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The nominating conventions for the Democrats and Republicans went virtual and balloon-free this year. Convention-goers won't be showered with the traditional balloon-release celebration. (Associated press)

Virtual nominating conventions deflate balloon-drop tradition

- The Washington Times

In place of their traditional festive parties, Democrats and Republicans are offering virtual, balloon-free nominating conventions, which means COVID-19 has claimed another celebration and left those who design and rig the complicated systems that shower celebrants at the gleeful climax with nothing to do but watch glumly.

President Trump is expected to accept the nomination for reelection in his adopted home state of Florida with the GOP convention in Jacksonville. (Associated Press photographs)

Florida energized by landing Republican National Convention

- The Washington Times

The Sunshine State is relishing what it considers a lucky break in getting to host the 2020 Republican National Convention after North Carolina's governor refused to relax the state's coronavirus shutdown enough to allow a big party for President Trump's reelection run.

In this April 4, 2019, photo Tara Reade poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in Nevada City, Calif. (AP Photo/Donald Thompson)

Tara Reade accusation not going away for Joe Biden

- The Washington Times

Neither Tara Reade nor her claim she was sexually assaulted by Joseph R. Biden appear to be going away anytime soon, despite more than a week of denials and pushback from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his supporters.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden has proposed a minimum tax on corporations that might have evaded paying federal income taxes. He also wants to increase the corporate income tax from 21% to 28%. (Associated Press)

Joe Biden proposes new taxes on corporations

- The Washington Times

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday proposed a series of new taxes, including a minimum tax on corporations that might have evaded paying federal income taxes, as he fills in more details on how he plans to pay for trillions of dollars in spending on new programs he proposes over the next 10 years.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke is greeted after speaking at an SEIU event before the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) **FILE**

Beto O'Rourke clings to life in crowded Democratic presidential field despite slip in fame, polls

- The Washington Times

By all accounts, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has lost his mojo. He has slipped in the polls, is dismissed as a lightweight by much of the news media, and now serves as a punchline for late-night talk show hosts who used to fawn over him. And yet he is clinging to a handhold in the race that could give him a path to the nomination if he can hang on into 2020.