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Summit Credit Union, a small Wisconsin credit union, is suing Equifax, which could be the first instance of a "financial institution attempting to preemptively recoup losses," according to the Washington Post.

Summit says they'll lose profits as a result of the Equifax breach because customers won't want to, or will be unable to, use their credit cards. In the class-action lawsuit, Summit says they will "have to bear the cost" of reissuing credit cards and more.

Despite rumors that Equifax wouldn't allow consumers to pursue a class-action lawsuit due to their terms of use, an Equifax spokesperson told Axios: "We will not apply any arbitration clause of class action waiver against consumers."

Why it matters: Equifax "has a close relationship with banks and mortgage lenders," and this breach will have an impact on that relationship.

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The apocalypse scenario

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

Federal judge rules Trump administration can't end census early

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A federal judge ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration could not end the 2020 census a month early.

Why it matters: The decision states that an early end — on Sept. 30, instead of Oct. 31 — would likely produce inaccuracies and thus impact political representation and government funding around the country.

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Where bringing students back to school is most risky

Data: Coders Against COVID; Note: Rhode Island and Puerto Rico did not meet minimum testing thresholds for analysis. Values may not add to 100% due to rounding; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Schools in Southern and Midwestern states are most at risk of coronavirus transmission, according to an analysis by Coders Against COVID that uses risk indicators developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The big picture: Thankfully, schools have not yet become coronavirus hotspots, the Washington Post reported this week, and rates of infection are lower than in the surrounding communities. But that doesn't mean schools are in the clear, especially heading into winter.

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