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Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head have signed a merger agreement as of Thursday, in a deal valued at $300 million.

Why it matters: This consolidation brings together the Brewers Association’s second-largest craft brewer, Boston Beer, with the 13th-biggest craft brewery. The companies explained that this will position them to "compete against the global beer conglomerates within the craft beer category." Indeed, both companies will maintain their independent craft brewery status.

Details: Delaware-based Dogfish Head co-founders Sam and Mariah Calagione elected to take most of their merger consideration in the form of stocks — 406,000 shares in total — making them the second-largest shareholders behind Boston Beer founder Jim Koch. The merger — expected to close in the second quarter of the year — comes roughly 4 years after Dogfish Head sold a 15% stake to New York-based private equity firm, LNK Partners.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:45 p.m. ET: 19,282,972 — Total deaths: 718,851 — Total recoveries — 11,671,491Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:45 p.m. ET: 4,937,441 — Total deaths: 161,248 — Total recoveries: 1,623,870 — Total tests: 60,415,558Map.
  3. Politics: Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Warren and Clinton to speak on same night of Democratic convention

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton both are slated to speak on the Wednesday of the Democratic convention — Aug. 19 — four sources familiar with the planning told Axios.

Why it matters: That's the same night Joe Biden's running mate (to be revealed next week) will address the nation. Clinton and Warren represent two of the most influential wise-women of Democratic politics with the potential to turn out millions of establishment and progressive voters in November.

Trump considering order on pre-existing condition protections, which already exist

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President Trump announced on Friday he will pursue an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, something that is already law.

Why it matters: The Affordable Care Act already requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration is currently arguing in a case before the Supreme Court to strike down that very law — including its pre-existing condition protections.