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The Department of Health and Human Services has been using its outreach budget for attacks against the Affordable Care Act, according to a report in the Daily Beast. HHS, under Secretary Tom Price, has tapped into its outreach budget to produce a series of anti-ACA videos — maybe as many as 130 of them.

Why it matters: It's unusual, to say the least, for a federal agency to spend taxpayer money undermining a program it oversees. The Trump administration has shown little interest in trying to make the health care law work, and this is another signal it's willing not just to "let" the law fail, but to actively try to weaken it.

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Epic sues Apple over developer tax as Fortnite is pulled from App Store

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Fortnite maker Epic Games on Thursday escalated its battle over Apple's App Store tactics, suing the tech giant over antitrust claims while also baiting Apple into dropping Fortnite from the App Store.

The big picture: Epic is just one of several developers clashing with Apple. They argue the company harms competition by taking a cut of up to 30% on in-app purchases and subscriptions and blocking most developers from getting around the tax by charging their users directly.

Biden calls for 3-month national mask mandate: "Be a patriot"

Joe Biden called on governors to issue a three-month mandatory outdoor mask mandate on Thursday, telling reporters after receiving a coronavirus briefing that experts say it could save over 40,000 lives.

Why it matters: Biden was more aggressive and specific than he has been in previous calls to wear a mask, arguing that it will allow children to return to school sooner, businesses to reopen and help "get our country back on track."

McConnell announces Senate will adjourn until Sept. 8

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday that the Senate will not hold any more votes until Sept. 8, though members will remain on 24-hour notice in case a coronavirus stimulus deal is reached.

Why it matters: With millions of Americans unemployed, the Trump administration and Democrats remain hopelessly deadlocked and unlikely to reach a deal any time soon.