George Weah on the campaign trail. Photo: Issouf Sanogo / AFP / Getty Images

George Weah was sworn in as Liberia's president today, assuming the office from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Africa's first female president, per the AP. The handoff completed the first peaceful transition of power in Liberia since 1944 in a country which has been through by two civil wars in recent decades spurred by the actions of former dictator Charles Taylor.

Why it matters: It's a positive step for the viability of democracy in Liberia, which has been marred by food shortages and unemployment on top of 2014-2015's crippling Ebola outbreak. Weah, FIFA's 1995 Player of the Year, promised "progress" in his inaugural address, rather than "quick fixes or miracles."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 19,401,935 — Total deaths: 721,906 — Total recoveries — 11,767,805Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 4,942,747 — Total deaths: 161,367 — Total recoveries: 1,623,870 — Total tests: 60,415,558Map.
  3. Politics: Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

The silver linings of online school

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Online learning can be frustrating for students, teachers and parents, but some methods are working.

The big picture: Just as companies are using this era of telework to try new things, some principals, teachers and education startups are treating remote learning as a period of experimentation, too.

Warren and Clinton to speak on same night of Democratic convention

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton both are slated to speak on the Wednesday of the Democratic convention — Aug. 19 — four sources familiar with the planning told Axios.

Why it matters: That's the same night Joe Biden's running mate (to be revealed next week) will address the nation. Clinton and Warren represent two of the most influential wise-women of Democratic politics with the potential to turn out millions of establishment and progressive voters in November.