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BuzzFeed News reports the FBI refused to hand over James Comey's memos that he wrote after his interactions with Trump because they could "reasonably interfere" with a "pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding." This was in response to a FOIA request.

What to expect: This exemption from fulfilling the FOIA requests is consistent with the protections the exemption option provides, according to Steven Afterwood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.

What it means: Afterwood said once the probes are over there will be no reason to withhold the documents. Keep in mind, lawmakers have requested the Comey memos be turned over, too. So until the public sees the memos, Trump testifies under oath about the interactions, or the lawmakers get those documents, it's going to continue to be a he-said he-said situation between Comey and Trump at their meetings.

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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.