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In the face of clear incompetence on the part of the leadership of both major parties in Britain, Remainers were hopeful that Parliament would assert its sovereignty this week and seize control of the Brexit process. Those hopes were dashed as two key amendments — Cooper and Grieve, for anybody following along at home — failed to pass.

The big picture: We're now back to the status quo ante, with clear majorities against all three of the possible outcomes (no Brexit, no deal, May's deal). There also seems to be neither time nor stomach for a second referendum. Of the three, the most catastrophic outcome, no deal, is also the only outcome that can take place without commanding a majority in Parliament.

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Investors are ignoring the coronavirus pandemic by buying stocks and gold

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U.S. economic data is crumbling as increasing coronavirus cases keep consumers at home and force more cities and states to restrict commerce, but the stock market has continued to rise.

What's happening: Bullish fund managers are starting to lay down bets that it will be this way for a while. "The reason is: You have monetary and fiscal policy pushing the economy out of a problem and that is very, very bullish," Andrew Slimmon, senior portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, tells Axios.

How Trump's push to reopen schools could backfire

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The Trump administration’s full-steam-ahead push to fully reopen schools this fall is on a collision course with the U.S.' skyrocketing coronavirus caseload and its decades-long neglect of public education.

Why it matters: Getting kids back to school is of paramount importance for children and families, especially low-income ones. But the administration isn’t doing much to make this safer or more feasible.

Coronavirus squeezes the "sandwich generation"

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As the coronavirus poses risks and concerns for the youngest and oldest Americans, the generations in the middle are buckling under the increasing strain of having to take care of both.

Why it matters: People that make up the so-called sandwich generations are typically in their 30s, 40s and 50s, and in their prime working years. The increasing family and financial pressures on these workers means complications for employers, too.