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U.S. Customs and Border Protection will temporarily stop referring parents of undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution, Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said on Monday, the AP reports.

Why it matters: Attorney General Jeff Sessions can insist that the administration's zero-tolerance policy is still in place, but without the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security, it's toothless. McAleenan said that he plans to find a way to resume the 100% prosecution strategy, but he currently cannot given President Trump's executive order to keep families together.

Be smart: The order also maintained that the zero-tolerance policy would remain in effect. But DHS can only legally hold families together in detention for 20 days, unless a district judge changes her ruling or Congress passes a law circumventing the Flores Settlement.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 33,156,812 — Total deaths: 998,696 — Total recoveries: 22,961,436Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 7,118,523 — Total deaths: 204,790 — Total recoveries: 2,766,280 — Total tests: 101,298,794Map.
  3. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
  4. Health: The childless vaccine — Why kids get less severe coronavirus infections.
  5. World: India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases

Facebook's latest headache: Its own employees' posts

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Facebook’s rules for what people can say on the world’s largest social network have been a long-term headache for the company, but now it faces similar troubles on the internal network its own staff uses.

Driving the news: As political arguments on Facebook’s employee discussion boards have grown more heated and divisive, the company ordered new restrictions on the forums earlier this month, which run on Facebook’s Workplace platform.

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How a conservative Supreme Court would impact climate policy

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Amy Coney Barrett's likely ascension to the Supreme Court would affect climate policy beyond shoving the court rightward in the abstract.

Why it matters: If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, his regulations and potential new climate laws would face litigation that could reach the high court.

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