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Leonard Leo, the Federalist Society leader who drafted Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices, has a neat way of summarizing the dilemma Democrats face with Neil Gorsuch:

They need to figure out how they want to lose

What he means: Chuck Schumer and the red state Democrats can disappoint their base by choosing not to filibuster Gorsuch. Or, they can launch a filibuster which will likely end with Mitch McConnell using the nuclear option - meaning Republicans will steamroll Gorsuch through with a simple majority.

Why nuclear is worse for Dems: Every Supreme Court fight matters, but the next one is for all the marbles. Conservatives don't view Anthony Kennedy as one of their own. They believe adding Gorsuch to the court wouldn't bring a profound ideological swing, but the next justice could. Another originalist would threaten landmark decisions like Roe v. Wade, which is why normalizing the nuclear option this time around would give priceless flexibility to Republicans for when they really need it.

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Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid

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President Trump, speaking from a podium at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday announced that he is prepared to issue executive orders suspending payroll taxes and extending enhanced unemployment benefits through the end of 2020, and halting student loan interest and payments indefinitely.

Why it matters: The impending orders come after talks between the White House and Democratic leadership collapsed Friday afternoon. But Trump said he remains committed to striking a deal with Congress on a broader stimulus package before signing the orders.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,193,661 — Total deaths: 716,735 — Total recoveries — 11,611,029Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,918,927 — Total deaths: 160,737 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue 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.

Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.