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The Senate voted unanimously on Monday evening to confirm David Shulkin as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The vote was noncontroversial, largely because Shulkin currently serves as undersecretary for health at the VA.

In his confirmation hearing before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee earlier this month, he promised major reforms, but no privatization, the Military Times reported. "There will be far greater accountability, dramatically improved access, responsiveness and expanded care options, but the Department of Veterans Affairs will not be privatized under my watch," he told lawmakers.

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U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

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The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

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Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months

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President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.