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The incoming Defense Secretary has requested Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work to try and "significantly reduce" costs yesterday, according to The Hill. Up for chopping are the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and Air Force One.

Work is going to consider Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornets, which cost anywhere from $29-$57 million each depending on the model, according to the Navy. Although they lack stealth capabilities, the Navy and the Marine Corps use them, and you may remember their starring role in Operation Desert Storm. They are much cheaper than Lockheed Martin's F-35s, which make up the costliest Pentagon acquisition program ever at nearly $400 billion.

Why this matters: Trump took to Twitter after the election to criticize expensive weapons programs. Defense-company CEOs have pledged to bring their costs down

BTW: Mattis told folks at the Pentagon they shouldn't call him Mad Dog. It's Jim.

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Trump casts himself as chief defender of American history in divisive speech at Rushmore

President Trump spoke out against a "merciless campaign" to wipe out American history during a Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore.

Why it matters: Trump's "dark and divisive" speech comes as states continue to hit new coronavirus records and a national reckoning against racial inequities pushes forward, The New York Times writes. Trump's public approval is faltering heading toward the November elections, and he made an appeal to his base at Friday's spectacle, per The Washington Post.

Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback

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Drive-in movie theaters, the symbol of a bygone era before cellphones and constant distraction, are suddenly reemerging as a popular form of entertainment during the coronavirus crisis.

Why it matters: Indoor movie theaters are closed, but people still crave entertainment and a chance to get out of their houses. Watching a movie from the safety of a car is the next best thing.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 11,093,182 — Total deaths: 525,491 — Total recoveries — 5,890,052Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 2,795,163 — Total deaths: 129,437 — Total recoveries: 790,404 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  5. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.