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The ten Democratic senators who didn't go to the Environment and Public Works panel today said they were concerned with Scott Pruitt's avoidance of questions about his record as Oklahoma Attorney General. Tom Carper led the effort, following through on the letter he wrote to the Committee Tuesday intending to delay the vote until Pruitt follows up on questions. The committee requires a quorum to vote on nominees to pass along nominations to a full Senate vote.

This comes after along with a slew of resistance to Trump's cabinet picks, like when Dems delayed would-be Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's and would-be Education Secretary DeVos' nominations yesterday in the Finance Committee.

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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.

Why Scranton matters again in 2020

Biden and Clinton visit Biden's childhood home in Scranton in 2016. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The hometown of Joe Biden and "The Office" is polishing its perennial status as a guidepost for the nation's political mood.

Driving the news: Biden returns to Scranton, Pa., today with a campaign stop just outside the city limits at a metalworking plant, where he'll deliver remarks on a plan to create jobs and "help America build back better."