Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a public opponent of President Trump, said he is extremely concerned by what he sees as the White House's repeated attempts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation:

More from the interview:

  • What will happen if Trump fires Mueller? "It will be a big problem. I don't think that will go over well at all. I don't think he'll go there. He shouldn't go there."
  • And if he pardons Mike Flynn? "That is equally troubling. If it's part of the investigation, as a way to circumvent the investigation somehow, that would be very troubling."
  • On Trump's relationship with the truth: "We undermine [our democracy] by talking about alternative facts or talking about statements that are just demonstrably false. Like 'I would have won the popular vote,' for example ... that's just not good. It's not right."
  • Running for president in 2020? "I don't rule anything out but it's not in my plans"

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Online learning can be frustrating for students, teachers and parents, but some methods are working.

The big picture: Just as companies are using this era of telework to try new things, some principals, teachers and education startups are treating remote learning as a period of experimentation, too.

Warren and Clinton to speak on same night of Democratic convention

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton both are slated to speak on the Wednesday of the Democratic convention — Aug. 19 — four sources familiar with the planning told Axios.

Why it matters: That's the same night Joe Biden's running mate (to be revealed next week) will address the nation. Clinton and Warren represent two of the most influential wise-women of Democratic politics with the potential to turn out millions of establishment and progressive voters in November.