being seen in hard-hit England, they are slowly being embraced with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's backing.
- A new poll underscores how COVID-19 anxiety differs by race.
- U.S. subsidiaries of Chinese companies got coronavirus bailout money.
- Track U.S. hot spots where COVID-19 infection rates are rising.
- The U.S. death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 136,000 according to NBC News' tally.
Supreme Court clears way for first federal executions since 2003
The Supreme Court ruled early on Tuesday that the first federal executions in 17 years can be carried out.
In a 5-4 decision issued shortly after 2 a.m. ET, the justices rejected inmate claims that a lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital was unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court majority opinion says that "the plaintiffs have not established that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their Eighth Amendment claim" and "that claim faces an exceedingly high bar."
The Eighth Amendment bars cruel and unusual punishment. The Supreme Court decision means four executions scheduled to take place at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, may now proceed as planned.
Body of "Glee" actress Naya Rivera was found in a California lake, authorities believe.
Authorities are confident they have found the body of actress Naya Rivera at Lake Piru in California, five days after she went missing during a boating trip with her son, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
Rivera, 33, had been out boating with her 4-year-old son last Wednesday afternoon when she went missing.
On Thursday, the sheriff's office said it was presuming that Rivera drowned in the lake. Deputy Chris Dyer said there were no signs of foul play or anything that went wrong "besides a tragic accident."
Opinion: Rivera may be gone, but the "Glee" star's queer legacy will last forever, Dana Piccoli writes in a THINK piece.
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- Don't stop the presses: Judge gives green light to Mary Trump's tell-all book about the president. It goes on sale today.
- Ex-Uber employees are being surprised by big tax bills. They blame the ride-hailing company.
- Behind America's tear gas business boom: Low-wage workers and angry neighbors.
- Listen to our Into America podcast. In the latest episode, host Trymaine Lee gets into Jamaal Bowman's insurgent run for New York’s 16th Congressional district.
THINK about it
Mary Trump's book reveals Trumpworld's web of lies — and the enablers who protect it, author Nina Burleigh writes in an opinion piece.
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Quote of the day
"There’s a public health imperative to keep schools from becoming a petri dish."
— Austin Beutner, Los Angeles school superintendent, on beginning the school with online-only classes.
One true love thing
For 114 days, Mary Daniel wasn't able to get closer to her husband than touching his hand through a pane of glass.
Her husband, Steve, is in a nursing home with early-onset Alzheimer's. During the coronavirus pandemic, there have been no visitors allowed.
She said the message she hopes to convey to her husband is that "he is deeply loved and that he will never be alone. That's the best gift I can give him for the rest of his life."
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