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Attorney General Jeff Session, right, and Vice President Mike Pence attend a Cabinet meeting. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

The Justice Department is "significantly repurposing" a program that was meant to build trust between police and their communities, BuzzFeed reports.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this is "a course correction to ensure that resources go to agencies that require assistance rather than expensive wide-ranging investigative assessments."

Why it matters: This volunteer-based program gave law enforcement pointers on how to better communicate and interact with their communities, after investigating the department for a year. It focused on controversial occurrences, like when a black civilian is shot by an officer. Instead of the investigations, the Justice Department will provide grants for "more traditional law enforcement tactics," like drug busts and arresting violent criminals.

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U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

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The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

Data: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax; Chart: Axios Visuals

There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.

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