Elon Musk took to Twitter for the third time to defend his decision to attend a meeting with Trump last week.

Yesterday he said that he forced a discussion about Trump's travel restrictions and climate change and pledged to keep participating. Before the meeting he posted a statement saying that just because he serves on an advisory council "does not mean that I agree with actions by this Administration." Musk had said before that talking to Trump is better than fighting him.

Why this matters: Tech CEOs face special challenges in engaging Trump in light of some of his policies. See the statements many put out sharply criticizing the travel order. After Uber CEO's abrupt resignation from Trump's CEO council last week, the tech industry is watching to see how forcefully other tech leaders will push against Trump's policies and stand up for Silicon Valley's view of the world.

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Replacing the nursing home

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Nursing homes have been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, prompting more urgent discussions about alternative housing situations for elderly Americans.

Why it matters: Deaths in nursing homes and residential care facilities account for 45% of COVID-19 related deaths, per the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity — but there are few other viable housing options for seniors.

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How Joe Biden would tackle the coronavirus

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If Joe Biden wins in November, his coronavirus response would feature a no-expenses-spared federal approach to mitigating the virus and a beefed-up safety net for those suffering its economic consequences.

Why it matters: It’s nearly inevitable that the U.S. will still be dealing with the pandemic come January 2021, meaning voters in America will choose between two very different options for dealing with it.

Coronavirus cases flat or growing in 48 states

Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise, Naema Ahmed, Danielle Alberti/Axios

The number of coronavirus cases increased in the vast majority of states over the last week, and decreased in only two states plus the District of Columbia.

Why it matters: This is a grim reminder that no part of the United States is safe from the virus. If states fail to contain their outbreaks, they could soon face exponential spread and overwhelmed health systems.