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Cinderella Castle rises above Bay Lake at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on Saturday. Disney reopened two of its Florida parks after nearly four months of being closed due to the pandemic.
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Florida set a record for the number of new reported coronavirus cases on Sunday: 15,299. It's the largest single day increase of virus cases in any state since the pandemic began. Gov. Ron DeSantis has not set a mandatory mask requirement for Floridians, and two of Disney’s four Florida parks have reopened to the public with the other two expected to open Wednesday. But some local leaders have rolled back a number of reopenings in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, the White House appears to be targeting Dr. Anthony Fauci. The New York Times reports the Trump administration on Saturday released a list of talking points attacking the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.

Poland's conservative president Andrjez Duda, 48, narrowly won reelection to a second, five-year term Sunday, further calling into question the country's commitment to western-style democracy and continued membership in the European Union. It also further empowers Poland's ruling Law and Justice party which has worked to weaken the country's independent judiciary and free press.

More than 1,000 employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed a letter demanding an end to “ongoing and recurring acts of racism and discrimination” against Black employees. In a statement, CDC Director Robert Redfield said the agency is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where staff can share their concerns. 

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A rally outside the Montclair, N.J., town hall on July 1. Protesters hung 1,101 absentee ballots to represent the number of votes that weren't counted in a mayoral election that was decided by just 195 votes.
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Signed, sealed, but undelivered: An NPR analysis finds that at least 65,000 absentee and mail-in voting ballots were rejected this year for arriving late. While it's a relatively small number, they could prove crucial in a close election. (Listen here or read the story)

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fighting for his political life in a Republican runoff for his old Alabama Senate seat. The 73-year-old faces a political newcomer, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, who is backed by President Trump and has a double-digit advantage, according to recent polling. (Listen here or read the story)

The Picture Show

Paradise Road, Waldo, Kan.
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The American dream takes on new meaning in photographer Eliot Dudik's series Paradise RoadThrough the images, Dudik takes the viewer on a journey across the U.S., from empty grasslands to suburban lawns, from dirt byways to mountain valleys, all along different roads named Paradise Road. Each photograph unveils a different view of a potential paradise through expansive landscapes and stoic portraits of people he meets along the way.

Before You Go

John Travolta is honored at Lenny's Pizza in Brooklyn on "John Travolta Day" in 2018.
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  • Actress Kelly Preston has died from breast cancer at age 57. Her husband John Travolta confirmed her death in an Instagram post late Sunday night, says CNN.
  • A top writer for Fox News' Tucker Carlson resigned after CNN revealed his racist and sexist posts, reviving criticism of Carlson's commentaries. Carlson is set to address the controversy on Monday.
  • The new Netflix documentary, Disclosure, lays out the story of transgender representation in Hollywood. Producer Laverne Cox says that trans people have always been seen in film, but not represented, leading to some current biases against a group of people who have been marginalized.
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