ACLU activists protesting outside of the Supreme Court. Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants to lead the anti-Trump movement in the 2018 midterm elections, promoting a progressive stance on policy issues like immigration, voting rights, reproductive rights and disability rights, per Politico.

Why it matters: The ACLU rarely gets involved in national elections, but they have become a formidable political force on the left since Trump's election. The group's membership quadrupled in size and it raised an astonishing $93 million in the last year (up from $5.5 million the year before). Their involvement could help draw voters' attention to more progressive policies.

One quick thing: The group won't endorse candidates or form a PAC, Politico notes, because that would result in a loss of its nonprofit status. And they haven't ruled out targeting certain Democrats who they deem as being on "the wrong side of their issues," per Politico.

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Trump casts himself as chief defender of American history in divisive speech at Rushmore

President Trump spoke out against a "merciless campaign" to wipe out American history during a Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore.

Why it matters: Trump's "dark and divisive" speech comes as states continue to hit new coronavirus records and a national reckoning against racial inequities pushes forward, The New York Times writes. Trump's public approval is faltering heading toward the November elections, and he made an appeal to his base at Friday's spectacle, per The Washington Post.

Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback

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Drive-in movie theaters, the symbol of a bygone era before cellphones and constant distraction, are suddenly reemerging as a popular form of entertainment during the coronavirus crisis.

Why it matters: Indoor movie theaters are closed, but people still crave entertainment and a chance to get out of their houses. Watching a movie from the safety of a car is the next best thing.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 11,093,182 — Total deaths: 525,491 — Total recoveries — 5,890,052Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 2,795,163 — Total deaths: 129,437 — Total recoveries: 790,404 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  5. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.