Reconstruction works continue in Mosul, Iraq. Photo: Yunus Keles / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

The Iraqi government requested $88 billion to help them rebuild after ISIS militants left millions displaced and parts of the country in ruins. On Tuesday, allies had offered less than 5% of that, the New York Times reports.

A conference focused on rebuilding Iraq ends Wednesday, and things don't look good. On Tuesday, there was "barely $4 billion pledged," the Times reports. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates all pledged around $1 billion, per the Times. The U.S. did not pledge anything.

  • A big concern: A country struggling to rebuild is a potential playground for extremism.

What this tells us: President Trump has frequently voiced displeasure about U.S. spending in the Middle East. He tweeted on Monday that after "stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!"

  • While that number has been disputed, the bottom line is clear: "President Trump is leaving nation-building to others, and they are barely responding," per NYT.
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS: "Without continued attention on the part of coalition members, we risk the return of extremist groups like ISIS in liberated areas in Iraq and Syria and their spread to new locations."
  • Tillerson called on other countries to contribute, stressing that the U.S. had already given billions in assistance.

Go deeper: Mosul, after ISIS.

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Coronavirus cases rise in 33 states

Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise, Naema Ahmed, Danielle Alberti/Axios

The coronavirus pandemic keeps getting worse, all across the country. Thirty-three states saw their caseloads increase this week, continuing a scary nationwide trend that’s been getting worse since mid-June.

Why it matters: The U.S. is right back in the situation we were afraid of earlier this year, with a rapidly spreading outbreak, strained hospitals, and projections of more than 200,000 deaths by the end of the year.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 12,009,301 — Total deaths: 548,799 — Total recoveries — 6,561,969Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 3,053,328 — Total deaths: 132,256 — Total recoveries: 953,420 — Total tested: 37,532,612Map.
  3. Public health: Houston mayor cancels Republican convention over coronavirus concerns Deaths are rising in hotspots — Déjà vu sets in as testing issues rise and PPE dwindles.
  4. Travel: United warns employees it may furlough 45% of U.S. workforce How the pandemic changed mobility habits, by state.
  5. Education: New York City schools will not fully reopen in fallHarvard and MIT sue Trump administration over rule barring foreign students from online classes.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: A misinformation "infodemic" is here.

Transcripts show George Floyd told police "I can't breathe" over 20 times

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Newly released transcripts of bodycam footage from the Minneapolis Police Department show that George Floyd told officers he could not breathe more than 20 times in the moments leading up to his death.

Why it matters: Floyd's killing sparked a national wave of Black Lives Matter protests and an ongoing reckoning over systemic racism in the United States. The transcripts "offer one the most thorough and dramatic accounts" before Floyd's death, The New York Times writes.