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During less interesting times, the potential constitutional showdown between states that have legalized recreational cannabis and the federal law enforcement would be a top priority for the Trump administration, whose Attorney General and White House Press Secretary have staked out tough positions against federal leniency.

  • Big Cannabis: Legal weed sales have grown sharply of late, and a recent report from analysts Cowen & Co. predicted that the $6 billion industry will grow to $50 billion in sales over the next decade, or 31% more than U.S. tobacco revenues last year.
  • Winning over skeptics: Colorado's Democratic Governor and Republican Attorney General opposed legalization, but now say that implementation has gone better than expected. Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval likewise opposed legal weed in his state, but is moving forward after a November vote.
  • Pro-pot electorate: Higher industry revenues and more investment of time and money by state regulators is growing the constituency for resisting a federal crackdown on the industry. But so far the legalization movement has been able to overcome being outspent by anti-pot forces in recent elections because public support for leaving regulation of marijuana to the states is broad. A recent Quinnipiac poll showed 71 % of Americans are opposed to enforcing federal bans on pot in states that have legalized.

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Mary Trump book: How she leaked Trump financials to NYT

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In her new memoir, President Trump's niece reveals how she leaked hordes of confidential Trump family financial documents to the New York Times in an effort to expose her uncle, whom she portrays as a dangerous sociopath.

Why it matters: Trump was furious when he found out recently that Mary Trump, a trained psychologist, would be publishing a tell-all memoir. And Trump's younger brother, Robert, tried and failed to block the publication of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 p.m. ET: 11,691,068 — Total deaths: 540,062 — Total recoveries — 6,349,542Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 p.m. ET: 2,963,244 — Total deaths: 130,813 — Total recoveries: 924,148 — Total tested: 36,225,015Map.
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  4. Congress: Trump administration notifies Congress of intent to withdraw from WHO.
  5. Public health: Fauci says it's a "false narrative" to take comfort in lower coronavirus death rate.
  6. World: Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive— India reports third-highest case count in the world.
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Fauci: "False narrative" to take comfort in lower coronavirus death rate

Anthony Fauci testifies in Washington, D.C., on June 30. Photo: Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images

Anthony Fauci said at an event with Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on Tuesday "that it's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death" from the coronavirus in the U.S., warning: "There’s so many other things that are dangerous and bad about the virus. Don’t get into false complacency."

The big picture: The mean age of Americans currently being infected by the virus has declined by 15 years compared to where it stood several months ago. This has been one contributing factor in the lower death rate the U.S. has experienced during the recent surge in cases, since "the younger you are, the better you do, and the less likely you're gonna get seriously ill and die," Fauci said.