A better economy is boosting American's ability to spend on cars, but another reason for optimism is cheaper gas. Since oil prices cratered in 2014, the public has gotten used to paying less at the pump, making consumers more comfortable with buying gas-guzzling crossovers, light trucks and SUVs, which are also more profitable for automakers. GM expects the share of those vehicles to rise from 36% over the past six years to 52% between 2017 and 2020.

Quick Take: Expect this dynamic to affect automakers stance toward fuel efficiency standards. The Obama Administration has rushed to tighten fuel efficiency standards to go into effect between 2022 and 2025 before the president leaves office. Automakers will push hard to have this implementation reversed this year.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 11,520,461 — Total deaths: 535,499 — Total recoveries — 6,231,052Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 2,911,888 — Total deaths: 130,101 — Total recoveries: 906,763 — Total tested: 35,515,075Map.
  3. Public health: Case growth outpacing testing in hotspots.
  4. States: West Virginia becomes latest state to mandate facial coverings in public.
  5. Politics: Cuomo accuses Trump of "enabling" the coronavirus surge — Sen. Chuck Grassley opts out of attending GOP convention over coronavirus concerns.

Trump ramps up culture war attacks

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President Trump's attacks are spreading to sports that are cornerstones of rural, conservative white American life.

Why it matters: The culture war that engulfed the NBA and NFL is reaching other major leagues, with teams that stonewalled activists for years suddenly showing a willingness to listen.

Foreign students could be forced to leave U.S. if colleges move online

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Foreign college students could be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer schools if their universities move classes entirely online this fall, according to guidance released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday.

Why it matters: Several U.S. colleges and universities — most recently Harvard — have announced plans to move most or all courses online this fall due to coronavirus concerns. Many institutions rely heavily on tuition from international students.