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Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele announced on Monday that he has joined the Lincoln Project, a group founded by Republicans who oppose President Trump's re-election.

Why it matters: Steele's announcement lands on the first day of the Republican National Convention and on the tails of a media blitz by the "never Trump" group, which has produced some of the most viral political ads of the election cycle.

What he's saying: "Dr. King said our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter," Steele told MSNBC on Monday.

  • "And we're at a point where it matters how a president leads. It matters what a president says to young men and women who are coming into government service, as they look at how he treats government servants."
  • "It matters how he handles a crisis, it matters how he leads the people through that crisis. All these things matter."

Go deeper: Jeff Flake joins "Republicans for Biden" group

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Joe Biden's big lead on health care issues

Reproduced from a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

Health care has fragmented into multiple issues in this campaign cycle, and Joe Biden leads President Trump on almost all of them, according to our KFF polling.

The big picture: Biden’s commanding leads on protecting people with pre-existing conditions and managing the coronavirus outbreak suggest that Trump’s record and rhetoric on those issues, while popular with his base, may have backfired with the electorate generally.

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How hospitals are prepping for the new COVID-19 surge

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are surging, particularly in areas that had been largely spared this spring. One big question now is whether hospitals are better prepared for this new wave, including if they'll be able to continue providing elective services.

Axios Re:Cap digs into what hospitals have, and what they still need, with Lloyd Dean, CEO of CommonSpirit Health, one of America's largest operators of hospitals and health clinics.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

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  4. Education: Surge threatens to shut classrooms down again.
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  8. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.