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Republican Congressman Mark Sanford told Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski Thursday that Trump is "at least partially to blame" for the "demons that have have been unleashed," referring to the nasty partisan rhetoric that has spread throughout the country in recent months, as demonstrated by Wednesday's shooting on a Congressional baseball practice.

"We've got to find a way to dial this back," said Sanford, adding that he often asks himself why people across the nation are acting so aggressively. "They think, 'Look if a guy at the top can say anything at any time, why can't I?'"

A message for Trump: Joe Scarborough then weighed in with advice for the president: "It cant get any worse than it is right now. Try a little bit of decency, try a little bit of humanity, try to bridge both sides."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 a.m. ET: 33,282,969 — Total deaths: 1,000,867 — Total recoveries: 23,066,203Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 a.m. ET: 7,148,009 — Total deaths: 205,069 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
  4. Health: Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid tests —The childless vaccine.
  5. Media: Fauci: Some of what Fox News reports about COVID-19 is "outlandish"
  6. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  7. World: More than 1 million people have now died from coronavirus — India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases.

Bob Woodward: "I was not going to hide" my opinion on Trump

Bob Woodward didn't want to join Senate Republicans in privately condemning President Trump but declining to do so publicly, he told Jonathan Swan in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

Why it matters: Woodward has covered 9 presidents, but Trump is the first that Woodward explicitly described as "the wrong man for the job."

Watch the full Jonathan Swan interview with Bob Woodward

In the latest episode of "Axios on HBO," Jonathan Swan interviews Bob Woodward about his new book, "Rage," which was based on 19 interviews with President Trump.