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When asked whether he believes the appointment of a special prosecutor was part of a witch hunt targeting President Trump, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told reporters, "I don't believe in witches," adding that he wasn't surprised Trump was angry. "It's going to turn over a lot more rocks than the executive branch wants," said Issa.

  • Comey memos: "I don't believe in any way that anyone directed him [to write them]... it's suspicious when lawyer's don't write memos."
  • Comey firing timeline "will be reviewable," said Issa, who said Comey "ill-served the American people" and "loved the camera."
  • On Joe Lieberman: "As everyone here knows, he's solid, he's probably a little bored in private life... his experience and his independence is pretty legendary, so I'm a Lieberman fan and wouldn't look at a second candidate."

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The COVID-19 learning cliff

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Perhaps the most jarring reality of the COVID-19 pandemic for families has been the sudden and dramatic disruption to all levels of education, which is expected to have deep social and economic repercussions for years — if not decades — to come.

Why it matters: As millions of students are about to start the school year virtually, at least in part, experts fear students may fall off an educational cliff — missing key academic milestones, falling behind grade level and in some cases dropping out of the educational system altogether.

Postal slowdown threatens election breakdown

In 24 hours, signs of a pre-election postal slowdown have moved from the shadows to the spotlight, with evidence emerging all over the country that this isn't a just a potential threat, but is happening before our eyes.

Why it matters: If you're the Trump administration, and you're in charge of the federal government, remember that a Pew poll published in April found the Postal Service was viewed favorably by 91% of Americans.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 21,280,608 — Total deaths: 767,422— Total recoveries: 13,290,879Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 5,335,398 — Total deaths: 168,903 — Total recoveries: 1,796,326 — Total tests: 65,676,624Map.
  3. Health: The coronavirus-connected heart ailment that could lead to sudden death in athletes — Patients grow more open with their health data during pandemic.
  4. States: New York to reopen gyms, bowling alleys, museums.
  5. Podcasts: The rise of learning podsSpecial ed under pressure — Not enough laptops — The loss of learning.