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U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman revealed in an interview with Deseret News that he has been diagnosed with stage one melanoma.

The big picture: Huntsman, whose father died from cancer in February, faced calls to resign after the infamous Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki earlier this year, during which President Trump appeared to accept Russia's denials about election interferences over the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies. In response, the ambassador penned an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune explaining that he would remain in his post out of commitment to his foreign service colleagues and his country in this "fragile" era of U.S.-Russia relations.

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Gallup: Party preference swings dramatically in favor of Democrats

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Americans' political party preferences have swung sharply from a 2-point Republican advantage in January to an 11-point Democratic advantage in July, according to Gallup's monthly averages of telephone polls in 2020.

The big picture: The dramatic shift is more a product of fewer people identifying as Republican or Republican-leaning (down 8% since January) than gains among those who identify as Democratic or Democratic-leaning (up 5%).

Nancy Pelosi: "I yearn for other Republican presidents"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on President Trump Thursday to exercise "the full power" of the Defense Production Act to meet coronavirus equipment needs and accused him of engaging in a "massive dereliction of duty" by ignoring science during the pandemic.

What she's saying: "I yearn for other Republican presidents," Pelosi said at a press conference. "While we may have disagreed on many points, but at least we had a shared commitment to the governance of our country."

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T-Mobile debuts free robocall-fighting service

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T-Mobile announced Thursday it will offer ScamShield, a free scam-blocking service, to all T-Mobile, Metro and Sprint customers.

Why it matters: Robocalls remain the scourge of the industry, with billions of unwanted calls pummeling customers last year.