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Biden campaign asks Trump campaign to pull video, testing Twitter

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Joe Biden's campaign is calling on President Trump's re-election campaign to pull a "wildly irresponsible" video from Twitter that splices in sound to falsely depict Biden calling the coronavirus a hoax — and they're asking Twitter to remove the ad if the president's campaign won't.

Driving the news: Trump campaign officials are using the video posted today to try to force Twitter to act, or to paint the company as biased, after it declined to pull down a different video from a pro-Biden group that the president's team says deliberately used his own words out of context.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 p.m. ET: 965,246 — Total deaths: 49,236 — Total recoveries: 203,007Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 p.m. ET: 217,263 — Total deaths: 5,151 — Total recoveries: 8,710Map.
  3. In Congress: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces new committee on coronavirus.
  4. 2020 update: The Democratic National Committee said its July convention will be postponed until August because of the coronavirus.
  5. Jobs update: 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week — 3.5 million people likely lost their employer health insurance coverage.
  6. States' latest: Florida's slow response may have made its coronavirus outbreak worse — Nearly 40 states have issued stay-at-home orders.
  7. Business update: Google to lift advertising ban on coronavirus topics.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Unemployment filings break record

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6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week, totaling about 10 million Americans since the coronavirus pandemic caused businesses to close and layoff workers.

The state of play: Qualified Americans will get one-time direct deposits from the $2.2 trillion stimulus package to relieve some financial pressures. Americans surveyed more optimism about the state of their finances in the last week, a new survey from Axios and Ipsos shows.

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