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In a hyper-polarized Washington, is progress still possible? To explore this topic, Mike Allen hosted five conversations this morning on the potential for bipartisan solutions. He dug in with people from both sides, as well as the media. We heard from:

Sara Fischer, Axios Media trends reporterT.H. Carlos Curbelo, Representative of Florida's 26th Congressional District, Co-Chair of the Congressional Future CaucusT.H. Josh Gottheimer, Representative of New Jersey's 5th Congressional District, Co-Chair of the Problem Solvers CaucusT.H. Joe Manchin, U.S. Senator of West VirginiaKasie Hunt, Capitol Hill Correspondent, NBC News, Host, MSNBC's "Kasie D.C.Thank you to the Hewlett Foundation for sponsoring this event. Mike Allen and Axios' Sara Fischer kick off the event with "Why It Matters".Chuck Kennedy Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL26) on chances for House Democrats to vote for tax reform: "pretty good".Chuck Kennedy In a room with two whiteboards, Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ5) recently discussed bipartisan solutions with Republicans and Democrats over tacos and beer. "We should have taken a picture," he said. Chuck Kennedy Mike in conversation with Senator Joe Manchin, one of ten red-state Democrats currently in the Senate.Chuck Kennedy Kasie Hunt talks civility and how to be polite while asking the tough questions. Chuck Kennedy The most bipartisan oatmeal in D.C.Chuck Kennedy

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Right-wing media defanged by dissolving anti-Biden storylines

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The three biggest anti-Joe Biden storylines in right-wing media over the last year have either fizzled or are getting less online traction than they used to, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: This dynamic has rendered a formidable media ecosystem less effective in boosting President Trump as we move into the heart of the 2020 campaign.

A coronavirus alarm bell is going off in the Midwest

Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Positive rate shown is the 7-day average from June 1 to Aug. 6, 2020; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A cluster of states in the Midwest are seeing more of their coronavirus tests coming back positive — potentially an early indicator of a growing outbreak.

The state of play: A high positive rate means that a higher share of those getting tested are sick. That could be because there are more sick people, or because a state isn't doing enough testing.

Biden clarifies comments on African American and Latino communities

Joe Biden delivering a speech in Delaware in July. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Joe Biden explained on Twitter Thursday night what he "meant" by earlier comments suggesting that "the African American community is a monolith."

What they're saying: "Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things," Biden remarked in an interview hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association for Black Journalists, Politico reports.