Uber's self-driving cars are back — sort of

The ride-hailing company has obtained the California DMV's permission to test a few of its special Ford cars in San Francisco, as the SF Examiner reported and Axios later confirmed with Uber. The cars have to be driven by humans (not self-driving systems) and be used for the purpose of training its mapping software.

Backstory: Uber was forced to pull the plug on its first round of self-driving Volvo cars after the DMV revoked the registrations of Uber's cars. The company argued it didn't need a permit because its cars didn't fit the state's definition of autonomous vehicles.

Tension within Uber over Trump

Uber CTO Thuan Pham reportedly sent an email to a few employees decrying the election of Trump, according to Business Insider. Moreover, many employees are frustrated with their employer's association with Trump's administration. With that said, some interpret Kalanick's relationship with the administration as purely in the interest of Uber and not a form of endorsement for Trump.

One current employee tells Axios that Kalanick has expressed "dissatisfaction" with Trump during multiple employee meetings and does not appear to be fan of the president at all.

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How Trump's push to reopen schools could backfire

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Trump administration’s full-steam-ahead push to fully reopen schools this fall is on a collision course with the U.S.' skyrocketing coronavirus caseload and its decades-long neglect of public education.

Why it matters: Getting kids back to school is of paramount importance for children and families, especially low-income ones. But the administration isn’t doing much to make this safer or more feasible.

Coronavirus squeezes the "sandwich generation"

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

As the coronavirus poses risks and concerns for the youngest and oldest Americans, the generations in the middle are buckling under the increasing strain of having to take care of both.

Why it matters: People that make up the so-called sandwich generations are typically in their 30s, 40s and 50s, and in their prime working years. The increasing family and financial pressures on these workers means complications for employers, too.

Why Scranton matters again in 2020

Biden and Clinton visit Biden's childhood home in Scranton in 2016. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The hometown of Joe Biden and "The Office" is polishing its perennial status as a guidepost for the nation's political mood.

Driving the news: Biden returns to Scranton, Pa., today with a campaign stop just outside the city limits at a metalworking plant, where he'll deliver remarks on a plan to create jobs and "help America build back better."