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Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest big 2020 idea: A $640 billion student loan debt cancellation, funded by a tax on the rich.

Why it matters: Student loan debt is becoming a top 2020 political issue, testing candidates on how to keep Americans' student loan debt from further increasing. Warren wants to finance the proposal, like many of her others, with her "ultra-millionaire tax," she wrote in a Medium post on Monday.

By the numbers: Warren's plan would eliminate all federal and private student loan debt for more than 75% of the 45 million Americans who currently hold loans. It also would include universal free public college.

  • Every person with a household income under $100,000 would be eligible for $50,000 in debt forgiveness — those above that threshold would lose $1 of debt forgiveness for every $3 more they earn.
  • Those whose household income is more than $250,000 do not qualify for any forgiveness.
  • The plan would also create a fund of at least $50 billion to aid historically black colleges and universities.

Go deeper: Debt-free college: Where the 2020 presidential candidates stand

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U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record

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Data: COVID Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

The United States reported 88,452 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The country confirmed 1,049 additional deaths due to the virus, and there are over 46,000 people currently being hospitalized, suggesting the U.S. is experiencing a third wave heading into the winter months.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day.
  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. Sports: MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.
  5. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

The norms around science and politics are cracking

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Crafting successful public health measures depends on the ability of top scientists to gather data and report their findings unrestricted to policymakers.

State of play: But concern has spiked among health experts and physicians over what they see as an assault on key science protections, particularly during a raging pandemic. And a move last week by President Trump, via an executive order, is triggering even more worries.