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In July, 9,258 family members were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, according to Customs and Border Protection data released today — not quite 200 fewer than the month before and a record high for July since at least 2012.

Why it matters: The Trump administration's family separation policy does not seem to have had its intended deterrent effect. The numbers highlight the desperation of many migrant families, risking family separation to escape their plight at home. And while the overall number of arrests along the border were lower, they're in line with past years — with the exception of 2017's statistical anomaly.

What they're saying: DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton lauded the drop in overall numbers in July in a statement, giving credit to the Trump administration policies. But he later admitted that the number of families apprehended is still high "and their percentage of total crossings has increased as court decisions prevent us from detaining and prosecuting family unit adults. The inability to apply consequences to any law breaker ultimately threatens the safety and security of the nation and its communities."

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Planned Parenthood launches digital ad campaign for Biden

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Planned Parenthood Votes, the political arm of the national reproductive rights group, is ramping up its general election efforts, launching five-figure digital ad campaigns across nine battleground states.

Why it matters: This is the group's biggest election cycle effort yet, part of a larger $45 million investment ahead of November's election, and provides a glimpse of how Democrats are trying to take down President Trump on women's health issues while boosting Joe Biden as the alternative.

Pro-Trump PAC drops $23 million on summer anti-Biden ads

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America First Action, a leading pro-Trump super PAC, will focus on Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in a $23 million anti-Biden summer ad campaign beginning next week.

Why it matters: The ad buy signals which swing states the groups sees as most vulnerable for President Trump. Arizona and Wisconsin were not included earlier this year in the core battleground strategy.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 12,910,357 — Total deaths: 569,128 — Total recoveries — 7,116,957Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 3,304,942— Total deaths: 135,205 — Total recoveries: 1,006,326 — Total tested: 40,282,176Map.
  3. States: Florida smashes single-day record for new cases with over 15,000 — NYC reports zero deaths for first time since pandemic hit.
  4. Public health: Ex-FDA chief projects "apex" of South's curve in 2-3 weeks — Testing czar: Lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table"
  5. Education: Betsy DeVos says schools that don't reopen shouldn't get federal funds — Pelosi accuses Trump of "messing with the health of our children."