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Note: Import capacity is reported in gigawatts of direct current (GWDC) to reflect panel capacity rather than electric grid capacity; Data: Energy Information Administration; Chart: Axios Visuals

America's solar industry has gone from almost nonexistent a decade ago to nearly 50 gigawatts of total installed capacity, enough to power nearly 10 million homes.

How this happened: Cheap imports flooded the U.S. market, mostly from Asia, and prices fell accordingly, as illustrated by the charts above from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. These trends were boosted by policy, including numerous state renewable-electricity mandates and federal tax incentives.

Why it matters now: The Trump administration earlier this year imposed tariffs on imports of solar panels. The charts above show the bind America finds itself in; cheap imports are fueling its solar boom, but it's not stymieing a domestic manufacturing base of solar panels themselves.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 13,026,225 — Total deaths: 570,924 — Total recoveries — 7,188,992Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 3,346,246— Total deaths: 135,512 — Total recoveries: 1,006,326 — Total tested: 40,282,176Map.
  3. World: WHO head: There will be no return to the "old normal" for the foreseeable future — Hong Kong Disneyland closing due to surge.
  4. States: Houston mayor calls for two-week shutdownCalifornia orders sweeping rollback of open businesses — Cuomo says New York will use formula to determine if reopening schools is safe.
  5. Education: Los Angeles schools' move to online learning could be a nationwide tipping point.

House Judiciary Committee releases transcript of Geoffrey Berman testimony

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The House Judiciary Committee on Monday released the transcript of its closed-door interview with Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was forced out by Attorney General Bill Barr last month.

Why it matters: House Democrats have seized on Berman's testimony, in which he claimed the attorney general sought to "entice" him into resigning so that he could be replaced by SEC chairman Jay Clayton, to bolster allegations that the Justice Department has been politicized under Barr.

The nationwide K-12 tipping point

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The doors of public schools are swiftly slamming shut for many Americans ahead of this next school year.

Driving the news: Los Angeles and San Diego are starting out online-only this fall, forcing 825,000 students to learn with a laptop.