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Trump is mulling whether to tap Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent who served as chair on the Intelligence Committee, to step in to serve as FBI Director in Comey's wake, Bloomberg reports and a source with direct knowledge confirmed to Axios. After serving seven terms, Rogers retired from Congress two years ago to pursue talk radio, but you may remember him for his report on the 2012 Benghazi attack.

The Trump connection: Rogers used to advise the Trump transition team on national security issues, which Dems could use against him, arguing it would cloud his investigation of Russia's interference in the election if selected as FBI director. Rogers was asked to leave Trump's transition team around the same time Chris Christie was booted as head of the transition.

Rogers isn't afraid to break from party line: Republicans were not happy with his Benghazi report. Rogers told NPR: "They all...are upset that it didn't find what they wanted to find. And, to me, that tells me I probably got the investigation just about right."

Rogers is a Russia hawk: He's part of the IRI Beacon Project to expose Russian propaganda efforts and is supportive of the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act and would likely ramp up the Russia probe. Just this week on a GWU panel, Rogers said:

  • Russians have "gotten high marks for their ability to sow discontent"
  • "Russia used 'internet trolls' and AI bots to spread false stories"
  • "We need to arm ourselves with information"
  • But it's unclear what Rogers would do at the helm of the Russia probe: "The president's ability to get things done is hindered because we are arguing about Russia's role in the election"

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Florida smashes single-day record for new coronavirus cases

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The big picture: The figure shatters both Florida's previous record of 11,458 new cases and the single-state record of 11,694 set by California last week, according to AP. It also surpasses New York's daily peak of 11,571 new cases in April, and comes just a day after Disney World reopened in Orlando.

Pelosi: Trump is "messing with the health of our children" with push to open schools

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' aggressive push to fully reopen schools this fall is "malfeasance and dereliction of duty," accusing the Trump administration of "messing with the health of our children."

Why it matters: Trump has demanded that schools reopen as part of his efforts to juice the economy by allowing parents to return to work, despite caution from health officials that little is known about how the virus impacts children.