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Joe Biden's campaign is adding six senior staff members to focus on attracting women and minority voters.

Why it matters: Biden and his team hope this diverse staff can help them rebuild the diverse coalition that Barack Obama captured in 2008.

Who he's hired:

  • Laura Jiménez will be Latinx National Vote Director.
  • Amit Jani is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) National Vote Director.
  • Carissa Smith is Women's National Vote Director.
  • Erika Dinkel-Smith is Director of Labor Engagement.
  • Trey Baker National is Director of African American Engagement.
  • Vincent Evans is Southern Political Director.

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U.S., Canada and U.K. accuse Russia of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research

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Hackers associated with Russian intelligence services are trying to steal information from researchers involved in coronavirus vaccine development, according to a joint advisory by U.K., U.S. and Canadian authorities published Thursday.

The big picture: This isn't the first time a foreign adversary has been accused of attempting to steal COVID-19-related research. U.S. officials in May announced an uptick in Chinese-government affiliated hackers targeting medical research and other facilities in the U.S. for data on a potential cure or effective treatments to combat the virus.

M&A activity falls despite early coronavirus fears

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In April, several prominent Democrats proposed a moratorium on large mergers and acquisitions. Their argument was that the pandemic would embolden the strong to pounce on the weak, thus reducing competition.

Fast forward: The moratorium never materialized. Nor did the M&A feeding frenzy.

More than 32 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits

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More than 32 million Americans are receiving some form of unemployment benefits, according to data released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

Why it matters: Tens of millions of jobless Americans will soon have a smaller cash cushion — as coronavirus cases surge and certain parts of the country re-enter pandemic lockdowns — barring an extension of the more generous unemployment benefits that are set to expire at the end of the month.